Hint: You Won't Find it at the Large Coffee Chains
The best coffees are never from those large chains that deal in such huge volume.
For one thing, you need a very fresh roast - ideally, roasted on site. That just can't happen at a large chain. Secondly, they don't have the time to make each cup special - they are an assembly line, basically. The difference between a truly gourmet, fresh-roasted cup of coffee and a regular, everyday cup is significant.
What you want to do is just search for a local coffee shop that roasts. Search right now - just add your city:
Our search engine results are more 'filtered', you could say - because, we have created a custom search engine that tailors the results to focus more on gourmet coffees and roasteria's!
If you are buying coffee for your home, taking home a pound of coffee roasted that very day can be amazing. Brew that with your favorite brewer and you will taste the difference. We like the French Press, and the Pourover method for brewing coffee.
Fresh-roasted Espresso can be amazing!
The national chains not only have older coffee, but it is roasted in large batches - so the roasting process itself might not be as good as what a local, artisanal roasteria can do.
When you brew, make smaller amounts - coffee is best in the first 20 minutes or so. Brewed coffee can last a little longer in a sealed container, such as a vacuum-walled hot bottle that you can use to take coffee to work.
We find the national chains convenient, and they have gone to great lengths to have a nice environment - so they can be good when going with several friends, where socializing (and wifi access) is the focus.
But if you want a seriously good, gourmet cup of coffee - find that local roasteria.
Starbucks has been accused of underfilling their drinks like Latte's, and in another lawsuit they are accused of putting too much ice in iced drinks, resulting in less coffee than people expect.
Here is a link to a story about the class-action lawsuit about underfilling drinks, and here is a link about the lawsuit accusing Starbucks of using too much ice in their iced drinks.
While I am no longer a fan of Starbucks (weakened rewards program, too little Fair-Trade coffee, too much resource impact with energy usage and landfill waste, far too much sugar in their food, and more) - I personally feel that they do not underfill drinks. It makes no sense for the to do that, and anger people. Also they are good at listening to custom orders so for example if someone wants less foam, you just have to ask.
For Latte's, they use the full shots of espresso so underfilling would mean what? Too little milk? If that were consistently done, then the drinks would taste too strong - but you don't hear people saying that.
The foam in a Latte or Cappuccino will settle if you don't drink it right away. To some that might appear to be underfilling, but it is just settling - and will happen with such drinks from any vendor.
Coffees.com is the hub of a coffee network formed by Arkacia Ventures. Gourmet coffee is a great way to start your morning You want to find freshly roasted beans, and to grind them to the right kind of grind for your coffee brewer. Fair Trade Coffee is a great way to give farmers more of a living wage. Sustainable or 'ethical' sourcing in general means that you are supporting efforts to help the environment and to help farmers. One of our favorite coffees is espresso. It has to be done just right. Adding sugar can be good, or your favorite creamer. Some people even use Espresso in recipes such as cakes and cookies. Espresso is done in different ways from a stovetop steamer to expensive machines but even the stovetop steamers can do a good job. These steamers are typically all aluminum, and the best ones come from Italy. The best grinders are called Burr Grinders, and they do not use a blade bur its more of a crushing motion. The best coffee many feel is from the French Press (which uses a course grind). Whatever your preference, a dark rich cup of gourmet coffee warms the body and refreshes the mind. Coffee is also full of antioxidants, and so it lowers inflammation and is healthy for you. Many recent studies show that it reduces several kinds of cancers, and reduces dementia. Those sensitive to acidic foods can buy low-acid coffees.
There is no better way to start your day then quietly sipping a great coffee or espresso; it is almost a meditative state. Reflect on your accomplishments this week and in life, and plan your goals for the day. Having that "coffee moment" each morning can do a lot more for you than rushing to check your email - take control of your life!