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  • What Type of Grease Do You Use On A Coffee Grinder Collar?

    Posted on April 22, 2016 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    We field questions occasionally from folks who disassemble their coffee grinders for maintenance, cleaning, or burr replacement about what type of lubricant to use on the collar threads.  For grinders such as Mazzers, Compak, Macap, Rancilio and a host of others that have a threaded upper burr carrier we recommend a product called Super Lube Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease that is USDA approved for incidental food contact.  We have seen people using Dow111 for this purpose but do not recommend its used as it is not designed for this application and we have found it becomes sticky over time.

    Super Lube Multi-Purpose Synthetic Grease

    If you do remove your upper burr carrier be very mindful to clean everything thoroughly before reassembly.  We use a combination of stiff bristled plastic brushes, paper towels, and a vacuum to remove any old coffee and grease residue from the threads.  If you fail to clean thoroughly, it is possible to build up enough friction when reassembling to bind the burr carrier.  After cleaning, apply a minimal amount of Super Lube onto the threads and carefully reassemble.  If you notice the collar does not turn with a normal amount of effort, disassemble and check for residue or cross threading. 

    Find Super Lube Here: http://www.super-lube.com/synthetic-multipurpose-grease-ezp-49.html


    This post was posted in News, Coffee Education and was tagged with Coffee Grinder, Super Lube

  • Order 3 Bags - Save 20% and Get Free Shipping

    Posted on January 5, 2016 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    For a limited time order any 3 or more bags coffee and save 20% on coffee and get free shipping for your entire order! This applied to any size option. Try something new or stick with the tried and true. We will always do our best to find delicious and intriguing coffees for you to enjoy. Brew on friends!

    Shop Now : https://www.veniacoffee.com/shop/coffee-tea.html

    Venia Coffee Delivered Fresh by Mail


    This post was posted in News, On Sale and was tagged with Free Shipping, Sale, Save 20%, Coffee By Mail, Mailorder Coffee, Fresh Roasted Coffee, Coffee Delivery

  • New Coffee | Rwanda Gitesi Kibuye

    Posted on May 9, 2015 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    Just a heads up on a limited availability offering from Rwanda. When I first cupped this coffee, it struck me as a cross between a complex Kenyan and a refined central American coffee. I have been in love with it from sip one. It originates from the Gitesi washing station and is made up from multiple small farm harvests from the surrounding Kibuye area. I have brewed this using french presses, Chemex's and a Clover brewer, all are a treat. Pulled as an espresso, wowzers, tropical fruit candy in a cup. We broke 70 degrees today and I brewed it as a Japanese style iced coffee, added a touch of cream and sugar...heavenly. This isn't a coffee that comes along every day.

    (Click for our offerings list)

     

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    This post was posted in Uncategorized, Coffee Review, What We are Drinking Now, News and was tagged with Coffee, Rwanda, 90 point coffee, Espresso Roast, Iced Coffee

  • Coffee In Yemen | Article Link

    Posted on May 8, 2015 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    photo link credit: sprudge.com, courtesy of Mokhtar Alkhanshali

    Sprudge released an excellent piece today on Yemeni coffee. For those who don't know, Yemen is widely believed to be the first commercial producer of coffee, at least insofar as the modern world consumes it (Coffee history is somewhat speculative, and for the most part predates any surviving written documents). Yemen is a land that has undergone incredible turmoil over the years, and most recently political upheaval and violence has cause most countries to remove dignitaries and companies to evacuate non-Yemeni staff.

    Left behind in all of this are farmers who face amazing challenges to bring their coffees to market. From talking with friends in the coffee industry, it sound like many coffee farmers have done their best to avoid the downward spiral of events and are working hard to provide for their families, despite an ever more dangerous environment.

    I had the opportunity to cup through a few Yemen coffees at this year's SCAA trade show last month in Seattle. These coffees truly have a beautiful taste profile that is all their own and current events are posing a big danger to the long-term viability of this unique growing region.

    Take a few moments to read Evan Gilman's well written article on Sprudge: Coffee In Yemen: Past, Present And Future

    Mokhtar Alkhanshali (center) with fresh Yemeni coffee cherries. Mokhtar Alkhanshali (center) with fresh Yemeni coffee cherries. Photo Credit: Sprudge.com


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  • Q&A: How long does roasted coffee stay fresh?

    Posted on March 11, 2015 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    As beans age, you face a scenario similar to the law of diminishing return. Chemically, lots of stuff happens to coffee as it get older. The result in the cup is a drop in acidity, decline of clarity, decline of varietal/origin character, decline of body, thin mouth-feel, decrease of aromatics...and a host of many other negatives.

    How long a roasted coffee is fresh depends on many things, like packaging, density, roast degree, process type, form (pre-ground/whole), relative humidity, exposure to light, temperature exposure...etc. As a rule of thumb, a coffee about 2 weeks off roast is at its peak in quality, give or take. Lighter roasted high elevation coffees (high density) such as our Kenya Nyeri Karatina Peaberry and Guatemala San Rafael Urias tend to age very well. Low grown coffees (low density) such a many Brazilian or Hawaian Kona coffees tend to age very quickly. [Soap Box]: Hawaiian coffees are some of the most expensive coffees to buy in the United States. A fresh Kona is a delightful experience, but most people buy a bag from a grocery store that was roasted 4-5 months before they brew it. Any goodness from these coffees are long gone. Unless you buy a bag from a roaster that is clearly marked with a roasted on date, don't waste your money on Hawaiian coffees. [Off Soap Box]

    When brewing coffee that is old, perhaps a month or two past roast, you might notice that a once fruity and floral Ethiopian Yirgacheffe now tastes rather generic. This didn't just happen all at once. If you brewed this coffee exactly the same each day over the span of 2 months you would notice that it gradually declines in quality, it doesn't one day go from being really good to blah. If you brew this coffee for espresso, for example, as the coffee ages it becomes thinner and decreases in body. To compensate for the age, one can slightly increase the dose (amount of coffee used) or grind a bit finer. Changing one or both of these factors can extend the "life" of this coffee for awhile, but at some point increasing dose or grinding finer can no longer compensate in cup quality. This is what I call the "Law of Diminishing Return" when applied to coffee.

    Interestingly, coffee that is newly roasted needs a couple days of "rest" before brewing before many of the flavors start to really show themselves in the cup. For espresso use, 3 days of rest is the minimum we recommend before brewing, 5-6 days of rest seems to be a sweet spot for most espresso coffees.

    How a coffee ages after it reaches its peak can be a perplexing. Oxygen, light, high humidity, and high temperatures all seem to be enemies of freshness. We package our coffees in high barrier bags with tin-ties. Once open, we recommend folding the top down, expelling as much air as possible, then secure closed with the tin-tie. This will protect the coffee from excess oxygen exposure, light, and changes in humidity.

    If you don't plan on using the coffee for a few days, it is okay to put it in the freezer. To do so successfully, place the tin-tie bag inside a Ziploc freezer bag, expel as much air as possible, then place in your freezer. The important part is to remove the bag several hours before use and allowing the coffee to return to room temperature before opening. If you open when frozen, moisture in the air will condense on the cold beans and get them wet (think a glass of iced tea and the water that forms on the sides of the glass).

    So How long does roasted coffee stay fresh? The simple answer is: It depends. But, a good rule of thumb is a coffee retains most of its "fresh" attributes until about a month after it was roasted.


    This post was posted in News, Coffee Education and was tagged with Coffee, Q&A, How Long Is Coffee Fresh, Stale Coffee

  • New Colombia & Java Offerings Now Available

    Posted on March 3, 2015 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

     

    We have two great new offerings available now for purchase on the website:

    The first offering is from Banexport's Colombia 90 point "Million Pesos" program and is a real treat.  Grown on the Bellavista estate by farmer Alexander Cortes, this offering won't last long so grab some while we have it. Super creamy mouth-feel, cane sugar sweetness, cherry, lemon, and a clean finish.

     

    Colombia Finca Bellavista | Alexander Cortes Million Pesos Program

     

    The second offering is a regional mix of fully washed coffee from West Java, or Java Sunda.  Remarkably clean and refined, a product of farmer/producer education and infrastructure investment, this Java lot is an example of the amazing potential of an often passed over growing region when it comes to specialty coffee.  Many of the subtitles of Indonesian coffees are completely covered over by the powerful, in your face flavors of the traditional wet-hulling process produces.  The washed processing on this lot brings out flavors of baking spice, black tea, raisins, and raw sugar.  Yummy!

     

    Java Sunda Gunung Tilu Coffee

     


    This post was posted in News, On Sale and was tagged with Washed Process Coffee, 90 point coffee, Colombia Bellavista, Colombia Million Pesos Program Coffee, Alexander Cortes Coffee, Java Sunda

  • New Coffees Available Next Week

    Posted on February 18, 2015 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    We are excited to announce the arrival of several new coffee offerings available next week.  Multiple lots of coffee from Java, and Brazil, and two 90 point offerings, one from Colombia and a late comer from Ethiopia our last until next year's crop.  Stay tuned!


    This post was posted in News and was tagged with New Coffee Offerings

  • Black Friday Sales Thru December 7th

    Posted on November 28, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

     

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    We have some great prices on lots of coffee gear, espresso machines and some of our great coffees now through December 7th. Check them out under the Sales tab above or CLICK HERE.


    This post was posted in News, On Sale and was tagged with Sale, BLACK FRIDAY

  • New Video | Yama Rekrow Butane Burner for Coffee Siphons

    Posted on November 19, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    A quick look at the Rekrow Butane burners available for tabletop coffee siphons like Yama and Hario models.


    This post was posted in Accessory Review, News, Coffee Education, Tutorial and was tagged with Yama, Vac Pot, Yama Coffee Maker, Butane Burner, Rekrow Butane Burner, Butane Coffee Maker

  • Free Shipping on Coffee Sampler Pack for a Limited Time!

    Posted on October 20, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    Venia-Coffee-Sampler-Pack-Banner

    From long time coffee lovers to first time specialty coffee buyers, we are often asked if we could offer a sample pack of several of our current coffees.  Well, wait no longer!  Our sampler pack includes 3 different coffees, each highlighting different growing regions and unique flavors from around the world.

    We look long and hard for exceptional coffees that we are proud to offer our customers, and our first sample pack is one in which we could not be prouder.  Two of the coffees cup at over 90 points! (If you don't know what that means, it means they are really-really good.)

    To kick off the introduction of our sampler pack, we are offering free shipping on the coffee sampler through October.  Use Code SAMPLER in the discount code box at checkout.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER.


    This post was posted in What We are Drinking Now, News, On Sale and was tagged with Single Origin, Coffee, Free Shipping, Natural Processed Coffee, Washed Coffee, Coffee Sample Pack, Coffee Sampler, 90 point coffee

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