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.  No more excuses, you will get the real me, uncut, uncensored, unedited…unless it’s really bad 😉  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.  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 🙂  Watch for my Cyber Monday Coffee Christmas show!  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.  The flavor was full, rich, and very tasty.  If you love dark roasted coffee without the common burnt taste, then I suggest you try some of this yummy coffee.


I also got some unique coffees from BaristaOnDutY who I met through Twitter.  He roasts all of his coffees pan style in small micro batches.  I was impressed with the even degree of roasting despite being pan roasted.  The light roasts are perfect for tasting the varietal flavors that are unique to the region.  He’s much better than I am, as I found that there were differences in some of my pan roasted batches.  The Yirgacheffe offers a pleasing citrus/ lemon zest tone, while the Harrar is more of a blueberry sweetness with a milk chocolate finish.  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.  It was a medium roast and reminded me of an Autumn day, with the scent of the colorful deciduous leaves in the Fall air.  The flavor isn’t overpowering, but it does offer notes of chocolate, pumpkin pie, and a subtle earthiness.  This is a very smooth cup of coffee.  I also have some of their Tanzanian Peaberry.  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.  I like this coffee best as espresso.  It offers a slightly smoky sweetness that compliments the brewing method, and with a bit of steamed milk, makes a nice drink.  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.  Kohana reports that they have a relationship with their Hawaiian growers.  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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