Coffee

  • Freshly Roasted Coffees
    Where green coffee will stay fresh for as long as two years, roasted coffee lasts--at peak--about three to perhaps five days. The type of roast is immaterial. By type of roast, I'm referring to charac....
  • Strong Coffees
    For a very long time, strong coffee meant espresso and only espresso. Americans traveling abroad were generally--and we are talking 20 and more years ago--dumbfounded and somewhat overwhelmed, certain....
  • Ground Coffee
    Ground coffee loses its flavor quickly. In fact, coffee decays rapidly once it has been roasted and this speeds up after grinding. It begins to lose its flavor within an hour of being ground, so even ....
  • Black Coffee
    Black coffee, like many of the finer things in life, is an acquired taste. For most of us, our first cup of coffee was heavily sugared and so diluted with milk that the taste of coffee was barely dis....
  • Flavored Syrups For Coffee
    Flavored syrups for coffee are a quick and easy way to add complementary flavors to your cup without the drawbacks associated with flavored beans. Many roasters refuse to carry flavored beans because....
  • Gourmet Coffees
    The real issue with gourmet coffees is that reverting to instant or generic grocery store varieties is either impossible or excruciating. My story is typical. I developed a taste for coffee only at ex....
  • Gourmet Coffee Beans
    What makes a gourmet coffee bean? The first criteria, of course, are the growing conditions necessary for a healthy crop. Rich and well-drained soil, often volcanic, is the first of these. Following i....
  • Superior Coffees
    What makes for a superior coffee? There isn't an easy or quick simple answer that tells the whole story. Obviously good growing conditions--atmospheric, climatic, and geographic--are critical for the ....
  • Hawaiian Coffee
    You might already have heard of Kona coffee, but there are many other types of Hawaiian coffee as well. Other islands, such as Kauai, Maui, Oahu, and Molokai, also grow coffee. This "other island" cof....
  • Brew Coffee
    Which of the many available ways do you use to brew coffee? The purpose of brewing is to dissolve the soluble flavor elements in the roasted coffee beans, and there are many techniques for doing that....