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August 11, 2008 at 3:02 pm Leave a comment

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Gourmet CoffeeXpress is searching for the most creative and uncommon photos involving coffee. The very “foam de la crème”… or the most imaginative of these coffee related photographs will win $50 worth of premium award-winning gourmet coffee.  The sky’s the limit on uniqueness and originality; however the photo must be in some way related to the theme of coffee.    

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June 8, 2008 at 1:34 pm Leave a comment

Find the perfect Coffee to pair with Dad’s style Father’s Day gift


Much ado nowadays pairing gourmet coffees with matching desserts, or chocolate varieties. We’ve discovered something new for you to pair. Why not pair a premium coffee with the unique and individual personality of someone you care about.

Dads are all so different. For a fun change of gift-giving pace, this
Father’s Day find the perfect gift for Dad by his ‘character’.

Interestingly every coffee has its own character profile, it’s own nature. Wouldn’t it be a novel and interesting thought to match the style of a coffee gift, to Dad’s own very special style?

YOUR SWEET DAD

Let’s take for example, Dad has a very sweet disposition, very low key, never a mean word shall pass his lips; well in this case give Dad the gift of coffee highlighted by a
Low Acidity, Sweet Tasting Profile. Your choice of fabulous gourmet coffee’s defined by this character profile would be:

Sweet Tasting with a light body and low acidity

India Malabar ‘Monsooned Voyage’

Monsooned or aged by the elements…this Dad has grown better with time.

India Mysore ‘Gold Nuggets’

From out of the gold fields of India…how can you say better how much Dad means to you…Great as Gold!

Organic Galapagos Island Estate

As rare as these very special beans are…such is your Dad!

Mexico ‘Spirit of the Aztec’

Here’s to the “Man of Supreme Spirit!”

Jamaica Blue Mountain

There’s a mystique surrounding this coffee…and the man. The ultimate in value.

Papua New Guinea

These beans are grown in excluded a well hidden location accessible only by foot. Here’s just the thing for the quiet demure Dad!

Brazil Santos
A mild coffee with a bit of a nutty taste…who’d know that behind the calm façade there lies a bit of a nut!

YOUR DYNAMO DAD

On the other hand, Dad might be bold and daring…robust…speaking his mind in just about any situation. Match “Rambo Dad” to a gift of coffees that are Bold Tasting, Heavy Body and High Acidity. This coffee combination would be:

Bold taste with a heavy body and high acidity

French Roast

They don’t get more robust than this! Deep, dark…stands up to just about anything.

Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

A coffee with the most varied and distinctive flavor, for the Dad with a spectrum of moods.

Ethiopia Longberry

This coffee, also known as Abyssinia is the father of all coffees…the original coffee. For the Dad basked in originality.

Kenya AA

Demonstrating a stoic solid body and penetrating flavor…representative of the strong willed man!

Zambia Terranova Estate

This African coffee features extremely complex flavors. A great match for the deeper thinkers, the analytical, the complex.

YOUR STYLED DAD

If Dad is artful and sophisticated in nature, you can best suit him with a lovely array of coffees with Winey Taste, Light Body, with High Acidity. For this master of style present the following:

Winey taste with a light body and high acidity.

Santo Domingo ‘Bani Especiale’

This cup has a multitude of flavors. As complex and moving as Dad.

Guatemala Antigua

Smokey flavor with a spicy twist…think of the sultry thought-provoking dad with that dynamic ability to find the spice in every situation.

Organic Peru ‘Andes Gold’

Paint this man Gold…another coffee to demonstrate the value of the man you hold dear.

Costa Rica ‘La Amistad’ Organic

The coffee that’s lively, sweet and aromatic. Perfect for the man that shimmers in personality!

Costa Rica Reserve

This is a bright flavored coffee that reveals in the end, a deeper, more complex finish…could Dad’s outgoing style elude a deeper dimension?

YOUR CHATTY DAD

Finally there’s Dad, very adept in conversational style…the smooth talker. No need to say another word. Present him instead with the perfect set of coffees for this year’s Father’s Day. Give him coffees with Smooth Taste, Heavy Body, Low Acidity. And for the man who can say it all, give a very demonstrative coffee gift:

Smooth taste with a heavy body and low acidity

Panama ‘La Palma Select’

These beans grow on level ground creating consistency in their flavor…for the Dad consistently there for you through the thicks and the thins.

Colombia Organico Mesa de los Santos

Of all the Columbian coffees out there, this has been chosen tops, the best in the land. Considering all the Dads around, could you find better?

Colombia Supremo

For the Dad who is supreme!

Fair-Trade Central American Beneficio

A coffee truly dedicated to the forefathers, the Mayan ancestors…here’s a coffee that will certainly dedicate your depth of gratitude for that special person in your life.

Java ‘Dutch Estate’

Java coffee started from the Dutch, who planted the first Arabica trees in Java early in coffee’s history. It’s name has become synonymous with coffee in the U.S., and is often the standard for which all other coffees are measured. Such a ruler can apply against which to measure the other Dads.

Sumatra Mandheling

Many consider the Mandheling coffees to be among the world’s finest and most admired, and certainly among the best Sumatran coffees. The crème de la crème…that’s Dad!

Sumatra Dark Roast ‘Black Satin’

As well adored as Sumatra Mandheling, only dark roasted. Same for the well admired Dad…with a darker side.

Bolivia Colonial Caranavi Organic

This coffee is grown in a special micro climate set apart from the typical climate of the land…representing the Dad with the temperament that seems to hold up to the ups and downs around him.

Yemen ‘Arabian Mocca’

This being the world’s oldest cultivated coffee, has stood the test of time. In being distinguished by its richness indicates the fullness of nature and wisdom which is only acquired by time. Hmmm…whom could this be?

Sulawesi ‘Celebes Classique’
Incredibly rare, one of a kind coffee…none other produced even remotely like it. For that very unique, one of a kind Dad.


Along with your special Coffee Gift, we’ll also include your dad’s very own specific “CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY” of your astutely matched gift. 


Here’s to perfect pairing of Personality & Profile.

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May 17, 2008 at 1:57 pm 1 comment

Discovering Australian Bundja Coffee

Extraordinary coffees are always rare and only available in small amounts. Australian Bundja is one such coffee. Bundja is sourced from several small boutique Estates in the New South Wales, Northern Rivers Region of Australia. The areas of coffee growth are not of high elevation which makes Australian coffee a rule breaker. Not only is the country outside the tropics, but coffee is typically grown at 200-400 meters, if not infrequently lower, and rarely much above 900 meters. Despite the low elevations, Australia grows arabica almost exclusively.
A single origin Arabica coffee, Bundja is processed with the unique “Double Pass Method”. This is where a full natural process bean (dried on the tree) is rehydrated before being pulped. This method of using a slightly overly ripened coffee gives the coffee a more distinct note. The overall lateness of the harvest and color of fruit at the time of processing, results in added sweetness and body to this coffee.
Thus, Bundja coffee offers fuller body and higher fruity characteristicsAlthough still a young farm in the industry, the innovative Double Pass” process to prepare the beans, has brought mastership to production and quality, creating an incredible coffee that is a joy to roast and privilege to sip
Sweetness/Acidity
There is a delicate acidity at play here. It has a lime-like quality and remains in a supportingrole to give life to the intense fruit flavours. The sweetness is upfront and enhances the length of the finish. This coffee is full with ripe fruit characteristics.
Balance 
All elements complement each other well producing an extremely well balanced coffee.
While the accent is the bold blueberry and cherry flavors, there is a harmony at work that makes this coffee a well-balanced and exciting to drink.
Aroma 
The aroma has enticing chocolate hues typical of the region, adjunct to the floral and sweet fruity notes. The flavor offering predominantly fruity sweetness is ultimately accentuated by this chocolaty aroma that carries through the cup, along with hints of spice, orange and lime.
Suitablity
This coffee is a unique Single Origin Espresso. The southern latitude and unique terrain of the growing region provides a depth of character to the coffee, while the late harvest and Double Pass process provide sweetness and depth of flavor as an espresso.
Although an espresso, the sweetness in this coffee makes it versatile for most applications of preparation. The soft acidity anda slightly darker roast will create a fruit bomb style espresso. The creamy soft body and sweetness will hold well in a filter or plunger application.
Australian Bundja coffee works well as a filter coffee but really shines when brewed in a press pot or as espresso. An extremely rare treat from “Down Under”, if you have a chance to enjoy this coffee be sure it is with a special dinner and a rich chocolate dessert.Australian Bundja coffee works well as a filter coffee but really shines when brewed in a press pot or as espresso. An extremely rare treat from “Down Under”, if you have a chance to enjoy this coffee be sure it is with a special dinner and a rich chocolate dessert.
This is truly one of the most unique single origin coffees in the world.      

 

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April 23, 2008 at 3:19 pm 3 comments

The New Millennium is brewing!

cheesecake_and_coffee-homepage_photo_2.jpg   Superior rated coffees 

Coffee is to be no longer underrated. It’s no longer that set of tin cans lining the common supermarket shelf and will likely no longer be so disrespected. Coffee is now the pride of the same connoisseur who for so many millenniums prized and cherished wines and chocolates.

Coffee is finding its own now. It’s being cautiously paired with only the desserts that are a perfect match; or the right quality chocolate that enhances just the right nuance of coffee. Coffee is a ritual, a feast in itself.

Coffee is the new millennium drink of the connoisseur of every class. Now rated for its tones, its nuances, rated for the personal qualities of the world’s beans and is sold to the highest bidder.

People have always been willing to pay a premium for what they’ve perceived as bouquet wine. Putting outstanding price tags on gourmet specialty coffee beans (an $11 billion industry) has become part of the connoisseur game.

George Howell, founder of the George Howell Coffee Company and its Terroir Coffee brand based in Acton, Mass., proclaims coffee a “noble beverage,” worthy of the same respect as fine wine. And in the recent years coffee has earned its worth.

Forbes Magazine has recently rated beans at the front of the race, naming 10 of the world’s most precious coffees.

Specialty beans of the finest caliber are pure in tone, superior beans costing more than $100 per pound. Do not, dare to add a drop of cream or sugar to such a brew for the sake of losing its natural charm, the beans distinct natural sweetness and fragrance.

Champion beans are grown on world estates…small family farms at high elevations by farmers who care more for their quality than quantity. Such beans are prized for their characteristics.

According Forbe Magazine the joes that hold the highest price tags include such bean beauties as:

Kopi Luwak form Indonesia
Standing at a impressive $160 per pound, Luwak Coffee is made from coffee cherries that have been eaten by local creatures, the common palm civet, which use its keen sense of smell to select the choicest and ripest beans. The digestion process removes the flesh from the crimson Sumatran berry and the beans, supposedly sweeter as a result of having passed through the animal, are hand-collected from the jungle floor. Undeniably the most unique fermentation process for coffee beans.

Hacienda La Esmeralda from Boquete, Panama
Second in line, and standing with distinction, at $104 per pound. Hacienda La Esmeralda’s Geisha coffee set an online auction record when it sold for over $50 dollars per pound, unroasted, on May 30, 2006. The coffee, which is grown in the shade of old guava trees, has been widely and enthusiastically praised for its flavor and aroma. In April, it placed first in the SCAA “Best of Panama” competition, with a score of 94.6 out of 100.

Coffee Variances

Albeit not receiving such medals of honor, all regional coffee are merited for their own uniqueness in flavor.

For every mountain that grows a boutique crop of coffee, there is a primary set of qualities noted in that region. Add to this, the weather conditions, that in itself will vary from year to year, along with the method of storing and roasting that sets these unique characteristics apart from one region to another, let alone, one cuppa joe to the next.

Take for example, a Monsoon roasted bean. Monsooned coffees are picked and then stored in open-sided warehouses and exposed to the steady, damp, salty monsoon winds. Shortly, these beans gain a flavor reminiscent of, but distinct from aged coffees. The most common monsooned coffee is Indian monsooned Malabar.

Coffee Profiling

Much akin to discerning wines, the coffee industry has defined flavor variances with words that conotate each coffee’s characteristics or personal flavor identity, allowing a coffee drinker to make a educated decisions on their roast preferences..

Acidity
Related both to the roast and to variety. Similarly used to the acidity in wine, and not to acid content, an alternate expression would be “bright” or “lively.” Think of it more of a sensation than a taste, and is experienced on the tip of the tongue and/or the roof of the mouth. Longer roasting lowers perceived acidity. No-acidity coffees come across overly flat, lacking a pleasant palate-cleansing aspect, with a baked or “bready” quality.

Stronger acidity can often have wine-like aspects, especially in many Kenyan coffees, which, in fact seem citrusy to the taste. The more extreme the acidity, the more it will feel astringent.

You can measure by such terms from lowest to highest as “soft-mellow”, “subtle hint of tanginess”, “pleasantly tangy”, bold-pique”, “assertive-sharp”. Examples of high acidity coffees include Kenya AA (with heavy body), Puerto Rico “Yauco Selecto Estate” (with smooth light body), and Ethiopia Longberry (with bold heavy body),. More subtle, low acidity coffees include Indian Malabar “Monsooned Voyager” (with smooth light body), Jamaican Blue Mountain (with smooth light body), Kona “Volcanic Estate” (with bold heavy body), and Sumatra Mandheling (with bold heavy body).

African originated coffees would give you the sharpest taste, with a pronounced, astringently clean, assertive, robust, strong flavor, while on the other side of the acid spectrum lies the coffees of India: spicy, earthy, unusual, distinct and complex.

Balance
Roast and variety related. Look at this as the coffee’s “Flavor Hamony Ratio”. The roaster is aiming for a pleasing combination of multiple characteristics, with none overpowering. Coffees often are mixed together into “coffee blends” for just this purpose. Toning down and tuning up certain attributes for a smooth consistent flavor. In this way coffee drinkers enjoy a myriad of quality experiences, with none overpowering to the palate With coffee profiling, the ratios move along from “delicate and lean” (the India region being your most delicate), to “subtle”, to “pleasingly complex”, to “a great depth of flavor” and finally “perfect and complete” (the regions of Africa and the Carribean with the greatest extent of this).

Body
Roast and variety related. Reminiscent of wine tasting, body is truly the “mouth feel” the experience of texture, viscosity or fullness on the tongue. Body develops with the degree of roast, but falls sharply with over roasted coffee. Different origins naturally have their own distinctive body as well. Interestingly certain brewing methods impart body “thickness”, like coffee from a press, where fine particulates remain suspended, or espresso, which contains emulsified coffee oils. Under-extracted or underbrewed coffee will also have a defectively light body.

In regards to the preferred bean of choice, coffee aficionados tend to prefer the higher quality Robusta bean over the Arabica. Robusta beans are the mountain grown assortment, cultivated on small plantations, whereas Arabica beans would be grown in the lower altitude, being mass market varieties found commonly in the canned coffees found in supermarkets. Robusta tends to be more bitter than do arabica beans. Arabica beans have higher caffeine content than Robusta, however. Some coffee makers will mix in some Arabica into their Robusta roasts to spike the caffeine.

Coffee & Dessert pairing

Finally, to enhance a specialty coffee experience add in a perfectly paired dessert for the experience complete!

Acidic, sweet & light roasts
Pair the more delicate fruits or berries, or key lime pie, lemon merangue, or fruit tart.
Such desserts would perfectly compliment coffees that include: Brazlian, Jamaican Blue Mountain, Guatemala Antigua, or Columbian.

Evenly balanced roasts (acidity and body)
Deserving of well textured desserts like carrot cake and tiramusu. The fruity/winey notes of Ethiopian, Zambian, Tanzanian or Kenyan, can bring carrot cake to life.
For a more full body choice of coffees, such as Yemen “Mocca” or Sumatra, the smooth silkiness of cheesecake is heaven on earth.

Full bodied coffees
The heavy tones and thick qualities of this coffee make a primo match for your most decadent desserts like heavy, rich chocolate mousse, chocolate cake and ice cream. French and Italian roasts perfectly fit the bill. And don’t forget the whipped cream!

SOURCE:
The View from the Bay
Whole Latte Love
Gragson’s Coffee Tips

About The Author
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Gourmet CoffeeXpress offers distinctive products for gift-giving and personal pleasure with world-class service.

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July 29, 2007 at 7:20 pm Leave a comment

World’s most expensive chocolates

The Madeleine Truffle

Ludicrous as it may seem, here’s some truly fascinating facts for you to savor as you  reward yourself with  your next bar of chocolate… Check out the world’s most expensive chocolates! 

Chocolate may be an aprodisiac, but it is also a $$$moneymaker!
(according to Forbes Magazine)
 

You might enjoy knowing what Forbes Magazine considers to be the world’s most expensive and most likely, least affordable chocolates. Forbes featured a fascinating article on the poshest brands…ones that likely sprinkle gold dust into their cocoa…well, lots of it! So before you think of purchasing you might better find your gold so that you can afford to pursue a pound, or merely a trifle…(or should I say truffle)!  To find out more about truly decadent chocolate bling for your sweetheart click here:http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/11281256/   

Knipschilt Chocolates certainly leads the bunch, when it comes to price. Featured top of the list by Forbes Magazine, it’s the CROWN JEWEL CONFECTION of the world: a striking $2600 per pound.

 Obviously, this is the one special Truffle truly fit for Royalty…Fritz Knipschildt, from Denmark, and Maitre Chocolatier, of Knipschildt Chocolatier (founded in 1999 and awarded top honors as one of 3 best chocolatiers in the world by Gourmet Magazine) created the 42-gram (1.5 ounce) gem of a confection. This ultra sweet indulgence is handcrafted using a dark, classic ganache.The ganache is made using French Valrhona Chocolate blended with fresh cream that has been infused for 24 hours with the flavor of vanilla pods and pure Italian truffle oil. The ganache is then shaped around a French Perigord Truffle, known also as French black truffle (this truffle alone costs up to $1,000 per pound-454 grams). Next it is dipped in a 70% cocao-rich French Valrhona dark chocolate, and is finally dusted in cocoa powder.

What really makes the “Madeleine” Truffle so exquisite is the time and energy that goes into it. The ganache, for example, must be whipped repeatedly to make it as soft and silky as possible, and then it must be chilled so that it’s easier to work with. It’s a long and painstaking process, and for all its intensive labor…undoubtedly a labor of love…is revealed a flavor that is so ultimately tantalizing, each savory moment upon the palate, is worthy of every dime. 

Each delicate truffle is ultimately packaged as if it were a jewel, placed within a silver jewelry box. Before which, the truffle is placed inside of a pouch similar to the ones diamonds are transported in. This pouch is, set inside its silver home, nestled comfortably within red satin, tied in edible sugar pearls, and adorned with a ribbon.

Added to each exquisite gift: a personal note from Fritz himself, that includes a number to let the buyer know that he is the proud owner of a limited edition jewel of a chocolate truffle.

 Madeleine truffles are very, very special and cannot be ordered over the counter. To order one of these extravagant confections they must be special ordered about 2 weeks ahead of time.  

Moving right along…

 For a much less decadent, but still mightily expensive option (and also on Forbes most expensive list), the very upscale cacao beans used by fine chocolate artisan Chuao Chocolatier would still take a hefty bank roll to purchase. 

The Cost: $79.00 per pound Chuao Chocolatier, named after the cacao-producing region of Chuao, Venezuela, uses European techniques to make their Venezuelan chocolate. Only fresh ingredients are used, and absolutely no preservatives are allowed in these handmade chocolates. These chocolates are single origin in nature, in that they reflect the specific and very delicate nuances of the region where the bean is grown. This is because no beans from any other region are blended in to homogenize the flavor.  

Despite the over-the-top prices for these specialty (special order) truffles within the Forbes featured lines, any of these high quality brands also feature unbelievable collections of tasteful, sophisticated and mighty succulent chocolates to give the one you care for… affordably. 

 Love,
michelle
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July 28, 2007 at 3:59 pm Leave a comment

A sweeeeet smmmooth start for New Year…

 chocolate-sponge-custard1.jpgBoy I couldn’t wait to post this recipe to you guys. An incredible recipe for your next party or just partaking in a solo sort of heaven…found it in the winter ’05 Edition of Atlanta Style & Design:

Coffee-Cardamom Pots de Creme

Rich, creamy custards that perfectly blend the flavors of coffee and cardamom. The inspiration for this elegant dessert was the traditional manner of drinking coffee in some Middle Eastern countries through a cardamom pod held in one’s teeth. Delicious served with a deluxe cream sherry.

1/2 cup coffee beans, preferably espresso roast
1 tablespoon green cardamom pods
1/4 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
3 large egg yolks

In a food processor or coffee grinder combine beans and cardamom pods and pulse or grind to coarsely chop.

Transer the chopped beans and pods to a medium saucepan. Add 1/4 cup of the sugar.
Place over medium heat and stir constantly until the sugar carmelizes to a deep almost mahogany brown.
Standing away from the stove, carefully and gradually pour in the milk and 1/2 cup of the cream.
The caramel will immediately seize and harden but will smooth out as it warms and the sugar melts again.

Savor both, the incredible taste and an aroma that will undoubtably spice your home with inviting warmth!

January 1, 2007 at 9:23 pm 1 comment

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