Preparing your own coffee at work can be fun and also very useful. In my opinion it can really help you have a better day at work. I Why not start a trend if the coffee at work does not please you? There are many ways to do this; let’s start with drip coffee. I will walk you through some great suggestions. First, start with great beans like our Whole Latte Love Ethereal, it’s one of my favorites. Or you can try some of our micro roasters, perhaps even a sampler pack like this from Klatch Coffee. Mike the owner is an amazing guy and roaster. I have taken classes from him and really enjoyed them. You may even want to try a coffee a lot of people call up asking for and it is really good and smooth, Lavazza Gran Filtro. All of these coffees are great and if you need more suggestions just give us a call. Now that we know what coffee to get, lets talk about how to brew it. In my last blog I talked about OCS (Office Coffee Service), if your OCS is no good lets talk about BMOC2W (Bring My Own Coffee 2 Work). We will focus on making coffee for one. I think all coffee should be ground fresh if possible so lets talk a little about grinders. You do not need to spend a lot to have great ground drip coffee at work. We will look at two grinders that are reasonably priced and will do a very good job with drip coffee. I have always liked this grinder and it has been around a long time kinda like me LOL. It is the Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder, a great value and a very good burr grinder for drip coffee. It’s easy to adjust the grind and the duration and it does a great job getting consistent grind size for drip coffee. The next grinder to look at is made by Bartaza. Owned by Kyle Anderson. Many of you may be familiar with Kyle if you have dealt with Bartaza and realize that he really cares about customers and has created a great line of grinders. The Bartaza Encore is as close as you can get to perfect for a small home grinder for drip coffee. This grinder is easy to adjust, clean and also has a reduced static container to grind into. If you think grinders are too noisy to bring to work the you can grind at home but it will not be the same or as much fun. It of course may alienate you from some co-workers if you choose to grind loudly and often. There are grinders that can be even powered by hand. Let’s say if you work outdoors or want to get up a little workout while at work. The Hario Canister Ceramic Coffee Mill is very effective and even has ceramic burs which do a great job of cutting evenly and lasting a long time. It works really well and is fun to use. The Hario Mini Mill is another hand grinder. It is small and can be easily concealed if you want to be a discretionary grinder. It also works well but may take you a while to grind enough coffee as the burrs are small but effective. If you have to grind your coffee at home then make sure you transport and store at work in an airtight container. That will help make sure you get as good a cup of coffee as possible. You may want to try something like the Vacu Vin. It is made by the same company that makes wine pumps and the containers are designed to keep air out and your product fresh. They really work great. Now that we know about grinders, in the next article we will talk about my suggestions for what to use for brewing.
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Once exposed to the air, ground coffee quickly loses its flavor and aroma. The Vacu Vin Vacuum Coffee Saver features a vacuum pump that extracts air, creating an airtight seal to maintain freshness. The 43 fl oz canister is made of heavy duty tinted plastic to reduce the damaging affects of light on the coffee as well. Refill canisters are available without the black vacuum pump in 43 fl oz and 22 fl oz capacities.
As a coffee lover, I always take the proper steps to make sure that my coffee stays fresh. There are several steps that you can take to ensure that you get the longest life out of your coffee. In this video we will cover how to store your coffee along with some useful tools that will help keep your beans fresh.
“The bag of coffee that I just received is blown up like a balloon!” Once in a while, this is a phone call that we field, here at Whole Latte Love, about some of our coffees, and our response is always the same, “Relax, don’t worry. Your coffee beans just have a little gas!” Roasted coffee naturally releases carbon dioxide (CO2). The phenomenon is called degassing, which could cause the pressure inside a coffee bag to increase over time, and make it “blow up like a balloon”. To solve this situation one-way degassing valves were created. These valves let the CO2 escape without allowing air to re-enter the bag, resulting in a fresher bag of coffee. Unfortunately, there are times when the valves need a little help, so gently squeezing the bag should relieve the situation. Degassing valves are a coffee industry standard on most of the brands hat we carry. Nevertheless, if you receive a puffy bag, your coffee is still fresh because outside oxygen has not been allowed to enter and cause the beans to spoil. Of course the best way to preserve your fine coffee after you open it is in a cool, dry place, preferably in a vacuum-sealed storage system, like the Vacu Vin Vacuum Coffee and Tea Saver. Remember, freezing your beans is NOT a good way to preserve them. Have you ever had any experiences with coffee beans degassing in their bag? How do you store your coffee?
Coffee, freezer. Freezer, coffee. The question of whether or not these two should meet has been a topic of contention for many coffee consumers. Say you stocked up of your favorite coffee, what's the best way to safeguard your stash? Everybody agrees that storing beans and pre-ground coffee alike in airtight containers, such as the Yohki Glass Jar or the Vacu Vin Vacuum Coffee and Tea Saver, is critical to preserving flavor and aroma. The National Coffee Association of the United States also recommends storing coffee in a dark, cool location. They advocate steering clear of over-oven cabinets or shelves that are exposed to a lot of sunlight. But there are two distinct camps when it comes to the idea of giving your beans the deep freeze. Freezer detractors, including most of Whole Latte Love's Facebook fans, advocate steering clear of the icebox. The environment is just too harsh for the delicate beans, resulting in flavor and aroma breakdown, according to coffee purists. That's not even the worst-case scenario. Have you ever had the unfortunate experience of tasting an ice cube that has been sitting in the freezer for a while? Disgusting, isn't it. Items left in the freezer tend absorb surrounding smells like a sponge. One mistake and fish flavored coffee could be in your future! In theory, coffee can be frozen. Almost anything can go into the freezer; but like fresh fruit vs. frozen strawberries, in a perfect world, most of us would go with the former. If push comes to shove and you must venture into the frozen abyss, you can minimize the damage by keeping your coffee in an airtight container and away from the door, where temperature variations are the greatest. Whatever you do, only freeze once! Don't freeze, thaw, and then refreeze; that's just coffee flavor and aroma suicide. And, for Pete's sake, stay away from the fridge! Refrigerator temps are not cold enough for water to freeze; the damp atmosphere is about as bad as it gets for coffee beans. Have you had a freezer experience gone wrong; or have you been successfully freezing your beans? Post your thoughts; we'd love to hear them! -Tho Writing Department