I can’t help but to think of a famous commercial line every morning “the best part of waking up is ________ in your cup.” I would have to agree that coffee is pretty much the best part of waking up. I would have to disagree that the unnamed brand is best. Far from it. Now, what I look forward to and would consider the best part of waking up is to taste a fresh batch of coffee that I have roasted. You see, after roasting green coffee beans they need to “rest” for a couple of days before grinding and brewing. There is a unique flavor profile that emerges when you give the freshly roasted beans a day or two to chill. If you tried to drink freshly roasted coffee, while it isn’t horrible, it has a lot of acidic and off balanced flavors. The rest time also lets you build a nice bit of anticipation so that when the day is finally here when you can brew it up, you are fully appreciative of the effort it took to get that coffee to your cup (and I am not just talking roasting here). As Alex mentioned in the previous post, there is a lot of farmer abuse in the coffee industry. I hate to say it, but that unnamed brand above is not innocent by any stretch of the imagination. I am not here to bash though. That is not my goal. As with any food that we eat, we appreciate knowing the origins, relationships, etc that are involved. How was the person who grew this food treated? Same goes with coffee. The best part of waking up is knowing that you are supporting family farmers and in exchange you get a delicious cup of hot unique coffee.
This morning we are enjoying a cup of Peruvian coffee. I roasted this on Wednesday at a nice medium to dark roast. This is one of my favorite coffee origins. Peru coffee is very smooth and rich with low acidity. I love “chocolatey” coffee and this definitely fits the bill. We appreciate the integrity of this coffee and I know that I honestly look forward to my pot of coffee love every morning.
If you cannot access freshly roasted coffee, we have recently started ordering from a guy online (Alex mentioned in previous post) Deans Beans. We just ordered a big batch of green coffee from him to try, but like Alex said, he sells roasted as well-at an extremely good price. This would be a great resource for all your coffee needs (until we get our big roaster of course-then you should buy from us!)