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

How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home, and Why Do It

How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home I love home coffee roasting, and I’d do it on a regular basis, if I had the time. But time for me is the most expensive commodity, so I need to manage it carefully. Because of that, I have to rely on coffee roasters for my brewing needs. Anyway, I needed some specially roasted beans for my cold brew concoction, and no roasters seemed to have anything close to my needs. I dusted off my coffee roasting skills, and proceeded with the task at hand.

Why Roast Coffee at Home?

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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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How To Store Coffee Beans or Grounds – To Freeze or Not to Freeze?

Freezing Coffee Beans – Is It Good or bad?

coffee beansStoring coffee is probably one of the least researched domains. If roasting, grinding and brewing have evolved into great sciences, storing is still debated and each person has their own opinion. Many of the opinions though, are just unfounded, and are pure speculations pushed with confidence, but no real evidence, by coffee connoisseurs.To freeze or not to freeze coffee, this is probably one of the most controversial questions in the coffee world. I freeze coffee, I always did as my tasting buds and my nose told me.

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