CoffeeNate #23:: Speedy Reviews of Awesome Coffees


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So it’s been a bit since my last video, and I’ve been really itching to get in front of the camera again, but life is so busy…and loud…and busy.ย  No more excuses, you will get the real me, uncut, uncensored, unedited…unless it’s really bad ๐Ÿ˜‰ย  Anyway, the past couple of weeks I’ve been drinking some really outstanding coffees from various roasters and I’m going to share them with you.ย  I wish I could take the time to devote a show to each one, but it wouldn’t be fair to make you wait so long ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Watch for my Cyber Monday Coffee Christmas show!ย  I’ll have some gift ideas, and maybe a drink recipe too.

Kohana Coffee

I received some samples of Kohana coffee recently and although it was just enough for a single pot, I instantly fell in love with their %100 Hawaiian Select ($20.65) dark roasted coffee.ย  The flavor was full, rich, and very tasty.ย  If you love dark roasted coffee without the common burnt taste, then I suggest you try some of this yummy coffee.

BaristaOnDutY

I also got some unique coffees from BaristaOnDutY who I met through Twitter.ย  He roasts all of his coffees pan style in small micro batches.ย  I was impressed with the even degree of roasting despite being pan roasted.ย  The light roasts are perfect for tasting the varietal flavors that are unique to the region.ย  He’s much better than I am, as I found that there were differences in some of my pan roasted batches.ย  The Yirgacheffe offers a pleasing citrus/ lemon zest tone, while the Harrar is more of a blueberry sweetness with a milk chocolate finish.ย  The coffees sell for $10/6oz.

The Fine Grind

Anita at The Fine Grind, located in Kettering Ohio, suggested two of her personal favorite coffees. The “India Mysore: Gold Nuggets” ($16.95/lb) is a delightful cup.ย  It was a medium roast and reminded me of an Autumn day, with the scent of the colorful deciduous leaves in the Fall air.ย  The flavor isn’t overpowering, but it does offer notes of chocolate, pumpkin pie, and a subtle earthiness.ย  This is a very smooth cup of coffee.ย  I also have some of their Tanzanian Peaberry.ย  This coffee is darker roasted, with a luxuriant gleam of oil prevalent on the outside of the beans, but not too dark that all of the flavor is cooked out of it.ย  I like this coffee best as espresso.ย  It offers a slightly smoky sweetness that compliments the brewing method, and with a bit of steamed milk, makes a nice drink.ย  The Fine Grind offers a massive assortment of blends and single origin coffees to choose from, and they also allow you to select the degree of roasting when you order.

While I truly enjoyed all of these coffees, I would’ve liked to see more of a relationship with the growers.ย  Kohana reports that they have a relationship with their Hawaiian growers.ย  None of these were Fair Trade certified, which is not the end all and be all, but it does show a commitment to sustainability through better growing practices, and better business conditions for the communities.

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Nate

Nate is a special kind of coffee lover. He began drinking the same swill that most others do, but thought there must be something better out there. Sure enough, he was right, even more so than he ever dreamed possible. He soon found his way into the specialty coffee industry, and was tasting exceptional coffees from dozens of roasters from around the country. He is now committed to teaching others how they can appreciate coffee, and how they can make the best coffee in town and save money at the same time! Cheers c[_]

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  • javanjazz

    The beans I'm enjoying right now(from Transcend here in Edmonton)are a rich caramelly/nutty Cafetin de San Martin from the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. Nice bit of fruity sweetness so the label says, but I missed that with my cold. Did pick-up on the caramel & yeah the nut kind of came a bit later, very nice! Just hope they still have it when I've shaken this cold off.

  • javanjazz

    The beans I'm enjoying right now(from Transcend here in Edmonton)are a rich caramelly/nutty Cafetin de San Martin from the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. Nice bit of fruity sweetness so the label says, but I missed that with my cold. Did pick-up on the caramel & yeah the nut kind of came a bit later, very nice! Just hope they still have it when I've shaken this cold off.

    • Thank you for your comment. Yeah, some coffees have more subtle flavors that do get missed when you have a cold…or smoke ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since I've quit using tobacco I can taste everything so much better! I think that's the real reason people gain weight when they quit, food tastes better! Anyway, hope you feel better soon, and the beans stay fresh for you.

  • nate_s

    Thank you for your comment. Yeah, some coffees have more subtle flavors that do get missed when you have a cold…or smoke ๐Ÿ˜‰ Since I've quit using tobacco I can taste everything so much better! I think that's the real reason people gain weight when they quit, food tastes better! Anyway, hope you feel better soon, and the beans stay fresh for you.

  • Mike Crimmins

    I'm really a fan of the Barista On Duty Coffees, especially the Harrar. I thought it was one of the best coffees that I've tried this year. Great video, we need more Coffee Nate!

  • Mike Crimmins

    I'm really a fan of the Barista On Duty Coffees, especially the Harrar. I thought it was one of the best coffees that I've tried this year.

    Great video, we need more Coffee Nate!

    • Yeah, me too. I was pleasantly surprised. I try not to judge a book by it's cover, and when I saw the non branded ziplock type bags I thought "Oh no…" but when I tasted the Harrar I was thrilled with it. I dread the day that I have to tell a roaster that their stuff stinks. I've been fortunate so far, but that day will inevitably come, and I will tell the coffee world what my honest opinion is.

  • Anita

    Thanks for the review, Nate! Glad you liked the two I sent you…..the Gold Nugget is one of my favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Thanks for the review, Nate! Glad you liked the two I sent you…..the Gold Nugget is one of my favorites. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • No problem Anita! I see a few more on your list that I'd like to try, maybe sometime down the road ๐Ÿ™‚ If I'm ever in southern Ohio, I'll drop you a line.

  • nate_s

    Yeah, me too. I was pleasantly surprised. I try not to judge a book by it's cover, and when I saw the non branded ziplock type bags I thought "Oh no…" but when I tasted the Harrar I was thrilled with it. I dread the day that I have to tell a roaster that their stuff stinks. I've been fortunate so far, but that day will inevitably come, and I will tell the coffee world what my honest opinion is.

  • nate_s

    No problem Anita! I see a few more on your list that I'd like to try, maybe sometime down the road ๐Ÿ™‚ If I'm ever in southern Ohio, I'll drop you a line.

  • Piper

    Thanks for the review Nate – and so glad you liked the Hawaiian Select. We found that bean several years ago on the North Shore of Oahu and fell in love. We're very careful not to over roast – I just can't bear to lose what we've paid for by doing so. We're also careful working with farms and importers to adhere to our philosophy of fair trade and sustainable practices – it's such a black & white issue – if they can't have a fair living wage and sustain themselves and their families – we don't have coffee. Although this farm is not certified we researched their practices and they are good. It's also not certified organic but doesn't use pesticides – all plus points to us. Next time you get a bigger bag – PROMISE!!!

  • Thanks for the review Nate – and so glad you liked the Hawaiian Select. We found that bean several years ago on the North Shore of Oahu and fell in love. We're very careful not to over roast – I just can't bear to lose what we've paid for by doing so. We're also careful working with farms and importers to adhere to our philosophy of fair trade and sustainable practices – it's such a black & white issue – if they can't have a fair living wage and sustain themselves and their families – we don't have coffee. Although this farm is not certified we researched their practices and they are good. It's also not certified organic but doesn't use pesticides – all plus points to us. Next time you get a bigger bag – PROMISE!!!

    • Great to hear Piper! A lot of consumers love to hear the behind the scenes stories about how your company is helping the source community. I'm sure Hawaii must be different than Columbia, but knowing about the growing practices is helpful too. Good deal about the bigger bag! I'd rather get a real feel for one or two varieties than a teaser of 6 ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your comment.

  • Debbie

    I love reading great reviews like this – and Kettering is within driving distance – I may just have to take a day trip to The Fine Grind – fantastic idea!

  • I love reading great reviews like this – and Kettering is within driving distance – I may just have to take a day trip to The Fine Grind – fantastic idea!

    • That's cool! I wish I was closer to the companies I've been sampling, but I live way up north…not much coffee roasting going on. (my future plan) Be sure to tell Anita that I sent you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • nate_s

    Great to hear Piper! A lot of consumers love to hear the behind the scenes stories about how your company is helping the source community. I'm sure Hawaii must be different than Columbia, but knowing about the growing practices is helpful too. Good deal about the bigger bag! I'd rather get a real feel for one or two varieties than a teaser of 6 ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank you for your comment.

  • nate_s

    That's cool! I wish I was closer to the companies I've been sampling, but I live way up north…not much coffee roasting going on. (my future plan) Be sure to tell Anita that I sent you ๐Ÿ™‚

  • @dragynally

    Now I have to find the cash to buy these and try them. Thanks for the coffeeducation!

  • Now I have to find the cash to buy these and try them. Thanks for the coffeeducation!

  • Gurest

    What's your opinion of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe or Sidamo? These are two of my favorites (from the original home of coffee).

  • Gurest

    What's your opinion of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe or Sidamo? These are two of my favorites (from the original home of coffee).

    • Great question…sadly, I haven't had any Sidamo yet! I know I'm missing out…that's on my short list. Sooo many great coffees out there, and I love the Ethiopian stuff! My favorite thus far is Hararr, so cool how that blueberry flavor bursts through on your tongue. I'm learning more all of the time, and digging every step on my coffee journey!

  • nate_s

    Great question…sadly, I haven't had any Sidamo yet! I know I'm missing out…that's on my short list. Sooo many great coffees out there, and I love the Ethiopian stuff! My favorite thus far is Hararr, so cool how that blueberry flavor bursts through on your tongue. I'm learning more all of the time, and digging every step on my coffee journey!