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Fresh? Or Not?!

Fresh? Or Not?!

Fresh… or not? How to tell?

When you’re buying coffee – or wondering if that bag of beans you’ve found in the back of the cupboard is still any good – there are a couple ways you can figure out if it’s fresh or not even before you taste it.

Read on to find out how to tell if your coffee is FRESH… or NOT.

Hey Honey!

Yummy honey processed coffee

We know that Gold is Best Best Best. Yes# and our current feature coffee blend, Ecuador Gold, is based on a golden, honey process, small lot coffee from Ecuador. The beans have a natural sweetness and are ahhhh-mazing! as cold brew coffee.

Wet, Dry & Honey Processed Coffee

Before we get into how the honey process works, let's look at what coffee is and the different processing methods.

The Secret of Cold Brew Coffee

The Secret of Cold Brew Coffee

coffee + water + time = magic

One of my hot weather treats is a nice cold coffee.

Different than iced coffee where hot coffee is poured over ice, cold brew coffee is made with room temperature or cool water and time. It is super easy to make and is extremely smooth, rich, flavourful and with zero acidity or bitterness. Another benefit - unlike hot brewed coffee, it stores for a week or more without losing its delicious flavour!

Now that I know how easy it is to mix up a batch, I love that I can make it at home instead of paying $4 a cup in a coffee shop!  Here is the Sparkplug Coffee guide to great-every-time cold brew coffee...

Goldilocks & the 3 water temperatures

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!

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...

CoffeeSocks back in Stock - 2, 4, 6, basket & Hario (new!)

CoffeeSocks back in Stock - 2, 4, 6, basket & Hario (new!)

Reusable organic cotton coffee filters

Find the filter for your coffeemaker - pourover or automatic

several sizes and styles available:  cone pourover style in sizes #2, #4, #6 and Hario V60 plus basket filters for auto coffeemakers and cold brew filters, too!