Coffee Review: Buddy Brew Coffee’s Brazil Cerrado

December 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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Kim and I received this coffee recently for brewing and reviewing purposes and man, is there a good aroma coming out of the bag! We were looking forward to brewing this coffee. There is a picture of a dog on the label and we found that kind of humorous because my father in-law has a black lab named Buddy. When we visit my father in-law and I grind coffee beans Buddy likes to come in the kitchen and smell the beans.

This Brazil Cerrado from Buddy Brew Coffee (www.buddybrew.com) is a full city roast. They also put the roast date on the bag and we appreciate that. We wish more roasters did that. The aroma is kind of nutty and chocolaty with a little smokiness. Once brewed in the auto-drip the aroma is milder. The coffee has a nice taste that fills the mouth. The flavor is kind of sweet and chocolate. Kim thought it paired really well with chocolate and almonds.

Brewed in the Chemex coffee maker the aroma is somewhat sweet and smoky. There seems to be a more even feel to the coffee. It almost seems bright on the tip of the tongue. Kim thought it paired good to very good with both lemon and cinnamon. This is a good cup of coffee.

The French Press brew was very enjoyable. The body of the coffee is fuller and heavier. The flavors are more pronounced and they seemed to last a good long time. The nutty and chocolate flavors come out better. The more we drank this coffee the more we liked it. There is even a hint of smoke but not too much.

I also tried this Brazil Cerrado in the Clever Coffee Dripper and thought I detected a bit of citrus. This coffee has a low acidity and just a good deep flavor. The mixture of deep chocolate and nut stand out. If you like Brazilian coffees or you would like to try one, we encourage you to try this Brazil Cerrado from Buddy Brew Coffee.

This coffee kind of sneaks up on you and you find yourself simply enjoying a good cup of coffee. The more we drank it the more we liked it. We have a couple of friends who are looking forward to trying this Brazil Cerrado. I’ll have to save some to take back for the next time we visit my father in-law. I’m sure him and Buddy will enjoy it! We received this coffee for free and offer objective feedback. Until next time remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversations.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

Coffee Review: Kicking Horse Coffee’s Three Sisters Blend

November 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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We have been doing some traveling and have been able to try some pretty good coffee and visit some good coffee shops. Trying new coffee and visiting new shops doesn’t get old for us. We were looking forward to trying this Three Sisters Blend from Kicking Horse Coffee (www.kickinghorsecoffee.com). It is our first coffee from a Canadian roaster and hopefully not our last. No, we didn’t make it out to British Columbia but we would like to visit there. Especially during hockey season.

Three Sisters Blend is described as a triple punch of light, medium and dark flavors. They use a medley of Indonesian, Central and South American beans to make up the blend. It is a fair trade, shade grown organic coffee. It comes in a can made of recycled steel. If you live near Kicking Horse you can get the can refilled. They offer a lot of other good sounding coffees and teas.

We started with our trusty old auto-drip and there is a sweet, somewhat acidic aroma. I thought it was interesting. There is a spicy taste, almost like pepper to me that hits the front and sides of the tongue. This coffee made me think and I was looking forward to the other brewers.

The Chemex coffee maker cleaned up the taste and brought out more of a chocolate undertone. It also toned down or smoothed out the tartness. The coffee seemed less spicy and it tasted better as it cooled. We have started making some extra coffee and letting it cool to taste the flavor profile.

The French Press brought out more of the roast flavor and a good aftertaste. That spicy flavor is there, but not so much pepper. It is an interesting taste in this coffee. It had a heavier feel in the mouth but we still think it has a medium body.

I tried it a couple of times in the Clever Coffee Dripper and enjoyed each cup. Kim thought it went well with chocolate, cherries and dates and was o.k. with vanilla, cinnamon and almonds. She didn’t like it paired with lemon because it made it too tart. Overall we and our friends liked this Three Sisters Blend. If you are adventurous want to try an intriguing coffee from a Canadian roaster we encourage you to give this one a try. We received this coffee for free and offer objective feedback. Until next time remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversations.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

Coffee Review: 35 North Coffee Co. Sumatra Organic

October 28, 2010 at 1:31 pm | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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Kim and I were recently on a nice vacation, visiting family and friends, enjoying some good conversations and sights, and tasting some good food and coffee. One of the things we got to do was be part of a bbq/picnic on a cool Saturday afternoon. No need to wonder, I did take a couple of different coffees and brewers so that I could make good coffee for everyone to try. One of the coffees we shared was a Sumatra Organic dark roast from 35 North Coffee Co. (www.35northcoffeeco.com).

Of the coffees we shared at the bbq this was the sure favorite. They put the roast date on the bag, something that I appreciate, and we brewed this coffee in its prime flavor time. I passed the bag around so everyone could smell the aroma from the beans. Those who were in the kitchen area with me got to smell the aroma from the fresh ground beans also. Everyone appreciated the good fresh aroma.

First up was the auto drip and there were some high expectations from some of the coffee drinkers. We were not disappointed because this Sumatra has a deep roast flavor that is somewhat fruity and sweet. It was not over roasted at all and has a little bit of a tart aftertaste. One person who is not a coffee drinker tried it and said that if they were going to drink coffee this would be the one.

I also took my Chemex coffee maker and Clever Coffee Dripper for folks to try the taste of different brewers. Neither brewer disappointed any coffee drinker. The CCD produced a somewhat deeper roasted flavor with a fuller body. The Chemex produced a clean, smooth, mildly tart flavor. One person thought they tasted a bit of Concord grape.

Times like these have become pretty fun for us. We enjoy the conversations about the coffees and brewers. I try to ask questions and let people talk. People are finding out how easy it is to grind whole beans and brew a good cup of coffee. We are getting good feedback about people going out and buying specialty ground coffee or buying grinders and whole beans.

Kim has also been using our coffee drinking time to try pairing the coffee with different foods or flavors. She thought this coffee paired well with both chocolate and vanilla. She thought it paired very well with lemon and that the lemon helped increase the brightness of the coffee. We could say that this was a very enjoyable cup of coffee. If you would like to try a dark roast coffee we highly recommend this one. We received this coffee for free and offer an objective review.

What may be even better than the good coffee from 35 North Coffee Co. is their involvement in the Baby Safe (www.thebabysafe.org) program. They have this to say on the back of the bag; “We’re not only passionate about seriously good coffee. We want to help others. That’s why a portion of our net proceeds go directly to Baby Safe, an organization helping abandoned children and at risk mothers in South Africa.” The following comes from their website, “It is our aim is to advocate for a voiceless generation of children within South Africa, both the born and unborn. We seek to rescue the unwanted and abandoned baby, offer support and hope to the pregnant mother in crisis, and empower and equip the new mother in need. Baby Safe is committed to offering life, hope, and options as an expression of Jesus’ desire to intervene on behalf of the helpless and we are devoted to seeing God supremely glorified through our mission.

“Whoever welcomes this little child in my name, also welcomes me.” – Jesus”

Here is another example of coffee roasters not only producing good coffee, but also trying to help improve the quality of life for others; in this case, children and mothers. We would encourage you to check them out. Until the next time, remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversations.

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: Land of a Thousand Hills Rwandan Decaf

October 4, 2010 at 10:53 am | Posted in Coffee Reviews | Leave a comment
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We are always on the lookout for a good decaf coffee so we were looking forward to trying this one from Land of a Thousand Hills (www.drinkcoffeedogood.com). One of the things we appreciate about this roaster is how they trying to help the farmers in Rwanda. They focus on Community Trade, paying farmers a fair living wage for their coffee while working to build relationships and promote community. They grant micro-finance loans to widows and bikes to farmers through Sustainable Cycle. They care for orphans in Bukonya and build community with a sustenance farm and soccer filed. It really sounds like they are trying to help improve the lifestyles of the farmers through many good works.

As usual we started out with the auto-drip for an early evening cup of coffee. This water processed decaf has a nice roasted, spicy aroma which seems to be enhanced after grinding. It has a good naturally sweet flavor. There is also a little bit of tanginess to the coffee.

Next was the French Press and here the naturally sweet, roasted flavor comes through strong. Though this is a dark roast, it is not over roasted and the subtle flavors are not covered up. It feels like a medium body and has a spicy, cinnamon aftertaste. The aroma is more pronounced in this brewing style. It paired well with cinnamon graham crackers.

We also used the Clever Coffee Dripper to brew this coffee. For people who just want one cup of coffee this brewer is ideal. We find we use it more and more and like it a lot. The acidity is mild and seems to hit the front half of the tongue. This coffee is naturally sweet and has a clean feel. Both of us enjoyed the taste of this coffee.

Our friends who are decaf drinkers liked this coffee also. They also liked learning about Land of a Thousand Hills and what they are doing to help the coffee farmers of Rwanda. This seems like a good coffee roasting company/ministry. If you like decaf coffees we suggest you try this Rwandan Decaf. We and our friends enjoyed it. We received this coffee for free and offer objective feedback. Until next time, remember to stop and enjoy the coffee and conversations.

Much GRACE and peace to you,

Bill and Kim

Romans 15:13; Psalm 34:1-10

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