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Coffee Bag Recycling Program
Coffee bags are made of materials layered for oxygen barrier characteristics - slowing oxidation and extending shelf life to some extent - paper or polypropylene on the outside, aluminum sandwiched in the middle, and polyethelene on the inside (for heat sealing ability). These types of packages are not currently recyclable in curbside programs, and will therefore will end up in landfill. We are collecting used coffee bags of any brand as part of our recycling program. Our wholesale customers, you can collect used coffee bags (from any coffee company, not just ours, and from your customers as well) during the week and return then to us on your delivery day. Just flat stack them in a bin or used cardboard box We collect these until we have enough to send them on to a recycler, who has the ability to use the material to manufacture industrial products, such as park benches and garbage cans. If you are a retail customer, you can return bags to our roaster store any Saturday. We will be encouraging our retail store partners to likewise accept returns for recycling. You might consider a coffee bag recycling drive at your school or workplace as well, for a limited time. We would be happy to drop off and pick up recycling boxes for this purpose.
Home Brewing using a cone filter manual type brewer
Using your pour-over coffee filter with a cone shaped filter (Melitta, Hario, Clever, Beehouse), place 30 g (6 tablespoons) medium-fine ground coffee into a filter in the brewing cone. Place the filter over a vacuum insulated carafe, thermos, or 16 oz travel mug. Bring 500mL (2 cups) of water to a boil in the kettle. Allow the water to come off the boil for a minute or so. Add just enough water to wet the grinds. Wait 20 seconds for the bloom to subside. Add 125 mL (1/2 c) of water, slowly, to the center of the wet grinds. Allow to drain almost completely. Continue adding the rest of the water, 125mL (1/2 c) at a time, until finished. The total brewing time should be 3 to 4 minutes. Makes enough coffee for 2 mugs, or one large travel mug.
A little stop motion video to show the steps for this method.
Home Brewing Tip
Using great water is necessary to end up with a great tasting cup of coffee, and to protect your brewer from damaging scale build-up. An easy way to do this without investing in expensive water treatment gear is to buy spring water, and distilled or Reverse osmosis water from your grocey store, and mix them 50-50. This will reduce the hardness of the spring water to safe levels, while providing great taste for your morning ritual coffee. The ideal hardness for coffee brewers is 150 ppm total dissolved solids (TDS), while for espresso machines, 80 ppm is best. Spring water sold in Canada lists the TDS on the label.
COSTA RICA Mariana
Processing: Honey, Miel
This is a very clean, tasty coffee. Honey’d-almond sweetness, lively and bright with lemony candy hghlights.
NEW COFFEE RELEASE - NICARAGUA Finca Las Nubes
Farmer: Reginaldo Castellano
Farm: Finca Las Nubes
Varietal: Caturra, Pacas
Processing: Fully Washed and dried on patio
Altitude: 1,200-1,380 metres above sea level
Tasting Notes: Initial smooth dark chocolate gives way to redcurrant, cocoa, and a slight savory herbal quality. Pleasantly lingering aftertaste at the back of the palate. A very clean and dry coffee.
The Espro Large Press
Coffee drinkers see the first major advance in coffee press design in 30 years!
ESPRO Press micro-filters your coffee twice, to reveal the full taste without the grit. Polished stainless double-walled vacuum holds heat for hours and won't break. With a 30 oz. capacity, you'll have plenty for company!
Now available at $99.95 plus HST.
ESPRO calibrated tampers make tamping your espresso fun and easy. Stainless steel base and anodized aluminum handle. Made in Canada.
A perfect tamp every time. 30 pound force feedback actuated click.
Look good. Feels good.
53mm and 58mm convex sizes available. $89.95 plus HST.
Great coffee does not just happen!
For brewed coffee, use 55 grams of dry grounds to each liter of hot water.
Brazil Peaberry, Cachoeira Da Grama
We have a new coffee this week, on a limited basis: peaberry from Fazenda Cachoeira da Grama, Brazil. This is hand picked coffee from which the 5% peaberries are separated. It’s a little sweeter, a little cleaner, and quite chocolaty. The roast will be a full medium to bring forward a smooth, buttery texture that complements the coffee’s natural flavours well. Use for espresso and brew as a feature coffee. Purchased directly from the farmer. The farm name means ‘waterfall grass’. The valley in which the coffee is grown has been known as a fertile area to neighbouring areas and to travelers.
CLEVER COFFEE DRIPPER
A new lot of Abid Clever Coffee Drippers will be arriving next week. These are redesigned, with a better plastic and a slightly revised shape. Prices are up slightly at $22.00 with the new design but it is still an affordable gift and a terrifically easy and consistent way to a great cup of coffee at home or while traveling.
Pumpkin Muffins :: from Nutrition for Wellness :: Now that you've had you fill of pumpkin pie, and pumpkins are still in season (cans are in season too :-) a great recipe with those spice accent that would go really well with...Peru, or Mokha Java... in the morning.
This recipe is a favorite for everyone who tries it. It can be easily altered to accommodate virtually every allergy. I've even made it vegan-gluten-free!
1 cup coconut oil or butter, melted
2 cups pumpkin
1-1/2 cups sucanat or organic brown sugar
2 cups spelt flour
1/2 tsp. each cinnamon and nutmeg
1/4 tsp. each ginger, cloves, allspice
2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
Combine wet ingredients.
Combine dry ingredients and add to wet. Mix thoroughly.
Scoop into lined muffin cups and top with pumpkin seeds.
Bake at 350C for 25-30 mins.
Matcha Green Tea
We are now stocking Matcha. This Japanese green tea is pure and made from the whole leaf, which is ground to a fine powder. One of the benefits is the complete nutritional value is intact including a high level of anti-oxidants. The distinctive bright green colour is a result of the special growing process, in which the leaves are covered during the last few weeks of growth. The leaves are then steamed to prevent oxidation, and stone ground for hours to a remarkable fineness. The tea can be used in both hot and cold drinks, straight up, in latte or smoothie. There are several important steps in preparing drinks using Matcha powder which I will be happy to provide instruction in.
Recommended dosage, 2g, once per day! This weekend we will be having a special promotion. Buy a 30g take-home package of Matcha, receive a steamed Matcha Latte on the house.
KENYA AA GITITU
Coffee tasting notes: Raspberry, black tea, white grapefruit. What?
We sometimes ascribe tasting notes that seem out of whack with our normal expectation of what we all know coffee should taste like. Every coffee tasting note should start with 'coffee'. While that seems obvious, what does coffee taste like? It seems to be one of those tastes that eludes analogy. Like kiwi. What does it taste like? Kiwi. So, for the most part you can assume that these coffees do indeed taste like coffee. What we are trying to convey is a sense of the complexity of the coffee. Tasting notes are but one attribute that make up the experience of coffee. Body, acidity, mouthfeel, depth, concentration and sweetness are all important to whether the coffee rings your bell.
Kenyan coffees are definitely the darling of the specialty coffee roasting stalwarts. And with good reason. In years past, Kenyan coffee was normally found in the dark roast category. While it does hold up well to a dark roast, thanks to the density and compactness of the bean, and it's resistance to taking on the ashy, cigar butt taste of so many dark roasts, it's true flavours are best explored in the light to medium light range. Taken black, the Gititu we have here has a juicy clarity to it; the combination of citric acid, slight bitterness, and sweetness give that grapefruit impression on the first sip. After the acidity washes away, we are left with a deep, malty, caramel flavour that Lisa pinned as 'Marmite'. Marmite is pretty salty, but I don't get any saltiness of of this coffee. There are some more ripe fruits lurking abound a little more to the background of the palette. All in all, this is a very sophisticated and beautifully structured coffee, deserving of a place in your cup.
GRINDING AND BREWING - TOP GEAR
We have a assembled a collection of brewers and grinders over the last while that we feel make great coffee and deliver terrific value for the home. Fell free to drop us a line or stop in at the roaster to ask questions, or even take one for a 'test drive'. In stock today.
ABID Clever Coffee Dripper 22.95
Try with 27g of medium grind, 400mL of 200 deg F water
add enough water to the soak the grinds,
let the bloom subside, then add the remaining water quickly to mix and agitate
steep for 2-1/2 minutes then place on the cup
total time 3 to 3-1/2 minutes from first water addition
makes a large/16oz cup.
AEROBIE Aeropress 32.95
Very versatile, can make Americano style coffee for 4 cups, or single cup brew style.
Smooth, balanced cup.
ESPRO French Press 72.95
Single cup French press
Double walled (insulating) polished stainless steel
Awesome quality and feel
Designed and assembled in CANADA
Super Clean cup, ultra-fine 2 stage filter screen
Use a medium-fine grind, 15g coffee, 250g water
steep for 2 to 3 minutes then plunge
makes an 8 oz cuppa
BUNN BT-B 169.95
Brews at the correct temperature for proper extraction and great tasting coffee
Vacuum thermal carafe keeps coffee hot without cooking it
3 minute brew time!
Use Medium grind and Bunn filters
BARATZA Virtuoso Preciso 325.00
Same features as the Maestro plus, PLUS
Higher quality burrs produce less fines
Micro adjustment for espresso fine grinding
Heavier, quieter and Faster grinding speed
Portafilter holder included for espresso
SAECO SUPER AUTOMATIC ESPRESSO MACHINE
The Saeco ODEA family won the 2008 IF product design award. It's no wonder, with advanced functional features and a beautiful design previously unavailable in an affordable home espresso machine. Quiet, precise Ceramic burr grinder, bean hopper sealed for retaining freshness and aroma, rapid steam function and easy frothing paranello wand for frothy cappucino and latte, removeable brewing unit (the same unit as found in Saeco's top of the line home espresso unit), adjustable height cup holder/drip tray will accomodate short and tall cups. The complete unit is mounted on a swivel base for easy access to the side removable water and grounds reservoirs.
We are located at 100 Ringwood Drive, Unit #8, in Stouffville, Ontario, Canada