CoffeeNate Episode #1 : The French Press

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Wow, after weeks of waiting with baited breath you are about to embark on the online coffee revolution!  My set has been turned into a construction zone which severely hampered efforts to get this site off the ground, but NO MORE EXCUSES!  I’ve put the distractions aside and have produced the first CoffeeNate video.  This week I am covering a simple brewing method that produces a superior tasting cup of coffee.  You don’t have to spend hundreds of dollars on a brewer to make a great tasting, high quality cup of coffee!  The French Press is a very underrated way of making coffee.  Follow the simple instructional video guide and you’ll be making your own tasty joe in minutes.  One of the most important things you will need is


a quality grinder!  I don’t care how much it is, if your grinder has blades in it THROW IT IN THE GARBAGE!  If you have used a blade grinder you know what I’m talking about.  You’ve gone to throw the used grinds into the trash and you see what appears to be full beans, or close to it, in the filter!  It’s true, you will still have huge chunks and at the same time have coffee dust in your grind…not good.  The dust creates a super bitter taste that you would probably blame on the beans if you didn’t know better.  With a burr grinder you simply select from fine to coarse and the grinder will produce a uniform sized particle that produces the flavor you are looking for.  Tune in next Sunday for episode two where I will explore an innovative brewer that takes the concept of the French Press a step further thus producing a smooth flavor that brings out the full potential of your beans.

I featured the Kicking Horse Coffee roasters line of coffees in this video.  I have always loved the dark smokey sweetness of the Kick Ass blend!  Until just recently, Kicking Horse Coffee was only available in Canada, but now…finally…you can buy Kicking Horse Coffee in the USA too!  You will also save an additional %25 when you use the coupon code KICKINGH. I know you will enjoy this great line of coffees as much as I do.  You’ll love the Kick Ass coffee if you like a deep luxuriant roast, but if you like something a little lighter, I suggest Three Sisters blend.  Enjoy 😀

Just a little word of caution. If you continue to follow this video blog you will become a ‘Coffee Snob’.  You will no longer be satisfied with the gas station brew and you will find yourself turning your nose up at Tim Hortons’ ‘coffee’.  On the other hand, you will know the difference between mediocre coffee and a quality cup.  It’s not just the beans…or the ginder…or the brewer…it’s everything working together that give you that satisfying taste to get you through the day, and you will find how to create it here, at CoffeeNate.com!  See you next week.

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  • Tamara

    Wow…I can see you are sampling my PERSONAL FAVOURITE!!! It's more expensive in comparison to a can of Folgers (by the way, can you tell me what the "crystals" really are and why that would be something one would want in their coffee???) however considering you are getting quality shade grown Arabica beans, fairly traded, in a non-chemical & pesticide-laden cup of quality brew which tastes a 1000 times better, why not switch to an ethical 'fix' by making a POT for the price of a cup of Tim's. Coffee is the 1st or 2nd largest commodity in the world…and cheap java is making someone a TON of jack, meanwhile financially raping farmers and contributing to poverty and pollution of villages and habitat in countries where they are being paid sweat shop salaries and forced to grow poor quality coffee just to survive and keep up with the demands of greedy westerners who don't have a clue what is really happening–I could go on, but I won't. I'm looking forward to hearing more from your reviews, Nate. The good, the bad, and the ugly!

  • Tamara

    Wow…I can see you are sampling my PERSONAL FAVOURITE!!! It's more expensive in comparison to a can of Folgers (by the way, can you tell me what the "crystals" really are and why that would be something one would want in their coffee???) however considering you are getting quality shade grown Arabica beans, fairly traded, in a non-chemical & pesticide-laden cup of quality brew which tastes a 1000 times better, why not switch to an ethical 'fix' by making a POT for the price of a cup of Tim's. Coffee is the 1st or 2nd largest commodity in the world…and cheap java is making someone a TON of jack, meanwhile financially raping farmers and contributing to poverty and pollution of villages and habitat in countries where they are being paid sweat shop salaries and forced to grow poor quality coffee just to survive and keep up with the demands of greedy westerners who don't have a clue what is really happening–I could go on, but I won't. I'm looking forward to hearing more from your reviews, Nate. The good, the bad, and the ugly!

  • nate_s

    Thanks for the support Tamara. That is a great comparison, one pot of quality coffee is cheaper than the sock sweat being pedaled by Timmys. Take a deep breathe though, westerners are also very giving and rally behind great causes once educated. I will be talking about the virtues of Fair Trade very soon. "Crystals" refers to the freezed dried goodness…mmmmmmmmMMmmm…that was sarcastic by the way! 🙂 Nothing like robusta coffee that is brewed then dehydrated and then jarred. Yech!

  • Thanks for the support Tamara. That is a great comparison, one pot of quality coffee is cheaper than the sock sweat being pedaled by Timmys. Take a deep breathe though, westerners are also very giving and rally behind great causes once educated. I will be talking about the virtues of Fair Trade very soon. "Crystals" refers to the freezed dried goodness…mmmmmmmmMMmmm…that was sarcastic by the way! 🙂 Nothing like robusta coffee that is brewed then dehydrated and then jarred. Yech!

  • dave thompson

    nate, sweet site and I enjoyed the video! I started using a french press a few months ago, and I missed a few steps. this helped me out! also, I have a video from my trip to colombia of people making coffee with some pics. that may be good to post sometime. 🙂 i'm going to have to find a cheap burr grinder – any suggestions in SSM? cheers, looking forward to some fair trade..

  • dave thompson

    nate, sweet site and I enjoyed the video! I started using a french press a few months ago, and I missed a few steps. this helped me out! also, I have a video from my trip to colombia of people making coffee with some pics. that may be good to post sometime. 🙂 i'm going to have to find a cheap burr grinder – any suggestions in SSM?
    cheers,

    looking forward to some fair trade..

    • Thanks Dave! A word of caution as far as a cheap burr grinder goes. I got one from Gordon Foods for $45. It's just OK, it makes a clump of dust at the top that has to be carefully removed or else it gets into your coffee and makes it bitter. The link in my post (above) for a burr grinder from Amazon.com offers a high quality model for a reasonable price. You could spend hundreds on just a grinder…ouch! The one from Amazon is %30 off right now and costs $89.00 I'm actually buying that exact one from them too. I'd like to check out your video too. Post it to FB or something and I'll watch it. Cya 🙂

  • nate_s

    Thanks Dave! A word of caution as far as a cheap burr grinder goes. I got one from Gordon Foods for $45. It's just OK, it makes a clump of dust at the top that has to be carefully removed or else it gets into your coffee and makes it bitter. The link in my post (above) for a burr grinder from Amazon.com offers a high quality model for a reasonable price. You could spend hundreds on just a grinder…ouch! The one from Amazon is %30 off right now and costs $89.00 I'm actually buying that exact one from them too. I'd like to check out your video too. Post it to FB or something and I'll watch it. Cya 🙂

  • David The Bongo Guy

    THANKS FOR THAT … I had no idea that this was even a possible way to make a great cup of coffee… what is a typical cost of the french press? where can I get some of your coffee? Is there samples?

  • David The Bongo Guy

    THANKS FOR THAT … I had no idea that this was even a possible way to make a great cup of coffee… what is a typical cost of the french press? where can I get some of your coffee? Is there samples?

    • Hey there Bongo Guy! You can order the one in the above post for $29.95. It's a great press that is already insulated to keep your coffee hot without cooking it. Click the link in the post "French Press". If you live in Canada you can purchase Kicking Horse Coffee from the grocery store, usually in the organic/health food section. No free samples…sorry. If you live in the USA then it will be available in the future via Amazon.com. I do plan on producing my own coffee in the future, because there is always room for improvement. This weekend you can watch episode 2 in which another coffee brand and brewing style will be featured. Thanks for stopping by!

  • nate_s

    Hey there Bongo Guy! You can order the one in the above post for $29.95. It's a great press that is already insulated to keep your coffee hot without cooking it. Click the link in the post "French Press". If you live in Canada you can purchase Kicking Horse Coffee from the grocery store, usually in the organic/health food section. No free samples…sorry. If you live in the USA then it will be available in the future via Amazon.com. I do plan on producing my own coffee in the future, because there is always room for improvement. This weekend you can watch episode 2 in which another coffee brand and brewing style will be featured. Thanks for stopping by!

  • thompsond
  • nate_s

    Thanks Dave! It's pretty cool to see what it's really like in these countries. That's why it's so important to purchase Fair Trade certified varieties. This ensures that the small farming families and their communities are getting a fair price for their hard work. Some places practically steal the crops from the smaller producers. Fair Trade programs improve the economic climate for the entire community in which the farmers live. Good stuff! 🙂

  • Thanks Dave! It's pretty cool to see what it's really like in these countries. That's why it's so important to purchase Fair Trade certified varieties. This ensures that the small farming families and their communities are getting a fair price for their hard work. Some places practically steal the crops from the smaller producers. Fair Trade programs improve the economic climate for the entire community in which the farmers live. Good stuff! 🙂

  • nate_s

    Some of you have asked where to purchase Kicking Horse Coffee, many Canadian grocery stores carry it and it runs about $16 per pound. If you buy from their website, it's $13.95 per pound and they have some different varieties that I haven't seen in stores. The shipping is a bit pricey so you should order larger quantities or combine with friends. Hopefully, their deal with Amazon will be in place soon and we can have something a little more reliable in that regard for US customers. <a href="http://www.KickingHorseCoffee.com&quot; target="_blank">http://www.KickingHorseCoffee.com</a&gt;

  • Some of you have asked where to purchase Kicking Horse Coffee, many Canadian grocery stores carry it and it runs about $16 per pound. If you buy from their website, it's $13.95 per pound and they have some different varieties that I haven't seen in stores. The shipping is a bit pricey so you should order larger quantities or combine with friends. Hopefully, their deal with Amazon will be in place soon and we can have something a little more reliable in that regard for US customers. http://www.KickingHorseCoffee.com

  • nate_s

    I am going to start grading my favorite coffees on a scale of 1-100, kinda like when you were in grade school. It's like a grade, 60-69 Horrid, 70-79 Terrible, 80-89 Acceptable, 90-99 High Quality. This week's coffee was Kicking Horse Coffee and here are my grades; KickAss = 94 454 HorsePower = 92 CliffHanger Espresso = 89 In the weeks to come I will compile a list of coffees that are reviewed and I will add brands and blends as they are covered.

  • I am going to start grading my favorite coffees on a scale of 1-100, kinda like when you were in grade school. It's like a grade, 60-69 Horrid, 70-79 Terrible, 80-89 Acceptable, 90-99 High Quality. This week's coffee was Kicking Horse Coffee and here are my grades;
    KickAss = 94
    454 HorsePower = 92
    CliffHanger Espresso = 89

    In the weeks to come I will compile a list of coffees that are reviewed and I will add brands and blends as they are covered.

  • Amie

    Nate, after watching that video the question that is burning within me is this: where can I buy a giant beautiful CAN of Kicking Horse coffee?? Call me a glutton, but it just seems like the more sensible way for a caffeine junkie to purchase her stash;)

  • Amie

    Nate, after watching that video the question that is burning within me is this: where can I buy a giant beautiful CAN of Kicking Horse coffee?? Call me a glutton, but it just seems like the more sensible way for a caffeine junkie to purchase her stash;)

  • nate_s

    Hi Amie…you can only get the cans through their website. I was amazed to receive 6 cans from them! I love their coffees, but I was hoping for some of the more obscure blends. The cans are actually smaller than the bags. The bags are one pound, and the cans contain 13 ounces.

  • Hi Amie…you can only get the cans through their website. I was amazed to receive 6 cans from them! I love their coffees, but I was hoping for some of the more obscure blends. The cans are actually smaller than the bags. The bags are one pound, and the cans contain 13 ounces.

  • Brian Givens

    I bought a 12.4 Oz. can of Kicking Horse 454 at a World Market store in North Canton,Ohio for $3.89 on sale today 6/10/2009. Very good.

  • Brian Givens

    I bought a 12.4 Oz. can of Kicking Horse 454 at a World Market store in North Canton,Ohio for $3.89 on sale today 6/10/2009. Very good.

    • What a bargain! You really can't go wrong at that price. Too bad I'm nowhere near there, I think I'd lose on gas money 🙁 That's the first I've heard of it in the USA. Thanks for stopping by!

  • nate_s

    What a bargain! You really can't go wrong at that price. Too bad I'm nowhere near there, I think I'd lose on gas money 🙁 That's the first I've heard of it in the USA. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Craig

    Ok i've never had Kickin Horse, but i'm on my way to World Market ASAP.

  • Craig

    Ok i've never had Kickin Horse, but i'm on my way to World Market ASAP.

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