Specialty Coffee When Camping

Posted by on 28 May 2009 | Filed under: Making Coffee

I like backpacking as much as any Colorado girl. And when I go, I like to take along some specialty coffee when camping no matter if  I am backpacking or even car camping. Can you think of anything more enjoyable then waking up in the morning and making a nice hot brew of your favorite blend? There is something about camping and roughing it that makes coffee better than making a cup at home and sitting on the deck. Kick back out in the wild and watching the sun rise; that’s living.

When it comes to specialty coffee and camping or backpacking, there are, shall I say, two camps. There are those who like a more refined and perhaps more expensive method of making coffee in the rough. And then there are those of us who like coffee a little bit cheaper, but have it taste just as good.

While thumbing through a recent issue of Backpacker Magazine, I noticed an ad for a Brunton Coffeemaker. 

Brunton makes a maker called, BrewFire Dual-Fuel Coffee Maker. It is not for the weak of heart nor for the slight of pocketbook. This coffee maker will set you back $100.00+ US dollars. Continue Reading »

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Posted by on 26 May 2009 | Filed under: Colorado Coffee Info

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Posted by on 26 May 2009 | Filed under: Colorado Coffee Info

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Specialty Coffee – Arabian Sanani

Posted by on 19 May 2009 | Filed under: Making Coffee

Check it out on the web. It goes by several names; at Peet’s and Starbucks this specialty coffee is Arabian Mocha Sanani, at www.Sanani.com it goes by Sanani, and some shops call it Arabian Mocha.

It doesn’t matter what it’s called where you are. The result is the same. But you may be asking, what’s all the fuss about? This is a bold coffee. It doesn’t come to the United States every year, only when the crop is large enough. It’s for people who like a good strong brew and know how to make a cup of bold cup of coffee and enjoy it. If you’re just getting started in coffee tasting, pass on this one.

The Arabian Sanani is grown in the Sana’a region of Yemen on the Arabian Peninsula. As I understand it, the coffee is not gown on one or two plantations, but on many small farms in the region. The Sanani crop varies from year to year due to rainfall and other factors. Continue Reading »

Finding the Right Coffee Grinder

Posted by on 08 May 2009 | Filed under: Coffee Grinders

I will be the first to admit that my first grinder was a Krups blade grinder. O.K. It’s out in the open and I’ve said it. I bought a blade grinder. Looking back, I realize now what I bought was really a spice grinder and not a coffee grinder. And I got it because I was new to the coffee world and did not know the difference between a blade and a burr grinder. But I also got it because it was cheap. It cost around $20 to $25 and at the time I thought that was a lot of money.

So how do you go about finding the right coffee grinder?

You might have seen my recent article on Specialty Colorado Coffee Freshness Tips . Reading it over, you know that when exposed to air, coffee beans will oxidize. And once you grind them up, the fresh, unused, coffee suffers this more so because they have a larger surface than the beans and lack the beans’ protective skin.

Having your own grinder at home will allow you to stop the level of exposure and produce the freshest grind.  Most importantly, grinding can be done when you need it. And you can grind in small batches that is just enough for your morning or evening cup of brew. Everything has a price, though.  Picking the best grinder can make the messy and long process of grinding much more rewarding.


   
There are three main types of grinders – blade, crusher and burr.  The crusher is the ancient way of using a pestle and mortar to mash Continue Reading »

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