The Coffee Corner

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January 2009 - Posts

How Important is the Grind of Coffee

I don’t know if I can stress this point enough. The consistency and the coarseness of your coffee will affect the flavor of the coffee tremendously. I also have to say the manner in which you brew your coffee makes a huge difference.

When you make coffee you need to make sure that 1. You use enough coffee beans and 2. They are ground properly.

Standard Drip
If you are going to make regular drop coffee you have to consider what kind of filter you’re using. If you’re using a metal filter you can probably grind the coffee a little bit finer because water will pass through the metal filter faster than the paper filter. Likewise if your using a paper filter you would probably be better off grinding a little bit courser because paper filters drip slower and you don’t want the filter basket to overflow. If you are getting coffee grinds in your coffee you know that you either put too many grinds in or the grind was too fine and the water couldn’t flow fast enough.

French Press
If you want to make french press coffee, which is delicious if you have never tried it, you will need to grind the coffee more course to prevent the grinds from getting into your coffee. This is when having a nice bur grinder comes in handy. A bur grinder will grind the coffee to the right coarseness without turning some of the coffee to powder. This helps a lot in your french press because it prevents the coffee from tasting chalky from all the power that made it’s way through the filter.

Turkish Coffee
Well for Turkish coffee the answer is easy. You need to get the coffee as fine as you can get it. You don’t filter Turkish coffee so you need to get the coffee as fine as you can so that you can’t taste the grind as you drink it. If you really want to do Turkish coffee right you should get a Turkish Mill. It looks like a pepper grinder that you would find on a table but it’s used to grind your coffee really fine.

So that’s my rant on grinding your own coffee. I would encourage anyone who hasn’t tried coffee from a French press to try it. If you go to Starbucks and most other coffee shops they will sell you coffee brewed from a French press. It tastes great and it a great way to make and drink your coffee. 
 

Posted: Jan 15 2009, 05:39 PM by Alexgreene | with no comments
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Starbucks New Whole leaf Tea Infusions Lattes

Starbucks has a new series of tea lattes and tea infused beverages. It's about time that Starbucks starts to pay more attention to their tea lineup. I have never been a fan of the Tazo teas at Starbucks and I always thought that they could do a better job with them. I think that my biggest complain about the Tazo teas is the fact that the tea bags don't have large pieces of tea leaf in them. When you buy higher quality teas they typocally have larger pieces of leaf. Anyway these new lattes and infused tea beverages are great because the are whole leaf tea so it should be pretty good.

  • Vanilla Rooibos Tazo® 
  • London Fog Tazo® Tea Latte 
  • Black Tazo® Tea Latte
  • Berry Chai Tazo Tea Infusion 
  • Apple Chai Tazo® Tea Infusion

 

Vanilla Rooibos Tea Latte

Full leaf African rooibos tea(naturally caffiene free), also known as red tea, paired with Tahitian vanilla and cinnamon. Sweetened with classic syrup and topped with steamed milk and velvety foam.

 

London Fog Tea Latte

Full leaf black tea with citrusy Italian Bergamot and a hint of lavender. Sweetened with vanilla syrup and topped with steamed milk and velvety foam.

 

Black Tea Latte

Full leaf black teas sourced from the premier growing regions of northern India. Sweetened with classic syrup and topped with steamed milk and velvety foam.

 

Berry Chai Infusion

Combines Chai Tea concentrate with a proprietary blend of aronia berry (tart berry similar to cranbery) and black currant (dark colored berry with a sharp, sweet taste) juice.

 

 

 Apple Chai Infusion

Combines Chai Tea concentrate with apple juice to create a spicy sweet beverage

 

I haven't had any of these beverages other than the London Fog one. Back when I worked at Starbucks we use to make that one all the time. It's a great beverage and tastes very yummy. Anyways the other sound really good as well especially the Apple chai infusion. That one sounds really good. We use to mix apple juice and the chai mizture together all the time and steam it. Really good! 

 

 

Posted: Jan 09 2009, 04:01 PM by willburns1 | with 1 comment(s)
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