Columbian Organic Sierra Nevada! On sale $10.30 per lb. online!

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Columbian Organic Sierra Nevada! On sale $10.30 per lb. online!

This Columbian Sierra Nevada Organic lends itself well to a darker roast, which this is...run well into second crack. Remember I roast small batches by order, so I don't have a lot of extra sitting around. I want to ensure you get a fresh roast every time you order from me! Please give 24-48 hours notice to give me time to custom roast your coffee for you. Thanks....Mike

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Today's New Roasts: Organic, Peaberry, Brazilian!

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Today's New Roasts: Organic, Peaberry, Brazilian!

18 pounds fresh off the roaster today. All offerings are on sale for $10.30 online. Still have 4 lbs Columbian Sierra Nevada Organic, 4 lbs. of Brazilian Natural Moreninha Formosa, and 4 lbs. of Tanzanian Peaberry in stock for the weekend! Picture is the Organic load, which came out really nice at a medium +.

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Roasted Coffee Freshness #1 for a good cup

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Roasted Coffee Freshness #1 for a good cup

You should see a heavy crema in your Aeropress. This is a cup I just made today from yesterday's roast.  Roasted coffee begins to break down and lose flavor and potency after two weeks. If you are buying from a local roaster, I challenge you to find out the roast dates on the coffee you are buying. I've regularly seen dates of two to three months old on unopened bagged coffee. And that stuff in the grocery stores...forget it.

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Two New Promos!

1. Every 10th pound of coffee you buy from me is free! I keep track of the coffee you buy online, just let me know what kind you want for your 10th pound!

2. Friend Referral:

a. You tell a friend about Mike's Natural Roast.

b. They buy something online and comment that you referred them.

c. I add half a  pound of coffee to your next order!

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Good coffee from a Keurig

If you are attached to your Keurig or other single cup coffee maker, you can vastly improve your coffee by purchasing one of these gold/silver metal filter cups that fits your machine. Try loading these with freshly roasted coffee and purified water, and compare the taste to the store bought K-cups with the coffee that has been sitting around for months.

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Things this is good for:

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Things this is good for:

I can only think of two uses for this stuff. 

  1. It would make a good range target for slugs at 100 yards, because it's about the right size.
  2. It might make decent bedding for your plants or flowers.

If you are still drinking this kind of coffee, you are basically drinking the oldest, cheapest, worst coffee there is, and I use the term coffee loosely. This stuff is ruined and very unhealthful.

Same goes with the national coffee chain that has SB in the name. They burn their coffee on purpose to cover up how tainted it is. They buy the cheapest, worst coffee in the world for under $1 per pound. Then they sell that bad stuff for several dollars per cup, covered up with sugar, milk, syrup, and other additives to mask it all over. 

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Making hot water for the Aeropress

I just got this Bonavita gooseneck electric kettle, which I will be using to sample my coffee locally. This is a perfect example of a great way to make hot water to 190-195 degrees, the perfect temperature for coffee brewing. You don't need to get this fancy, however. A regular tea pot will work just fine..Save your money for a good burr grinder instead! Good, clean, hot water, fresh roasted coffee beans, and an Aeropress to brew will make a world of difference in how you enjoy coffee. You might throw your old coffee pot away. I did, years ago, never looked back. I'll be posting videos soon on how to brew coffee using the Aeropress. I have them for sale on my website for $31.95.

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Pre-grinding vs. blade grinding vs. burr grinding

If you are going to get the most out of a good quality roast, a good grind is paramount. There are basically 3 ways to get ground coffee: 

  1.  You can order it from me ground.
  2. Blade grind
  3. Burr Grind

I have a commercial grade burr grinder. You are getting a nice grind that way. The only issue there is freshness. Coffee quickly loses its freshness after it is ground. Ground coffee should be used as quickly as possible.

If you own a blade grinder, you are cutting your coffee at high speeds, which gives a very uneven grind. This leads to bitterness. Blade grinders are not recommended for coffee.

A good burr grinder is the answer to your coffee grind. A burr grinder crushes your coffee consistently between two burrs spinning in the opposite direction of each other, and gives you the consistency in your ground coffee, making the preparation for the brew complete.

Burr grinders cost between about $60 and upwards of $600, but by no means to you need an expensive one. There are good ones for under $100 on sale that will do the job nicely.

Let me know in the comments section if you would like burr grinder recommendations.

 

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Coffee Sampling at Nutrition Marketplace

I will be sampling my coffee at Nutrition Marketplace, on Swanson Blvd in Clive. They have the best water is Des Moines, a twelve stage filter system that takes up the whole back wall of the store. I've been buying all my pure water from Steve for 10 years. I'll post updates when the dates are set. I've got 13 bags of whole bean coffee there now.

Link to Nutrition Marketplace in Clive:

http://nmplace.com/home

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Let's talk about Keurig

We'll get right to the point. Keurig sells convenience. It's become a national craze. But what is Keurig, really, when it gets down to it? Bad coffee for one.  Old, ground, stale coffee in a little cup about a quarter full. Expensive..wasteful...machines that don't last very long...yeah, that about sums it all up. But oh boy people love cute little packages and nice looking machines, don't they.

The real...

The best way to make coffee does not require expensive equipment..if we think of coffee like bread, we can be very accurate with our coffee experience, without the hype and fluff.

Green coffee can be thought of as flour. Properly stored, it can last for years with little deterioration. Roasted coffee is fresh food. Picture that home made loaf of bread just coming out of the oven...it doesn't get any better than that. It's the same with fresh roasted coffee. Like bread, you've got a few weeks max after it is roasted to enjoy the healthful, fresh taste and smells that cannot be preserved. Now think of sliced bread- that is ground coffee. It should be used right away. 

Now imagine sliced bread being shipped from warehouses around the country and distributed to stores and retail shops, and sitting on the shelves for weeks and months, and even a year or more. That's what you are getting when you buy store bought and commercial retail coffee. It's junk. When it comes to coffee, simple and fresh are all you need. The rest is all hype.

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Coffee Brewing

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Coffee Brewing

Coffee brewing is the last critical step in your coffee making process. We are dealing with three elements here: time, temperature, and pressure. Most (nearly all) drip coffee makers do not get the water up to 190 degrees, the optimal temperature for brewing. On top of that, the water passes through the ground coffee so fast it doesn't extract the body and flavor the roast deserves. So you get an underdeveloped, watery cup. A much better method of brewing would be to use an Aeropress and a teapot. Heat the water to boiling and turn the heat off. While it starts to cool off, load your Aeropress with two scoops of freshly ground coffee. Add the hot water to the Aeropress, put the filter cap on, wait 50 seconds, and press the brew slowly in to your cup. It has a vacuum going, and is putting the water into the coffee under pressure. At this point, you have a quality cup of espresso, ready to enjoy! Or, you can pour some more of your hot water in the cup and stir it in for a few seconds, and you've got a great cup of coffee. This is my recommended method of brewing. I have the Aeropress on the Shop page of my website for $31.95. My main goal is to give you a better brew method at an affordable price.

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Now Roasting!

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Now Roasting!

Mike's Natural Roast is now online and ready to take your coffee orders!  Mike has been roasting beans and gearing up for customers these past couple of weeks.  The website is now live and ready for customers!  Thank you for visiting the site.

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