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  • April 23, 2014
  • By Chuck Jones
  • Comments Off on It’s Not Always About Coffee
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It’s Not Always About Coffee

The Chuck's Roast family exists because we're a bunch of people who love coffee. Nothing wrong with that. But I want it to be about more than just coffee. I'd love to know that we can share life in some small way, even though we're spread across 21 states and counting.

So, here's a post from a blog that I love - Marc and Angel Hack Life. The blog is always thought-provoking. This post is entitled 12 Things You Should Start Making Time For Again. It is worth 10 minutes to read, and another 10 minutes to think about. Trust me, caffeinados!

  • April 19, 2014
  • By Chuck Jones
  • Comments Off on When’s enough enough?
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When’s enough enough?

shutterstock_45166024I make coffee so many ways. French press is probably my favorite, but I make at least one pot of auto drip a day. I have a Bialetti Moka Express that makes excellent espresso. (So many people say expresso instead of espresso, it's interesting to me that Bialetti chose Express as a word in its product name. But that's another post for another day.) I haven't bought into any of the methods that require $1000 pieces of equipment because, well, I like to travel, and I haven't found them to produce a better cup than far less expensive options. (Again, another post for another time.)

For each method, I have my preferred amount of coffee, just as I have my preferred grind and roast. Most of us do. We want our coffee to be a reliable friend, something we can count on day in and day out.

But I love to play with my recipes sometimes. You'd be surprised at how the same coffee can have a different flavor with a bit less coffee, or a bit more. No other change.

Here's my challenge to you: experiment with different amounts of coffee. If you normally brew 6 cups with 6 tablespoons of coffee, give it one tablespoon fewer, or one tablespoon more tomorrow and see what you think.

This morning I'm having Chuck's Roast Medium in my French press. I used about 1/3 less coffee than I would normally use. It still has the core Medium flavor. But, it's a little brighter, with a slightly nuttier flavor. I don't know - I may have a new go-to recipe.

Buy a Chuck's Roast Sampler. Use a couple of different methods and a couple of different amounts and it will be like having 20 different coffees from which to choose!

  • April 16, 2014
  • By Chuck Jones
  • Comments Off on When will Chuck’s Roast have single-cups?
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When will Chuck’s Roast have single-cups?

Single-cup coffee brewing has gone crazy in the United States. It's estimated that 25% of all coffee brewed at home is now single-cup. Keurig and Green Mountain Coffee get credit for an idea that's time had obviously come.

So, I get asked quite often, "when will Chuck's Roast have K-cups?" The short answer is, "probably never." Two reasons why.

If you're a fan of Chuck's Roast (or just a visitor to this blog), you already know I'm no coffee snob. I don't hang around coffee snobs, and I didn't start Chuck's Roast for coffee snobs. I started it for people who love the taste of good, fresh-roasted coffee. A single-cup machine will actually kick out a decent cup of coffee - particularly if you're in a hurry to get out the door. Because of the amount of processing, the coffee's not that fresh. But it's very convenient - and sometimes, that's really important.

My first reason for not offering single cups has to do with waste. With a french press, espresso machine or percolator, there's no waste except coffee grounds (which are biodegradable and a great addition to any compost bin). If you use a gold mesh filter in an auto drip, again, no waste except the grounds. Even if you use a paper filter, it's biodegradable, too. 4 cups, 6 cups or 12 - it doesn't matter. Very little waste is generated. With a single-cup system, there is a piece of aluminum foil (recyclable) and a plastic cup (not recyclable) for each cup. It's something to think about, especially if single-cup brewing reaches 50% of the home coffee market as some experts predict.

ekobrew_homepagegraphicMy second reason is cost. I want Chuck's Roast to be a good coffee at a good value. 50¢ or 75¢ a cup is pretty steep.

Still, I want single-cup folks to have a chance to enjoy Chuck's Roast, too. So I found the best deal I could on a reusable single-cup filter. It's called an Ekobrew, and you can read about it by clicking here. Great compliment to any single-cup system. Very eco-friendly (no cups left behind). And the amount of Chuck's Roast you'd use will be nowhere near 50¢ worth. If you're convinced, you can purchase your own at Amazon.com for under $10 by clicking here.

Another idea is to reuse your single-cups. You can do that, too. Click here to read how.

C'mon, single-cup brewers. Join the Chuck's Roast revolution!