Kenyan Coffee – A Gift from the Owner of Snow

For hundreds of years the Kikuyu people have lived on the southern slopes of Mt. Kenya, the region where our Kenyan coffee, Kenya Kiangoi, is grown. Traditional spiritual beliefs hold that the snow covered peaks of Mt. Kenya are God’s throne on earth, which is why his name is Mwene Nyaga, meaning “Owner of Snow.” Read more


Tasting Coffee Part 2

In Part 1 of Tasting Coffee we didn’t talk about taste we talked about smell. In Part 2 we finally taste. Tongue! Finally, enough with the nose, move on to the main event, tasting coffee. To a large degree, tasting coffee is an assessment of the extent to which the coffee delivers on fragrance and aroma.  Read more

Coffee, Coffee Education, Home Brewing

Tasting Coffee Part I

Drinking coffee can be and is for millions of people every day one of life’s simple pleasures, but for some people, drinking coffee might be simple but tasting coffee is not. If you just want to enjoy your coffee, more power to you. If you want to explore your coffee you can taste like a Read more

Coffee, Coffee Education, Home Brewing

Coffee in the Garden

In our realm of the coffee industry we create an amount of “waste” or byproduct that would be expensive to dispose of in our refuse containers and it is not really trash.  So, what do we do with it…..we give it away for FREE!  And free is my favorite price for most anything, especially for Read more

Coffee, Coffee Education, Sustainability

Homemade Iced Tea

Sipping homemade iced tea is a lovely way to spend a hot afternoon doing nothing.  I am not going to say it is mandatory to be seated, preferably on a porch, when you drink your iced tea at home, but it sure does help. There is something about relaxing, slowing down, that just fits with Read more


Grinding Coffee Beans at Home Part II

In Grinding Coffee Beans at Home Part I Andrew wrote about the sadness of blade grinders and introduced us to the burr grinder. In Part II he goes into detail on burr grinders. Look for steel or ceramic burrs in an easy to clean enclosure. A removable whole-bean coffee storage “hopper” that feeds directly into the Read more

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