What To Get A Coffee Junkie

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Consider Coffee Clubs As A Welcome Gift For A Coffee Junkie

If you need a gift for a coffee lover, why not consider a subscription to one of the many “coffee clubs”? For the genuine coffee lover, such a gift can be an exciting peek into new worlds, opening up new blends and treats that might have been otherwise overlooked. Coffee clubs remove the recipient’s risk because they provide samples to new and exotic coffees without spending the money to purchase an entire pound that might not be palatable to a coffee fanatic.

The problem with a gourmet coffee club is that there are a bewildering number of choices and making a decision can be overwhelming, especially to the non-coffee-junkie who just wants to please the recipient. There are strange choices to consider – like “Bonzai Pipeline” coffee. Usually, the recipient receives two samples per month but there are questions to consider:

* Duration of the club membership which ranges from one month (usually around $25) to a year ($275 is an average price)?

* Decaf or regular?

* Gourmet coffee or flavored blends?

* Whole bean or ground?

But to the true coffee lover, the degree of roasting is the most important because the temperature and time spent roasting are critical to flavor. Longer roasted coffees cost more because:

1. They take longer to prepare.
2. The longer they are roasted, the less volume they have since the bean dries out. Since there is less of this coffee produced, the costs are naturally higher.

If you don’t know an American from a French roast, here’s a quick primer to make choosing a bit easier.

Cinnamon Roasts: these are the most lightly roasted beans – and the most acidic. This is a caramel-colored coffee – about the color of cinnamon – with not a lot of body. The transition of green, unroasted coffee bean to the familiar grounds that smell so delicious, happens in stages called “1st and 2nd crack”. The beans crack or pop while roasting. Th beginning of the roasting process is called “first crack” and Cinnamon Roast is definitely a first crack coffee.

American Roast: is roasted a bit longer than the Cinnamon Roast coffee, but it’s definitely a first crack coffee. This is very common in mass market American coffees and where most of these roasts stop. American is a full bodied, acidic coffee.

City Roast: is the end of the first crack coffees with a high acid content and a very strong, delicious aroma.

Full City Roast: as they continue to roast, the coffee beans will begin to crackle again. This is the beginning of the “second crack” roasts. Full City is a medium to dark roast with a sweet flavor and less acidity and more oil than than previous roasts and it has chocolate or caramel undertones.

French Roast: this coffee has been roasted so long that it has no acidity, a dark color and a generous amount of oil. The most noticeable characteristic is a bittersweet or burned taste that coffee drinkers either love or hate. The famous coffees of New Orleans and cajun country depend upon this roast.

Italian Espresso Roast: is the darkest possible roast and its color is almost charcoal black. One barista described it as “actually burned to a crisp”. The temperature of these beans reaches 480F and this roast is used for cappuccino and espresso. Its acidity is very low.

If giving memberships to coffee clubs appeals to you as a gift-giving strategy, then these are the basics you will need to consider when choosing the appropriate membership. You can find these clubs all over the Internet and in magazines so there are a huge number of options. Any coffee junkie will thank you!

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