So you love coffee?

Chances are, your early morning cup of java, or even your brew from your favorite coffee shop, is …

  • crap, if you’re into instant, and
  • stale, if you’re into brewed coffee.

Well, let’s not even talk instant coffee here, okay? Let’s not waste our precious time. So henceforth, let’s talk about coffee, the beverage that comes from a bean, not powder.

I can read what’s in your mind: “Stale?! Wait, Bob, my coffee is from that giant company with a mermaid in its green logo! Some are even imported from Italy! They even have beautiful shiny packaging with exceptional design. And you say these are stale coffee?”

Unfortunately, YES, they’re stale coffee. In my native tongue — “Bahaw!”

There are a very few exceptions, though, if all these conditions are present. If just one of these is not met, then your coffee is just what I said it is — stale.

  1. You bought whole coffee beans, not ground.
  2. Your beans are in an airtight container. If the container has a lid but not airtight, as you see in groceries, it’s stale.
  3. The packaging has a date indicating when it was roasted — not “expiration date” that is usually some months or even over a year away — and the date is not more than a week old. Remember what I said: one week! If older, then that’s bahaw. I can guess that the indicated “expiration date” in some coffees with fancy packaging is usually a year since the coffee beans were roasted, or packed. Imagine how stale the coffee has become.
  4. You grind your coffee just before you brew, meaning just seconds to a minute or two ago. Not an hour ago, not any longer.

“Hey, Bob, my coffee failed miserably in your test, how come I still like it so much?”

Um, I pity you, you must really have poor standards, or you haven’t really tried what good coffee is.

“Okay, my coffee passed all your criteria. How come my coffee still sucks?”

Now, there are a thousand and one reasons behind that. One thing that could go wrong in the long road from the farm to your cup — the coffee variety, the soil and climate where it was planted, the way the farmer cared for the plant, the way it’s harvested, processed, stored, transported, roasted, ground, then brewed — will lead to a coffee that sucks.

But I just can’t write all the reasons why your coffee sucks in one session.

So keep coming back to read this blog and learn how to achieve coffee nirvana on a budget in the Philippine setting.


5 Responses to “So you love coffee?”

  1. Amalia on December 13th, 2008 2:24 pm

    Great goin’ bob! A lot of people just slug coffee to satisfy their caffeine fix, never mind if it can peel paint. Would love to read more.

  2. Mindanao Bob on December 14th, 2008 6:07 am

    Sige, kape ta! Lami gyud ang imong kape! Magluto ka, maginum ko.

    Maayong blog, Sangay. Pagsulat ug daghan, kay akoang pagabasahon.

  3. toto on December 25th, 2008 2:50 pm

    bobby yow!

    pakapeha ko dira sa inyo ha.


  4. Ayah ♔ on September 5th, 2011 11:33 am

    you should try coffee from Sulu too sir. :) ) Every coffee season there, the air smells like coffee. :)

  5. Bobby on September 7th, 2011 9:40 pm

    yep i did, at panglima estino and at patikul. my only complaint of the coffee there, tausugs seem to love their coffee reallllly reallllyyy sweeeeeettt. :-) as in coke sweet. i like coffee pure as can be, no sugar, no creamer.

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