#Coffee Savants Roundtable :: Google+ Coffee Hangout

 

Talking COFFEE in a G+ Hangout


I was honored to be invited onto a Google+ hangout with several other ‘coffee’ people, titled “Coffee Savants Roundtable”.  I don’t consider myself a coffee ‘savant’, but I do know a little bit about coffee, and how to bring new people into the world of specialty coffee.  I wasn’t sure what this was going to be, but I am always up for a new adventure, so I gave it a shot.  I was part of a group of people from across the continent who were a part of the coffee industry in some way.  The video above is a recording of the rich conversation that took place.  This was such a diverse group of coffee lovers, that there were several viewpoints to every topic.  The great thing about coffee is that it is so subjective.  While sometimes my view differed from others in the group, it didn’t make my… or their opinions invalid.  I am looking forward to joining these folks again in the near future!  Here is a list of those who were in the hangout with me… [Read more…]

Coffee Chat With Mike Crimmins, of “Daily Shot of Coffee”

 
 
 
life is too short to drink bad coffee


 
“4 ounces of burnt ashtray water”  Listen for this quote in the podcast below!  I had the honor of being asked to do a podcast about coffee by Mike Crimmins, from DailyShotOfCoffee.com, back in February.  I ended up getting pretty sick the day before we were going to connect, and my cough just hung on forever!  We were finally able to get together and chat about….wait for it….COFFEE!   From how people can start the transition from industrial preground coffee to better coffee, our angst towards the ‘healthy coffee’ people, and why I started CoffeeNate.com, we covered it all.  We also talked social media marketing, and what we’re currently up to.


I’d like to thank my friend, Mike, for inviting me onto his show, and allowing me to simul-post the podcast!  Mike is someone that I had never spoken to before this show, but we’ve been ‘talking’ online for more than 3 years.  We launched our coffee websites at nearly the same time, and Mike has always been an encouraging force in my business.  You can connect with Mike on Facebook and Twitter.
 
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Podcast resources:

GoCoffeeGo– A great place to buy excellent coffees from several different quality roasters.
 

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Where are you on your coffee journey?
Do you have a coffee related question?
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Maxwell House Is Clueless

 
 

Maxwell House Ignorance

Today, I saw this commercial for Maxwell House French Roast coffee, and I nearly cried from laughing so hard.  You have to watch it!!!!  There are several things that demonstrate the absolute ignorance of Maxwell House (Kraft Foods), when it comes to coffee.  The main character in the video is ‘Ted’.  Here is what Maxwell House puts as the description of the video.

Watch and learn how Ted puts a stop to ridiculousness and gets back to basics. -MaxwellHouseVideos channel

Ted wanders into an upscale restaurant with his arms filled with an auto-drip coffee maker, and a can of Maxwell House French Roast coffee.   He walks up to a table, where a


couple are seated and a waiter about to plunge a pot of French Press coffee.  He walks up to the waiter and lets out a “Kawshck” (that’s as close to typing it as I can get).  Ted obnoxiously states, “Is this what we’re doing now?” (motioning to the press pot) He continues “I love the French.  French fries, I love, French kissing.  They lost me at the French Press. ” The couple is obviously annoyed by this “Ted” dude.  He then makes another stupid comment, “I DON’T WANT A PLUNGER ANYWHERE NEAR MY COFFEE.”  As if the plunger from the press pot is somehow like a toilet plunger.  Then he pompously says, “Not in my house!”  He exalts the virtues of using Maxwell House, and letting “gravity do the work.”  What an idiot. I also love their tagline, “Stay Grounded”, no thanks I’ll stay whole bean thank you very much!

I left this comment on their YouTube channel and Facebook post, which asked “Do you agree?”.

The French Press is older than the autodrip coffee maker. Do some research before spouting such “ridiculousness”! If you want to ‘get back to basics’, try selling whole beans.

I can sum up my feelings about Maxwell House French Roast and the auto-drip brewer with their own phrase …”Not in my house!”

What do you think about this commercial?  Please comment below!  Have a great day c[_]

 

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These are Coffee Beans :: What REAL Coffee Is :: Poetic Rant

 
These are coffee beans

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Would you drink curdled milk?  Perhaps you would enjoy a tasty piece of chicken that has been hiding behind the milk jug for the past 2 weeks?  Didn’t think so.  Of course we wouldn’t subject ourselves to these obviously rotten, and potentially dangerous foods.  Then why to do we do it with coffee?!

 Coffee is a food!  The coffee bean, is the seed inside of a piece of fruit.  When this seed is roasted, the sugars inside of the seed transform into very flavorful oils.  When left inside of the whole bean, they are protected to a certain extent, but once the bean is ground these oils are exposed to the elements, and there is nothing that we can do to stop the aging process.  Even if the coffee was fresh when packaged (highly unlikely), once the package is opened the timer starts.  

You must be figuring that the hypothetical timer must be set for a couple of weeks or so.  Actually, that timer is set for about a half an hour!  Those oils are


dead within minutes, and rotten within hours.  That is the precise moment that the majority of coffee companies package the coffee…after it is already rotten.  No wonder why the masses load their beverage with vanilla this, and caramel that.  They are trying to disguise the grotesque flavor.  That is exactly what the Vikings used to do with their rotten meat.  They would plaster it with various seasonings to hide the foul smell and flavor.  

The good news is that we don’t have to live this way!  You can choose fresh roasted whole bean coffee, grind it just before brewing, and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee…real coffee.  You may still prefer to put some cream in it (not me!), but you will do this to enhance the flavor of the coffee, not to mask it.  

So what’s stopping you from trying fresh roasted coffee?

How can I help you make the switch?

Why do you drink your Folgers / Maxwell House / Nescafe junk?

I would really love it if you would answer in the comments below.  I want to help you to make the transition, save money, and save you from having stomach pain due to drinking rotten coffee.  The first step is to admit it.  Why not start now?

A couple of suggestions of where to buy coffee online are:

GoCoffeeGo.com –  These guys have a collection of coffees from the best roasters in North America, all in one spot!  They have frequent deals, and they make it easy to try new stuff with one easy checkout process.

Camano Island Coffee – This company has a few amazing coffees.  They could have more, but I’ve only had a few of them and I loved all of them.  Most notably was the Papua New Guinea.  A company built on sustainable practices.  Check out my full review of Camano Island Coffee Roasters.

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Say No To Bad #Coffee

just say no to bad coffee

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I get coffee sent to me all of the time.  I’ve been really fortunate that the great majority of these coffees have been exceptional. I’m really impressed at the number of coffee roasters that do an amazing job. Companies obviously hope that I like their stuff, and feel obliged to blog about it.  I don’t think they entertain the thought of what will happen if I do not like it.  In the past, I’ve just ignored coffees that were bad and have not shared them with you.  I didn’t want to hurt feelings, or seem disrespectful.  On the other hand, I think it is more important to let the chips fall where they may, and be honest with my visitors.  So here goes nothin’…

Here are a couple of shipments of coffee that I did not really enjoy.  This doesn’t mean that these companies don’t have some quality coffees, but the ones they chose to send to me were less than stellar.


  1. Newhall Coffee
    First up, is Newhall Coffee.  A long time ago, they shipped me a monstrous number of coffees from their California Blends.  Whoever is in charge of shipping coffee to bloggers and reviewers really needs to learn a couple of things.  First, never ship preground coffee to anyone who really cares about coffee.  I tried a cup of each of the blends, and was less than impressed by the bland, thin, and even at times revolting flavors.  Their website says they hand pick the top %1 of beans, but that was definitely not reflective in these blends.
  2. CoffeeAM
    I received some coffees from CoffeeAM recently.  These coffees were not in the poor state that the Newhall coffees were, but they were decidedly underwhelming.  I tasted the Costa Rican Reserve, Kenyan, and Sumatra Black Satin.  None of the coffees were terrible, but they didn’t excite me either.  The worst of the three was the Sumatran.  I like a Sumatran to be roasted full city, but this was charred.  It also left me with an upset stomach with each cup.  The Costa Rican was palatable, but nothing spectacular.  I’ve had Costa Rican coffees that were exceptional, but this wasn’t one of them.  I am tempted to order some Ethiopian Sidama from them, before I make my final determination about this company.  Perhaps I just got a series of coffees that I personally don’t like.

A couple of suggestions of where to buy coffee online are:

GoCoffeeGo.com –  These guys have a collection of coffees from the best roasters in North America, all in one spot!  They have frequent deals, and they make it easy to try new stuff with one easy checkout process.

Camano Island Coffee – This company has a few amazing coffees.  They could have more, but I’ve only had a few of them and I loved all of them.  Most notably was the Papua New Guinea.  A company built on sustainable practices.  Check out my full review of Camano Island Coffee Roasters.

What do you think?!

What do you think about bad coffee?  Is bad coffee better than no coffee?  Do you drink coffee for its medicinal properties, or for the total experience?  I drink it for the total experience, and will opt for water when faced with the choice between bad coffee, or no coffee.  How about you?

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