1. NOT USING FRESH COFFEE BEANS
It is easier to tell stale coffee beans but the old-but-not-stale ones may be hard to identify and they can drastically affect the quality of your brew. If the coffee beans sit for too long on the shelves, the volatile compounds will slowly dissipate resulting in a bland cup of coffee.
Buy fresh, just like you do with green leafy vegetables, milk, and bread. When you buy roasted coffee beans next time, make sure you it is recently roasted - At Going Native Coffee Club we roast in the morning and ship it to you in the afternoon. An important tip is to drink your coffee when it’s still hot because the chemical reactions that continue post brewing process can ruin your coffee.
Going Native Coffee Beans are roasted fresh in the morning and shipped that afternoon to your door.
2. BUYING CHEAP COFFEE INSTEAD OF BUYING QUALITY BEANS
The attractive discount on low-brand coffee beans may look tempting and urge you to save money on your daily cuppa, but think again. Do you really want to put price over quality to have a grimace on your face as you sip on your morning coffee?
Keep cost cutting for other not so important things in life. A cup of coffee can make or break your day, so spare yourself the nightmare of bargain coffee at the supermarket just to save a couple of collars. Buy only the premium quality beans that feel great on your taste buds!
Going Native Coffee Club coffee beans consistently are scored 95% or higher.
3. NOT MAINTAINING THE RIGHT WATER-GROUND RATIO WHILE BREWING
When you wake up six in the morning and kick yourself out of bed reluctantly, you may not be in the mood to do any calculations. If you carelessly toss a few spoons into the filter and pour water without measuring, chances are your cup of mud will taste terrible.
While your taste buds may excuse your early morning mistakes, spare a moment for the right measurements on other occasions. I would suggest that you invest in a kitchen scale. Keep a measuring scoop accessible so that you can treat yourself with a spectacular cup of coffee every morning.
Tip - If you make you coffee to strong for your liking, then you can always add more hot water after the coffee is made. But you cannot make weak coffee stronger.
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As a coffee farmer, I'm compelled to share Where Coffee Beans get Their Flavor Notes.
Coffee is just very complex, arguably the mostcomplex food humans ingest (roughly 1500 chemical compounds in your cup). I'll try to keep this as clear as possible. No attempt at being pretentious here either.
What influences the nature and make up of these constituents?
1) Terroir - The land (soil composition, pH), water composition, the amount & timing of precipitation, temperature, elevation, latitude, shade / sun, etc.
2) Cultivation - Fertilizer regimen / nutrition (organic, biodynamic, synthetic, etc.), irrigation, pesticides / herbicides / fungicides, etc.
3) Varietal - Like wine (pinot noir, cabernet, etc.), coffee has varieties: typica, caturra, bourbon, gesha & hundreds more. These varieties have different characteristics (aroma, flavor, body, acidity) that change in response to 1) and 2).
4) Harvesting - Coffee is a fruit. What's sweeter: green, unripe bananas or yellow, ripe bananas? The same applies to coffee. There are different colors of ripe coffee, but ripe coffee will be sweeter, cleaner & smoother if properly grown, harvested, processed, roasted & brewed. (We teach everyone to only harvest when it's ripe).
5) Processing - This is perhaps one of the biggest factors determining flavor & aroma. Three main techniques are used: wet / washed, semi-wash / honey, & natural / dried-in-the-fruit.
- The wet method tends to showcase acidity & terroir. The coffee seed (bean) is "washed" by way of removing the fruit skin & pulp (mucilage) surrounding it. This is done in one of several ways: via fermentation, with or without water, or via mechanical removal. The result is an experience true to the variety's response to its circumstances (as mentioned above).
- The semi-washed / honey method is when the coffee flesh is removed but the thin, sweet mucilage layer of pectin / sugar surrounding the bean remains intact while the bean dries. This tends to enhance sweetness, slightly round the acidity & provide heavier body / mouthfeel (usually my favorite style of processing for most coffees).
- Natural processing is when the coffee fruit is harvested & put out to dry, fully intact with its fruit skin surrounding the bean. This results in a very fruit-forward flavor & aroma, often like berries. This method tends to mask or overpower other subtle attributes you might taste in a washed version of the exact same coffee; however, that's certainly not always the case.
6) Drying - Too hot and fast, the coffee tends to have woody, papery flavors. Too slow and incomplete, it will taste moldy / musty. So getting it right comes from experience and knowing the environment.
7) Storage - If properly dried (slowly & evenly), coffee can last 10-14 months in storage with little to no loss of "fresh" quality if the conditions are stable. But taste is subjective. The longer it sits in storage, & depending on the conditions, the more faded the acidity, the heavier the body & the woodier / muskier the flavors. It's all about what you want to experience. The age of coffee can have dramatic results on the cup.
8) Roasting - If you roast too dark, coffee pretty much all tastes very similar -- like carbon -- because what's happened to the organic compounds that give coffee its distinction is that they've been carbonized (which is far beyond caramelization). Once again, this is simply a matter of personal preference. But roasting can ultimately determine whether or not you taste toffee or peaches from the exact same bag of coffee. Everything could have been done to perfection up until this point & then totally ruined with poor, careless roasting. So, roasting is the art & science of presentation: enhancing the desirable intrinsic features while subduing the undesirable (this includes flavor, body, sweetness, acidity, aftertaste, & intensity of all these attributes).
9) Brewing - Pretty self-explanatory... err, well, no. Here are the factors / variables that influence cup quality & attributes:
- The grind: both size and consistency
- The water: temperature, hardness / softness, pH
- Time: length of contact / exposure of coffee to water
- Pressure: espresso, Aeropress, mocha pot, siphon
- Type of exposure: drip, full-immersion (i.e. french press),
- Filtration (or lack of)
I hope this helps you understand where Coffee Beans get their flavor notes.
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Rose and I like good coffee. Unfortunately, the coffee that is primarily sold around these islands is instant coffee or coffee that is so bad, that I would rather spit it out than drink it. So what do coffee lovers do when they can't buy a good coffee from the market? The answer was simple. We started our own coffee farm.
Fortunately for me, Rose's family has been growing coffee for generations... and Rose has a huge family. Dozens of aunts and uncles and hundreds of cousins. This came in handy because we were able to curate coffee from their farms and friends farms from around the country and around the globe.
What Rose showed me is that coffee beans need to be harvested when they look and feel ripe. "If they look and feel good, then your coffee will taste good."
How is this different from other commercial coffees from around the world?
Many commercial coffee companies tell the farmers to just strip every single bean from the coffee plant - be it ripe or unripe. This means that the coffee is not going to taste as good as it should. Rose says, "It's like comparing a hotdog to a steak."
Next is the precision roasting process
Since we only want excellent roasted coffee beans, we knew we needed precise coffee roasting. Fortunately we have friends in sunny southern California who are artisans and only use state-of-the-art microbat coffee roasting equipment that maximizes the roasted flavors and aromas. (They even look and dress like surgeons).
When we receive your order, your coffee is roasted in the morning and shipped that afternoon. We want to ensure you never have to reach for a stale bag of coffee again.
1. Make really good coffee
2. Support the coffee growers & harvesters so that we have really great coffee today and for future coffee lovers
Our goals are focussed on the coffee lovers and the coffee growers - not about corporate profits and company stock.
Taking care of people - who love coffee from start to finish - is our primary focus.
Boasting on our Roasting
Our coffee consistently scores in the top 95% or better. What this means is that our customers are enjoying high quality, excellent coffee. Just the way we like it.
If you want to be a part of our Coffee Tribe of coffee lovers, then:
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Papua New Guinea A/X has to be one of my personal favorite coffees to drink.
Send your taste buds on a journey to paradise with every sip of this tropical bliss. Papua New Guinea coffee is highly prized for its complex, full flavors thanks to the rich soils and idyllic growing conditions.
Our Papua New Guinea A/X coffee is curated from family-owned farms organized around the Highlands Organic Agriculture Cooperative (HOAC) located in the Okapa district within the province of Eastern Highlands, Papua New Guinea. HOAC members come from a number of different indigenous groups including the North Fore and South Fore, tribes that have come together in HOAC despite a long history of conflict. HOAC accesses the international coffee markets for farmers to have greater earning capacity from direct trade relationships. HOAC has also invested in coffee processing equipment to improve quality, and infrastructure projects to improve roads, access to potable water, and build schools in rural communities.
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Flavor Notes of Papua New Guinea A/X
Enjoy the tropical flavors of Honey, Coconut & Pineapple. Awaken your senses with the aroma of sweet honey as this medium roast delivers subtle hints of coconut and pineapple.
Papua New Guinea has a flavor profile that lends itself very well to espresso. We encourage you to try it! Send your taste buds to paradise.
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Probably the most common reason why people love coffee is because they want the caffein boost to keep them awake. While others enjoy wrapping their hands around a warm aromatic brew while they socialize for friends. For me, it's different. But before I tell you why I love coffee, let me tell you more about me. I'm Rose Pasden. I'm a coffee farmer who learned coffee farming in the jungles of the Philippines. Because of my grades, I was sent off to further my education, and eventually I became a nurse, a wife, and a mommy.
Living our family life in the city may seem nice to most, but something was calling me back to the deep jungles. No, it wasn't a telephone call from mom, but rather an instinctual feeling. Fortunately, I have an adventurous husband, so we packed a few things for our trek - to the mythical jungles of Leyte. Leyte is where I'm from, and the ancestral home of my tribe.
Boats, 4x4s, and Lots of Hiking
24 hours later we make it to our village. We enjoy a wonderful dinner, homemade coconut wine, and lots of stories before heading to our hut for the night. The next morning I hear my grandfather's whistling, and I go out to join him by the river. He knew I would join him. He looks down at me and smiles. He puts a baby coffee plant in my hand and says, "In your hands is the Power, Strength, Health, and Nature's Life. Protect and grow the coffee bean. It is my gift to you." Today we have thousands of coffee plants where we are growing some of the world's highest scoring coffees - consistently 95% or higher.
Who doesn't like a good cup of coffee?
I know I have had some coffee that has tasted so bad that I had to spit it out. Unfortunately, what some people drink is coffee that is not harvested properly. Lots of coffee companies just want beans. They also want cheap beans.
So what do they do?
They tell their farmers to just pick them all - some are ripe, but most are pre-ripe. Let me ask you a question. Have you ever eaten a piece of fruit that wasn't ripe. It's yucky, right? Me personally, I don't want to even put it in my mouth.
Great Coffee Beans Make Great Coffee
I was only taught to pick the coffee when it was perfectly right - bright red and it feels good. If it looks good, and it feels good, then it will taste good. This is why great coffee beans make great coffee.
Carrying on Tradition for Today's and Tomorrow's Coffee Lovers
A great coffee is like a great wine, or a craft beer. It has aroma, flavors, and body that is beyond any other. Because I grew up growing coffee, I know what it takes to make a great tasting coffee - and I want to share it with the World, and we want to keep it going for future coffee drinkers. This is why we proudly grow, support and curate Ethically Traded coffee - so farmers around the world will continue to grow and harvest coffee the consistently scores 95% or higher.
Our coffee tastes better, it's more flavorful, and I think I'm worth the extra effort for a great cup of coffee.
Join Us. Join our Tribe. Follow us and visit us. We are proud of what we do and the people lives that we improve. Going Native Coffee is more than coffee. It's a great tasting brew that effects lives around the world in so many positive ways. This is why I love our coffee.
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Hi and thank you for your question, “Why don’t more people use a Moka Coffee maker rather than coffee capsules (given that moka coffee is much cheaper thank plastic pod cups of coffee)?” I can’t be for certain, but personally think this is for 2 reasons:
- Basketball included everyone. Find an open lot, put a hoop on some spare boards, hang it on a tree, find a basketball (or make a ball), and you have a game. Even though it is a competitive sport, everyone is invited to play (at least 1 quarter).
- There are 4 quarters in each game. The coaches play the appropriate skill levels in each quarter. This creates competitive opportunities and sportsmanship on all levels.
- It's Co-ed. No gender bias.
- It's competitive and filled with unbelievable talent for people of such a young age.
- Excellent sportsmanship, No whining, and Friendship prevails throughout the league.
I didn't think a Beauty Pageant was a sport, but she told me how competitive the girls are and how much they workout, that locals consider beauty pageants a sport. Hmmm? Nevertheless, let's get back to Filipino Basketball.
We live near the basketball court, so we can hear the kids at 6am practicing their shooting and 1-on-1 ball handling skills. They are excited to play in these games because it allows them to be challenged by other barangays, and they have an opportunity to win a trophy and other prizes. (6am B-ball doesn't bother us because we are up at the crack of dawn).
This weekend, our Barangay (Filipino Village) in Hinaguman is having their annual fiesta. Before the fiesta (festival) begins, the barangay sponsors a basketball tournament with the local kids and adult teams. When I attended my first game a few years ago, I didn't expect much. But these kids are awesome! Ball handling, plays down the court, vision down the court & passing, shooting and rebounding. It's very physical and the maturity level is beyond what I could ever have imagined. (Oh, did I imagine that some of these kids are playing barefoot or in rubber slippers?)
Can you imagine how this will make a barefoot kid feel when they get a uniform, or a pair of shoes? It's going to be an emotional moment and a proud moment for, not on the player, but also the family. Strive for greatness. Strive to be beyond what you think you can be.
If you want to attend the basketball game & the fiesta, let us know so you can join us for the celebration. Send us an email at PiliNutFarms@Gmail.com.
If you can't attend, but you want to help, then let us know how you want to help by sending us an email at PiliNutFarms@Gmail.com.
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