Coffee is Life

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Everyone who knows me know I love my coffee. Black and sweetened (Stevia in the Raw). I like Lattes and the French Press. Every week, I purchase a pound of freshly roasted Ethiopian Harrar from a local retailer, Rocky Hill Buy the Cup, in Rocky Hill ( a borough in Montgomery Township, NJ). The owners, Dale and Roy Gwin are talkative locals who are also very knowledgeable about coffee.

Buy the Cup
130 Washington St
Rocky Hill, NJ 08553-1020
(609) 430-0576

Although I get my beans freshly ground each week, according to Nathan Smith, author of the CoffeeNate blog, ground coffee is only fresh for 18 minutes while roasted whole beans will last 10 days. That means I have not been getting the best out of cup-o-joe! Nate and I exchanged a few more tweets after I asked him which grinder he recommended. He pointed me to a video on his web site and his own favorite grinder, the Breville BCG450XL Conical Burr Grinder. According to Nate, a burr grinder will grind the coffee to exact specifications. I’ve add this to my Amazon Wish List and expect to to have a new appreciation for my Harrar after my tax refund arrives.

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