We are about to experience the next phase of the coffee chain today as we go to pick up our order.
After cupping the coffee you are interested in getting, taking notes and committing to ordering, the next step in the coffee adventure is going down to pick up your coffee at the warehouse. This am, that is exactly what is going on. Royal Coffee has informed me that the bags I ordered are ready to ship...the best part, being able to go down and get that coffee from the point of reception makes the fresh coffee experience even better.
Coffee markets continue to drop and they went below the $2.00 level this am. This past year we have seen incredible increases in the price of coffee but the price for Fair Trade remains stable and I don't mind paying a little extra to get it since it directly affects the farmer and coffee cooperatives who produce it.
This year we switched from purchasing Kona and have added the coffee's of Bill McAlpin instead who owns and runs Hacienda La Minita. La Minita Terrazu is perhaps one of the finest specialty coffee's of Costa Rica and it will be ordered in April.
If you want to read a great book to sip your coffee by I encourage you to order a copy of Coffee Talk by Mortin Satin. Morton has done an incredible job of sharing the chronicles of coffee and you will learn much in its pages. My favorite is Mortin's constant encouragement of choosing a BURR GRINDER over a blade. We all know the blade pulverizes the bean and the Burr properly shaves off cross sections of the coffee bean to get that perfect grind. I recommend the Cuisinart DBM8 or the Mr. Coffee Burr Grinder as a starting place. Kitchen Aid makes an even better one but the amount of money spent is higher but you get what you pay for. The same is also true of ones offered by Breville, Capresso and others.
It's a great day in coffee again...as I sit here having a cup of a farm grown Nicaraguan coffee today, I feel close to my brothers and sisters who harvest the bean and can be happy in the fact that TeenyTinyCoffeeCompany is involved in bringing that concept of fairness in coffee to you, our wonderful clients and fellow lovers of coffee!
I look forward to sharing more with you soon!