Happy International #Coffee Day!


Happy International Coffee Day!

Get the 2016 list of National Coffee Day deals, here!

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International Coffee Day is a special day to celebrate the world’s second most popular beverage…COFFEE! Second, of course to water. This day was first celebrated in Japan, in 1983. Not only do we honor our favorite beverage, but we also recognize the coffee farmers, because without their hard work, we wouldn’t have our daily brew. With most commercial brands, the farmers only get a very small wage, which is frequently less than $1 per day. Be a part of the solution, and look for ethically sourced coffees. These are identified by various certifications, such as Fair Trade. Many roasters have created their own certification of sorts, known as ‘Direct Trade’. This practice is predicated on creating the most [Read more…]

#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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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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