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.
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.
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...
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!
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!)
Sweet. Spicy. And dark roast Mexican coffee.
Lowrider - our current seasonal coffee is from Mexico. And it inspired me to figure out how to make Mexican cafe de olla at home. Read on for the Sparkplug Coffee Cafe De Olla recipe....