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Old 03-24-2012, 05:40 AM   #1
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I never was a coffee drinker but at the age of 40 I've suddenly discovered coffee. This is like beer for the morning! Bitter, strong and so many different variations! Why didn't I start this sooner? And all the stuff you can get for it! Got a conical burr grinder now. Researching all the local roasters like I do the local microbreweries. Seriously. It's just like beer but you drink it in the morning.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:01 AM   #2
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You are for in a real treat. Great work picking up a burr grinder so quickly - that is the biggest difference one can make in their home coffee. The PNW is loaded with fantastic roasters. If you want a real treat, check out Stumptown, Intelligentsia, Coava, Water Avenue or George Howell to name a few. if you want a killer listing of roasters, check this out:

http://www.home-barista.com/coffees/...rs-t12125.html

Nearly every roaster on that list really nails it.

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Old 03-24-2012, 06:29 AM   #3
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You are for in a real treat. Great work picking up a burr grinder so quickly - that is the biggest difference one can make in their home coffee. The PNW is loaded with fantastic roasters. If you want a real treat, check out Stumptown, Intelligentsia, Coava, Water Avenue or George Howell to name a few. if you want a killer listing of roasters, check this out:

http://www.home-barista.com/coffees/...rs-t12125.html

Nearly every roaster on that list really nails it.

Cheers
Stumptown is awesome...

Look around, you'll find mom-and-pop-style roasters in places you'd never guess. The little nursery where we purchased last year's Christmas tree had a vacuum roaster out front (it smelled awesome, and was fun watching the beans circulate around). Inside they had a small case of light to dark roasted varieties they put together, and cooler yet was the HUGE bags of unroasted beans from different countries. Apparently they make big bank out of that little nursery just on the coffee alone... and it was awesome to chat with them about their 'hobby'.

Kind of like visiting ones LHBS...
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:30 AM   #4
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I've been drinking coffee since I was like 16. Lol I drink it every morning. Not sure what I would do without it. Haha

 
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:09 AM   #5
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This is right up the road from us and is where I'm currently getting my beans:
http://www.camanoislandcoffee.com/
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Old 03-24-2012, 07:55 AM   #6
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Pricing is awesome for what appears to be top grade goods... might have to check this out for myself!

I brew with a French press, and grind the beans through a burr grinder ... I get a robust cup of Joe that can be enjoyed on its own (no creamer or sweetener). Yum
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Old 03-24-2012, 04:27 PM   #7
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I picked up a bag of the dark roast sumatra for my mom last weekend and had some of it. It was fantastic. I don't put anything in my coffee, but I do sometimes get the flavored coffee. The added flavor is usually fairly subtle in the ones I've gotten.
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I picked up a bag of the dark roast sumatra for my mom last weekend and had some of it. It was fantastic. I don't put anything in my coffee, but I do sometimes get the flavored coffee. The added flavor is usually fairly subtle in the ones I've gotten.
Sumatran coffees are known for their earthy to pungent flavors, low acidity and heavy body. See if you can find some Kenyan, Ethiopian (Yrgacheffe or Sidamo) or Guatemalan coffees - they will really open your eyes up (no pun intended lol). Amongst real coffee snoots - Kenyans are the real gems to be had. They have very high acidity and very complex flavors. Ethiopian coffees are usually dry processed and maintain a lot of soft fruity/chocolately flavors. Guatemalan coffees are known for their very clean cup with balanced acidity, body and sweetness.

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Old 03-24-2012, 11:48 PM   #10
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I've been getting my beans from these guys for years: http://deansbeans.com/
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