Smokey Barn – Coffee Roaster Profile

Specialty coffees, while not a new trend, are starting to become more and more popular. Coffee lovers nowadays prefer to order their beans online, from trusted sources, or satisfy their coffee needs through high-end coffee retailers rather than buying supermarket generic or brand-name beans that oftentimes fail to deliver on their so-called quality guarantees.
Browsing the internet for non-generic specialty coffee beans is nothing but plain sailing. Many coffee roasters popped up recently, from various young entrepreneurs, or mom-and-pop shops, to just individuals who are passionate about great coffee. The common denominator for these coffee shops is quality roasted coffee and uncomplicated web based transactions.

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Coffee Roasters Profile – Strangers Coffee in Norfolk – UK

Today we are exploring a European coffee roaster. I came across Strangers coffee roasters during my research for some Africans coffee beans. Someone suggested Strangers Coffee as a source of some great beans. I thought I’d give them a try; my friend offered to carry the beans across the ocean for me. Living in North America makes the logistics a little complicated, but it was well worth. I loved their beans, in fact I liked them so much, I wanted to showcase them on Coffee Brewing Methods.

A Little about Them

Strangers Coffee Roasters - Kilimbi RwandaFounded in 2009 by Alex Sergeant and Samuel Maddocks, Strangers Coffee Roasters has been dedicated to the craft of coffee brewing for over 7 years now.  

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Five Amazing Espresso Coffees – These might Be the Best Beans for Espresso

Espresso shotWhat if I told you I found the best beans for espresso? Would you believe me? Don’t believe me and don’t believe anybody for that matter. Not that I can’t recommend you some fantastic espresso blends. But when you have a few great choices, you can’t choose one blend over the other. All are great in their way, and you will probably like them all. Coffee taste, like wine, is subjective. It depends on the person who drinks it and their mood at that time.

Regardless of the subjective side of espresso tasting, there are a few objective things to consider when evaluating some espresso beans.

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Kopi Luwak Is the Most Expensive Coffee – Is Civet Coffee Worth the Price?

Civet coffee or kopi luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. Why is it so expensive, many people ask? Is it all the same no matter where you buy it? The short answer is: Genuine kopi luwak is rare. There is a limited amount of genuine kopi luwak, and that drives the price up. Unscrupulous entrepreneurs though, have found ways to produce more civet coffee. We will show you how to minimize the risk of getting fake kopi luwak, and get the best quality beans. Foraging for civet coffee

What Is Kopi Luwak?

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Peaberry Coffee – Is It Really Worth the Price?

Peaberry Coffee - Kona If you have heard of peaberry coffee, you may have wondered what it is and why it is so expensive. Peaberries have a rather interesting origin, and a complicated harvesting method.

Can you bake a pie with peaberries? No, but the coffee brewed with peaberry coffee beans is delicious. Want to learn more? Read on.

What is Peaberry Coffee?

Peaberry vs regular coffee beansPeaberries are developing in a coffee cherry where one of the beans fails. Some people think this is a mutation. The coffee cherry normally contains two pits. The two coffee beans are flat on the interior side and round on the outer side.

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Single Origin Coffee Beans – Why Are they Better?

You may have heard the term “single origin” being used by your favorite barista while they’re whipping up your creamy cappuccino, and you might not have paid much mind to it. But what does it mean? And should you care? The coffee industry has become increasingly complex as more and more baristas are taking their passion and experimenting with it, and discovering new ways to brew. But what does this mean for your morning cup of joe? Would buying single origin coffee make your cup better, or just more expensive?

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Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters – Artisan, on Demand Roaster

I met Chris Curtis online on Twitter, where he was promoting his coffee roasting business. He said that his company roasts on demand, because they want to ensure the best and the freshest coffee on the market. I got some coffee beans from him, and I absolutely loved them.

Espresso Shot and Sesame Snaps

Chris’s company, Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters is based in Charlottesville, Virginia, but they ship coffee everywhere in North America. They have some of my favorite beans, which made me curious to try them. They roast Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Brazilian Cerrado, Sumatra, and a pleasant surprise for me, their Colombian Supremo, which I didn’t try before.… Read more

Best Coffee for Cold Brew – How To Choose the Best Coffee Beans for Cold Brew

Toddy Cold Brew Coffee SystemI just roasted a batch of what I like to call “the best beans for cold brew”. I like to roast my own beans, but I rarely have enough time for this. I usually find what I need at the local roasters around home, or on Internet. This time, however, I wanted something special, so I took the time to roast myself. Total success. I am not going to discuss roasting here, I will only show you how to pick a great coffee for your cold brew, and I’ll do a couple short reviews for beans that I tried before.

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Best Coffee for French Press Brewing

Freshly Brewed French Press Coffee
Photo by Christy via Flickr.

When I am asked what is the best coffee for French press, or the best beans for manual drip, I usually hesitate. Recommending a coffee to someone can be a very difficult task. This is because everybody has different tastes and preferences. A type of coffee I like, might be completely wrong for you. Stick with me, and I’ll show you how to find out what’s best for you.

Personally, I like medium roast, African, single origin coffees, such as coffees from Ethiopia, Kenya or Rwanda that have a fruity and bright body.

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Kicking Horse Coffee Review

Kicking Horse Beans Bag

This is a review of the Kicking Horse coffee beans, some of my favorites. I’ve been brewing their coffee beans for a while now, on and off, along with other two of my favorites. So I thought it was about time I shared my opinion about them in a review.

Kicking Horse Coffee History

Kicking Horse Coffee is a Canadian company, located in Invermere BC, in the Rocky Mountains. It started out as a home based business, founded in 1996 by Leo Johnson and Elana Rosenfeld. The company values are not profit centered, and we can see that from the company’s relationship with society and industry.

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