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Coffee News: Global Warming

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Coffee is a tricky thing to grow. Coffee plants can be very particular about soil, altitude, rainfall, temperature, and more. One of the observable effects of global climate change is that coffee farmers in Costa Rica are reaping a smaller crop than in years past, as the coffee trees increasingly fail to thrive at lower altitudes. Coffee farmers are having to adapt, employing measures like planting higher up on hillsides, adding more shade trees, and even planting in rows that more closely conform to the topography of where they’re planted, to help hold more water in place rather than letting it run off. The Costa Rican government has set 2021 as a target date for the country’s becoming carbon neutral. Unfortunately, Costa Rica generates only a tiny percentage of global carbon pollution, so time will tell whether actions taken by other countries to deal with climate change will percolate through to the folks who grow our coffee.

Coffee Farmers Battle Climate Change

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There seems to be no end to the variables that the coffee connoisseur will try to control in making the perfect cup of coffee. Coffee origin and variety, size of grind, brewing method, and many more. What about water temperature? The National Coffee Association suggests that you brew between 195 and 205 degrees Fahrenheit to extract all that coffee goodness. So what happens if you make your coffee with room temperature water? First, you don’t have to heat up water. Second, you can end up with a smoother brew, as many of the bitter compounds in coffee aren’t as soluble in cooler water. Another big advantage is that your coffee will be less acidic. If you’re dealing with a bit more heartburn in your life than you’d prefer, this may be just the ticket. Using a coarse- to medium-grind coffee and a big nut-milk bag, you put all your goodies together in a big pitcher and let the brewing begin. We’ve even had pretty good success with our trusty French Press, although there is a bit of the residue you’ve come to expect in coffee from your press pot.

Cheap, easy, no-mess cold-brew coffee

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Coffee, good. Spent coffee grounds–eeh? While you may love your morning (or afternoon or night) cup of coffee, there’s always the question of just what to do with those left-over coffee grounds. Throw ‘em in the trash? Dump ‘em down the disposal? We know some folks who add them to the compost heap–probably a good, albeit messy, choice. The folks at Lifehacker have compiled a few additional suggestions as well. You can wrap them up in a dish cloth and use them to help scour hard-to-clean dishes. After chopping up onions or garlic, rub coffee grounds on your hands to help alleviate the smell. You can even dilute them and use them as a flea rinse for Rover; after all, have you ever seen a flea hanging out at Starbucks? They must not like coffee.

Use Your Old Coffee Grounds to Clean Dishes, Kill Fleas, and More

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New Yorkers rejoice! The new CUPS app allows subscribers to drink an unlimited amount of high-quality coffee from independent coffee shops for $45 a month. This is a great deal if you drink more than one cup a day, but you have to wait 30 minutes between cups, not bad if you’ve got free WI-FI or a friend to distract you while waiting.

For $45 Per Month, All the Coffee You Can Drink

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Coffee Rating:

4.0 out of 5 coffee cups

Pure Bean Roasters Papua New Guinea Coffee Review

Medium-Light Roast: Whole Bean

Price: $10.99

Pure Bean Roasters was kind enough to send us a number of bags of their specialty whole bean coffees for review.

Co-owners Mark Royalty and Nick Reid created a boutique air roast coffee company called Pure Bean Roasters in Rapid City, South Dakota. They started their wholesale coffee-roasting business in Royalty’s garage. Pure Bean Roasters produces air-roasted specialty coffees using a commercial glass-roasting chamber to air-roast their beans. This process reduces the coffee’s acidity level and creates a smoother tasting coffee than traditional roasting methods.

Pure Bean Roasters custom roast their coffee to order in micro-lots for maximum freshness, offering a choice of whole bean or ground coffee. Pure Bean Roasters offers whole bean or ground coffee and FREE shipping with purchases of 3 bags or more.

Pure Bean Roasters was founded in faith. Their mission is to honor God while operating with integrity to produce the highest quality in goods and services, to produce exceptional artisan coffees and to support organizations and ministries through activities and donations from the company. It always makes me admire coffee companies when they choose to help charities and donate to others.

When opening the package of the Pure Bean Roasters Papua New Guinea coffee it smells of a bright, lighter roast coffee with a citrus aroma. The coffee is a medium-light roast and the beans are medium-light colored and aromatic. We ground the whole beans using our Infinity Conical Burr Grinder. The Pure Bean Roasters Papua New Guinea 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 tasting the Papua New Guinea the depth of the nutty hazelnut coffee flavor comes through, along with some bright citrus tones. As I sipped the coffee the smoothness of the coffee the nuttiness and the light lemon flavor makes this coffee a pleasure to taste and savor. This is a good cup of java that is perfect for breakfast or as an afternoon treat. If you like lighter roast coffee you are certain to enjoy Pure Bean Roasters Papua New Guinea coffee.

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Coffee Rating:

4.0 out of 5 coffee cups

Pure Bean Roasters Sumatra Mandheling Coffee Review

Medium-Dark Roast: Whole Bean

Price: Email for details: purebeanroasters @ gmail.com

Pure Bean Roasters was kind enough to send us a number of bags of their specialty whole bean coffees for review.

Co-owners Mark Royalty and Nick Reid created a boutique air roast coffee company called Pure Bean Roasters in Rapid City, South Dakota. They started their wholesale coffee-roasting business in Royalty’s garage. Pure Bean Roasters produces air-roasted specialty coffees using a commercial glass-roasting chamber to air-roast their beans. This process reduces the coffee’s acidity level and creates a smoother tasting coffee than traditional roasting methods.

Pure Bean Roasters custom roast their coffee to order in micro-lots for maximum freshness, offering a choice of whole bean or ground coffee. Pure Bean Roasters offers whole bean or ground coffee and FREE shipping with purchases of 3 bags or more.

Pure Bean Roasters was founded in faith. Their mission is to honor God while operating with integrity to produce the highest quality in goods and services, to produce exceptional artisan coffees and to support organizations and ministries through activities and donations from the company. It always makes me admire coffee companies when they choose to help charities and donate to others.

When opening the package of the Pure Bean Roasters Sumatra Mandheling it smells of a darker roast coffee aroma with an intriguing, earthy quality. The coffee is a medium-dark roast and the beans are oily and aromatic. We ground the whole beans using our Infinity Conical Burr Grinder. The Pure Bean Roasters Sumatra Mandheling 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.

Sumatra Mandheling is a newer coffee that will soon be offered by Pure Bean Roasters. When tasting the Sumatra Mandheling you immediately get a deep, earthy flavor, a woodsy quality with a lingering slight bitterness. What was surprising to me was the floral notes I tasted, it reminded me of the bergamont in Earl Grey Tea. This coffee has a full, round taste, no fruitiness here. The Sumatra Mandheling is a bold coffee that will be appreciated by coffee drinkers who like a full-flavored coffee.

If you are interested in trying Pure Bean Roasters Sumatra Mandheling it is not currently listed on the website, drop them an email at purebeanroasters @ gmail.com to receive ordering information on this coffee.

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Coffee Rating:

5.0 out of 5 coffee cups

Pure Bean Roasters Ethiopia Yirgacheffe Coffee Review

Dark Roast: Whole Bean

Price: $10.99

Pure Bean Roasters was kind enough to send us a number of bags of their specialty whole bean coffees for review.

Co-owners Mark Royalty and Nick Reid created a boutique air roast coffee company called Pure Bean Roasters in Rapid City, South Dakota. They started their wholesale coffee-roasting business in Royalty’s garage. Pure Bean Roasters produces air-roasted specialty coffees using a commercial glass-roasting chamber to air-roast their beans. This process reduces the coffee’s acidity level and creates a smoother tasting coffee than traditional roasting methods.

Pure Bean Roasters custom roast their coffee to order in micro-lots for maximum freshness, offering a choice of whole bean or ground coffee. Pure Bean Roasters offers whole bean or ground coffee and FREE shipping with purchases of 3 bags or more.

Pure Bean Roasters was founded in faith. Their mission is to honor God while operating with integrity to produce the highest quality in goods and services, to produce exceptional artisan coffees and to support organizations and ministries through activities and donations from the company. It always makes me admire coffee companies when they choose to help charities and donate to others.

When opening the package of the Pure Bean Roasters Ethiopia Yirgacheffe it smells of a deep, dark roast coffee aroma with a hint of chocolate and blueberry flavors. The coffee is a dark roast and the beans are very oily and aromatic. We ground the whole beans using our Infinity Conical Burr Grinder. The Pure Bean Roasters Ethiopia Yirgacheff 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.

We agreed that Pure Bean Roasters’ dark roast Ethiopia Yirgacheffe is one of the best coffees we have tasted or reviewed! The Ethiopia Yirgacheffe is a dark roast coffee that is extremely smooth and flavorful. When tasting the Ethiopia Yirgacheffe the coffee is full-bodied with deep, dark and intense coffee flavor. As I sipped it the dark chocolate flavor shines with a hint of blueberry and citrus. As the coffee cools the blueberry is even more pronounced, really surprising and delicious. There is no bitter, metallic, or charred aftertaste that comes with some dark roast coffees. As you can tell from the description, this is one impressive cup of coffee!

The Ethiopia Yirgacheffe is a coffee I would buy again and again as my daily cup of coffee or to sip and savor whenever I needed to treat myself to an amazing cup of java. I highly recommend Pure Bean Roasters’ Ethiopia Yirgacheffe for your anytime cup of coffee, try it and you’ll see just how fantastic this coffee really is.

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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.

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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

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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

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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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