As most of you know, the clock is winding down on our move. And moving has got me thinking and realizing I’ll have to find a new place to get the occasional latte and will probably have to find a new coffee blend as I am not sure where I’ll be able to find my current fav locally at the new place, even though it’s just 30 miles away.
First, let me define what I consider good coffee for you according to me, OS.
Good Coffee- smooth, rich and medium bodied. A truly good coffee comes from a bean you can eat whole that doesn’t taste bitter, burnt or green. Should be pleasant tasting.
In order to have a good coffee, you have to know what you’re looking at and how to properly store it. Good, fresh coffee should look oily. I usually buy whole bean and grind my own. Really, really fresh coffee you grind yourself will likely clump in your grinder as the oils will bind it together some.
It’s not often you can find good, fresh coffee from the bulk dispensers at the grocery store. For the most part, these are constantly exposed to light and air, which is detrimental to the oils of coffee, which is where most of the flavor resides.
So, the proper way to store coffee is in a dark or opaque container that has a good seal to it to keep air out and then in a dark, cool place such as a cupboard. You don’t want to keep it in the fridge or freezer as these are damp places and the cold can cause those beautiful oils to congeal and alter the flavor.
Ok, now that we’ve established that, let’s talk about my favorite blends! (All photos linked to each roaster’s website if possible)
My favorite! Smooth, rich, deep, yet medium bodied. I discovered my love of this coffee in Alaska and mourned it’s loss when I moved to the Lower 48, until I discovered that Raven’s Brew had opened a roasting plant in Tumwater, WA just 5 short miles from where I was living! It was heaven. I was in love. Then I fell in love and moved away.
Two years later I found my second favorite coffee:
Now I prefer to drink Sisters Coffee Company’s Sisters Blend if I can’t get my Wicked Wolf. Which, of course is often. This coffee compares to Wicked Wolf, yet seems to be missing something. Is it lacking that bit of home for me?
I currently pick up Sisters Blend at a local grocery store chain here in the Salem area. However, I will not have access to this local chain soon.
In between Wicked Wolf and Sisters Blend I found a passable coffee I was satisfied with. I even blogged about it here. I drink this when I can’t get the Sisters Blend. Well, whenever I get myself to my local Fred Meyers to purchase it.
I prefer the Columbian coffee myself, personally. And this is what I’ll probably be drinking at first when I move as we will have a local Fred Meyers in the new town. Newman’s Own Organics partnered with Green Mountain Roasters to bring this tasty little treat to us. And Green Mountain Roasters has some acceptable coffees too! However, the coffees you get in the bulk dispensers are not always that fresh, so I rarely buy any of the Green Mountain coffees.
Lastly, I drink Millstone when I’m too lazy to go get the good coffee or too tired to head to a different grocery store. Columbian Supremo is what we usually get. Honestly, it’s like feeding your pet Iams or some other decent but not wonderful brand of pet food when you’ve forgotten to stop at the specialty place to get the really great, really healthy stuff. Millstone is ok in a pinch as a method of caffeine consumption, but it lacks when you’re looking for something wonderful to slowly sip and savor.
Now that you’ve had a crash course in my favorite coffees, what are yours?