How do you brew your cup o' joe? (13 photos)Tuesday, October 22, 2013 by: Donna Hopper
This past weekend saw the first annual Java Jamboree hosted at the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.
For the price of admission, java enthusiasts received a souvenir event mug and five free samples of their choosing from one of the many participating coffee vendors, including Dish Espresso Bar, Cafe Natura, St. Joseph Island Roasters, Frida Cafe, Westport Bean Company, and Superior Coffee Roasting Company.
Ron Kurnik, owner/operator of Superior Coffee Roasting Company, told SooToday.com that his breakfast blend, Sailor's Sunrise, is "a smooth, bright medium blend" and has proven to be his most popular bean so far.
Kurnik, who received certification in coffee roasting and cupping from the Willem Boot Coffee Consulting and Training Institute in Mill Valley, California, also told us of an interesting coffee/tea blend he recently launched.
"The newest blend in our lineup that's going bonkers right now, is what we call Chee," he said. "It's coffee blended with organic chai tea. It has a very nice fall spice flavour."
When it comes to brewing that perfect cup of joe, Kurnik recommends using the French press method.
"It's very inexpensive, it's a very clean and simple way to brew coffee, and you don't have to use filters," he explained. "The process produces an excellent full flavour."
If you must use a drip coffee maker, Kurnik suggests using unbleached filters to prevent chemicals from leaching into your pot of java.
In operation just shy of a year, Superior Coffee Roasting Company is located at 2611 Ashmun St. in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan.
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Shane and Heather Hoffman have been roasting fresh beans for the last four and a half years.
In that time, the pair have expanded their business, St. Joseph Island Roasters, to offer a variety of blends at a number of locations in the Algoma district, including Superior Home Bakery, The Country Way Health Food Store, City Meat Market, Cafe Natura, Thyne's Family Bakery, and many more.
The Hoffman's have recently started offering home delivery of large quantities of fresh, out-of-the-roaster beans for those who may have a higher than average need for caffeinated beverages.
The most important consideration when brewing your java, says Shane Hoffman, is to have the highest quality beans possible, preferably freshly roasted and fair trade.
Another deciding factor is water temperature, the ideal being 195 degrees F.
"It's also better to make a stronger cup of coffee, and you can always add hot water to make it weaker if need be," he continued. "Most people make weak coffee and it's really not worth drinking."
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