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Goldilocks & the 3 water temperatures

Too hot, too cold, just right….

After Goldilocks had eaten the bears’ porridge, she decided to make coffee.

The first time she boiled the kettle and poured it right away, using water that was too hot.  “Oh!” she cringed, “this coffee is bitter.”

So she  made more coffee, without heating the water again. This time it was too cold.  “Oh!” she said, making a disappointed face, “this coffee is sour and weak.”

The third time she heated the kettle to a boil then let it cool for just under a minute before she poured it. “Ah!” she sighed, sipping her java contentedly, “this coffee is just right.”

And that’s all you need to know.

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on an expensive kettle.  But you can if you want to!

ACE is now in season

ACE is now in season

Ace: in season right now

This coffee is like an ACE up your sleeve

Dark & smoky beans from Sumatra balanced with sweetness from Colombia. Give it a try while it’s in season.

In Season: Spring Break

In Season: Spring Break

Spring Break Coffee: in season right now

it'll put a spring in your step

A clean, rich, bittersweet blend of coffees from Guatemala and Nicaragua. In season for a short time, don't miss out. Get some here...

Coffee Lover: Dawn Ayer

Coffee Lover: Dawn Ayer

Dawn Ayer:

Sparkplug Coffee Lover

Most memorable coffee Dawn ever had? Touring the Lavazza factory in Turin, Italy. (She even got to eat in the employee cafeteria!)

Keep it clean (talking about your coffee machine)

Keep it clean (talking about your coffee machine)

Keep your coffee tasting great!

  • Use good quality, fresh roasted beans (check out our selection here - we'll mail them to you whenever you need)
  • clean your coffee maker after every use - just wash out the coffee pot and brew basket with soap and water
  • do a deep clean by running vinegar and water through once in a while. How often should you do a deep clean? At least once a year. Every couple months if you're using it daily. Monthly if you're using it for several pots a day.

Read on for a little more detail on how to deep clean your coffee machine...

Classically Driven Coffee - now in season

Classically Driven Coffee - now in season

Classically Driven Coffee: in season right now

limited edition, dark roast blend organic coffee

Smoky, earthy and a hint of bitterness (in a good way). In season for a short time, don't miss out.

LOWRIDER - coffee with style

LOWRIDER - coffee with style

LOWRIDER: in season right now

limited edition organic coffee from Chiapas, Mexico

Stylish. Smooth. Complex. Rich. In season for a short time, don't miss out.