December 28, 2010| by donnedonne
Dried strawberries, notes of crushed rosemary, 61.5% cacao in the finish.
I'm ambivalent about tasting notes. They're helpful for obvious commercial reasons. Whereas certain large-scale roasters may not be able to get away with anything more specific than "bold," a quality roaster can write something hyper-specific and have the beans bear out the gist of it. My a-ha coffee moment was a Terroir coffee that tasted like blackberry preserves and lemon curd...just like the label promised. Tasting notes also associate coffee with the wine industry (a flawed but generally helpful analogy) while also setting it apart in a financially favorable way--you can get a good wine for $20 bucks. For the same price you can get an amazing coffee that'll last you a week.
December 15, 2010| by scott
George Howell's Terroir Coffee hosted a cupping this past weekend at Boston University.
Here are some insights.
By background, George is a legend in the specialty coffee business and one of the pioneers of gourmet coffee in the US.
He was at the forefront of growing the sales of gourmet coffee on the East Coast through his Boston-based cafe chain Coffee Connection. He sold his coffee chain to Starbucks in 1994, including the trademark for Frappucino. Thirsty Starbucks customers have been benefiting ever since from that memorable name, Frappucino.
December 6, 2010| by sherman8r
The holiday season is notorious for overeating and indulging in foods and treats that are high in sugar and fats. It doesn’t have to be that way, if we pick some healthy foods which can also be fixed in festive dishes.
Take Nuts for example. Though they have fat, some of the nut fats are actually healthy. Almonds, walnuts and Brazil nuts are three heart-healthy nuts that are delicious. Mix them with dark bittersweet chocolate (not milk chocolate) and with cookies, salads, breads and even poultry to add crunch and good taste.
November 28, 2010| by shawn
Two and a half weeks ago, during the annual Kona Coffee Cultural Festival, the staple Gevalia Kona Cupping Competition took place. To the best of my knowledge, there is no greater collection of Kona coffees in one place than this competition. Submission is free and any farm in Kona is permitted to submit a sample. This year, for the first time, I had the honor and pleasure of judging the competition.
November 27, 2010| by EricBNC
Presto MyPod 09402 - Senseo Coffee Machine Pod holder
It might be a stretch to consider the Presto MyPod 09402 to be a vintage piece but the fast paced and rapidly changing single serve coffee world this Senseo Adapter from Presto is definitely an old school item. Right now the best bet for finding one of these is by searching the online auction sites. These come up for sale often enough for around $10 - $12 shipped. Some I see are new, but most of the ones available for sale are pieces that have been lightly used.
November 15, 2010| by EricBNC
Have you ever had so nasty a cold that even coffee doesn't taste good? Sad as it is for me to type those words, I think that is where I am right now. My morning cup today is spiced with lemony hints from a Thera-Flu packet that promises relief from this crappiness that is my current state of existence. As bad as this tastes, it got me thinking that maybe this is a new direction Starbucks could head towards with their VIA instant coffee packs. Bright and Lively for the Morning, Decaf for the evening, and Via-Flu for those aches, pains, and runny noses. I am joking around with this concept, but I wonder when the world of over the counter medicine and coffee will collide.
October 29, 2010| by EricBNC
I like the Hario Skerton a lot and it is a great hand grinder, but if you are going to use it frequently be prepared to either buy a top bean hopper assembly from time to time (a steel burr shaft vs. a plastic bushing – we know which one will win out over time) or instead maybe modify the grinder by beefing up this weak link.
October 20, 2010| by sherman8r
A conversation was recently overheard in the coffee aisle of a large supermarket. Two ladies were contemplating the choices of coffees, whether to buy conventional products or organic coffees. They were wondering if organic coffee was actually any better health or taste-wise than regular coffee. “So many coffees, so little time… It would be nice if someone would lay all the facts out in front of us so we could better choose. I hate to spend all my time doing the research.”
October 6, 2010| by dgeeks
As soon as I stepped in the door at Flat Black's Dorchester branch in Boston, I immediately realized that these guys are very serious in what they are doing. The shiny red roasting machine at the back is used to roast the great variety of fresh coffee from around the globe - Brazil, Australia, Panama, Sumatra, Java … you name it.
And the best thing is that right ahead you can find all these great fresh roasted coffee on the shelf - just pick it up and you have it to brew at home and enjoy the tastes of your favorite coffee.
October 4, 2010| by sherman8r
Wherever you are, even if you’re experiencing an Indian summer and warm weather, or an early fall chill, turning that calendar page to October evokes memories and thoughts of pumpkins and what costume to wear for Halloween. The heat of summer will soon transition to the winds of October. As we sadly put away the iced coffee maker, we can look forward to hot brewed drinks again.