Archive for the ‘ Coffee ’ Category

stumptown coffee logo

hair bender coffee

Coffee Rating:

4.0 out of 5 coffee cups

Stumptown Coffee Roasters Hair Bender Coffee Review

Medium Roast: Whole Bean

Price: $14.00, 12 oz.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters was kind enough to send us a bag of their best selling Hair Bender coffee for review.

Duane Sorenson, founder of Stumptown Coffee Roasters, used his experience in cafes, bars and roasteries around the Pacific Northwest to open his ideal coffee company. Stumptown Coffee Roasters sources the best coffees while maintaining quality-based relationships with their farmers. Stumptown Coffee Roasters committed to the well-being of farmers, employees and communities they work with, and place a high value on their relationship with their customers. Stumptown Coffee has locations in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles and New York.

Stumptown meticulously sources and roasts their beans to make the best coffee experience for their cafe and wholesale customers. The Stumptown staff member who arranged our coffee review made sure the coffee was roasted the day it was sent and immediately mailed out so we would receive it as soon as possible after the coffee was roasted. Great customer service that assures a great cup of coffee.

When opening the package of the Stumptown Coffee Roaster’s Hair Bender coffee it smells like a medium roast with a pleasing aroma. The coffee is a medium roast with slightly oily beans. We ground the whole beans using our Infinity Conical Burr Grinder. The Stumptown Hair Bender coffee was brewed in our espresso machine and our French Press, and it was tasted with and without half and half.

Stumptown Coffee Roaster’s Hair Bender uses a blend of coffees from Latin America, East Africa and Indonesia and uses from five to eight different coffees to produce this customer favorite coffee. When brewing the Hair Bender coffee the coloring and taste reminds me of a good-tasting espresso. The Hair Bender coffee tasted fairly strong, but I decided I needed to bump up the taste by making the second cup a little stronger since I’m an unabashed fan of strong coffee. I noticed a pleasing thickness when tasting the coffee and flavors of milk chocolate and hints of fruit as I sipped this delicious espresso. If there was one request I would have of this coffee, I would have liked to have tasted the fruitiness of the coffee a bit more. The Hair Bender coffee was smooth with no bitterness, producing a satisfying cup of espresso coffee.

Stumptown Coffee Roaster’s Hair Bender coffee is a full-bodied cup of espresso coffee that is very satisfying when drinking it. This medium roast is a sturdy cup of java you will enjoy anytime of the day or is perfect to savor over the weekend. I recommend Stumptown’s Hair Bender espresso coffee for its deep, smooth coffee flavor.

Be sure to visit the Stumptown Coffee Roasters Facebook page to “Like” their excellent coffee products!

sleeping reader

Everybody processes the caffeine in their coffee differently. Some folks can have a cup at bedtime and still not miss their appointment with the Sand Man, while others know that anything after breakfast will render them insomniac for the coming evening. A recent study at a Michigan university found that caffeine intake does indeed affect how you sleep at night, with the effects lasting upward of six hours after consumption. The double-blind study gave some participants three caffeine pills daily for four days, cach pill containing 400 mg of caffeine, roughly the equivalent of two of three cups of coffee, and others were given a placebo. The results showed that grabbing a cup on the way home from work may have as much impact on your sleep, or lack thereof, as a cup after dinner or that espresso shot right before you head off to bed.

Drinking coffee in the afternoon can reduce your sleep by one hour

Image courtesy of openclipart.org.

alcohol

A study in Finland has shown a correlation between levels of a particular liver enzyme that may be implicated in liver disease and coffee consumption. While heavy use of alcohol can increase the level of the liver enzyme gamma-glutamyl transferase in the blood, people who are heavy coffee drinkers–particulary men–showed a 50% decrease in the level of this enzyme in their blood. It’s not known whether it’s the caffeine or some other substance in the coffee that leads to the lower enzyme level, and they’re quick to point out that drinking a ton of coffee isn’t going to undo the effects of equally heavy drinking.

Coffee May Protect Alcoholics’ Livers

Image courtesy of openclipart.org.

Coffee Article: Giant Coffee Mug

mug

Just can’t get enough coffee? Tired of running back and forth to the kitchen to grab your next cup? Have we found the thing for you! The Giant Coffee Mug holds over a gallon of coffee–that’s like 20 regular-sized cups of Joe. It’s over six inches tall and measures some ten inches in diameter. No indication on how much it’s gonna’ cost to fill it up, or how many trips you’ll have to make to the loo in the process of emptying this vessel. Chances are also pretty good that even the most caffeine-resistant among us may have a bit of trouble sleeping the night after finishing this one cup of coffee.

Giant Coffee Mug

Image courtesy of openclipart.org.

bicycle

There’s a story circulating in the UK about an new accessory for your bicycle: a coffee grinder that’s run by pedal power. The device is affixed to the frame near the rear sprocket and uses the movement of the bicycle chain to grind upwards of 20 grams of coffee per ride–I mean session. It seems to us that unless you aren’t planning on riding more than about ten feet that your coffee may be ground so finely that it would be come unuseable. Add to that the fact that this baby lists for £350 (around $575 US), and you’ll want to complete your investigation before you take the plunge.

Pedal-powered coffee grinder–ultimate hipster accessory or spoof?

Image courtesy of openclipart.org.

refrigerator

I always thought the best place to store coffee was in the freezer. Turns out that may not always be the case. While it’s a good practice to keep your coffee in a cool, dry place, it turns out that if you move your coffee in and out of your freezer–as you well might do if you grind just enough for today’s pot–you may be wreaking havoc on the quality of your morning cup of joe. It’s okay to store coffee in the freezer, but only if you’re going to put it in there and leave it alone, rather than plan on making a daily withdrawal. Other than that, keep your daily stash in the pantry.

Where to Store Coffee: Pantry vs. Freezer

Image courtesy of openclipart.org.

Coffee News: Popcorn Popper Coffee

popcorn

You know that plastic popcorn popper you’ve got stashed in the closet? Well dig it out because you can convert it into your own DIY coffee roaster. That’s right, with a few roasting tips and your popcorn popper you can roast up some green beans into a delicious cup of joe.

Popcorn Popper Coffee

Image courtesy of openclipart.org.

bag of money

The scoop is your coffee in 2014 might just be a little cheaper, seems that coffee producers produced more coffee this past year. Your cup of java may cost less whether buying it from the store or at your local coffee joint. This is great news for those of us who can’t say no to our cup of joe.

Coffee Prices Lower for 2014

Image courtesy of openclipart.org.

doctor and patient

A Japanese study has shown a positive correlation between moderate coffee intake and an improvement in cardiovascular health. Drinking a cup of caffeinated coffee improved vascular function for over an hour when compared to subjects who drank decaf. Lest you decide to lean heavily on coffee in your fitness regimen, however, remember that this was a relatively small study dealing with drinking only a single cup of coffee (how can you do that?) and that heavier use can lead to increases in blood pressure and actually decrease blood flow.

Perk up: Coffee may help blood vessels work better

Coffee Article: Coffee Primer

coffee_drawing

Back in the day, there wasn’t too much to know about coffee: just open the big can of Folgers, fire-up the electric percolator, and burn youself another cup of not-so-good coffee. Fast forward to today, where everybody’s got their own idea of what makes a perfect cup, and there’s a mermaid on every corner. If your coffee knowledge could use a boost, or you find youself confused by all the coffee lingo, maybe it’s time for a refresher course on all things coffee. Kelly Brannon of Kinetic Koffee in Arcata, California gives a brief run-down of all the important stuff, from beans through roasting, grinding, and brewing that perfect cup, along with several reminders of what espresso is—and isn’t.

Kelly Brannon: The Low-Down On Proper Caffeination

Coffee Article: Spray-On Caffeine

spray_bottle

For many of us, the principal reason for indulging in the nectar of the Coffea shrub is the taste. After all, there’s nothing like a yummy, yummy cup of coffee. There is, however, that other popular reason for indulging: caffeine. While it may not be as romantic as traveling to far-off destinations in search of the perfect cup, sometimes that buzz is what we’re really all about. Turns out there may be a new way to get that caffeine rush without having to dirty-up the old French press.

Sprayable Energy is a new product under development by a Harvard undergrad and a venture capitalist. The product is sprayed on the skin and is absorbed into the system transdermally. The developers claim that using the product will give you the focus and alertness that you would expect, with four sprays being about the equivalent of a cup of Java. You can try to find the product locally, or buy it through their website.

The New Coffee Is Made for Your Skin

san-marco-logo

san-marco-coffee

Coffee Rating:

4.5 out of 5 coffee cups

San Marco French Roast Coffee Review

Medium Roast: Whole Bean

Price: $10.48, 1 lb.

San Marco Coffee was kind enough to send us three 1 lb. bags of their gourmet whole bean French Roast and their whole bean Pumpkin Spice and Apple Cinnamon flavored coffees.

San Marco Coffee, Inc. is a gourmet coffee roasting company specializing in selling wholesale coffee to restaurants, cafes, hotels & specialty retailers. You can also buy their coffee online as a regular retail customer. Their professional Roast Master roasts their coffee in the San Marco Coffee state-of-the-art roasting plant in North Carolina. San Marco hand flavors small batch roasted coffees, roasted fresh to order.

San Marco offers three coffee categories in whole bean or ground regular or decaf: Espresso, Gourmet and Flavored coffees. They also sell green coffee beans, gourmet teas and coffee equipment.

San Marco coffee is sold in 8 oz., 1 lb. and 5 lb. resealable bags with a one-way degassing valve so you can easily reseal your bag of coffee. They strive for freshness and always package their coffees immediately after they have been roasted and/or flavored. San Marco offers free shipping for orders of $79.00 or more.

When opening the package of the French Roast coffee it smells like a dark roast should with a robust dark roast aroma. The coffee is a dark roast and the beans are very oily, all you’d expect from a good French Roast coffee. The silver coffee bag reseals very easily, providing a good seal to keep the coffee flavor in. We ground the whole beans using our Infinity Conical Burr Grinder. The San Marco French roast was brewed in our Capresso SG120 12-Cup Stainless Steel Coffee Maker, and also our French Press, and it was tasted with and without half and half.

When the French Roast coffee is brewed you can see and smell the dark roast of the coffee. The French Roast coffee tastes like a dark roast should, full-bodied and strong with a slight bitterness you expect from a good French Roast coffee. San Marco uses quality beans for their flavored and regular coffees. In the case of their French Roast coffee they use a European style dark roast that stacks up nicely to other French Roasts I’ve had, it produces a satisfying cup of dark roast coffee.

San Marco’s French Roast is a full-bodied cup of coffee that would make any French Roast coffee drinker content when drinking it. This French Roast is perfect for your everyday coffee or when you want to savor a robust cup of coffee. I recommend San Marco French Roast for its rich, smooth coffee flavor.

Be sure to visit the San Marco Coffee Facebook page to “Like” their excellent coffee products!

san-marco-logo

san-marco-coffee

Coffee Rating:

4.0 out of 5 coffee cups

San Marco Apple Cinnamon Coffee Review

Medium Roast: Whole Bean

Price: $10.98, 1 lb.

San Marco Coffee was kind enough to send us three 1 lb. bags of their gourmet whole bean French Roast and their whole bean Pumpkin Spice and Apple Cinnamon flavored coffees.

San Marco Coffee, Inc. is a gourmet coffee roasting company specializing in selling wholesale coffee to restaurants, cafes, hotels & specialty retailers. You can also buy their coffee online as a regular retail customer. Their professional Roast Master roasts their coffee in the San Marco Coffee state-of-the-art roasting plant in North Carolina. San Marco hand flavors small batch roasted coffees, roasted fresh to order.

San Marco offers three coffee categories in whole bean or ground regular or decaf: Espresso, Gourmet and Flavored coffees. They also sell green coffee beans, gourmet teas and coffee equipment.

San Marco coffee is sold in 8 oz., 1 lb. and 5 lb. resealable bags with a one-way degassing valve so you can easily reseal your bag of coffee. They strive for freshness and always package their coffees immediately after they have been roasted and/or flavored. San Marco offers free shipping for orders of $79.00 or more.

When opening the package of the Apple Cinnamon coffee it smells of apple and cinnamon, a real scent of fall. The coffee roast looks like a medium roast and the beans are somewhat oily. The silver coffee bag reseals very easily, providing a good seal to keep the coffee flavor in. We ground the whole beans using our blade grinder. The Apple Cinnamon coffee was brewed in our French Press, and it was tasted with and without half and half.

When the Apple Cinnamon coffee is brewed you can smell the apple and the cinnamon spice. The Apple Cinnamon coffee tastes of cinnamon, with a little apple flavor. The apple taste is not quite as good as the pumpkin flavor in their Pumpkin Spice coffee but it is subtle and flavorful. The spice does not taste like an extract you would use in baking, I appreciate the real spice flavoring used in this coffee.

San Marco uses quality beans, the underlying coffee used in this flavored coffee would be very good even without the flavoring. The Apple Cinnamon flavoring is subtle and the cinnamon is not too spicy. As with their Pumpkin Spice coffee, the apple and cinnamon flavors in their Apple Cinnamon coffee could be even stronger for me, the coffee is not so overly flavored that you can’t taste the coffee, which is often the case with flavored coffees.

The Apple Cinnamon coffee tastes of apple, with cinnamon the predominant flavor, with a very smooth, non-bitter aftertaste.

This Apple Cinnamon coffee is very subtle on the apple with some spicey cinnamon flavor. Apple Cinnamon is a fall flavored coffee for your everyday cup or anytime you want to enjoy a taste of the changing seasons. I recommend San Marco Apple Cinnamon for its smooth, robust coffee and subtle apple and spice flavor.

Be sure to visit the San Marco Coffee Facebook page to “Like” their excellent coffee products!

san-marco-logo

san-marco-coffee

Coffee Rating:

4.5 out of 5 coffee cups

San Marco Pumpkin Spice Coffee Review

Medium Roast: Whole Bean

Price: $10.98, 1 lb.

San Marco Coffee was kind enough to send us three 1 lb. bags of their gourmet whole bean French Roast and their whole bean Pumpkin Spice and Apple Cinnamon flavored coffees.

San Marco Coffee, Inc. is a gourmet coffee roasting company specializing in selling wholesale coffee to restaurants, cafes, hotels & specialty retailers. You can also buy their coffee online as a regular retail customer. Their professional Roast Master roasts their coffee in the San Marco Coffee state-of-the-art roasting plant in North Carolina. San Marco hand flavors small batch roasted coffees, roasted fresh to order.

San Marco offers three coffee categories in whole bean or ground regular or decaf: Espresso, Gourmet and Flavored coffees. They also sell green coffee beans, gourmet teas and coffee equipment.

San Marco coffee is sold in 8 oz., 1 lb. and 5 lb. resealable bags with a one-way degassing valve so you can easily reseal your bag of coffee. They strive for freshness and always package their coffees immediately after they have been roasted and/or flavored. San Marco offers free shipping for orders of $79.00 or more.

When opening the package of the Pumpkin Spice coffee it smells wonderful, very spicy when you open the bag of beans. The coffee roast looks like a medium roast and the beans are somewhat oily. The silver coffee bag reseals very easily, providing a good seal to keep the coffee flavor in. We ground the whole beans using our blade grinder. The Pumpkin Spice coffee was brewed in our French Press, and it was tasted with and without half and half.

When the Pumpkin Spice coffee is brewed you can smell the pumpkin pie spices, especially clove and cinnamon. The Pumpkin Spice coffee tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove with a little pumpkin flavor. The spice does not taste like an extract you would use in baking, I appreciate the real spice flavoring used in this coffee.

San Marco uses quality beans, the underlying coffee used in this flavored coffee would be very good even without the flavoring. This is very good seasonal coffee, the flavoring is subtle and not too spicy. The pumpkin spice flavor could be even stronger for me, the coffee is not so overly flavored that you can’t taste the coffee, which is often the case with flavored coffees. The Pumpkin Spice coffee has a good spiciness along with a very smooth, non-bitter aftertaste.

If you like flavored coffees and are looking for a delicious cup of seasonal coffee, San Marco Pumpkin Spice is the perfect choice for your holiday celebration. This Pumpkin Spice coffee is ideal for your everyday coffee or when you want a taste of the holidays and changing seasons. I recommend San Marco Pumpkin Spice for its smooth, robust coffee and subtle spice flavor.

Be sure to visit the San Marco Coffee Facebook page to “Like” their excellent coffee products!

Coffee Article: Crazy for Coffee

APA DSM-5

You always knew you were “crazy for coffee,” but understood that was a metaphor for your enthusiasm for our favorite beverage. Turns out you may actually be nuts.

The newest iteration of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) actually includes a diagnosis for both caffeine intoxication and for caffeine withdrawal. This doesn’t mean that every time you’re jonesing for a cup that you’re off to the funny farm, but does recognize that the addictive nature of caffeine can, in extreme cases, seriously affect your life. I wonder if we’ll now be able to write off that trip to Starbucks as a medical expense?

A Coffee Withdrawal Diagnosis