Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Thanksgiving Coffee's French (Very Dark) Roast Coffee - So Good, I Forgot to Take a Picture!



The funny thing about social media is that unless you take the mandatory photo "for the gram," it's almost like it didn't happen.

Except when you're walking to work and you think about the coffee you made at home that was so good.  And then you say to yourself, "I should blog about it!"  Then you remember that you forgot to take a photo!  Yep, it definitely "happened."

My sister went up to Fort Bragg a couple of weekends ago and I asked her to be sure to stop by Thanksgiving Coffee Company.  I didn't realize that there is no retail store.  It's all wholesale.  

However, tenacity runs in my family, so my sister went into the local Safeway and bought me a bag of Thanksgiving French (Very Dark) Roast.  

It's such good coffee.  Dark, dark roast without any bitterness whatsoever.  A great way to wake up.

Next time, I promise photos.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Before the Third Wave, there was Peerless Coffee - Still Standing with the Best of 'Em!


I've talked before about the fact that Peerless Coffee was my first "gourmet" coffee.  Long before the "third wave," there was this Oakland, California roaster simply selecting and buying the best beans and roasting them to perfection.  With pride and the Vukasin family touch in every roast.

That hasn't changed.  On my last visit, I couldn't help but wax nostalgic about how much they've changed while staying the same.  

While there was always a large variety of roasts, the selection was almost overwhelming. I started to reflect on how my "favorite Peerless blends (President's Blend)," were now surrounded by some new favorites, like the "Berkeley Blend."

Peerless offers a great selection of finely roasted artisan coffee, gourmet teas, a wide variety of coffee and tea makers and equipment AND hot roasted peanuts in the shell.

Handcrafted since 1924.  Read about the Vukasin/Peerless Family store here.

Peerless Coffee & Tea

260 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94607
Office Phone: 510-763-1763
Mail/Order Retail Customer Service:
1-800-310-KONA (5662)

Monday, July 4, 2016

Winding down the 4th of July with A Strong Cup of Coffee and Trader Joe's Shooting Stars Cookies


Can't think of a better way to cap off this Independence Day than with a strong cup of Coffee and Trader Joe's Shooting Stars Cookies!

Sugar Cookies with semi-sweet chocolate stripes and little sprinkle things on top that crackle and pop in your mouth.

Let freedom ring (or, in this case, pop)!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Pique Tea Crystals - No Strings Attached!





This is perfect for people who have issues with "tea bags."  I would liken it to "Tang(R)" for tea lovers.

All kidding aside, PiqueTea is really serious tea.  There's no "residue" at the bottom of the cup or gritty taste.  Just smooth, honest tea with a pleasant flavor. 

For best results let it sit for three minutes before drinking.

At nearly $10 dollars for 14 sachets it's priced a little on the "steep" side, but absolutely wonderful for travel.  



Sunday, June 26, 2016

Get Perky With It- Capresso's 12 Cup "Perk" Percolator

Everything old is new again.

It should come as no surprise that the "old school" percolator has made a resurgence.  And who better to get perky with than Capresso.

Capresso's products are tried and true.  Design elegance combined with functionality and superb quality.

Easy to use, fun to brew and makes a great pot of coffee.  I am having a blast with this coffee maker.  Almost as much fun to make as it is to enjoy.  I'm obsessed with it.

It doesn't overheat like many of the older model percolators.  Remember, percolator water gets very hot - so be careful.  Should be used with a coarsely ground coffee.  Easy-peasy with the Capresso Burr Grinder.

Suggested Retail Price of the 12 Cup Capresso Perk is $69.00

Get your coffee cake ready.  It's on and perking!



*Capresso provided me with a free percolator for the purposes of preparing this review.  Opinions are my own.

Friday, June 17, 2016

Voulez Vous French Press? How to "French Press' from Weaver's Coffee


Preparation:

Measure 2 tbsp  10g)of ground coffee per each 6 fluid ouces (180 ML) of water

Boil water and let settle for about 15 seconds

Pour water into French Press and stir with a wooden spoon - do not use metal spoons

Keep stirring until French Press is filled to about 1 inch from the top

Place plunger into the French Press and gently press down a quarter of the way and then pull back up so it is just covering the top of the coffee

let it sit for about 3 minutes

Gently press the plunger down to the bottom.  If there is any resistance, wait, (you should be able to push the plunger down with just one finger).  If there is resistance then it is not ready

When the plunger goes down with the press of 1 finger, press it to the bottom and it is ready to serve

Courtesy of Weaver's Coffee!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

The $15 dollar cup of coffee, is it worth the price?



While perusing the list of the least and most expensive things in San Francisco a few weeks ago, I ran across several articles which talked about the "$15.00 cup of coffee" at Equator.  The blend is Finca Sophia.  I have tried Equator coffees in the past and I must say they are superb.  Don't think I've ever had a bad roast.  But fifteen bucks for one cup of coffee is a bit much even for a coffee enthusiast like me.

Then last week, I read on twitter that Blue Bottle has a $16.00 cup of coffee.  Blue Bottle's offering is "Port of Mokha."  Sourced from Yemen which is said to be "the birthplace of coffee in the Western world."  I have had Blue Bottle's coffee which is also very good.

I also read that both of these coffees are extremely rare, hard to find, and sell out quickly.

I work hard and can appreciate "treating yourself."  I also think it's about the "experience" just as much as the coffee.  I am grateful for fair-trade and sustainable farming.

However, I just don't know if the economy, or more specifically, my pocket can withstand these prices.  Where do the prices peak?

That said, I would really like to try them both.  You know, for "research purposes."