Jamaican Blue Mountain Coffee

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Well-known coffees are characterized by the regions where they are grown. Climate and soil qualities can make subtle changes to the flavour of the resulting coffee.

The tropical island of Jamaica has ideal conditions for growing coffee. Much of the island is covered with mountainous regions, including the Blue Mountains which is the tallest range on the island. The Blue Mountains are a perfect blend of rich, hot climate, plenty of rainfall and high altitude.

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Blade or Burr Coffee Grinders

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coffee grindersGrinding your own coffee beans is a fairly easy way to ensure freshness in your cup of coffee. Grinders can be inexpensive, and some coffee makers or espresso machines even have them built in. If you want to add a coffee grinder to your collection of kitchen equipment, here are the basic things you need to know.

There are basically two different kinds of grinders: blade or burr.

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Coffee Grinding Guide

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How you grind your coffee beans is the first step influencing the final brew. Some machines will brew better if you make sure to grind your beans to the optimal size in the first place.

Cheaper coffee grinders don’t always have coarseness settings, so you will have to experiment a little to establish how long to let your machine grind to achieve the right coarseness (or fineness, depending on your point of view). Continue reading »

How to Store Coffee

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Storing beans in an open basket probably isn’t the best idea if you want them to stay fresh.

By Terri Paajanen

Should you freeze your coffee beans or just keep them in the fridge? What type of container should it be kept in? Does it matter if it’s in whole bean form or already ground for brewing? Storing coffee is no simple matter. How should you answer these questions?

Well it mainly depends on what form your coffee is in: whole bean or ground.

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Coffee with a Conscience

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Fair trade is just one kind of ethical coffee out there on the market

by Terri Paajanen

Most people are familiar with organic products, but these days there are many different varieties of so-called “ethical” products, including coffee.

More and more coffee retailers are offering these types of products, but the terms can be confusing if you aren’t familiar with them. Continue reading »