If you like to grind your coffee fresh every morning, here is an infograph making sure you are grinding it on the right setting for each individual brewing method.
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1) Make sure you are using the right equipment to store your coffee.
Your coffee will not stay fresh if it is stored in a paper bag. You will want either a protective bag with aluminum on the inside or you will want to keep your coffee in an air tight sealed container.
Deathwish Coffee has a great 16 oz coffee canister that can hold a 1 pound bag of coffee that we sell here in store or on their website.
2) Only freeze your coffee beans if you don't plan on using them for at least 2 weeks.
You do not want to store them in a freezer, take them out, then put them back in. The frozen moisture on your coffee will melt and be absorbed into the bean.
3) The best way to keep your coffee fresh is to keep them as whole beans as long as you can.
Only take out what you need for the day and grind the beans yourself.
p.s.- for the freshest tasting coffee use a chemex or a french press
4) For on the go, use a travel mug.
Our new travel mugs are vaccum sealed and keep the coffee fresh and hot much longer. Any travel mug in general will keep it more fresh and hot than a paper cup (and cheaper!)
I have posted a blog similar to this before but decided to find more yummy coffee recipes for you to make at home!
Coffee Banana Muffins
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
Grease a 12 cup capacity muffin tin or use paper liners.
With a wooden spoon, mix butter into the mashed bananas in a large mixing bowl. Mix in the sugar, egg, coffee and vanilla. Sprinkle the baking soda and salt over the mixture and mix in. Add the flour, mix until it is just incorporated. Fold in the chopped pecans. Pour mixture into a prepared muffin tin. Bake for 20 to 30 minutes. Cool on a rack.
Coffee Angel Food Cake
Make the Cake: Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
In a mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (or using a hand mixer), whip the egg whites until foamy. Add the cream of tartar and salt and continue whipping until soft peaks form. With the mixer running, gradually add 1 cup of the sugar and continue whipping until stiff and the sugar has dissolved, about 30 seconds.
In a small bowl, stir together the hot water and instant coffee to make coffee extract.
Using a sieve over a large bowl, sift the remaining 1/2 cup sugar with the pre-sifted cake flour 3 times, to aerate the mixture.
Fold the flour mixture into the egg whites in batches; then fold in the vanilla and dissolved coffee.
Spoon the batter into an ungreased 9 or 10-inch tube pan and smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake until light golden brown, about 30 to 35 minutes.
Cool by turning the cake (in the pan) upside down, propped on top of a bottle until it cools to room temperature. Run a long, sharp knife blade, or a butter knife, around the cake to loosen, then knock the cake out onto a plate or work it out with your fingers. The outside crumb of the cake will remain in the pan; exposing the white cake underneath.
Make the Glaze: Stir the ingredients together until smooth. Add more liquid if too thick or more sugar if too thin. Pour glaze over the top of the cake, letting it drip down naturally. Let glaze set until hard, at least 30 minutes before serving. Serve with vanilla frozen yogurt, so you have a cappuccino in your mouth.
Whisk the cornstarch, sugar, cinnamon and salt in a 2-quart heavy saucepan. Gradually whisk in the milk. Boil the mixture over medium-high heat, whisking constantly, about 2 minutes. The mixture will be thick when done. Remove the saucepan from the heat. Whisk in the espresso and vanilla until smooth.
Transfer the mixture to a bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Chill the bowl in the fridge until cold, at least 2 hours. Serve the pudding chilled.
Coffee Smores Pie
Graham Cracker Crust
Graham Cracker Crust
Dark Chocolate Mocha Avocado Mousse
Mocha Oatmeal Cookies
In order to make things a little more simple for you and us we decided to re-do our food menu.
Salad or Wrap: $8.88 +tax
Gallant Fox: Olives, Feta, Hummus, Tomatoes, Grape Leaves, Greek Dressing
Whirlaway: Mozzarella, Tomatoes, Olives, Roasted Red Peppers, Balsamic Dressing
Caesar: Romaine, Croutons, Cucumbers, Tomatoes, Olives, Caesar Dressing
(You can add Bacon or Chicken for $1.50)
Hot Sammi or Wrap: $9.35 +tax
CBR: Chicken, Tomatoes, Bacon, Cheddar, Ranch
T-Payne: Turkey, Provolone, Roasted Red Peppers
Sir Barton: Turkey, Bacon, Avocado, Cheddar, Mayo
Seattle Slew: Chicken Salad, Cheddar, Tomatoes
(You can add Bacon or Chicken for $1.50)
Egg & Cheese- $3.60 (Add Bacon, Sausage or Turkey for $1.50)
Avocado, Egg & Cheese- $4.99 (Add Bacon, Sausage or Turkey for $1.50)
CC, Lox, Tomatoes, Capers- $10.99
BLT w/ Mayo- $5.64
Cream Cheese Bagel- $2.99
PB & J- $3.27
Hummus Bagel- $3.27
Butter Bagel- $1.87
Mountain Man- $5.64 (on a wrap)
Bacon Grilled Cheese- $5.64
Any of these items are available on Ciabatta, English Muffin or Bagel (Everything, Sesame, Wheat, Plain)
In case some of you may not know, Briana Webley is having a baby. She has been working at the coffee shop for almost 3 years and this will be the first "Coffee Traders baby." A lot of people know Briana from working at the coffee shop, some of you may not know her. We have decided to play a fun little game before she leaves for a bit.
We are having YOU guess the date/time of baby Emmas arrival.
The way it works:
Much like the Superbowl Squares, you can buy a time. The actual due date is October 26th. If your time wins, you split the total pot 50/50 with Briana. If she has the baby on the due date, then she keeps it all. Squares range from $2-$5. October 12th (two weeks prior to the due date) is the first square available for $2. October 21st the squares jump to $5 (that's the HOT ZONE) until October 31st. The last date available is two weeks after the due date, November 9th.
So basically it is a fun little game to possibly make some extra money if you are a good guesser :-)
Come on in and place a bet, they are filling up fast!
This month we got in a whole bunch of new merchandise. Below is a description of what each item is and the price. We still have another brand new exciting merchandise item coming that you should keep a look out for! :-)
Our brand new vacuum insulated travel mugs. They are 16 oz. and have a screw on lid. They keep your coffee fresh and hot even longer! Only $19.99
Our brand new SCT t-shirts. We have them in small, medium, large and x-large. They are tagless and pre-shrunk. They're super comfy and we have two different options for the phrase on the back of the shirt. Only $15.95
Our brand new glass teapot. The pot holds 26 ounces. Warmer comes with a votive candle. We are selling these for $32.95!
This tea strainer comes with a bowl so that the excess water doesn't drip everywhere. You can put loose tea in the strainer and take it out whenever you feel like your tea is well steeped. We are selling these for only $5.95
These tea filters come in 100 and are super handy if you want to just throw some tea in a bag to-go. We are selling these for $7.95
We have a ton of these coffee sacks for sell. You can use them for practically anything and look really awesome. We are selling these for $7.95 each.
I stumbled across a blog this morning with a chart on how America takes their coffee. I decided to put this picture up and ask you the same questions.
Do you consume coffee in breakfast hours?
Do you brew a cup of coffee first thing in the morning?
Do you brew your coffee the same way every morning?
Cream or Sugar?
Do you take your coffee with milk or cream in it?
Do you take your coffee with sugar or some sort of sweetener?
Do you take your coffee black?
What would you give up?
Would you gain 10 pounds rather than give up coffee for life?
Would you give up your cell phone for a month rather than life without coffee for a month?
Would you go without a shower every morning rather than give up coffee?
Leave your answers in the comment box!