About Russ

Russ Husband, Father, Freemason, and Entreprenuer who happens to be a lover of Coffee, Cigar's, Scotch, and Live Music, who wishes he were sitting off Okracoke island, under a black flag , java brew in hand and the wind at his back.
Website: http://www.bitojava.com
Benevolent Java Dictator has written 49 articles so far, you can find them below.

Kahuka Shrimp, Oahu comes to Buxton

 

I am on my yearly decompression pilgrimage to the Carolina coast.  Relaxation is only part of the reason that I choose to make a twelve-hour drive and fight Hampton Roads/Richmond traffic. The other side of the trip coin is of course FOOD.

We have been visiting this stretch of the Outer Banks nearly every year since 1998. In that time we have had only two bad meals from local restaurants. Also in that time, establishments have come and gone, but there is never a shortage of fine food when we are here.

Last night was a new culinary experience, as we visited a restaurant that had somehow slipped by all these years. Rusty’s Surf and Turf is located in Buxton NC., a small village that hosts among other this the Haterras Lighthouse.

While recovering from the drive the day before, my taste buds were whipped up in Donald Trump Protester, near riot condition. They demanded SHRIMP and my stomach was furiously backing the call. So for dinner we were off to Rusty’s.

We were the first group to arrive and be seated in the dining area. The feel of Rusty’s is a little bit North Carolina and a good bit Caribbean. Once seated I settled on a Carolina Brewing Company Copperline Ale, and we chose the Kahuka shrimp for an appetizer.

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The dish arrived a short time after drinks and was a work of art in its presentation. The shrimp was large and shell on, having been steamed which prevents soggyness. They were covered in an outstanding sauce which somehow captured sweet, sour, and hot all in one bite!

The choice of the Carolina Copperline Ale turned out to be a perfect match to the shrimp, providing a palate cleansing bitter element that balanced the spicy and sweet finish of the sauce. The rest of our meal was outstanding as well, as was the staff and chef at Rusty’s . If you are ever hungry on highway 12 and want an impeccable Carolina gone Pacific dining experience stop in and leave satisfied.

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A Triumphant return from minor adventures.

I am back, ensconced behind the walls of the family compound, fine cigar in hand and Martini at the ready. I am tired, happy to be home, and yet melancholy as we have left the coast. Yes readers, we are only just back from our annual get-a-way to the Carolina Coast. Sadly, it was but a week in our “second home”  but we did it right.

Our fun was somewhat spoiled by Tropical Storm Bonnie, which inched ever so slowly up the coast, dumping deluge after deluge of tropical rain on us. Some areas near us had 14+ inches of rainfall. This did keep us largely confined to the house for two days as the streets and roads were badly flooded. We soldiered on in gallant form however, with a steady supply of great reading, music, outstanding smokes and incredible food.

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Food is one of the primary reasons we love the Carolina coast. Seafood of course is big with us and this trip (our twelfth) did not disappoint, as nary a single bad meal was had, either in restaurants or cooked at the beach house. Highlights:

Jason’s on Ocracoke Island NC. = The Bluefish  was the catch of the day when we were on the island, as always Jason’s fried it up perfectly crisp, and flavorful and produced an outstanding traditional fish n’ chips lunch. Paired with an ice cold Fat Tire it was a perfect followup from playing on a sandbar all morning with no other humans in sight.

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The Captains Table Buxton NC. = The “Pick Three” was our choice for our last night of the trip “Blowout” dinner. We both chose a combination of delicate flounder, Carolina Shrimp, and a Bay Crab cake. All of this was preceded by a nice cold house salad with a picture perfect french dressing and of course piping hot hushpuppies. The fresh flounder was prepared to absolute perfection and seasoned and lightly breaded. The shrimp was moderately sized, well prepared and very flavorful, and the crab cake added a heavier seafood flavor to the trio, which all finished in a stellar fashion paired with a Shipyard Export Ale.

The Atlantic Cafe Waves NC. = Fish Taco’s…. this was one of our monsoon rain that will never stop we don’t care get out of the house, excursions for lunch.  The Atlantic Cafe is a very low-key laid back spot. I had never had a “Fish Taco” as I was always of the “Taco needs Beef” culinary group. I have sinned…truly I have my friends by never having a fish taco before. And now I am almost afraid to try a fish taco anywhere else because I KNOW it just cannot be that good. Mahi Mahi lightly seared and placed on a hard taco shell, this is then piled high with a jalapeno salsa and wrapped in a soft taco. ERMAGAWD….This alone was worth 12 hours of Lemans style driving in a top -heavy SUV surrounded by utter morons on I81.  Pairing was a Carolina Brewing Copperline Amber Ale.

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Rusty’s (SEE SEPERATE POST,  IT WAS THAT GOOD!)

Oceana’s Bistro Avon NC. = Flounder was on the list first thing after our arrival at the house. We have been to Oceana’s several times and they never disappoint. Drinks were accompanied by perhaps the best calamari I have had in a decade, it was impeccably done so as to be tender and not rubbery, we simply inhaled it. The flounder was the mornings catch and was pan seared then fried with a hint of seasoning, this along with golden brown, home cut fries and creamy coleslaw set the culinary tone for the trip. Paring was and incredible Oceana’s Mojito, that was very much akin to drinking key-lime pie.

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Other fine meals were had, some were quick lunches (Burger-Burger, Avon NC. is outstanding) and some were cooked right at the house after coming off the beach.  Coming Up, techniques for not being depressed during a tropical depression! including best smokes of the trip, and how we pulled off a week of Good GREATLIFE for under 2k.

Cajun Style Shrimp, cooked up at the beach-house.

Cajun Style Shrimp, cooked up at the beach-house.

SO GO LIVE the GoodLife!

 

10 Key Indicators you are living the Good-Life (and might not know it)

In no particular order:

  1. The air is filled with the aroma of fresh ground Costa-Rican beans.
  2. You own  bespoke clothing
  3.  The sound of children surrounds you.
  4.  That ring of smoke you see is Dominican in origin.
  5.  You can quote Kipling.
  6.  The experience of 30 year old scotch is not foreign to you.
  7.  You think of others before yourself.
  8.  You seek adventure in some manner every day.
  9. You’ve cranked Handel’s Messiah during a thunderstorm.
  10.  You read BitOjava.com!

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Living the Good Life…….

So over the next few weeks or months depending on your feedback, I am going to look at what it takes to live the “Good” life. Does it really take Donald Trumps money (or attitude), do you need a house on St. Barths? A Lamborghini Aventador?? I say no, I say the Good life is a combination of quality (not necessarily expensive) things, mindset and experiences.

Example,  I’ve seen in excess of 100 bands live in two years and the most memorable times were not related to the popularity of the band or the size of the venue. Watching my daughter FINALLY get to shoot Aerosmith , while I sat under the balmy, starry sky, sipping a cold beer with thousands of fans…that’s the good life.

Coffee, there’s another passion of mine, we have reviewed some very expensive coffee’s here at Bitojava, and without reservation I can assure you price and quality did not always correlate! I have had $40/Lb coffee experiences on $14/lb coffee.

So put on a really good piece of music, brew up a favorite bean or pour a good whiskey, kick back in that favorite spot on the couch and enjoy a little “Good Life”.

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Stay with us as we explore some of the finer things and experiences, from Travel to Clothing, Food, Coffee of course, Cigars, Whiskeys and more….. Hey, Gotta run there’s a $10 Dominican Robusto to smoke, BLS on the Itunes, and Angels Envy to quench my thirst,

Here’s to the Good Life,

 

Russ

Discovery and Motivation

What REALLY gives you motivation? What revs you up and makes you want to push further?

I recently realized that being a space geek has done a lot to motivate me . I REALLY wanted to be a pilot and astronaut as a kid (hey I WAS born the year Neal Armstrong walked on the moon!). Model Rockets, Civil Air Patrol, and planes were my life from age 10 on through Junior High. At 15, I had the incredible good fortune of sitting ON Kennedy Space Center looking at launch pad 39A with dad’s binoculars as the countdown for STS-51G hit 1 and the earth shook. My friends, if you have not experienced a Shuttle Launch from that close, I cannot explain it in words, my very inner space geek being, wanted needed to do that! As I watched Discovery head to orbit, I had to be an astronaut.
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Road Warrior Coffee Review: Blackbeard’s Revenge

 

Just south of the harbor, on the western side of Okracoke Island, in North Carolina , lies an anchorage deeper than the surrounding shallows.  It was here that the infamous Captain Edward Teach known as “Blackbeard” met his end in 1718.  Blackbeard’s ship the Adventure was caught at anchor by two British Naval warships sent by the governor of Virginia. It is said that despite being shot and stabbed a multitude of times, and then being beheaded, that his headless corpse swam around Adventure thrice after being thrown overboard.

 

Okracoke Island, Beach just north of Teach's Hole

Okracoke Island, Beach just north of Teach’s Hole

 

Legend also has it that Teach’s head was then hung from the bow of one of the British sloops and sailed into Norfolk, where it was made into a silver lined chalice.  Further legend is that it is this chalice that is used by the Ivy League Fraternity,  Skull and Bones in their initiations.
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The Masters Blend

I recently ran across this coffee in an online article at a blog dedicated to Freemasonry. As a dedicated java junkie, I just had to give it a try.

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Labeled “The Masters Blend” complete with masonic imagery, this coffee is brought to light by Zazzy’z Roasters   of Abingdon Virginia. And according to the label it is Medium bodied with light acidity and a sweet finish. But how would it hold up in a taste test? Lets find out.

I like strong coffees for the most part and rarely drink lighter fare, opening the bag revealed small beans of medium coloring from what appear to be two or three varieties. They were very nicely medium roasted and exhibited light oils on the surface.  I ground them fine and into the basket they went.

A few minutes later, the house was filled with a nice brewing aroma, light and pleasant, not a “Get out of bed” Costa Rican vapor but a more refined “Good Coffee Cometh” kind of smell.  Cupping revealed a nice moderate flavor full of fruit and spice, with indeed a lingering maple sugar finish that was pleasant yet not so sweet as to override a dessert. Truly a coffee with a character far from being a “ruffian”, an enlightened brew for certain.

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In fact I would readily recommend this coffee to not only my fellow Masonic Brethren as a nice lodge refreshment that is not so powerful as to keep one awake half the night, but also for anyone else, this is really a good after dinner brew or even a morning cup for those that like lighter cups, and you don’t have to know the secret handshake to get some!

All in all a well done roast, which I would rate at a conservative 4.5/5 and would highly suggest you try at home!

 

RoadWarrior Review: Hot Straws

 

Ever been behind the wheel, heading to that big presentation, meeting, wedding etc.? Sure you have, dressed to the nines, stereo cranked, zipping to and fro in traffic and looking well.. just damned good. Then you raise that cup of glorious, aromatic, brown nectar of all that is good and right to your lips and….

A. The stupid plastic lid comes off

B. POTHOLE!

C.  you are too busy scanning the horizon for tax agents who would find your current velocity…..disturbing, and didn’t check the orientation of the sippy hole in the cup. (This would never happen to someone as smooth and composed as the author)

Pick your reason but the result is the same, a ruined shirt or tie. Well my friends there is hope for us all. It’s called the Hot Straw! Now when @BitojavaJessica informed me that we had received Hot Straws to test, my initial reaction was reported to be something akin to a Weiner dog being given an Ipad. I mean it looks kinda neat but what the hell do I do with it?

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Now I instantly knew that my Grandfather (RIP) could have used these ten years ago, he had mild Parkinson’s and I remember the great difficulty he had getting a coffee cup to his lips. I also immediately realized the need for these in long term care and rehabilitation facilities, but I fit none of these criteria (yet) so I was still a bit confounded.

The Hot Straw is made of a BPH free plastic, they have a flat or oval shape and there are two holes for liquid to pass through. I’m no genius but I think the shape combined with the materials conductive ability and two holes giving more surface area, allows the Hot Straw to take some of the heat before the liquid gets to your mouth.  And as a plus it does not melt when exposed to a super hot beverage.

As I sipped from one of the test straws sent to us and looked at the Hot Straws website, I was rewarded with a photo of someone with a hot straw poked through the hole in a fast-food type coffee cup (a dim light bulb came on). Now there was the perfect use of a Hot Straw! No more emergency stops to rush into a Kohls for a white shirt  and cheap tie before a presentation, due to a coffee spill! Now I could sip my coffee in a civilized manner whilst motoring amidst a flurry of red lights, pot holes and middle fingers……

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Or at least I will be soon, you see our Hot Straws arrived for review in PINK….which is fine for my two cohorts but I as The Benevolent Java Dictator have a certain image that I must maintain for the masses. Thus while Hot Straws are available in Blue, Pink, Red and Green, I humbly suggest  that offerings in Ferrari Red and Navy Seal Black might be more suited to the Road Warrior of the masculine variety, or since I now drive the most manly of vehicles shy of an Abrams Tank (The Pickup Truck), how about something in Mossy Oak Camo?

 

All kidding aside the Hot Straw is a great product, they are reasonably priced, reusable and durable. Thus the Hot Straw is in our opinion a must for those with some physical limitation that want to enjoy a hot cup of Joe without an assistant,  and for the rest of us, it might just be the answer for high Dry cleaning Bills and tardiness. Of course it could also save you from scalding your junk at 80 miles an hour making it  a Bitojava.Com  5 Star product!

 

Needs a Hot Straw!

Needs a Hot Straw!

 

 

 

Road Warrior Review: Coda Coffee Notorious Espresso

Listen up, I’m slammed with IT work and security audits right now so this will be the first in a series of quick “Road Warrior” reviews. Why “Road Warrior”? Because I am brewing these coffees to carry me out the door and into the morning work commute. So here’s a 3 minute rundown from yours truly who has over a million road warrior miles under his belt.

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Coda Coffee, Notorious Espresso: At first I was hesitant to just brew this like I normally do my morning cup but my worries were unfounded it’s a good cup!

Type: Blend

Origin:El Salvador, Brazil, and Colombia

Roast: Medium/Dark

Flavor: Moderately strong but not overpowering your bagel.

Highlights: Cinnamon, Caramel, and some Chocolate.

Bitterness: 3.8/5

 

Overall Rating 4.3/5

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A nice strong cup to get you going, but not so strong as to kill the flavors of your favorite commuter donut or pastry! A solid buy and try.

 

 

 

Peaberry’s Hawaiian Blend,

It’s kind of torturous this coffee, I was seriously tempted to leave it in the Benevolent Dictator’s secret coffee vault, deep in the missle Ping-Pong bunker. It is torturing me for two reasons, first it’s freaking 5 degrees outside and this has Kona in the blend, and Kona comes from someplace that’s NOT freaking 5 degrees.  Secondly this is a $13.99 bag of blended beans and I am trying to decide if it belongs at all.

If you have never had a good cup of Kona Coffee, you need to put it on your bucket list. I am fortunate to have a friend of Polynesian heritage, that on occasion brings me back a bag of Kona direct from the islands. Otherwise it’s as once a year bag for me because its soooo expensive (as of today $50/lb locally). I mean hell at those prices you’d think the Pablo Escabar was involved (or the CIA).

So as I stared at the black and gold bag sent to us by Peaberry Coffee roasters in Denver Colorado (where as I understand it Cheech and Chong have now relocated to) I pondered in deep thought, “How good can a Kona Blend be when you have already had pure Kona?”. I prepared myself for disappointment as the ice and sleet fell outside. Peaberry’s claims that only the top 1% of Arabica beans makes it into their small batch roasted coffee. Could this coffee be a 1% er? (please no protests against the 1%, the Benevolent Java Dictator says so).

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I opened the bag and spilled some beans into my hand. They were a mix of a Peaberry of some kind and a fully developed bean likely the Kona component. Each bean was evenly roasted to a mahogany brown color and effused a dusky and rich aroma. This is a kitchen dominating smell when the beans are ground and more so when the brewing starts. Brew was through my old school, drip pot. One failing we found with this coffee is the ability to re-close the bag. Peaberry put this into a georgeous mylar type bag but the extra few pennies for a more robust re-sealing mechanism would be worth it!

I sipped the first sip with trepidation, I mean seriously I am no snob but how good can a blend be at this price point? I sipped. I sipped again to make certain sip # one was not my caffeine deprived brain screwing with my taste buds. Somewhere in my cerebral cortex, there were fireworks, a symphony played Fur Else and all was right in the world. ( Or translated for the Justin Beiber listeners, this is some good sh*t!)

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The Kona uniqueness is present with every drink,  I was concerned it would be over ridden in a “blend” .  For those who have not tasted Kona yet, it’s hard to describe , it’s full like a good Guatemalan or Costa Rican, strong like Sumatran but without the all to common Sumatra bite on the finish. Kona is the perfect balance of full flavored with powerful punch, yet leaving no hint of bitter or sweet. Balanced would be a good one word description, however;  unlike pure Kona and perhaps the only flaw I could detect with this one is a slightly dry mouth feel on the finish.

So what did the addition of blending do for this coffee other than lower the cost? Well friends, take the strong cinnamon, nut and earthiness of the Kona and accentuate it with some sweet cream and fruit on the finish. Yes it does push the Kona a bit out of that perfect yin/yang zone, but in a surprisingly pleasant way.  I would (and have) drink this coffee all day long, it’s so well conceived that it works with breakfast and is still delicious with dessert!  This is without any doubt the best Blend I have had to date. It won’t replace pure Kona for its richness but at $13.99 a bag it is certainly worth your consideration.

Final score 4.8/5

Nicaragua Bella Aurora

The wind shrieks as it gusts across the sparkling landscape, piling the powdery remnants of the storm last evening into small drifts. Inside with the polar logs crackling I sit ensconced with a steaming cup of Coda Coffee’s Nicaragua Bella Aurora in hand, surrounded by beautiful women.

It’s a tough job being your Benevolent Java Dictator, but what can I say I am a big man and can handle these stresses that I endure for you my dear subjects readers. Now enough about me lets talk about some coffee from a place that is quite different in climate than here.

Coda Coffee as a company is all about organic and sustainably grown product, or as they put it “frigg’in Awesome Coffee” and they offer a small but eclectic variety of beans, with something for every palate.  The Nicaraguan I’m sampling is grown at a relatively low altitude and is labeled as a maracaturra bean, which is a hybrid attributed to Brazil but is also commonly found in Nicaragua and as far North as Mexico.

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The beans were packaged nicely and revealed a pleasant mid-tone aroma upon opening. Beans are small almost peaberry in some cases with medium sizes apparent as well. The roast is light, however; upon examination we did find some beans that were a bit darker but no where near burned. Brewing was done again via the drip machine and grind was coarse.

The resulting brew aroma was pleasant and wafted through the house mixing with the smoke from the fire. It is a good smell, coffee and wood smoke on a cold winters day. The coffee itself is very light and pleasant. Once again a good pick I think for the afternoon or after dinner cup, or for those who prefer a delicate drink. Flavors that I detected were typical of a “bright and acidic” coffee such as this including a faint orange and cinnamon and something I had not yet experienced in a coffee a maple sugar component (Coda says brown sugar is prevalent, but to me it has a maple effect).

As mentioned this brew leans to the acidic/sour end of the scale but barely so. It has a hint of tartness to the finish and a tea-like mouth feel, neither dry nor oily. In fact I would say for a gathering in which you were unsure of your guests coffee likes, this might be the perfect all around cup of coffee. I rate it at a solid 4.2

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Jai Java’s Angel’s Blend

I’ve switched gears the past couple of days away from Costa Rican’s and pure Guatemalan beans and have been sampling “Angel’s Blend” from JaiJava.

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Jaijava is a new roaster on the scene with a small but quality catalog of coffee’s, when you place your order, your beans are roasted and packaged within hours of shipment. We received the Angel’s Blend a few days ago and upon opening the craft-paper bag to get a snout full of savory bean aroma, I had to sample!  The first cupping came via the excruciatingly slow route of my 20 year old drip machine, this thing is so outdated that R2D2 is likely it’s uncle.

First taste was a bit shocking, I think I might have grimaced a little. As previously mentioned I have been drinking nothing but very strong coffees that have a flavor palette towards the bitter end of the spectrum and the Angel’s Blend is not only lighter in roast but also possesses a range of flavors closer to the sour/sweet end.  The next morning I ran another cupping via the Aeropress and as my taste buds had now been shocked out of their complacency began to examine the coffee in detail.

The beans are moderately roasted, what do I mean by that? I find them to be on the fine line between a light and medium roast. Roasting was even and consistent, for “new guys” JaiJava seems to have the whole consistency thing nailed down. The coffee is an obvious two bean blend, one of the beans looks in my humble experience to be perhaps a peaberry and this experience with peaberry flavors bears out in the taste of Angel’s Blend as well.

After grinding to a medium/coarse grind the beans unleash a citrus and coffee aroma that is light. Brewing aroma is delicate and not at all overpowering, it had me craving bacon almost immediately.  Resulting flavors are oranges and limes with some cinnamon and oak highlights. The coffee is a light and smooth cup that is easy to drink a lot of. It does hover on the tart side on the finish but each drink leaves you wanting a repeat and each empty cup has sent me scrambling immediately back to the pot.

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Angel’s Blend is an excellent all-around coffee for those that prefer a less-robust and more colorful cup. It’s also a wonderful pairing with dark chocolate or pretty much anything chocolate! For those of us that sometimes like to relieve  the days stress with an after dinner cup of coffee instead of a Cabernet or beer, the JaiJava Angel’s Blend holds promise for a flavorful cup that will not interfere with winding down the day.

Bitojava Rated 4.0 overall and 4.4 for blends

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Stauff’s Coffee, Costa Rican “Los Lobos”

 

It’s time for another coffee selection dear readers and none too soon. I’m currently sitting by the wood stove, as the temperature sits at -5 and the wind howls around our little abode. It seems we have a real winter finally and nothing fights the creeping icy chill here in the Appalachian foothills like a steaming hot cup of GOOD coffee. So as darkness quickly envelops our frozen valley, I will give you the low down on Stauff’s Coffee House’s ” Los Lobos”  Costa Rican.

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Stauff’s is probably the best known coffee house in Columbus Ohio, and while visiting the city last weekend, my brother (whom I have successfully turned from Folgers to good coffee) and I decided to swing by. Stauff’s is located in Grandview,  which is just South West of the OSU campus. Oh and Stauff’s is always busy. We were there at 2PM on a Saturday and it was packed. In addition to the baristas working the bar, they have a highly knowledgeable staff that will assist anyone in picking out a coffee from their very large collection of beans.

I wanted either a Costa Rican or some of the Indian Monsooned Malabar. One sniff of the “Los Lobos” Costa Rican sold me however; and a bit over $22.00 later I  departed with a pound of beans.  This is one of the most expensive non Hawaiian coffees I have tried, but was it worth it?

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The pre-grinding aroma is very strong and earthy, after grinding the aroma is almost peanut butter, much like a Monsooned Indian coffee would be.  Both in the pot and in the press it fills the room with a olfactory goodness that accompanies a stack of pancakes very well.  The beans are medium/dark with a little visible oil. They are roasted to even perfection and no burned or un-roasted beans were seen.

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I have had this coffee via the Aeropress and by the Drip machine and honestly other than it being a bit stronger from the Aeropress I found no significant difference. The flavor is very smooth with just a hint of bitters, and in the case of this coffee,  the overwhelming taste is that of Dark Chocolate and perhaps just a faint touch of almonds in the finish. I would rate this coffee a 4.2/5 only because the chocolate tones override most anything else that’s there. This is not a subtle cup. In fact, I would be tempted to declare it the Alpha Male of the Costa Rican beans that I have sampled thus far. Brew it up just right and it will keep you warm, make one mistake and it will bite you.

So there you have it, a coffee set apart from the pack, dark as an snowy winters eve, neither bitter nor sweet when properly respected,  it just is.  Was the price worth it for this coffee? I’m not certain yet, and right now I have to stoke the fire….. maybe that’s not just the wind I hear howling.

 

 

Colombian Campasina from Queen Bean Coffee

Ok, just so you all know there is currently ongoing a huge snowball fight in hell…why?  Because yours truly, that is I, Me, and us (invoking Gollum) have found a Colombian coffee that we will drink more than once.

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So while I have brought winter charm to the gates of Hades, that’s less important than telling you about this coffee.  If you have read my reviews you know that I am no fan of Colombian beans. These always seem to be overly bitter and strong to me, despite these misgivings I gave the Colombian Campasina from Mills Coffee Roasters/Queenbean Coffee a try.

These are shade grown, fully organic beans, grown at 4-5000 feet, in the Huila province of Colombia. And coming out of the burlap wrapped (nice touch) bag are a medium dark brown and evenly roasted. A light oil sheen was visible on the beans and the aroma was, well Colombian strong.

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Brewing via the Aeropress, I used just a little less ground coffee than I would with say a Costa Rican or Sumatran. This coffee has some real “Gusto!” and morphed into a living bubbling creature in the Aeropress.  The resulting juice was strong, and full with some bitter notes, and perhaps a hint of dark chocolate on the finish…it was so/so. Next I loaded up my now deceased little coffee pot and started a full brew.

The aroma of brewing the Campasina filled the entire house and it did smell really bold and good. Tasting was a pleasant surprise in that 90% of the bitter note was gone and the chocolate tones were mixed with a smoky flavor and full body .  This is definitely a coffee for the COFFEE drinker, there is nothing fru’ fru’ in this cup.  After half a cup I found myself actually enjoying a Columbian coffee!

Where would I drink this coffee? With Chuck Norris, Teddy Roosevelt and Marcus Lutrell as we planned our military operations…..well in all seriousness, this will be my go-to coffee for my outdoors adventures, and I am going to grind some really fine and try it as Coffee Cubano as well..  It just has that punch of flavor like a good Arturo Fuente Cigar, or Bombay Sapphire Martini, in fact this is in my opinion the R. Lee Ermey of coffee!. So man up and order some QueenBean Colombian Campasina, you won’t regret it.

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