CoffeeNate Episode #2 : A Unique Brewing Method


Have your coffee question answered on the show!
Ask CoffeeNate CLICK HERE


Nate Recommended Product:
The AeroPress, create premium quality coffee on a budget!

Thank you for visiting CoffeeNate.com today.  I really appreciate your support and all of the positive comments after last weeks launch of CoffeeNate.com!  Keep the questions and comments pouring in and I will begin answering your questions on upcoming episodes.  Whether your question is about a coffee that I have already reviewed, a new coffee, ethical issues pertaining to coffee, brewing methods, how to make a latte, what is a latte, or coffee whatever, feel free to ask.  That’s why I’m here!  Future episode topics already include;

  • Where Does My Coffee Come From?
  • What is Fair Trade Coffee?
  • What is coffee?
  • Various product reviews

This week I am featuring the ‘AeroPress Coffee & Espresso Maker’ .  At first glance, this looks like a complicated gizmo, but its very easy to use.  Watch the video for a simple instructional on how to use the AeroPress coffee brewer.  The AeroPress uses pressure to force the hot water through the grinds.  Using pressure eliminates the need for


the grinds to steep in the hot water, as with the french press.  Due to this fact, and the use of the included small filter, we can use a fine grind coffee with the AeroPress, thus allowing for a more complete release of flavor from the beans.  What you are left with is an excellent cup of coffee, full of flavor with no bitter aftertaste.  The brewer produces a concentrated coffee that can be topped off with milk for a latte, or hot water for an ‘American’ coffee drink.  Two scoops yields two 6 ounce cups of coffee.  I prefer my coffee to be quite strong, so I prefer to only slightly dilute it and make one cup rather than two.

As you saw in the video, this week’s featured coffee is from Shock Coffee® and is their Organic Blend . This blend produces an excellent cup of coffee with a medium body and a smooth finish.  The Organic Blend is certified Fair Trade and is USDA certified organic as well.  Fair Trade certification ensures that the farmer is compensated at a fair price and provides important benefits to the entire community.  Some companies claim to ‘practice fair trade’ or ‘relationship trading’, but unless they are certified you really have to do research to see what their practices are.  I will cover this topic more thoroughly in an upcoming episode, but it is important to seek certified products.   When you purchase the coffee, it arrives in a case of 24 / 2.75 ounce packages.  This is an excellent way to keep the coffee from getting stale.  The price point is very reasonable as well, it works out to be $8.47 per pound with a total weight of 4.125 pounds.  You get an additional %5 discount if you choose the auto-ship option.  At the moment, Canadian shipping is possible, but very expensive at about $24.  USA shipping is currently $2 for UPS ground.

Thank you again for visiting CoffeeNate.com and being a part of the community.  Again, I value your input and would love to answer your questions and concerns.  This site is a place to ask, share, and learn.  All of this coffee talk has me craving a hot cup of java right now!  Be sure to visit often and keep up with the episodes, because their is always something brewing at CoffeeNate.com! 😉


Today’s featured product:
Shock Coffee "Organic Blend"

Say something!

Please leave a comment or ask a question

  • TriciaMeyer

    Love the video! Very snazzy introduction. I'm not even a coffee drinker and you had me interested through until the end of the video. LOL! I know quite a few Shock Coffee fans. I only heard of them recently, but I have heard great things.

  • Love the video! Very snazzy introduction. I'm not even a coffee drinker and you had me interested through until the end of the video. LOL! I know quite a few Shock Coffee fans. I only heard of them recently, but I have heard great things.

  • nate_s

    Thank you for your comment Tricia! I'm just having a blast with this site. I am glad that you enjoyed the videos, it's a gamble putting yourself out there for the world to see. 🙂 I guess I had a good teacher. lol If you stick around you will become a coffee snob like me.

  • Thank you for your comment Tricia! I'm just having a blast with this site. I am glad that you enjoyed the videos, it's a gamble putting yourself out there for the world to see. 🙂 I guess I had a good teacher. lol If you stick around you will become a coffee snob like me.

  • Joni

    Hi Nate, Great idea…I'll tell all my coffee drinking friends and relatives about your site.

  • Joni

    Hi Nate, Great idea…I'll tell all my coffee drinking friends and relatives about your site.

  • nate_s

    Thanks for stopping by Joni! Thanks for your support too! 🙂 You can be a fan of CoffeeNate.com on facebook by clicking this link… <a href="http://www.facebook.com/pages/CoffeeNatecom/68474779514?ref=nf&quot; target="_blank">http://www.facebook.com/pages/CoffeeNatecom/68474…</a>

  • Thanks for stopping by Joni! Thanks for your support too! 🙂 You can be a fan of CoffeeNate.com on facebook by clicking this link… http://www.facebook.com/pages/CoffeeNatecom/68474

  • thompsond

    nate, if you are interested in doing interviews later on…i have a coworker here from colombia who has lots of experience working with groups who produce coffee in colombia, and who are now doing diversified agriculture projects. he has a wealth of knowledge about the effects of monoculture on communities, since he has been working in rural colombia and international organizations for many years. just a thought! he was the one in that video dave

  • nate, if you are interested in doing interviews later on…i have a coworker here from colombia who has lots of experience working with groups who produce coffee in colombia, and who are now doing diversified agriculture projects. he has a wealth of knowledge about the effects of monoculture on communities, since he has been working in rural colombia and international organizations for many years. just a thought! he was the one in that video
    dave

    • That would be really interesting Dave! We are so used to just getting our coffee fix that we seldom reflect on what goes on behind the scenes so to speak. There are a lot of growers in these regions that cannot even provide for their families, and I don't mean they can't afford to go to McDonald's, I mean living in a lean-to with no clothes and hardly any scraps of food. That is an area where we can make a difference by purchasing our coffee from certified organizations that ensure these growers are being compensated appropriately. In addition to the compensation, there are health concerns as well. Some companies claim to be involved in the community and blah blah blah, but their growers are killing themselves with the improper use of pesticides and fertilizers. These chemicals also negatively effect the flavor of the coffee! I'm not an environmentalist in any way, but I do think that we should be good stewards of God's creation.

  • nate_s

    That would be really interesting Dave! We are so used to just getting our coffee fix that we seldom reflect on what goes on behind the scenes so to speak. There are a lot of growers in these regions that cannot even provide for their families, and I don't mean they can't afford to go to McDonald's, I mean living in a lean-to with no clothes and hardly any scraps of food. That is an area where we can make a difference by purchasing our coffee from certified organizations that ensure these growers are being compensated appropriately. In addition to the compensation, there are health concerns as well. Some companies claim to be involved in the community and blah blah blah, but their growers are killing themselves with the improper use of pesticides and fertilizers. These chemicals also negatively effect the flavor of the coffee! I'm not an environmentalist in any way, but I do think that we should be good stewards of God's creation.

  • Amie

    Nate this is fantastic! I will be checking back regularly to see what is new- I love that you are reviewing coffees and brewing methods. Check this press/mug out: <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000KJ9VFG?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=reviewsnratin-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B000KJ9VFG&quot; target="_blank">French Press Mug – Boot Cut – By Planetary Design</a>

  • Amie

    Nate this is fantastic! I will be checking back regularly to see what is new- I love that you are reviewing coffees and brewing methods. Check this press/mug out: French Press Mug – Boot Cut – By Planetary Design

  • nate_s

    That's really cool Amie, a mug that is a brewer too….hmmm. I might have to try that out, it's a 20 ouncer so not a bad size either. Thanks for your comments 🙂

  • That's really cool Amie, a mug that is a brewer too….hmmm. I might have to try that out, it's a 20 ouncer so not a bad size either. Thanks for your comments 🙂

  • nate_s

    AMAZING BUT TRUE! Well it's been a few weeks since I first tried the AeroPress and I am more conviced now that it is the best brewer that I have had yet! I am consistenly getting a ton of crema! The secret for me it two things. Use freshly ground coffee ( less than 5 minutes old) and stir vigorously for 10 seconds, let sit for 10 seconds and then depress the plunger with your entire body mass…reallly lean into it! There will be a lot of resistance until you see the air work through the 'puck'. At this point, it becomes much easier to plunge it and that is when the crema comes forth! Add the espresso to a half of a cup of hot water, not the other way around. If you add water to the espresso, you kill the delicate crema. Enjoy! 🙂

  • nate_s

    AMAZING BUT TRUE! Well it's been a few weeks since I first tried the AeroPress and I am more conviced now that it is the best brewer that I have had yet! I am consistenly getting a ton of crema! The secret for me it two things. Use freshly ground coffee ( less than 5 minutes old) and stir vigorously for 10 seconds, let sit for 10 seconds and then depress the plunger with your entire body mass…reallly lean into it! There will be a lot of resistance until you see the air work through the 'puck'. At this point, it becomes much easier to plunge it and that is when the crema comes forth! Add the espresso to a half of a cup of hot water, not the other way around. If you add water to the espresso, you kill the delicate crema. Enjoy! 🙂

  • nate_s

    While this method is no longer my absolute favorite (see my siphon pot video) <a href="http://coffeenate.com/siphon-vac-pot-tutorial/&quot; target="_blank">http://coffeenate.com/siphon-vac-pot-tutorial…</a> it is an excellent way to brew coffee. This is the only method using a paper filter that creates a rich cup! The flavor is really smooth, and drinkers with occasional stomach problems affected by coffee drinking have noted that the AeroPress greatly reduces this symptom!

  • While this method is no longer my absolute favorite (see my siphon pot video) http://coffeenate.com/siphon-vac-pot-tutorial… it is an excellent way to brew coffee. This is the only method using a paper filter that creates a rich cup! The flavor is really smooth, and drinkers with occasional stomach problems affected by coffee drinking have noted that the AeroPress greatly reduces this symptom!

  • Julie

    Thanks, Nate. I've never seen or heard of the AeroPress until now. I might consider getting one of these if it is small enough to pack well for travel. I don't like bottled water, or even &quot;filtered&quot; bottled water, because many times they sit on the shelves for a long time at the stores. If I have a long hotel stay (3 nights or longer is considered a long hotel stay for me if clean-tasting water is involved!), I bring my own water filter (like a used one from my Brita – and I replace the one at home with a new one). I also bring a large ziplock bag which packs easily. I then cut a hole in the plastic bag to fit the water filter snugly (kind of like you would cut a hole when you would use a simple plastic bag to use as a pastry bag for piping filling/frosting) – does that make sense? Then I fill the bag with tap water, run it through the filter, and into a cup. (I also bring those Platypus water containers which pack flat and fill those in the hotel room.) The two drinks I drink most often – water and coffee.

  • Julie

    Thanks, Nate. I've never seen or heard of the AeroPress until now. I might consider getting one of these if it is small enough to pack well for travel. I don't like bottled water, or even "filtered" bottled water, because many times they sit on the shelves for a long time at the stores. If I have a long hotel stay (3 nights or longer is considered a long hotel stay for me if clean-tasting water is involved!), I bring my own water filter (like a used one from my Brita – and I replace the one at home with a new one). I also bring a large ziplock bag which packs easily. I then cut a hole in the plastic bag to fit the water filter snugly (kind of like you would cut a hole when you would use a simple plastic bag to use as a pastry bag for piping filling/frosting) – does that make sense? Then I fill the bag with tap water, run it through the filter, and into a cup. (I also bring those Platypus water containers which pack flat and fill those in the hotel room.) The two drinks I drink most often – water and coffee.