“For the love of – Coffee”

As you woke this morning, your eyes still bleary from another restless slumber, you never stopped to think or pay homage to the magical beverage that was patiently awaiting your arrival on the kitchen counter.

She has never let you down, this sometimes bitter sometimes sweet companion who had stayed by your side through many long nights whilst at the same time, reviving you when the early morning beckoned you to rise.

You had taken her for granted, her aroma, cascading from the pot into every room in the house. Calling out to you, or anyone who would take notice of her gentle presence.

Even if she wasn’t to your taste, you couldn’t help but be drawn to her, this magically roasted bean. You wonder to yourself…does it really taste as good as it smells??

Yes my love….it’s an acquired taste, but yes…the myths were true.

Coffee is wonderful.

The history of coffee dates back 850 Ad, and possibly earlier with a number of reports and legends surrounding its first use.

It is more likely that it originated in the Kingdom of Sheba, which is in Both Ethiopia and Yemen. The earliest source is a story about an Ethiopian farmer who noticed his goats becoming energized after eating the coffee berries.

The Ethiopian Coffee Legend, the most popular legend of coffee in Ethiopia, usually goes something like this: Kaldi, an Abyssinian goat herder from Kaffa, was herding his goats through a highland area near a monastery.

He noticed that they were behaving very strangely that day, and had begun to jump around in an excited manner, bleating loudly and practically dancing on their hind legs. He found that the source of the excitement was a small shrub (or, in some legends, a small cluster of shrubs) with bright red berries. Curiosity took hold and he tried the berries for himself.

Like his goats, Kaldi felt the energizing effects of the coffee cherries. After filling his pockets with the red berries, he rushed home to his wife, and she advised him to go to the nearby monastery in order to share these “heaven-sent” berries with the monks there.

Additionally, the Arabic word for coffee is rooted in an Ethiopian kingdom. Koffee is a very common African name. There is also evidence of either coffee drinking or knowledge of the coffee tree from the early 15th century, in the Sufi monasteries of Yemen (kingdom of Sheba), spreading soon to Mecca and Medina. By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle EastSouth India (Karnataka), PersiaTurkeyIndia, and northern Africa

Coffee is now the most popular beverage in the world. 400 Billion cups are served each year.

But what makes a good cup of coffee?

Coffee begins to lose its flavor within 30 minutes of being ground. This being the case, it’s best to grind on the spot, just before brewing a pot. Also, a medium grind is best, not too course or not too fine.

It’s been said that a ratio of 1:20 (that’s one part coffee to 20 parts water, or about 7.5g of coffee to 150mL of water) makes a fairly strong cup of coffee. That said, some people go as high as 1:14 or as low as 1:30.

For the pure coffee connoisseur, the regular drip coffee makers are sacrilegious at best, they are a poke in the eye at the very reverence this bean commands.

It’s a sad state of affairs to be sure.

They do not pre-infuse the grounds properly or even brew the coffee at the right temperature.

Pre-infusion is the process of gently soaking the coffee before applying the full desired brewing temperature.

The water itself is another issue that should be looked at. Water that is too hard or too soft or water that is filled with minerals is not something to strive for when making a great cup of coffee.

Happily, for your average coffee drinker lightly filtered water (from a water filter pitcher or a refrigerator’s filtered water) will suffice.

At The Retirement Life, we’ve researched which coffee making devices are the best at achieving the perfect cup of coffee.

Number #1: OXO On Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Maker

Number #2: Breville BDC400BSS Precision

Number #3: CUISINART SS-15C 

For a more hands-on budget sensitive approach try the AGOGO Woodneck Drip Pot

As for the coffee bean itself, we STRONGLY suggest buying full coffee beans, then grinding them yourself just before brewing. We suggest a coffee mill like this:

Finally, we get to the beans themselves. Coffee can be like a fine wine and you need to try a few before you get the the one you like most. These coffees are not cheap and many will say that you get what you pay for. Here is a list of the best coffees in the world, give them a try and fall in love with COFFEE…..all over again!

  • Hand Crafted and Fire Roasted Daily
  • 100% Hawaiian Kona beans, not a blend.
  • Premium one-way degassing valve bag
  • Extra Fancy Grade
  • 1lb (454g) Medium Roast
  • 100% Jamaica Blue Mountain – NOT A BLEND
  • Grade 1
  • City Roast (Deep Brown)
  • 1lb – Whole Beans
  • 100% Satisfaction Guaranteed
  • 100% Arabica Coffee Beans
  • Medium Roast
  • Freshly roasted when ordered
  • Swiss Water Process – Chemical free and all natural
  • Vacuum packed to assure freshness
  • 100% Pure Tanzania Peaberry Coffee
  • Medium Roast, Whole Beans
  • Single origin, Freshly roasted
  • Vacuum packed and sealed to assure freshness
  • Roasted in Indonesia
  • Wholebean
  • Medium roast
  • Organic
  • PRIVATE COLLECTION OVERVIEW Esmeralda Private Collection is where to look for dependable, consistent Geisha coffee quality. 
  • 1 lb of 100% Whole Bean Washed Arabica Coffee
  • Tasting notes include intense dried berry flavors with a syrupy sweetness
  • Get the best available value on The World’s Strongest Coffee. Save money with this incredible bulk bag offer
  • 100% Arabica Coffee Beans
  • Medium Roast
  • Freshly roasted when ordered
  • Vacuum packed to assure freshness

WITH A SMOOTH AND FULL BODY, TANZANIAN PEABERRY Is A Rare Coffee Varietal With Notes Of Lemon, Peach, and Black Tea.

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