Happy National Coffee Day

National Coffee Day

I must first apologize. I haven't written a blog post in sometime. If you didn't know, the area in Northern Colorado where I live was hit hard by flood waters about two weeks ago... The church I am on staff at took a huge role of serving as an evacuation center and now we are in full recovery mode, and I have been fully involved in helping lead some of the work being done.

In saying all this, I really haven't had any time to blog.

My hope is to write a post about all we are experiencing and learning as we served our community as an evacuation center and now as a leader in the recovery phase of the natural disaster, to which the National Weather Service called, "a flood of biblical proportions..."

And now to the reason for this blog post and something dear to my heart...

It's National Coffee Day!

I am not a coffee expert, but I love coffee. I love strong black coffee. No cream. No sugar. No foo-foo stuff. In fact I do not consider foo-foo coffee to be coffee at all. Sorry, but it is not coffee. They have other names for it; like Latte, Mocha, and etc.

What I consider coffee is something that is brewed, poured over, dripped, French pressed, Chemex Brewed, expresso, Moka Pot, and I'm sure there is a couple of other ways that I am not mentioning. One of my favorite ways is to brew it over an open fire.

My favorite coffee shop in Astoria, OR.

I just want to take a blog post and share some of my favorite coffee beans with you as we celebrate a gift from God.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Peet's Gaia Organic Blend - A bounteous world blend of certified organic coffees from Africa, Indonesia, and the Americas.

Flavor Notes: Naturally complex — vibrant, earthy, and juicy, with blossom and cacao notes.

This is my favorite bean! I really like the way it leaves a chocolate coding at the back of your tongue.

Peet's Major Dickason's Blend - Conceived by one of the first Peetniks, a loyal customer of their original Berkeley store, retired army officer Key Dickason brought the idea to Mr. Peet in 1969. Mr. Peet refined it and this premier blend is one of their all-time bestseller.

Flavor Notes: Rich, smooth, and complex, with a very full body and multi-layered character.

This coffee bean is a staple in my house. It is my default bean when I run out of the Gaia Organic blend and can't make it to Peet's for more beans.

Starbucks PIKE PLACE ROAST - In 2008 Starbuck's master blenders and roasters created a blend so consistent and harmonious that no single characteristic dominates—or disappears.

Flavor Notes: A smooth, well-rounded medium blend of Latin American coffees with subtly rich flavors of cocoa and toasted nuts.

When I go to Starbuck's this is what I get. On occasion I might get an Americano, but Pike Place is my coffee of choice, in a mug not in a paper cup.

gaia coffee beanThere are other beans that I enjoy. Some are obscure that you probably never heard. One is the bean that my friend Mike Packer and I used to roast, well he did the roasting and I did the drinking and talking...

I hope you have an amazing day of drinking coffee.

Happy National Coffee Day!