Can Roasted Coffee Be Too Fresh?

I just bought 5 pounds of Sumatran coffee from Paradise Roasters. This is currently one hot roaster. They seem to get all A’s from Coffee Review’s editor, Kenneth Davids. This particular coffee is rated a 94. Frankly, I’m undecided about grades – after all, I was a pretty lowly student in high school.

Yesterday, after the coffee arrived, I couldn’t wait (more…)

Kenya Coffee Frankenstein!

The Coffee Research Foundation’s new Kenya coffee variety could single-handedly destroy the reputation of one of the world’s best coffees. This morning, I received the following press release:

Kenya’s Coffee Research Foundation (KRF) has released a new variety of coffee.
The variety known as Batian is high yielding and is expected to boost coffee production in the country. Coffee Research Foundation (KRF) Managing Director Dr. Joseph Kimemia said the new variety, named after a peak on Mount Kenya was resistant to coffee berry disease and leaf rust. It is also fast maturing with farmers expected to harvest within two years after planting. (more…)

Sowden SoftBrew: A Brewer Disguised As A Teapot

I got this interesting coffee maker from Oren Bloostein. Oren suggested this might appeal to some folks as an alternative to the French Press or press pot as it’s becoming more widely (if generically) known.

And, it is innovative. It features an attractive ceramic pot, and a patented inner cylinder. You simply place grounds in the cylinder, (more…)

Trifecta = Coffee HD

I reported I’ve had one of the best-ever cups of coffee three times this year. Each time it happened to be after drinking coffee brewed in a new technology, one I think is destined for greatness. The Bunn Trifecta promises to be the reinvention of brewed coffee that many of us have been hoping for since the introduction of specialty single-origin coffee in the 1970s.

In case you haven’t noticed, the emphasis on most coffee served at cafes is (more…)

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