Great post, GR!
Here in the Chit-Chat Bar and Grill, we're very careful about cleanliness and freshness. We make sure the coffee maker and the carafe are sparkling clean before that first batch of coffee is made each morning. Only the best for us and those we serve!
We're also looking at trying out the coffee from HERE
just to see if the flavor is really as great as they say it is. We'll probably start with the flavored coffees, such as the Chocolate Covered Cherry and the Buttered Rum. We'll also order some African Sarari and a few pounds of Fool's House Italian Medium.
Wow, that's cool, man. I started drinking coffee when I was 15 and in Hawaii on a summer vacation with my father. It was quite a jet lag in the airport cafeteria on one of those mornings, so I had some coffee, and it happened to be Kona coffee, from the Big Island. So that variety of coffee has a special place in my heart.
But I've been intrigued by what the exoctic styles from Africa might be like, so yeah that looks really interesting there, Cat!
Before I drank coffee I drank a lot of tea as a kid. I've found Celestial Seasonings
to be the best brand. They used to make a really amazing high-octane blend called "Fast Lane," I believe it was called, but I haven't seen it for sale in years. While I don't like licorice, this tea had a round, sweet black licorice/cola taste, and provided an amazing boost of energy.
Today the "Orange Tangerine Zinger" is the flavor of tea I come back to the most. And their Green Teas are very good; I gravitate toward the "Authentic" style, with honey of course.
Coffee Fool wrote:
[C]offee, just a few days out of the roaster, is nature's most flavorful drink - more complex than even wine - containing well over 900 flavor compounds to dance on your taste buds. But after a few weeks, you'd be lucky to see half that number.
That would tend to corroborate what I was taught back in the day. We always ground the beans fresh. Now, how recently those beans had been roasted
. . . I couldn't tell you! So, using my political research instincts, I would say if the Coffee Fool website can deliver what they promise, it may indeed by the quality experience they promise.
Another interesting footnote is, according to the History Channel's "Modern Marvels,"
coffee is the world's second most highly traded commodity -- second only to oil.
They also did a segment on that Dr. who grows coffee on the side, and got the coffee plant to grow sideways, like the way grapes for wine are grown, and how the bean produced by the sideways plant is sweeter. Here it is: "Kona Joe Coffee Trellis."
He uses a trellis.
On September 14, 2005 Modern Marvels debuted an hour long episode on the history of coffee. The Kona Joe Coffee trellis was featured as one of the best new innovations in coffee.
Kona Joe has been a pioneer constantly working to produce and grow coffee like wine. Growing coffee on a trellis like wine grapes marks the first time in history, coffee has been cultivated like wine. Kona Joe not only cultivates coffee like wine he has recognized the importance of appellation, terroir, and the critical balance of sugars and acids in developing coffee fruit.