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In the course of human history, there have been two beverages that have shaped societies across the globe. One has been tea. The commerce from the tea trade between the British Commonwealth as it was then in the 17th and 18th centuries sculpted and formed an empire of soldier merchantman that revolutionized what that empire would become. (They should have become a coffee drinker!)
But then a newcomer arrived in the small bars, hostels and gathering houses of the British Empire – it was coffee. And the coffee drinker was not someone in search of the solace of gin or sour beer. He was a man in search of enlightenment. And so the coffee houses of Britain became the gathering places of the intelligentsia.
What Type of Coffee Drinker Are You?
Today, sadly that is not the case. we get our coffee from chains that span the world. Not that it is a bad thing but it seems that bashing chains that provide a perfectly good cup of coffee has become stylish.
The fact of the matter is that an acceptable cup of coffee is all that most people want. In fact most of those who want that cup of coffee don’t want to go through the entire long, short, skim, non sugar, extra shot nonsense. they simply want a cup of Koa Coffee – with possibly some vanilla – because who doesn’t love vanilla.
But for those who want that little bit extra out of their morning Joe there are now a staggering amount of options that have opened up. And it is not necessary to visit a specialist shop to find that exact coffee blend that will open up new vistas of flavor and enjoyment.
The global coffee market has become so competitive that even the most mundane of chain stores are able to supply the best of the coffee from around the globe.
If you want to enjoy coffee from any continent and you are an avid coffee drinker you will find beans and even refined coffees that come from all over the globe. Given how competitive the market is there are always coffee derivatives and blends from every continent in the world that are always available.
If you find yourself in a bind and that perfect blend is not available from that favorite store then there is always the online option. And if you start to explore the online world of coffee then there is an entire universe that opens up.
This Mom’s Favorite Coffees
In this house coffee is life. I have gone through a lot of bad coffee in my life to get to the good coffee (kind of like men.) Other than the place who shall not be named and their $5 a cup javas, I order a lot of coffee online once I find something I like. I came across them once I saw them on Forbes. This is the coffee Forbes called Best in America!
Here are a few of my favorite coffees.
The whole brand is great! Probably on the higher end of the coffees I buy. Since I don’t like drinking the same thing everyday, it works our perfectly. I mix my coffee brands, some days on the high end, some on the lower so it all averages out.
I feel Dunkin Donuts is often overlooked and overshadowed by the brand who shall not be named. It’s a great brand, and not overpriced for what you get. It is definitely in my top 3. Plus if you buy it on Amazon, you can schedule it out and save a bit.
Flavor It Up
Don’t judge me! I’m not a coffee purist, please don’t be mad. Yes I like black coffee, but I also like it all dolled up like a good date night. Since I am also cheap, here are a few of my favorite ways to spice up my coffee.
For those who are in search of coffee that may not be on the shelves of the local supermarket there are many websites that will provide access to both beans and blends that have been recognized as among the best in the world.
For instance, the most expensive coffee in the world which is Kopi luwak. At around $500 per pound (as at 2010) it is a coffee lovers dream. But this is at the far end of the scale. There are coffees from the Caribbean and Africa, as well as other parts of the world which will keep your caffeine content and taste buds satisfied.
Tips For A Coffee Drinker To Save Money
Storing your beans properly is the best way to ensure their fresh roasted flavor lasts as long as possible. Store them in an opaque, airtight container at room temperature. Coffee beans may be decorative and beautiful, but avoid clear canisters which will allow light to compromise the taste of your coffee. Or at least don’t use the ones you use as decorations.
Keep your best beans in a dark and cool location. Remember that cabinets near the oven are often too warm, and so is any spot in the kitchen that gets strong afternoon sun.
Also, know that the urethane foil coffee bags in which you purchased your coffee are generally not appropriate for long-term storage. Ideal coffee storage canisters with an airtight seal are a worthwhile investment if you are a serious gourmet coffee drinker.
Buy the Right Amount of Coffee
Your coffee will begin to lose freshness almost immediately after roasting, so it is far better to purchase it in smaller quantities. Buy freshly roasted coffee frequently, and buy only what you will use in the next one or two weeks. Most places will offer discounts on repeat orders if you ask and have them set to ship regularly.
Freezing Your Coffee
While there are many different views on whether or not coffee should be frozen, the main consideration is that coffee absorbs moisture. And freezers are known to harbor and odors and tastes from the air and food in it. As mentioned above, most home storage containers are not truly airtight, which is why food stored a long time in the freezer can often suffer freezer burn. Therefore, if you do freeze your beans, it is critically important to use a truly airtight container.
If you freeze your coffee, quickly remove as much as you need for one serving. Then return the rest to the freezer before any condensation forms on the frozen coffee. Or do not return the canister after removing your coffee.