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#1 GLASSJAW

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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:07 PM

I'm pretty new to the coffee world, but I got a french press and grinder for xxxmas, and I'm lookin to broaden my horizons. Everything that I've tried so far has blown my mind, but that's cos I have the palate of a 3 year old--but I'm learnin.

For those of you who been in the game for a while, what do you reckon is the best bean?
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:23 PM

Moja Coffee on the North Shore at 1412 Rupert Street, North Van.

Moja small batch roast their own beans on-site in their Probat coffee roaster and use a classic manual handmade Victoria Arduino espresso machine.
http://www.mojacoffe.../coffeeshop.htm
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If it is not too busy check if Doug, the owner of Moja Coffee is around. He loves to talk about coffee and it is like have the Discovery Channel HD for 24 hour coffee programming on hand. Also ask him about making his specialty of cocoa zucchero... Thomas Haas chocolate and espresso. I am not usually a big fan of coffee and chocolate but for this I would make an exception.
http://www.mojacoffe.../coffeeshop.htm

For the French Press he recommends Kenya AA:

Although we routinely bring in a myriad of different coffees from one of the world’s finest growing regions, our Kenya AA that we offer everyday rarely changes: a deep fragrance of wet earth and ripe berry leads a beautiful coffee that begs you to bring out the French Press. In the cup: velvety layers of ripe fruit and a thicker body than you would expect from an African coffee gives way to a sweet lingering aftertaste not unlike fine Merlot. Our Kenya AA rewards a connoisseur’s palate and makes a fantastic after-dinner coffee.


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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:30 PM

Anything from Columbian Organics Cafe on Hastings, but really the method and means of preparation makes more of a difference than the beans.
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:38 PM

Wet, the link you provided didn't work (I'll google it in a sec), but I'm on the Island. Any idea if they sell it here?
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:43 PM

Wet, the link you provided didn't work (I'll google it in a sec), but I'm on the Island. Any idea if they sell it here?


Try this:
http://www.mojacoffee.com/coffee/

Contact
604-983-6652

Sales: doug@mojacoffee.com
Retail inquiries: doug@mojacoffee.com

Where on the island do you live?
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:48 PM

none of their retailers seem to be in Victoria (my stomping grounds--get it? grounds?) but maybe i'll fire off some emails if i can't find anything else to tickle my fancy.
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 07:57 PM

none of their retailers seem to be in Victoria (my stomping grounds--get it? grounds?) but maybe i'll fire off some emails if i can't find anything else to tickle my fancy.

A small batch roaster in Victoria is Caffe Fantastico - here are their current offerings.
http://www.caffefant...t_offerings.php
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Posted 02 January 2013 - 09:42 PM

Best coffee I ever had was in a 5-star hotel in Yogyakarta, Java Indonesia. Ridiculous!

I recommend you try a couple of different premium quality roasts that you can buy from some of the larger grocery chains.

The first is Pacific Pipeline by Kicking Horse (I've tried several KH coffees and this one is by far the best coffee of theirs that I've tried).

The second is the mildly dark Ceremonial Dance blend by Voets and I found their coffee at Thrifty Foods. Awesome coffee.

Of course once you are ready to graduate from the traditional gourmet blends, see if you are brave enough to tackle some more extreme cultivar:

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And once you're ready to graduate from your French Press, then you need to get yourself an Aeropress (have to be fair and give props to Wet for this one). If you think the French Press is good...

But for now, definitely savour the moment because after you drink coffee from an Aeropress your French Press will be a nice, dust-collecting household ornament.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:55 AM

Coffee comes from a "bean"? .. who knew? .. (Wonders what Tim Horton ever knew "beans" about?) ..
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:04 AM

A small batch roaster in Victoria is Caffe Fantastico - here are their current offerings.
http://www.caffefant...t_offerings.php


that website seems seriously outdated, as i know at least one of those locations has moved, but yeah, i've heard good things about that place. def check it out.

Best coffee I ever had was in a 5-star hotel in Yogyakarta, Java Indonesia. Ridiculous!

I recommend you try a couple of different premium quality roasts that you can buy from some of the larger grocery chains.

The first is Pacific Pipeline by Kicking Horse (I've tried several KH coffees and this one is by far the best coffee of theirs that I've tried).

The second is the mildly dark Ceremonial Dance blend by Voets and I found their coffee at Thrifty Foods. Awesome coffee.

Of course once you are ready to graduate from the traditional gourmet blends, see if you are brave enough to tackle some more extreme cultivar:

And once you're ready to graduate from your French Press, then you need to get yourself an Aeropress (have to be fair and give props to Wet for this one). If you think the French Press is good...

But for now, definitely savour the moment because after you drink coffee from an Aeropress your French Press will be a nice, dust-collecting household ornament.


sweet, thanks for the info. someone i know mentioned Kicking Horse a few times previously, so it's stuck in the back of my mind. my terrible local store didn't have it, but i'll try thriftys or the like.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 02:41 AM

Keurig's Donut House coffee.

err. It's not a grinder, but good stuff nonetheless.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 08:22 AM

Coming from someone in the Victoria area, you could try Fantastico, but I have had consistency issues with they're in house coffee so as a genera,l personal rule, don't support them with my business.

Discovery Coffee has great coffee. In fact, any day now they will have a Kenyan bean available for purchase that I had the other day and found excellent.

The Parsonage has some great roasting going on as well.

If you want to hang with hipster weiners who know their coffee, Habit is the place. Sometimes they underroast their esspresso though, which won't be a problem on your press since you won't be buying esspresso beans.

Stay away from 2 Percent Jazz unless you like over roasted beans. He was the original coffee player in Victoria though, so check it out if you are feeling nostalgic.

On any drive up island check out Drumroaster Cafe in Cobble Hill, they have good stuff as well.
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Posted 03 January 2013 - 10:32 PM

Just bought an Aeropress today. I wish I hadn't waited this long :D
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 12:39 AM

Yates Market in Vic has Salt Spring beans for sale in bulk.
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Posted 04 January 2013 - 10:25 AM

I find using filtered water instead of tap water, all else being equal, usually makes for more of an improvement in taste than the difference between good and great beans.
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 12:53 AM

Just bought an Aeropress today. I wish I hadn't waited this long :D

Make sure that you try the inverted method of brewing.

BTW here is a post from Alan Adler the guy who invented the Aeropress. As he noted the paper filter is reusable (up to 20 times).


AlanAdler Apr 17, 2007 04:37 PM

Hello All,


I invented the AeroPress and enjoy helping people get the most from it.


For redchile who wrote “I'm not mechanically gifted”, I suggest a viewing our video:


http://aerobie.com/Products/videos/AreropressSmall.wmv

(for dial up connections


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or


http://aerobie.com/Products/videos/Aeropress.wmv

(for fast internet connections


)

People have found this short video to be very helpful.


Redchile also asked for a recommendation on "whole bean coffee". I presume that you realize that the AeroPress uses ground coffee. We recommend fine drip grind. Dark roasts taste especially good to me.


My experience with coffee pods is that they are stale. One study that I read found that the average time between grinding and consumption for pods is nine months! Ugh!


I recommend that your grind the beans right at the store. That's available in supermarkets or in coffee shops such as Starbucks. Of course they may also offer pre-ground coffee, but they can also grind it when you buy it – which is fresher. The sources suggested by fini are definitely first rate.


Panini Guy mentioned that some people have asked for metal filters. Here are a couple of comments:


I did blind taste-testing with metal filters vs paper. Every single taster strongly preferred paper. It's smoother and less bitter.


You can re-use each paper filter twenty times just by brushing it off under running water. So the 350 filters in your AeroPress box could make 7,000 pressings.


Uncle Ira asked about the AeroPress vs the French press. AeroPress coffee has no grit, has one fifth the acid level, and is far less bitter. You can also make espresso-strength brew in the AeroPress, which is necessary for cappuccinos or lattes. Finally, the cleanup is much quicker with the AeroPress.


There are about a thousand posts about the AeroPress here:


http://coffeegeek.com/forums/coffee/m...


This is page 110, but you can page backwards, or even go to the first page.


I hope this is helpful. I'll be happy to answer questions posted here, or sent directly to me at: alan@aerobie.com


Sincerely yours,


Alan Adler


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Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:44 AM

Ethical Bean Lush Roast

Local company in Burnaby and they use fair trade beans. They have about 6-7 different roasts but Lush is my favorite, more of a medium roast but they have darker or lighter depending on your taste.
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Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:27 AM

I agree with Grabner. Ethical Bean has excellent coffee. They way they roast it has great flavour. I like the classic roast, as a medium roast.

Rocket fuel is a great dark roast.

One awesome point. How many companies list their phone number along with their senior management on their website?

Ethical Bean does. Not only does that say something about the company, it means they aren't afraid to face their customers. That shows pride in what they do, and they are confident in what they sell.

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 11:58 AM

anything in a medium roast is good
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