Currently Crushing On: Light Roast Coffee Beans

I will drink just about any coffee and am not a coffee snob by any means.  Even the family favorite of Folger’s instant can go down with cream and sweetener. Over the years, I have experimented with different brands of ground coffee, whole bean coffe and brewing methods.  I received a French press as a Christmas gift several years ago and that method became my favorite.  I got back on the experimentation train this year and I may have found my optimal java experience – a smooth tasting, non-bitter home brew. From my reading on the topic of making a great cup of coffee, I understand that water quality is important.  I have that covered with my Berkey water filter.

I splurged and purchased a Capresso burr grinder and began the journey to find a reasonably price bean.  I started with a few of the whole bean coffees from Costco because, you know, who does not love a deal.  Not quite hitting the mark with the Costco offerings,  I did more reading and looked for a light roast bean.  Bingo!  So far, I have tried several brands, even splurging once on a small, expensive bag of a locally roasted beans.  Subtle Earth is my current favorite and has the bonus of being an organic and available at Amazon.  Caribu light roast comes in second.

My morning coffee is now a quick routine of boiling water, quick grind and short brew.  Heck, I have even entered “drink coffee black with no sweetener” training.  Cool beans!

More to come…..

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Thrive Market

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