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Coffee Subscription Services

I hope everyone had a chance to enjoy some truly fabulous coffee this weekend. This is really more of a survey or question as opposed to an informational blog post. How do y’all feel about coffee subscription services that automatically ship you the “coffee of the month”, either regular or organic, depending on your preferences?

The reason I ask is that we have access to a different “coffee of the month” every single month of the year and I have not really made that known to everyone. Typically there is a regular and an organic variety each month. So, would you prefer a newsletter style announcement with the details or a “set it and forget it” type of automatic process? Please answer in the comment section!

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Favorite Brewing Method (extraction method)

How do you make coffee at home? What types of coffee drinks do you typically order when out and about? Are you able to reproduce your coffee shop favorites at home?

These are the types of questions that typically follow people finding out that I am in the coffee business so lets talk about coffee extraction methods (brewing methods for you non-coffee geeks) for a minute. One thing that has come from my time in the coffee business is an unexpected awareness of just how personal coffee is to people. There is no perfect method, especially at home where the variables are more difficult to control. The way you like coffee is the best method for you. It really is just that simple. With that in mind, here are a couple of my preferred methods for making coffee at home:

#1 – The Pour Over

On a typical day, the good, old fashioned pour over method works just fine. We have a glass pour over device that makes 3 travel cups of coffee in a reasonable amount of time and I get the “experience” of hand-making coffee for my family members. I love the aroma and getting to see “behind the curtain” and watch the coffee actually brewing in the metal filter I typically use.

https://bluebottlecoffee.com/preparation-guides/chemex

#2 – The Aeropress

There is no better way to make a single cup of coffee, in my opinion, than the simple to use and simple to clean Aeropress with a reusable metal filter. It only makes one at a time, but sometimes that is all you need! The Aeropress is also super handy when you have several people who all want different varieties of coffee.

https://bluebottlecoffee.com/preparation-guides/aeropress

#3 – The French Press

Using a French Press is not too complicated although it can be difficult to clean if you don’t pay close attention when buying the device. Unlike the pour over, it is a “set it and forget it” type of system. Get everything together and then set a four minute timer and wait for the beep. It is an easy way to make super consistent coffee every time. The size device we have makes two travel cups so it is the one I use on days when everyone else is sleeping late.

https://bluebottlecoffee.com/preparation-guides/french-press

#4 – The Moka Pot

I love this old-school coffee maker that allows you to produce real espresso right on your stove without any fancy or expensive equipment. So long as you pay close attention to the device and make sure not to touch anything but the handle, you can use a Moka pot to make espresso drinks at home. With the advent of small, electric milk frothers for the home coffee market, making lattes is super easy. Add in a flavored syrup or other options and you will be able to produce your favorite coffee house espresso drink right in your own kitchen.

https://bluebottlecoffee.com/preparation-guides/bialetti-moka-pot

Don’t worry, my cold-brewing friends, I have not forgotten about you however, that is an entire blog post of its own. For your convenience, I put a link in each section to a tutorial from our friends over at Blue Bottle Coffee so you can see how it works and decide for yourself if one of my favorite extraction methods might be right for you. In any case, it all starts with great coffee beans Good luck and remember life is too short to drink bad coffee!

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Add to Cart is Back!

So, if you tried to order coffee online over the past couple of weeks, you may have noticed the “Add to Cart” button was missing in action! After a few weeks at the beach, kicking back and relaxing, I am excited to report the “Add to Cart” button is back on the job and ready to process your coffee orders. Hopefully, the button will stay put for a while as we seek to continually improve the appearance and workability of the site. Thank you very much for your patience, and especially to those who emailed or texted their orders instead of giving up and buying from someone else!

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The Return of Online Ordering!

We will be working hard over the next several days to get online ordering back up and running. Hopefully the new site will be fully functional by December 1st for all of your holiday shopping needs. If you need something right away just fill out the contact form and I will get back with you shortly. Thanks and Happy soon to be Thanksgiving!

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How to Make Coffee

Other than how to properly store whole bean coffee, what is the best way to make coffee at home is perhaps the most common question we hear week in and week out. The short answer is, however you like to make coffee at home. Seriously, there are about a dozen perfectly legitimate extraction methods (fancy way of saying “making coffee”) you can use in the comfort of your own home. The main considerations would be how much time, effort, and money are you willing to put into the process? I love pour overs however it is also nice once in a while to use a french press. Home automatic drip coffee machines or K-Cup machines are perhaps my least favorite. In case you were looking for an expert opinion on which home coffee brewer is the best, here is an article from the Specialty Coffee Association for your consideration:

https://sca.coffee/certified-home-brewer

Never has the phrase “you gotta do you” been more important than when it comes to coffee so even if everyone you know disagrees with your methods, if the coffee ends up the way you like it then by all means continue….

Pastor Brian.

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The Miracle of Cold Brew

If you are one of the legion of followers flocking to the counter of the local coffee shop for cold brew coffee then you already know the deadly combination of sweet and strong that comes from brewing coffee without heat. Cold brew also has approximately 60% less acid as compared to regular brewed coffee for those with a delicate stomach or those seeking to lower their overall body PH levels. For more information check out this great article on the subject from Forbes magazine in 2018:

https://www.forbes.com/sites/michelinemaynard/2018/05/21/cold-brew-coffee-breaks-out-of-coffee-bars-and-grocery-stores-and-onto-to-restaurant-menus/#29cc90007d42

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Coffee & Jesus

Somehow between planting a new church and working to grow our coffee business I may have lost track of my original vision in coming to Galveston.  We came here to make coffee and talk about Jesus.  As we move into 2019 be on the lookout for some upcoming events dedicated to this simple premise.  Thanks to those who have and are supporting us in this exciting ministry opportunity and we look forward to making some more specific announcements in the first quarter of 2019…..stay tuned!

Question: What if we focused on helping others see Jesus for who He really is and made room for the Holy Spirit to do the rest?