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A Coffee Revelation

I’m not too smart.  If you didn’t know that already it will become glaringly apparent very soon.  That’s because I’m going to try and sell you something . . . but I’m not going to make a dime on the sale.  Not too smart. So one of my customers recommended I get an AeroPress. Then … Continue reading »

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Please . . . . ! Not another coffee cancer scare

Everything causes cancer.  At least that’s the way it seems if you keep up with health and diet news. And now another player has raised its head.  The offender?  It’s called Acrylamide. Something else to make your hearts race and your minds worry. Evidently acrylamide is a chemical found in many plant based foods, brought … Continue reading »

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A Trip That Made A Difference

I recently visited the good folks at Watermark Coffee.   They are located in City West, south of Dublin.  Watermark is run by David & Margueritte Lawlor and they are the Gaggia coffee machine dealer for Ireland.  They have a beautiful showroom with all kinds of Gaggia machines—which are works of art in themselves—on display. If … Continue reading »

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How Coffee is Processed

Coffee is processed in several ways.  Let’s start with the coffee cherry which is the fruit that is harvested from coffee trees. When Red Rooster Coffee receives its coffee order the ‘meat’ of the cherry, the pulp, has been stripped off and we get a 60 kilo bag full of the seed that is inside … Continue reading »

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A Coffee Roaster’s Journey

There’s a guy on YouTube named Gary Smith who is the owner of Mukilteo Coffee.  I just love his passion.  He’s been a coffee roaster for 30 years and he still seems pretty happy about it, ecstatic even (visit his website here: http://www.mukilteocoffee.com/).  In fact Gary seems to be the embodiment of a typical coffee … Continue reading »

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Coffee Bags – A craft project waiting for you?

Here on the Red Rooster Coffee blog we often talk about the technicalities of coffee – how to store it; the reason for the foam head on the coffee, and more. For today though, since the roastery is filling up with the large bags that our green coffee beans come in I thought I’d take … Continue reading »

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Taxes Explained in Coffee

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for coffee and the bill for all ten comes to €100… (they’re drinking Kopi luwak* of course). If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it would go something like this… The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing. The fifth would pay … Continue reading »

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Coffee Aroma — Intoxicating science

Aroma is a huge part of coffee’s allure.  My sister-in-law likes coffee.  My sister-in-law loves coffee’s aroma. You know it is true.  We’ve all been there.  It’s early in the morning, maybe the sun hasn’t even made an appearance.  You’re somewhere between la-la land and semi-consciousness and then you smell it.  That coffee aroma has … Continue reading »

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The Coffee Ritual — Finding real meaning in a cup of coffee

Rituals are an integral part of our lives.  We’ve got all kinds – religious, work, family, national, and more.  And most of us have some kind of morning ritual that involves a hot cup of coffee or, dare I say it . . . tea (although I must admit, at least to show you that … Continue reading »

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Why Coffee Tastes Different at Different Temperatures

  It’s true, isn’t it.  Coffee does taste different – a lot different – at different temperatures.  Really hot coffee tastes one way, hot coffee another, lukewarm still another, and you get still more tastes at room temperature, cold, and iced.  Most folks are completely out on coffee the cooler it gets although iced coffee has … Continue reading »

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