Coffee Review. Mike and I met up and drank some terrible tasting Bones Coffee. But hey, on the bright side, Bones had sweet stickers on their packaging. That’s really what drew me to them, anyway: their branding. The 4 ounce sample bags showed up in a padded USPS envelope, but besides that the bags were good to go. The coffee on the other hand, was not very good. They claim the beans are roasted to order, and I believe them. They were very fresh. But no idea if they’re Robusta or Arabica or what kind of blend they are. Their site doesn’t say and the bags don’t say, either.
Manny G Recommends. Perk Brewer on Kickstarter. Manny found this little gem of an automatic pour-over that seems simple and almost ‘too easy’ to use to make great coffee. It was endorsed by the great Scott Rao, so there’s something going on with this clever little device. Their Kickstarter campaign started on March 15th, and as of today you still have about two weeks to jump on board and support the project. Most of the smoking hot deals are gone, but maybe you can still get a device that will sell for $300 a little cheaper at $170 or so.
Coffee News. After talking last week about recycling disposable coffee cups and the pending cup legislation in the UK, I did a little more homework and discovered that most coffee cups are actually not recyclable. Because they are made of a mixture of paper and plastic, they can only be recycled at specific centers that are scarce.
We also talked about what responsibility caffeine peddlers have to inform their customers that consuming 20 shots of espresso in one sitting high be hazardous to their health. Out little conversation was spurred on by Aubrey Dix’s outstanding journalism in The Post Athens. While writing a very fair article, she managed to squeeze the line “although excessive caffeine intake can be unhealthy, it is not always regulated by suppliers” in and it drove me bonkers.
Listener Q&A. Ken listened to a previous episode and had three questions for us.
1. What is the significance of the oiliness of coffee beans?
2. What does the off-gassing valve accomplish?
3. What is the difference between a puffy coffee bag and an apparently vacuum sealed, tight bag?
We did out best to answer his questions for him and set him off on the right path.
Brew Tip. Mike received his Kruve grind sifter in the mail and we talked about how it can help get a more consistent grind into your brewer. It’s still way too early to tell if the Kruve is actually helpful in producing a better cup, as the learning curve for the device is quite a bit higher than we initially expected. But Kruve was good enough to hook Mike up with a coupon for $50 off, so we’re going to learn how to use it properly and shoot a nice review video for them when we get the hang of it.