Friday, December 09, 2005

Best Coffee

I think I've traveled around enough the last year to really recognize a good cup or bad cup of coffee. I'm a coffee nut as well, so I thought it would be fun to write a snowy day blog on the topic...

First of all, any restaurant that takes a good bean, brews it and then stores it in one of those large steel containers - WRONG. This coffee tastes absolutely terrible. Something about the large steel vat... The best coffee is either fresh brewed or stored in a non-metal container. This is why you see the "pump" mechanisms at a lot of restaurants now.

At home, we use the Cuisinart Grind and Brew Coffee maker. AWESOME! We put all of our various bean flavors in the freezer - which keeps them fresh. We can then take the beans directly out of the freezer and pour them into the Grind and Brew. It makes an awesome cup of coffee for a very reasonable price. The coffee is also then stored in a thermal container, so it stays fresh and warm for hours after brewing...

Next, we've come across some great coffee lately as well, in our quest for the perfect cup. The best bean that we have found by far is the Starbucks Gazebo Blend coffee. It's mild, but rich - and has a TON of flavor. Other good coffee that we have had lately includes some Blue Mountain coffee from Ocho Rios, Jamaica and Death by Chocolate - for those chocolate lovers, which you can pick up at Stop & Shop (which, by the way, has some great coffee choices!).

The most interesting coffee shop that I've been to recently was the Bad Ass Coffee Company. An interesting name, an enjoyable atmosphere - with some great merchandise!

Well, that's about it for now. We've got about 6 inches of snow here in Sturbridge. More to come soon!


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