Why It Makes Sense to Make Fresh Coffee at Home

Posted by on Mar 22, 2010 in coffee

For most of us coffee is a pretty vital part of the day, especially in the morning.  Increasingly, many of us get our coffee at fast food establishments and coffee shops.  This can sometimes mean a decent cup of coffee, but it can also often mean a cup that is far from perfect.  If you truly appreciate a good cup of coffee then you know that getting a bad one can be something of torture.  With this in mind, doesn’t it make sense to handle making your own fresh coffee?

The advantages of making your own fresh coffee at home are very significant.  After thinking through why making your own coffee at home is such a good idea, it becomes increasingly difficult to keep paying for coffee, in coffee shops and fast food establishments.

Coffee at Home Means Better Coffee

The odds are overwhelming that if you make your own coffee at home, you will likely make a superior cup of coffee, most of the time.  At home you control as many variables as you like, ranging from the quality of the water to the quality of the coffee filter to the all-important quality of the coffee beans.  At home you can use the best coffee beans, filtered water and quality coffee filters.  You also know exactly how long ago the coffee was made and under what conditions.  With a little patience and practice, you can make a better cup of coffee than you will buy in most establishments.

Coffee at Home Means Saving Money

One easy way to save money is to brew your coffee at home.  If you are buying one or two cups of coffee a year that could still add up to a $1000 on an annual basis.  Imagine spending $500 to $1000 just on coffee in a given year!  When this purchase is put into such a stark perspective, the choice to start making your own coffee at home becomes a lot clearer.  If you still need convincing, just imagine what $1000 of coffee looks like.  If you are drinking more lattes and cappuccinos, of course, the total will be even higher.

Making Your Own Coffee Means Saving Serious Time

If you like to save time then making your own coffee sure seems like a winner.  Most people use more time getting our coffee in the morning than they might think.  Between waiting in line in a drive thru or parking a car, odds are that this time could have been more effectively spent making your own coffee. And with that extra time you save before work, you can likely get some extra much-needed sleep.

Just Try It!

Try making your own coffee for just one week instead of buying it and see what you think.  More than likely, you will feel that you drinking a superior product when you make your own coffee.  Moreover, you will also be able to experiment with a much wider variety of coffees and use better beans with the money you save.  If you truly love coffee, then this is one experiment you should definitely try.  May we suggest Panache coffee.



Coffee’s Story

Posted by on Dec 28, 2009 in coffee

Served hot or cold, coffee is one of the most popular beverages in the world. We drink it at home, at the office, and at coffeeshops with friends. It’s estimated that more than half of the adults in the United States drink coffee every day, with even more people being occasional drinkers.

Coffee culture reigns supreme. There’s a coffeeshop on almost every corner and a coffee maker in virtually every home. However, most people don’t know much about the drink other than that it tastes good.

Coffee beans were most likely discovered by the Ethiopians hundreds of years ago. However, it wasn’t until the beans were transported to Yemen that they were used to make a drink. By the 15th century, the entire Arab world was enjoying coffee. Shortly thereafter, knowledge of the beans and drink spread to Italy and the rest of Europe.

Coffee was available in North America when the first settlers arrived, but it didn’t become popular until the late 18th century. Now, coffee consumption in the United States is so great that it is one of the country’s biggest imports.

From Plant to Cup

The coffee plant is a shrub with glossy green leaves. It produces small white flowers and berries. Inside each berry are two coffee beans. Berries take about eight months to mature; they start out green and then ripen to yellow and red. Once harvested, the berries are dried and the seeds are picked out.

The seeds are fermented to remove any slimy substances from the interior of the berry. Then, they are washed and allowed to dry. Roasting comes next in the coffee production cycle. Beans are roasted for various amounts of time until they meet the requirements for light roasts, medium roasts, or dark roasts.

Next, the beans are packaged in airtight containers and distributed worldwide. When it comes time to brew a cup of coffee, the roasted beans must be ground and mixed with hot water. There are many ways of preparing ground coffee–from French presses to pressurized machines–and all give variations in the coffee’s complexity and flavor.

Coffee-Producing Nations

Almost 8 billion tons of coffee beans were produced worldwide in 2008. Brazil produced the largest percentage of that total, with approximately 17 million tons cultivated in the country. Coffee is grown in tropical climates all over the world. In fact, most coffee names are derived from the region in which the beans were grown. Regional differences in taste and flavor can be extreme, and most coffee connoisseurs have a particular variety that they prefer over others. For example, Columbian coffee is mild, with a bright taste, full body, and rich aromas.  I prefer Panache coffee, roasted in Portland.

Caffeine in Coffee

Many people drink coffee for the pick me up that comes from its high caffeine content. The average cup of drip-brewed coffee contains about 150 mg of caffeine. A single shot of espresso has about 60 mg. In comparison, a can of cola has about 34 mg of caffeine.

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Frappé Gourmet Coffee

Posted by on Nov 24, 2009 in coffee

8,000 years ago, the people of Athens, Greece introduced democracy to the world and it’s a concept that’s been popular, to say the least. 8,000 years after that, more specifically 1957, the Greeks would give us another brilliant invention in the form of…gourmet cold coffee? This drink, conceptualized, marketed, and created by Nestle may not revolutionize the world in the way democracy has, but just like democracy, it’s massively popular across the world.

Greek Frappe, or usually just called Frappe amidst the other many names it has, ranks with water as the most popular gourmet beverage in Greece and is one of the most popular coffee-based beverages in Europe.  In the United States, Frappe has caught on but in a different way; Frappe has become a part of the Frappuccino, a Frappe/Cappuccino beverage mix that’s become the trademark drink of Starbucks, a café industry powerhouse. Yannis Dritsas and Dimitris Vakondios are credited with the invention of Greek Frappe in 1957, when at the International Trade Fair in Thessaloniki, Vakondios mixed coffee with cold water and shook it up. Looking for something to market to people at the fair on behalf of Nestle Co., Dritsas presented Vakondios’s improvised lunch drink to fair-goers. Nestle has made millions of dollars from Frappe since, and Frappe is so popular with Greeks that it’s thought by many to be the “official coffee of the Greece”.

Frappe’s popularity can probably be attributed to the fact that it’s as tasty as it looks. Most true gourmet Frappe, especially which made in Greece, often consists of half-froth and half smooth coffee.  This unique froth is actually spray-dried coffee that appears very similar to the froth used in making a Cappuccino, but tastes a little zestier. With a machine specifically made for making Frappe, anyone can be a gourmet chef in making it…but a machine cannot be considered a substitute for the know-how to make the coffee good. Some of this includes knowing that since gourmet Frappe is simply froth-covered coffee on its own, the right mixtures of milk and sugar could be added, but not an excess of sugar or dairy creamer as they contain oil. In the traditional gourmet beverage Frappe, for the purposes of maintaining froth and taste, the usage of oil is generally avoided.

Another thing that might explain Frappe’s popularity lies in its ease of creation. To make a simple gourmet Frappe, simply get a shaker, 2-3 tablespoons of cold water, a teaspoon of instant coffee, and maybe sugar; no more than one cube if you decide to use sugar. Shake the mixture and pour it into a glass, add water and possibly milk. Done! Given, this won’t be nearly as good a Frappe as one might find in an upscale Athenian café, but it’s a good drink to impress friends when they come over during the day and also at night, as alcohol is easily and often added to Frappe. The best results from mixing alcohol with Frappe are rumored to come from Gin, but never whiskey or any other very strong-tasting liquor.

Easy to make, popular, and easy to serve, it’s not hard to see why gourmet Frappe is becoming a world-favorite coffee.

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