In Episode 51, Mike and I did a quick Coffee Review of Drop Coffee– the great roaster from Stockholm, Sweden that we received as a gift from our friend Jon. We drank the last bit of it. Mike really enjoyed this coffee, but it caused my Bodum grinder to jam every time I tried to grind them. So, I changed my technique to get the right grind. Instead of dropping all the beans in the grinder at the same time, I add them slowly. So far, that’s worked just fine- no more jamming.
For our Brew Tip of the Week, I recommended the guides from the great folks over at Stumptown Coffee. The step by step guides they have are phenomenal. I used one to learn how to brew coffee on the Moka Pot device my wife purchased for me. All my questions about how fine to grind the beans were answered, and they even had some Moka Pot hacks that made it easier and better to use. We had some pretty good mochas and cortados from the Moka Pot and hand-frother.
In our Coffee Experience segment, I talked about the coffee from Chick-Fil-A and Desert Eagle Coffee. Chick-Fil-A has hot coffee, which they made for me fresh. They also have a cold brew, that I tried with some Vanilla-flavored cream. Neither were very good, but neither were very expensive. This made my long drive home to Prescott Valley from Phoenix a little better. I used to stop at Elevate, a coffee shop in North Phoenix, but found the quality and service weren’t worth going out of my way. So, I chose the cheaper, less flavorful option from Chick-Fil-A rather than the more expensive, less flavorful option from Elevate.
Our last youth football game of the season brought us to a different part of town and that means exploring new coffee shops. I found Desert Eagle coffee, a two window drive thru kiosk that also has its own roaster on site. The service was great, the coffee was good, and the vibe reminded me very much of Dutch Bros.
The Ghostly Roaster recommended a roast-at-home device that you could roast your coffee at home, easily, over an open flame. It was a cool recommendation and a cool device. The Zen Roast device is made from porcelain in Japan and costs you $55 plus shipping. It looks very nice and isn’t a bad price for at home roasting with an old fashioned, traditional feel to it.
As part of our Orange Cactus Coffee Update, we were excited to get some confirmation for our ideas of how we’d like to set up our future cafe. We plan to have a three part cafe for those who are in a hurry (Go), those who want to hang out (Taste), and those who want to go all in on a coffee journey in a more private setting (Experience). Our concept was confirmed by an established industry veteran on the Coffee is Me podcast. But, as with all ideas- the execution is everything. Business owners can’t do everything- they have to reserve some time to actually run their business as well. Joe Monaghan said as much in his book Espresso.
Manny G Recommended The Perfect Daily Grind. They are an incredible resource online for all coffee lovers. Cannot recommend them highly enough- the quality an volume is incredible.