Hi, my name is Vicky, and I’m a coffee snob.
Let me qualify that statement. I enjoy my coffee every morning and while I don’t think I need more than a cup or two to start my day off right (in contrast to the coffee addict)
I won’t settle for a regular old cup of Maxwell House. Oh no, my friends, I need the good stuff. Not watered down or burnt tasting muck, but delicious, shade-grown Arabica harvested by our good friends in Guatemala, Ethiopia, Kauai.
And where do I get this delicious stuff? Why, my local Trader Joe’s, of course! Check out this awesome guide to see what kind of “coffee character” you prefer!
They always carry some of my very favorites including:
-Peaberry (from Ethiopia is the best but all their varieties are winners for the most part)
100% Kauai Whole Bean Coffee
Another fantastic coffee roaster is La Colombe. I’ve tried their Haiti coffee and was very, very pleased:
True story, I walked into La Colombe today for a delicious cappuccino and they were all “cleared out” of Haiti! Instead I’m giving this Guatemala Tomastepec variation a try, with notes of tangerine, butterscotch and violets, per their suggestion, and I will let you all know how it goes:
If you’re looking for something a bit more accessible or you’re not near a Trader Joe’s (but really, if you’re not near a Trader Joe’s you should consider moving…), I also really enjoy Gevalia coffee.
Make no mistake, coffee preparation is a serious business: we buy the whole beans and grind them at home in our little Cuisinart grinder for optimal taste. Do not buy ground coffee at the store and then store it in the refrigerator! That’s asking for rancid coffee; just ask the National Coffee Association:
“It is important not to refrigerate or freeze your daily supply of coffee because contact with moisture will cause it to deteriorate. Instead, store coffee in air-tight glass or ceramic containers and keep it in a convenient, but dark and cool, location. Remember that a cabinet near the oven is often too warm, as is a cabinet on an outside wall of your kitchen if it receives heat from a strong afternoon or summer sun.
The commercial coffee containers that you purchased your coffee in are generally not appropriate for long-term storage. Appropriate coffee storage canisters with an airtight seal are a worthwhile investment.”
Check the oiliness of the beans if you’re buying in bulk at the store: the more oil you see on the beans the darker the roast. I am not a huge fan of super dark roasts, as they can be too bitter for my taste.
And there you have it! Serve with yummy cream or half and half to taste and savorrrrr.