Tips on Buying Coffee
Don't unlock flavor until it is time to drink your beverage.
Even when you are buying coffee beans (fresh) and grinding it yourself you are opening up the "flavor cells" and causing your beans to lose their flavor rapidly.
Exposure to oxygen ruins a coffee's taste much quicker when the coffee is ground.
Therefore, I recommend when buying coffee that you either buy small quantities of ground coffee, or buy whole bean coffee and ground your own at home. Try to only grind about as much as you are going to use to help keep your coffee tasting fresh. Don't get tired of grinding your own coffee. Return to the daily grind and enjoy the taste of fresh coffee.
Great coffee does not always costs a fortune. When searching and buying coffee, you will definitely come across specialty Kona blends, or rare African coffees that will undoubtedly cost more than $30 a pound. But there are many great coffees for 1/2 the price that taste nearly as great as these high-dollar blends.
The main reason for this specialty coffee costing so much is that it is usually from a very small region, and has a very popular name and reputation. There are many blends that are lesser known, that have superb flavors themselves. Search around and don't be afraid to try new coffee. I recommend
Green Mountain Coffee.
Green Mountain Coffee is dedicated to providing the richest aroma and flavor for the highest quality coffee experience. They travel the globe to purchase the finest coffees, batch roast them to peak flavor, and vacuum package them fresh for your enjoyment. Fresh Coffee, a wide selection of brewers, gifts and samplers for all occasions will make shopping a pleasure. When buying coffee, my favorite is
Paul Newman's Own Organic Blend.
Roasting one's own unroasted coffee (remember this is different from grinding - see Coffee not only ensures the freshest coffee, but the cheapest gourmet coffee available.
Those who love the very expensive coffee should consider home-roasting, as unroasted coffee usually can cost as little as 1/2 the price of roasted coffee, which in a short time can pay off the initial cost of a coffee roaster.
For those who have never tried it, it usually will cost around 165-195$ for a roaster that will do all work for you, which is normally what you should start with. Some roasting experts use stovetop popcorn makers, or other similar devices, however they are not recommended unless you know what you are doing, for you can easily ruin the coffee.
One of the best roasters that we have found to create an evenly roasted batch with ease is the
IRoast 2 Coffee-Bean Roaster.
It usually takes about 1/2 hour to roast enough for several pots of coffee, so it is not a terribly time-consuming process.
Why we don't grind?
What are the reasons people don't daily grind their own coffee at home? Those grinders make such a racket. There is always such a mess to clean up. A decent grinder costs too much. Time consuming.
A grinder is another contraption that takes up space on the counter. The grind in the coffee shop is more "professional" than what I can do at home. Can't you just store pre-ground coffee in the refrigerator or freezer?
I made the decision from pre-grinding to grinding my own. It was perhaps the most important decision I made since I wanted a healthier alternative. It taste so much fresher too.
In the process of finding the right grinder for me, I read a lot of grinder reviews online. In many of the reviews people make note of the noise, use of counter space, or the mess (due to static that causes the grinds to fly out and cover everything in sight). A good grinder, which would overcome most of these problems above and get me a great cup of coffee.
Moisture is Bad
At first, I thought that I could grind my own coffee and store in the freezer (someone told me stays fresher). Over time, I learned that storing coffee in the freezer results in an inferior tasting coffee. I found that moisture can seriously affect the coffee. This is especially true when dealing with pre-ground beans, which have a lot of surface area. The condensation of moisture from removing and returning the coffee to the freezer ruins the coffee. On my quest to find the best tasting home-brewed coffee possible, I had to take a step forward. First, I went to look for Organic Coffee and a small grinder to keep my cost down.
The decaf coffee market is taking off, as more then ever, consumers are looking for ways to improve their health and cut back on foods that may be processed using chemicals. I found the 100% chemical free and organically certified SWISS WATER® decaffeination process provides a great-tasting cup of decaf coffee. Buying coffee that is good decaffeinate coffee can be an rewarding experience.
Brands that Use SWISS WATER® Process Decaffeination
The SWISS WATER® decaffeination process is used by a wide variety of premium coffee brands worldwide. Here are just a few major brands listed below:
Marques de Paiva Gourmet Coffee - Sam's Clubs in United States.
- Cafés in the United States
Jim's Organic Coffee
- Natural and gourmet grocers across the United States.
S&W Gourmet Coffee - Grocerys across United States, including Winco, Raley's and Save Mart, as well as independents.
Martinez Coffee - Grocerys across United States,
Michel's Patisserie - Cafés in Australia.
Portland Roasting - Cafés and gourmet grocers in the United States.
Seattle Best Coffee
- Grocers across United States and Canada.
The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
California, Nevada, Arizona.
Australia, Brunei, China, Indonesia, Israel, Korea, Malaysia, Phillipines, Singapore, United Arab Emirates.Available in grocery stores including Albertsons and Safeway.
The Coffee Beanery - Cafés across the United States, China, South Korea and Guam.
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