Want to know the secret for the best coffee ever? The kind of coffee you like, plain and simple. There isn’t any rule about what the best kind of coffee is. In fact, coffee is enjoyed all over the world in many different ways. Stay tuned for a post on that. One of the things we like to do is help people find the kind of coffee they love.
I used to walk into a coffee shop and read the coffee descriptions and be completely lost. In fact, many years ago I was ordering coffee beans online with a friend and here are my actual words…
“When it comes to coffee, here are the flavors I can taste: strong,weak, bitter, smooth. That’s it, no blueberry, no chocolate, no cherry, no nothing.”
Since falling deeper into the coffee universe I’ve learned some. And I can taste some “notes”. But mostly I think I can help people find coffee they like.
Basically there are three categories of roasts, light, medium, and dark. That’s it.
But here’s where people get things wrong. People assume that dark roasts have more caffeine. Not true (yes, even espresso), lighter roasts because they haven’t been roasted as long they have more caffeine–you can kind of think about it similarly to the way alcohol burns off the longer you cook it. Sort of. The darker roasts have less caffeine. So if you love coffee but it leaves you feeling jittery, try a dark roast.
Again, everyone has their own preferences and we strongly support “You Do You” when it comes to coffee. But generally speaking if you like cream in your coffee those darker roasts are going to be what you enjoy.
If you like your coffee black, you should explore lighter roasts and I’ll bet you will begin to taste the “oats” and the “berries”. Lighter coffee has a toasted grainy flavor with a tangy acidity. Sounds weird, I know.
So what do we have to offer? Let me introduce you to our Big E Bearded Coffee friends.
Wait, but before I do.. I should mention that coffee roasting is an art, not a science (shh don’t tell Big E, he’s not great at art, but he is reeeaallll good at science). All of our coffees do not fall neatly into these categories. Think of it more of a spectrum. A rainbow of coffees, if you will. A rainbow where the colors go from tan to black. Gorgeous.
Anyway, in order of lightest to darkest here they are…
Miss Betty– She’s fancy, and pretty.
Five O’Clock Shadow– You can really taste those tangy grains.
Lights of Love-She’s our newest, and has notes of citrus.
The Dregs-Are you keeping track? This is our medium-est roast.
Lumberjack Blend– The coffee I first fell in love with.
Organic Espresso–Did you know that you can put Espresso blends of coffee right into your drip coffee pot? They are delicious. They aren’t only for Espresso machines. They also make excellent cold brew coffees.
Then there’s our Sue-Sue Decaf and our Middle School Mustache. Sue-Sue is a top secret recipe of blended coffee beans, but it falls in the dark roast category. And Middle School Mustache is a 50/50 blend of our Decaf and Lumberjack, which puts it in the dark roast category too.
So that’s it. The secret to the best cup of coffee. Drink what tastes good. If you have been thinking about ordering from us we’d like to offer you this one time use coupon. You can receive 2 free mini bags when you spend $5. Which basically means you can try three different coffees for $5. How great is that!?
Also, I know that I said coffee is an art, but if you want to get all nerdy about coffee, you can check out this link that has a nifty little chart that explains the roasts all nice and tidy.
Or this article, that just really gets into it. I mean, really gets into it.
Either way, now that you are armed with a little more information, try us out! Don’t forget that coupon code.