Since launching the website of BlueNose Coffee we have been working with various non-profits so folks can support their favorite causes while also indulging in the coffee and tea they so love! Our reason for choosing All Are Welcome Here relates to our family's recent move to Northfield, MN. As we have explored Northfield, we have come to notice the support that everyone has for all walks of life. The community that we have discovered has demonstrated a real thirst for diversity. In fact, the Northfield Library has the words "All Are Welcome Here" permanently etched above its entrance.
In April, in honor of Earth Day, we were moved to support an environmentally-conscious Minnesota-based non-profit and so we teamed up with Tree Trust for a successful campaign.
For May, we wanted to increase our connection with our neighbors in the spirit of May Day, and once we realized that the message of All Are Welcome Here was so sorely needed south of the Twin Cities, our minds were made up. We thought that we might be a bit too small to be considered for a cross promotion with such a well known organization like All Are Welcome Here, but it turns out that we are just the first in a series of small businesses based in Minnesota that All Are Welcome Here are teaming up with! We really hope that we can be the small spark that can get a great wave moving across the state. We are so very excited to get started on this partnership.
This week's Bean Buzz is about El Salvador Rio Zarco Bourbon Honey coffee beans. Rio Zarco is a modern cooperative in the Chalatenago Region of El Salvador. At the Rio Zarco Coffee Mill, where all the farmers bring their picked beans to be milled, there is a computerized system for judging how many truly ripe berries, as opposed to unripe berries, are in a lot. The farmers with the most ripe berries in their pickings are given a bonus on top of their normal cooperative share.
The resulting beans truly show off the benefits of the honey process with a smooth cup that still has plenty of body to satisfy. Some even say the Rio Zarco has a hint of peanut to it.
On the scale of low to high acidity beans, this El Salvador roast falls in the middle as a medium acid coffee that hits you right away and then mellows out.
We'd recommend it in a in a French Press or Chemex.
Grab some beans here! Happy brewing!
So you're in the mood for a delicious single cup of coffee! Let's walk our way through what you will need.
Of course, start with the finest coffee bean of your choice. It makes no difference if it's a full bodied Kenya AA Tembo, a low acid Guatemala Huehuetenango La Eterna or the blend from your favorite coffee shop, like our BlueNose Reserve. As long as it meets your taste, it's the right coffee bean for you.
Next, the coffee bean should be roasted to your taste; light roast, medium roast or dark roast. You might even prefer a very dark espresso roast. Up to you!!
After that, it will be ground according to the needs of the particular coffee brewer you prefer. I won't comment on the various types of coffee brewers in this post, but for our purpose here today, a single brewed cup of coffee from a french press is a fine choice.
Now the most important item. The coffee bean you have selected must be fresh roasted! You will miss out on that perfect cup of brewed coffee if you follow all the steps above but end up using coffee that was roasted months earlier. Fresh roasted is vital to success! That's why we note the roasting date on every bag of coffee we ship.
Coffee beans suited to your taste; light bodied, medium bodied or full bodied.
Freshly roasted to your preference; light, medium, dark or espresso roast.
Coffee beans ground to your brewing needs; drip, perc, french press, etc.
The freshest possible roasted bean. If you don't know when your beans were roasted, it's most likely too long ago.
There you have it.... the perfect cup of coffee!
In our next blog, we will walk you through the steps of using a new drip type single cup brewer that requires no clean up!