Gourmet Roasted Coffee Beans

Posted by on 01 May 2009 | Filed under: Coffee

The key to getting a good cup from gourmet roasted coffee beans is to ensure that the skin of the coffee bean is unbroken. When the skin is broken, your end result is unknown and all bets are off. Oils underneath the skin and inside the bean will deteriorate unless frozen, in which case the brew will never be first rate.

I think that the jury is still out when it comes to freezing your beans. I prefer to figure out how much the beans you drink every day weigh. Multiply that quantity by 12. I know you are asking, why 12? There are days when I don’t have coffee because I don’t have time in the morning or because I don’t want any or whatever and I usually buy my fresh roasted beans on Saturday morning, when I go to town. So there is Sunday through Saturday the first week, which is seven days, and then Sunday through Thursday. That’s five days for a total of twelve days. Even then, sometimes I have coffee left over. And then there are times when I run out on Monday of the second week. Continue Reading »

Specialty Colorado Coffee – Freshness Tips

Posted by on 28 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Coffee

In a perfect world, if you wanted the best possible specialty Colorado coffee, your day would start around 4:00 AM. You would start the day by grabbing a handful or two of unroasted coffee beans, depending on the amount of coffee you planned on brewing. You’d then pop the beans into the coffee bean roaster and roast them. Right after roasting, you would toss them into a grinder, and grind them up. Then you’d brew the coffee. After the brew was finished dripping or steaming or pressing, depending on your coffee maker, you’d sit out on the deck with your favorite coffee cup and enjoy the Colorado morning with fresh air and a good cup of brew!

For the freshest possible coffee the ideal is to obtain unroasted beans, then roast and grind on the same day you plan to brew. Don’t roast too much, because you will want a GREAT brew tomorrow. Let’s face it. This routine is not possible for most folks, so we have to make do with what we can.

Roasting beans is, however, something of a ‘cooking’ specialty. Unless you’re willing to invest some fairly expensive pieces of equipment, the results are often less than satisfactory. Not to mention that – even when done correctly – the roasting beans can fill the house with odors that take time to dissipate and the smell is a little too much, even for a die hard coffee drinker like me. Continue Reading »

Your Specialty Coffee Experience

Posted by on 13 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Making Coffee

There is something about going into a coffee place that I shall call the coffee experience. Each shop is different. It’s how you feel when you get there, order your drink and either leave or stay depending on the place. Let me give you some examples of places I went to on a visit to Colorado Springs recently.

Ever been to a Seattle’s Best Coffee® cafe? There is one in Colorado Springs that I stumbled on to recently. It was inside of Borders Books in the south part of Colorado Springs. Overstuffed chairs, small tables with straight backed chair, two or three of each at each table. People sipping a specialty espresso coffee, while reading a book in one of those over stuffed chairs, or flipping through a magazine, or sitting with friends at a small table. It was a come and stay for a while kind of place.

Right across the way is Starbucks. It was a totally different kind of place and the experience was different too. Starbucks had small tables and chairs like the Seattle’s Best Coffee® place but it wasn’t as warm and cozy as Seattle’s Best Coffee®. Starbucks was more of a come and go kind of place. I think there would have been more people sitting around but the chairs were scarce and there was not a lot of room to sit and enjoy a cup of specialty espresso or just a cup of joe.

Then there are places where you do not even sit down. Come in, call your coffee order, pick it up at the other end of the counter and leave. Presumably to go back to wherever you were before you came in the door and drink your coffee someplace else. Continue Reading »

Getting Started with Specialty Coffee

Posted by on 09 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Making Coffee

Everyone has to start someplace. You don’t however, have to start at the top of the coffee / coffee maker / coffee grinder list. My advice would be to start out by visiting some of your local coffee shops. Let’s say you lived in Salida, Colorado. If you do, you are very lucky. Not because there are tons of coffee places in Salida, but because Salida is a great place to live.

Salida Colorado does have a few coffee places where you can start your coffee journey. If it were me, I would start at the Salida Café also known as Bongo BIlly‘s. For you GPS fans they are at (latitude 38.537787, longitude -105.991749). They are located at 300 West Sackett Street 

and their phone number is 719-539-4261. Bongo BIlly‘s is a nice place and if you go there, ask them for a coffee card. (If you do go there, tell them that the Java Girl sent you. Maybe I can get a free cup the next time I am in town.) I am not sure if that is what they call it, but mine is yellow and has 10 cups running along the bottom of the card. They mark one cup off for each visit and after 10 cups have been marked, you get a free one. Continue Reading »

Coffee Grinders in the Beginning

Posted by on 07 Apr 2009 | Filed under: Coffee Grinders

The earliest method of grinding coffee involved placing it in a bowl and using the blunt end of a stick to crush it along the sides and bottom of the bowl. This process was time consuming and messy. It was also a lot of hard work! Others without much patience simply smashed the coffee with a hammer.

These methods were replaced by a mechanical grinder. This became popular because most people already used a mechanical grinder for their spices.  The coffee was placed between two disks. One stationary, the other a moving disc. The moving of the disks resulted in grinding. This process is also known as milling. The milling style coffee grinder is available in many colors with many features. The price varies on the brand and the features you choose. Generally they are between $50 and $200. Continue Reading »

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