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Shearwater Coffee Review

Shearwater Coffee Review : Ehiopia & Colombia

I recently received two packages of coffee from Shearwater Coffee Roasters. They sent their Quinchia, a medium roast Colombian, and Homacho Waeno, a light roasted Ethiopian Sidama. Shearwater Coffee Roasters currently offers 11 different USDA organic certified, specialty coffees. They carry single origin, such as these, as well as blends and decaf. They are located in Trumbull, CT. While all of their coffee is certified organic, most of their offerings are also fair trade certified. They roast with a Diedrich IR-12, which uses less energy than other conventional roasters.

While both of these coffees were great, I preferred the Colombian. The roast profile gave the coffee more depth, than compared to the Ethiopian. Mind you, I love a bright, light-roasted coffee, I just happened to prefer the Colombian between these two particular samples. The Ethiopian beans were smaller than average size (pictured below), and some of the beans were still encased with chaff. My grinder, not sure if by design or chance, holds the chaff inside. Once the coffee is ground, I removed the receptacle carefully, leaving the chaff inside of the grinder. When I gave it a couple of thumps, the chaff was released.

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Overall, both coffees were pleasing to taste, and I would be content with these for my daily drinking brew. The aroma of the coffees was fabulous, with the Ethiopian possessing a notable, soft fruitiness, as opposed to the heavy floral characteristics of the Colombian. Both of these aromas translated in the cup as well. The only negative to the Ethiopian, was a detectable grassy taste, which could very well dissipate with more rest. It was soft and bright at the same time, with citrus and a hint of brown sugar. The Colombian was mellow, yet complex for a single origin. The flavor notes of black cherry and red wine were pervasive, but not overpowering.

At about 15-16 dollars per 12 oz. package, these coffees are reasonably priced for ethically traded, organic certified, specialty coffees.

To check out the offerings at Shearwater coffee, visit their website:

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The coffee for this review was provided at no cost, but with no requirement for a review, positive or negative. This review was not sponsored by Shearwater Coffee Roasters, and no compensation was received for its publication.

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The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge…Coffee Style : #IceBucketChallenge #StrikeOutALS


The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge…Coffee Style

The ALS Ice Bucket Challenge has been dominating my social streams for weeks. It is easy to get annoyed at most things that have this viral component, but this is something unique. It is good!

Sure, there are a ton of worthy causes out there, and I do give to many, but the Ice Bucket Challenge is contagious. First of all, I witnessed a strong, burly friend succumb to this horrible disease. I couldn’t imagine going through that myself, let alone watching a family member suffer the same fate. ALS, Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease”, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. It slowly paralyzes its victims, but cruelly leaves the brain function in tact. Learn more at

There are many things that make this phenomenon exceptional, and here are just a few;

  • The challenge didn’t start in a board room, a PR agency, or even from at all. The challenge was already taking place, when an ALS sufferer, Pete Frates, saw an opportunity to link it to ALS, which was one of the most underfunded research programs.
  • Awareness is great, action is better. While being aware of ALS is important (I’ve taught my children about the disease and I’ve thought about it daily for the past 3 weeks) This movement also encourages participants to make a financial contribution or get personally involved in other ways. I’ve challenged some friends, and required them to make donations. (I contacted them privately, so as to not add a public humiliation component)
  • There are tangible benefits. To date, the challenge has inspired people to donate 42 million dollars. Compare that to the 2.1 raised in 2013, during the same time period.

This is a movement to raise funds to support ALS research, and those currently suffering from the disease. It isn’t strictly a fundraiser for ALSA. Some folks have refused to participate, stating moral reasons for not wanting to support embryonic stem cell research. Good news, there are several alternative organizations, who do not participate in this type of research, to donate your funds to. Here are some that I have found…

I’d like to mention that I used water from a nearby river, as well as stale coffee beans.

How To Clean a Chemex : #CoffeeTip


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How To Clean a Chemex Without Scrubbing

I’m sure a great number of people have shared my struggle to clean coffee equipment that has a narrow opening. Coffee oils cling to surfaces and turn rancid. These rotten oils add undesirable flavors to your brew. Nasty! I had a long bottle brush, but it was a total PITA to get it in just the right shape to make sufficient contact. Achieving enough pressure to scrub the oils away was another challenge.


There Has to be a Better Way!

How To Clean A Chemex no scrubbing wYes, there is a better way, and it is ridiculously simple to clean your Chemex, with absolutely zero scrubbing. This method will also work quite well with airpots, siphon brewers, as well as any other item that is made of metal or glass. I never use any detergents on plastic items, as plastics can hold onto cleaners forever. OxiClean is like a solid form of Hydrogen Peroxide, so it doesn’t seem to contain anything that would leave tastes behind, but I haven’t used it on plastic yet. Perhaps I’ll test it out on a cheapo Melitta.

What You’ll Need

  • Hot Water
  • 2T – 3T of OxiClean (Readily available at local stores)

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  • Add OxiClean to the Chemex
  • Fill Chemex with hot water
  • Wait 2-6 hours
  • Rinse

You see how scuzzy my 13-cup Chemex was. I used about 3T of OxiClean and let it sit for about 2 hours. I could immediately see the coffee oils lifting away from the sides of the Chemex. It was magical and sounded like a bowl of Rice Krispies.
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Do you have any tips or tricks to cleaning coffee equipment?

If so, please include them in the comment section!

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