The Coffee Corner

All about how to make good coffee and what makes coffee good.

October 2008 - Posts

Cool smiley Coffee Cups

 

 

I saw these cups on Texol.com thought they were really cool. You can never have too many coffee cups. check out their website for more information.

http://www.psyho.ua/eng/works/psyho/smilecup/page2/

 

Posted: Oct 29 2008, 04:25 PM by Alexgreene | with no comments
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How to Make Good Coffee - A Coffee making guide

 What is it that makes coffee good? Is it the actual coffee bean or the machine that matters most? Maybe it's the grind or clean water that makes good coffee. A good cup of coffee is a product of all these things. Ultimately how good the coffee tastes really depend on the person and how they like their coffee to taste.

The Bean
Lets start with the coffee bean. If you want to make good coffee then you need to have fresh coffee beans. It is best to get the whole bean coffee and keep it whole bean. I know what your thinking "but that means I have to get a grinder." Yes you do need a grind so go out and get one. YOU SHOULD NEVER KEEP YOUR COFFEE IN THE FREEZER.  It alters the moisture in the bean and this is bad. You don't want water to be added to the bean or to be removed from it. If the bean dries out then it's going to taste bad. If your coffee gets wet or you put it in the freezer and moisture clings to it then your coffee is going to taste bad. Seal it up in as air tight as you can and this will make the coffee taste the best.  


 

The Grind
    There are two main kinds of grinders, blade grinders and bur grinders. Blade grinders are the ones that are like a blender only smaller and for coffee. They are less expensive and can be found at most kitchen supply stores. A bur grinder has a hopper on top with a rotating metal bur the crushes the bean. The difference is consistency. The blade grinder is not very consistent and you have to eyeball the grind coarseness. A good bur grinder has a very consistent grind and most bur grinders have the ability to change the grind coarseness. These are more expensive than the blade grinders but are worth the money. The rule of thumb is to spend just as much on a grinder as you did on the coffee maker. The grind of the coffee is that important. So the remaining question is how fine or course do you grind your coffee. The answer is not that easy. It depends on what kind of coffee maker you have and how you like your coffee to taste. Let me offer this to you as a guide.

 

Coffee Grind
The finer the grind the stronger the coffee is going to be provided you used enough coffee. The courser the grind the weaker it's going to be provided you used the same amount of coffee. You have to take into consideration what kind of filter you're using as well. If you have a flat bottom paper filer then you might want to be careful how fine you grind your coffee because it might over flow on you and get grinds into the coffee. If your using a cone shape metal filter you don't have to worry about that as much. I would suggest that you experiment with the grind to get the coffee tasting the way you like it.

How much Coffee to use
     How much coffee you need to use again depends on what you want the coffee to taste like. Once again it also depends on the grind. It you want the coffee to be really strong perhaps you grind it a little finer and add a little more. If you like it weaker then grind it a little courser and add less. Starbuck recommends 2 tablespoons per cup. A cup is not the 8oz cup but a coffee cup being 4 oz. If you are making 4 cups of coffee then you put in 8 tablespoons of coffee, which make about 16oz. This might be too much but it depends on the grind. You can put less coffee in if the grind is fine enough. Here again you need to experiment to find out what you like and what works best in your coffee maker.

The Water
You really should use clean good tasting water. The better the water tastes the better your coffee is going to taste. If your water tastes funny then your coffee is going to taste funny. I don't use bottled water but I have one of those Pur water filters on the tap and use that for coffee and it seems to work well.         


Now sit back and let the coffee make do its thing. After the coffee is done pour a cup and enjoy. Leave a comment if you have any coffee questions.


Posted: Oct 28 2008, 11:41 AM by Alexgreene | with 1 comment(s)
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Starbucks VS. Local Coffee Shops

 

Is Starbucks worth the money?

    I always hear people talking about how expensive the drinks at Starbucks are. They talk as if Starbucks is the only place that has prices that high. The thing is that any respectable coffee shop is going to charge you the same if not maybe a little less than Starbucks.

   There are a lot of coffee shops that are a lot more comfortable than most Starbucks. They have comfy chairs and they have free internet and you can sit in there all day and study and drink your coffee. A lot of these coffee shops have higher prices on their lattes and specialty drinks because people will sit in the store all day and only buy one drink.
 

    Is Starbucks the best coffee shop, no but it does serve a very good high quality coffee that is consistent. If there was one thing that you have to give Starbucks is that they are very consistent. For as well known as Starbucks is their drinks for the most part taste the same no matter where you are. This is a big deal because when someone is on business they know that they can go into a Starbucks and get their drink and it tastes the same as it does in their home town.

    Local coffee shops are great but they have their disadvantages. Most of the time the local coffee shops are good they just are really slow. The people that are working the counter are not always friendly, and the coffee seems to be hit or miss. The locals sometime leave their coffee out too long and it doesn't taste fresh. Starbucks re-brews their coffee every half hour and it takes 5 minutes to make a pot. So at any given time the coffee is only going to be 25 minutes old which dosn't seem that great but I guarantee you that the local shops don't brew the coffee that fast.

Over all I don't think that they are the best but I love their coffee and they're quick. The coffee is always fresh and quick to fix problems if you don't like it.  

Posted: Oct 24 2008, 11:44 AM by Alexgreene | with no comments |
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Coffee History and How it's Produced

Coffee in the US  

Coffee I think is the greatest drink on the planet. It is the second most popular drink in the world only to water. The average American drinks  3.1 cups of coffee a day, and 80% of American's drink coffee. 52% of Americans over the age of eighteen drink a cup of coffee every morning with 62% of coffee drinkers put sugar or sweetener in their coffee.

 

How Coffee is Produced and Roasted

    Brazil is the world leader in coffee production with 30% of the market. Second of course is Columbia. All coffee growers live near the equator because its the perfect temperature to grow coffee. Most people don't know that a coffee bean is at the center of a coffee cherry. Coffee grows on trees in little red cherries. These cherries are usually hand picked because they have to be ripe in order to taste right. The coffee is then shucked from the cherry and then cleaned. The bean then is laid out to dry. There are a couple different drying methods one of which is spreading them on a cement roof top and using a rake to turn them. After the bean is dried they are ready to be roasted. When you roast a bean there are two stages, the first pop and the second. The bean will actually make a popping noise like popcorn when its being roasted. All coffee is at least roasted to the first pop. At the first pop many coffees will be pulled out and these are what you refer to as light roasts. After the second pop are what are referred to as the dark toasts. The longer you roast the beans the better that chance that you will have beans that break. This is why some dark roasts are more expensive because you can't use the beans that break apart because they will go bad and dry out. After the roasting the coffee is ready to be sent out and brewed.

Coffee History

    Coffee has been around since 1608, but only to the upper classes. The first coffee house was in Venice in 1683. At first Christians thought that Coffee was invented by the devil because the Arabs drank it instead of wine, so they assumed that it must of been from the Anti-Christ. It wasn't till Pope Clement VIII wanted to try the beverage to make sure that it was evil that he decided to bless the beverage as a Christian beverage. This of course resulted in a massive import of coffee.



 

Posted: Oct 22 2008, 10:46 AM by Alexgreene | with 2 comment(s)
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