Sharing the Coffee

October 11, 2010 at 6:57 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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Webster’s dictionary defines, to share as, dividing or using with others. It may be me, but I think that sharing coffee helps make the whole drinking experience better. We had another opportunity recently to share some Newhall Coffee (www.newhallcoffee.com) with some friends at a dinner party. When we were invited I asked the host if I could bring some coffee and my Chemex coffee maker. He likes coffee so he was all for it.

I took an Ethiopian Harrar and a Tanzanian Peaberry along with my Chemex and grinder. The plan was to make one batch in an auto-drip, then another in the Chemex. We would drink it and talk about it and compare the flavor of the different brews. The good thing that I found out was that no one there had ever tasted coffee from the Chemex. They were all familiar with an auto-drip and most have had coffee from a French Press. This was going to be fun.

We started with the Tanzanian Peaberry. We brewed it in the auto-drip and 10 cups in the Chemex. It had a nice aroma and was slightly acidic. The taste seemed to go over the whole tongue, but leaves quickly. As I started to make the coffee people were spread out through the kitchen, dining room, family room and outside on the deck. As the aroma started to go throughout the house more people came into the kitchen. The Chemex drew a lot of attention.

As the coffee began to cool in the Chemex (www.chemexcoffeemaker.com) the guests wanted more of that and less of the coffee from the auto-drip. One man standing and looking at his cup said, “Man, this is good coffee.” It was beginning to cool and there were comments about the slight change in the taste. There were comments like, “slightly roasty, a little tart, bittersweet, and light.”

I did something similar with the Ethiopian Harrar and the taste from the Chemex was preferred over the auto-drip. This coffee had a milder aroma and a smooth, darker roast flavor. It also had subtle fruity and earthy undertones. Different conversations were going on through the kitchen and dining room, but when people made their way back for more coffee they chose the Chemex again. Of the two coffees we had after dinner the Tanzanian Peaberry was the overall favorite.

At these coffee tasting parties I am trying to give a brief overview of tasting coffee and trying to help others see how easy it is to make good coffee from whole beans. I also want to teach others about how many good coffee roasters there are. With the Newhall Coffee there is the added benefit of sharing about their “coffee for a cause” (www.newhallcoffeeforacause.com). They are trying to raise 1 million dollars to help win the fight against leukemia. They also have Operation Gratitude where they have donated over 4 million cups of coffee to service people in combat.

In the future I hope to tell you more about Newhall Coffees and their “coffee for a cause.” The coffees that we tried and shared at our friend’s party were good. They desire to make a difference in world by helping others. If you want to drink coffee and make and help make a difference we would encourage you try these coffees. We received these coffees for free and offer objective feedback. Until next time remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversation.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

Coffee Review: Community Coffee Cafe Special Decaf

October 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews | 2 Comments
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We like Community Coffee. Some of their coffees we like more than others, but overall they seem like a good company. It seems like they have an offering to satisfy every coffee drinker. As we continue to search for good tasting decafs this Café Special would soon be brewed. It is described as offering a satisfying semi-sweet, full bodied flavor that is perfectly balanced and strikingly distinctive. It is a medium roast with mild acidity and a full body.

There is a nice nutty aroma that greets you when you open the bag. This aroma is enhanced after the beans are ground. The aroma was not that strong as the coffee brewed in the auto-drip. It feels to me like a medium to light bodied coffee as you drink it. The acidity is very mild and the flavor spreads out over the tongue.

Next up was the Clever Coffee Dripper and I am liking this little brewer more each time I use it. The nutty aroma from the beans is very inviting. The grind for the CCD is similar to a French Press. I like to brew mine for about 6 to 7 minutes. The taste of the coffee is a little more pronounced with the nuttiness and a slight smokiness coming through. It is a little stronger taste

Finally we used the Chemex coffee maker to brew this decaf. There is a slight semi-sweetness and a mild acidity. The aftertaste seems to hit the sides and front part of the tongue. The body felt light to medium here.

This is an average decaf coffee. It is low cost and comes in whole beans which makes it inviting to try. It is o.k. but Community Coffee has some other decafs we would like to try. We received this coffee for free and offer objective feedback. Until next time remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversation.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

Coffee Review: Stauf’s Kenya AA Lenana

August 12, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews | 1 Comment
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We enjoy drinking coffee with friends and getting to know one another better.  We try to share all of the coffee we receive for reviewing with friends and co-workers. Sometimes we have friends over to drink coffee with and sometimes we give beans to them so they can brew it at home. We ask them to tell us how they liked the coffee after they have had it. So it was good to be able to have some friends over to share this Kenya AA Lenana from Stauf’s (www.staufs.com).

The Stauf’s Kenya AA Lenana  is described as having a uniquely clean finish with the taste and aroma of blueberries and tobacco. It has a medium-light body and a crisp acidity. It came as a whole bean full city roast. It is named after one of the three peaks of Mount Kenya and is grown at altitudes of 4500 feet and above. We all thought the aroma in the bag was pretty good, a mix of fruit and smoke. We were looking forward to brewing it.

We had two groups of friends over at different times and the first brewer choice for each was the Chemex coffee maker because they had never tried coffee brewed that way before. Two even drank their coffee black because they wanted to try a new coffee drinking experience. We thought it had a somewhat sweet, fruitlike flavor. It has a light body and a mildly crisp acidity with a good aftertaste. It went well with the fruit-topped cake we had for desert.

Next we tried the French Press which seems to be the most common brewer that people get after the auto-drip. Here the aroma and flavor were stronger, but acidity is still mild. The body seemed more medium here, just a little bit heavier. Another sugar and cream user drank his cup black and enjoyed it. This is really an enjoyable cup of coffee in the press.

Most of our friends just brew coffee in an auto-drip and they don’t own a grinder. So we help them learn about grinding whole beans, different brewing methods and fresh roasted coffee. Usually they are surprised at how good fresh roasted coffee tastes, even the ones that think that “coffee is coffee.” It is funny to see the smile on their faces when they take that first sip of freshly ground and brewed coffee. From the auto-drip this Kenyan has a mild, naturally sweet flavor. The flavor doesn’t seem to last long in your mouth, but it is a good cup of coffee.

If you would like to try a good mild coffee, this Kenya AA Lenana from Stauf’s might be the one for you. We enjoyed good coffee, good food and good conversation. It was a good coffee brewing and drinking experience. We received this coffee for free and offer objective feedback. Until next time remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversation.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

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