Monday, March 30, 2009

Coffee Bean Chronicles - So you want good Espresso

It seems to be the 'rage' to make your own espresso these days. I guess with the ecomony on the shallow end of the pond, people are deciding what to do without. Many coffee drinkers I know are realizing that making espresso is really not that hard and takes a matter of minutes.
You don't have to spend a fortune on a espresso machine or an espresso pump for good espresso.
You can buy a 'Bialetti' and enjoy making espresso whenever you feel to the need for high caffeine. The 8oz. bialetti is under 15.00 and it is fantastic. No mess, no fuss and it is portable. I do love the pump and it is great toy but not necessary.
Now.. let's talk coffee. You DO NOT have to buy expensive blends of coffee to get a good cup of espresso. Europeans stick to the basics and we go to the extremes!! Guatamela Antigua is a perfect coffee for espresso and Brazil Santos is so smooth that when it goes down, you will want more.
Now.. you can have good blends and they are usually a South American(bold and outward) and Pacific Rim/Asia ( smooth and fruity...) They complient each other and one flavor does not overwhelm the other.
Good Espresso is smooth and leaves a good coffee taste on our palatte afterwards. It slides down your throat and wakes up your tastebuds.

oh.. one more suggestion. NEVER drink espresso 4 hours before you go to bed or you will be up all night!

Good Espresso starts with a good blend:

Happy cupping!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Coffee Bean Chronicles - Oh the Coffee Shortage of South America

You probably heard about the shortage of coffee from South American this year. Yep... I guess there is going to be a high price to pay for coffee in the states because of the shortage, but think not. If you weight the initial cost of coffee (farmers price) to the price the consumer pays, it is around 300% . There should be no raise in coffee prices in the consumer market. There will be some coffee retailers who will increase the price just because of this situation and there are coffee retailers that will take a smaller profit but still offer the same quality of coffee. So the next time you view the price of roasted coffee or coffee green beans, look back and compare.

The BlackGold Coffee Company policy is to sell at a fair market price. We sell our coffee fresh off the roaster and never store it in storage. So, be careful when you shop and remember, an educated consumer is the best consumer!

Enjoy your coffee and happy cupping!!

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Coffee Bean Chronicles - Tanzania Highland Peaberry

The weather is finally turning to spring and the temperature is 70 degrees today. Ah.. I forget to tell t you that the Daily Sip is blogged from Atlanta, GA. Those of you who are living in 20-30 degree weather at this time, don't worry, your turn will come. This is perfect weather for a coffee that is not overwhelming in taste and glides down your throat everytime. The wonderful aroma of fresh brewed coffee and the taste just wants you to get more. What coffee is this? It is Tanzania Highland Peaberry. This coffee is becoming well known in the states because of its smooth, mellow and well balanced taste. I love it because I consider it an anytime coffee. This coffee is an African coffee, so it NOT as heavy in color ( dark, sweetheart!!) as the South American coffees but it carries a great taste. Home Roasters would enjoy this bean to the second crack and pull the beans when you see the first sign of smoke or 30 seconds after the 2nd crack. Roasting times and temp may varied and one suggestion is 460 degrees for 15 minutes.

Got you thinking about this coffee, well order the roasted or green beans from:

well... the backyard is calling me, so I must move on and outdoors.

Enjoy your day and happy cupping!

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Coffee Bean Chronicles - Brazil Santos, hot coffee on a cold morning

People in Atlanta do not see alot of snow and most of the time it is cold weather and chilly rain. This past Sunday, the city received 2 inches of good packing snow during the afternoon hours. Itwas great to see the hugh snow flakes fall from the sky, dancing in the wind. It was in the 20's and not a t-shirt/short day. I made myself some fresh Brazil Santos coffee that I roasted earlier in the week. No cream or sugar, just black and it was wonderful. This bean should be roasted through the second crack and smoking! It has a rich taste that makes your taste buds want more. It is very balance, which means it does not taste bitter or weak and has very little aftertaste in the mouth, so you don't have to pop a mint in your mouth. This coffee should be more well known in the states,but the coffee cafes and stores are too narrow in their coffee selections and that is a shame. If you can try some Brazil Santos.

Happy cupping.... and enjoy the day!