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Coffee Article: Giant Coffee Mug

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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

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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?

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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

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Coffee News: Popcorn Popper Coffee

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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!

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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!

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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

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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

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With many things in life, the more you’re willing to put into them, the more you’re likely to get back out. Go the grocery store and buy a loaf of bread, and you’re all set for your next PB&J. Grab the ingredients and bake that loaf at home, and you’re not going to want to waste it on something as pedestrian as that–heck, you might polish it off with just a stick of butter and a big grin.

Back in the day, making a cup of coffee at home meant buying a can of Yuban and firing up the percolator. Technically the result is coffee, but it’s sure not very satisfying. Now if you want to do it right, you go buy some nicely roasted beans, crunch ‘em up in your burr grinder, load up the French press, and go nuts. Still looking for more? How about roasting your own coffee beans.

While industrial-sized coffee roasters use industrial-sized coffee roasting equipment, you can cook up a batch using a popcorn popper. Get your green (unroasted) coffee beans from a local vendor or online, fire up the popper, and go to town. While it may take some getting used to, including the inevitable under- or over-roasted batch or two, eventually you’ll be roasting your coffee with the best of ‘em. Hey, maybe you can enjoy a cup of your home roasted coffee with a slice of your home made bread.

How to Roast Coffee at Home

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Coffee Rating:
4.0 out of 5 coffee cups

Whittard Cafe Francais Coffee Review
Dark Roast: Ground
Price: $7.75, 8 oz.

Whittard Coffee was kind enough to send us three of their ground coffees for review. Whittard takes pride in buying the best coffee beans for their coffees and are coffee blending and tasting experts. Whittard tailors its products to his customers and is known for their customer loyalty. Whittard’s is one of the few places that will grind freshly roasted coffee beans to customers individual tastes. Whittard is also know for their tea with 130 varieties of tea, and blends their own teas and infusions. If you are looking for chocolate Whittard’s carries 18 varieties of luxurious hot chocolate, tempting chocolate lovers with everything from White Chocolate and Strawberry to Chilli. Whittards sells specialist china, equipment and glassware alongside their drinks. Whittard also has coffee gifts available on their website so you can share your favorite coffees with friends and family.

When opening the package of ground coffee the Cafe Francais ground coffee had a strong french roast smell. The Cafe Francais ground coffee is made from a blend of Colombian and Brazilian arabica beans. The Whittard Cafe Francais coffee 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. Whittard provides whole bean coffee, as well as coffee grinds for Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter and Turkish coffee brews.

When tasting the brewed Whittard Cafe Francais coffee it has a good deep French Roast flavor for a ground coffee. Whittard’s Cafe Francais coffee tastes of chocolate with a satistying dark, smooth flavor and slight bitterness known in French Roast coffees.

The Cafe Francais brews up to a smooth, dark roast coffee that tastes great every time you brew it. This is a sturdy, good tasting ground French Roast that makes life a little easier when you need a fast cup of java. I recommend Cafe Francais ground coffee, it makes for a tasty everyday cup of coffee you’ll enjoy every day.

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Coffee Rating:
4.0 out of 5 coffee cups

Whittard Santos and Java Coffee Review
Dark Roast: Ground
Price: $7.75, 8 oz.

Whittard Coffee was kind enough to send us three of their ground coffees for review. Whittard takes pride in buying the best coffee beans for their coffees and are coffee blending and tasting experts. Whittard tailors its products to his customers and is known for their customer loyalty. Whittard’s is one of the few places that will grind freshly roasted coffee beans to customers individual tastes. Whittard is also know for their tea with 130 varieties of tea, and blends their own teas and infusions. If you are looking for chocolate Whittard’s carries 18 varieties of luxurious hot chocolate, tempting chocolate lovers with everything from White Chocolate and Strawberry to Chilli. Whittards sells specialist china, equipment and glassware alongside their drinks. Whittard also has coffee gifts available on their website so you can share your favorite coffees with friends and family.

When opening the package of ground coffee the Whittard Santos and Java coffee had a strong dark roast smell for ground coffee. The Santos and Java coffee is made from a blend of Brazil/Indonesia arabica beans. The Whittard Santos and Java coffee 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. Whittard provides whole bean coffee, as well as coffee grinds for Cafetiere, Espresso, Filter and Turkish coffee brews.

When tasting the brewed Whittard Santos and Java ground coffee it has a deep roast flavor with dark chocolate and hints of sweet fruit. The Whittard Santos and Java coffee has a smooth flavor for a ground coffee with minimal bitterness. This is a robust dark roast ground coffee, there is plenty of oomph here which is not always the case with ground coffees.

Whittard’s Santos and Java coffee is a good choice for dark roast coffee lovers who like the ease of ground coffee. Santos and Java coffee is one of the better ground coffees I’ve tasted in quite awhile, featuring a smooth, dark roast coffee that tastes great every time you brew it. I recommend Santos and Java ground coffee, it makes a great everyday cup of coffee, a ground coffee you’ll enjoy again and again.