This week we are finishing up a two week campaign to name ur new Breakfast Blend of coffee. Now before you start wondering, "Where have I been, didn't know you were running a contest?" This contest was for the folks who come in the shop on a daily basis. You might be one of those folks and if so, you've already had a chance to get your good word in.
We started the campaign last week. There have been some great names already submitted. The one thing we have been keen NOT to state, is what variety of coffee we have blended. You see, even though I know that most of you are independent thinking, strong-willed folks, there are those out there that will be swayed by a variety, region or farm. We wouldn't want that now would we?
So what we are doing is keeping the whole thing a secret. Let your palettes be your guide. That way when we do reveal what the blend is, at least generally, you will be surprised.
There are still some people who just can't wait until next week before the great unveiling. They have been coming by the store and harassing me for the secret blend. I feel like Colonel Sanders trying to keep his secret ingredient list of 11 herbs and spices under wraps. Even when this whole thing is over we won't be able to let everyone know what the exact blend is. That would be giving away trade secrets and we won't do that. We will let you know that it is a blend and that should be good enough.
So you go into your favorite coffee spot. (oh I hope it is ours) Well this time you go to another coffee shop. You ask the Barista for a cup of Morning Blend or Breakfast Blend. She turns around and dispenses from the carafe what you believe will be just the thing that you need to get your day off to the right start.
A quick whif and you know that there is something afoot with this cup of black gold. Oh well, you think, Maybe it's just me. I haven't had time to wipe the sleep from my eyes. My nose is probably playing tricks on me too. So rather than smelling it, the cup, again you slurp a gulp for ole glory and shazaaamm. What the heck was that. Nose hairs start to curl. Eye balls begin to recede into their sockets. Holy moly you must have stepped on something that is now in your mouth.
If you have ever had an experience like this, then you know what I'm talking about. It is the 2000's and by now everyone should know how to make a great cup of coffee. But alas, you happen to stop in the one place on the planet where this information has not been shared.
So how do you make the perfect cup of coffee? What makes a cup of joe ultimate? Is it the water? Is it the cup? Can I take the beans that I bought at the local coffee shop and reproduce that exquisite balance that they produce for me?
Well I'm gonna try and answer those questions for you right now. After this short blog you'll be able to not only choose the right kind of beans for a home drip but you'll be able to reproduce coffee shop quality drink at home.
Here's what you're gonna need to start:
1. An electric pot or stovetop pot to heat your water
2. Filtered or bottled water
3. Excellent fresh roasted beans
4. A grinder (preferably a burr type)
5. A dripper