Hot Tips for the Perfect Cup Every Time
Fig 1. Coffee bean in it's natural habitat
1. Always use cold filtered water
2. The perfect bean to water ratio is 2 tbsp coffee to 6oz water
3. Store the beans away from the sun and any heat
4. Use within 20 days of roast date
5. Boiled water should between 190 - 200 F
6. Organic beans do taste better, and are better for us and the planet and the farmers who grow them
Brew Tips - If You Gonna Home Brew, Brew it Right
Fig 2. The automatic or "drip" brewer sitting on Mum's counter
Aeropress 17g to 7 oz water
Automatic or "Drip" - 10g to 6 oz water
Chemex - 50g to 24 oz water
French - 40g to 140z water
Hario V - 24g to 120z water
Right ……. so who the HECK knows how much a gram of coffee looks like! So take your basic house hold teaspoon, and that is approx 4 grams of coffee 1 (heaped) teaspoon.
Aeropress that would mean 4 teaspoons of fresh ground beans should be all you need.. or a little more if you feeling extra sleepy.
Oh THE WATER... unless you wanna get out the shot glass or measuring cups its pretty easy - most of your home mugs are 12 oz or you can also just use a measuring cup and not be lazy.. 1 cup = 8 oz DONE.
We love the Skerton HARIO grinder - (which we sell)
It's manual so you gotta have some dedication to your love of beans! Literally you gotta hand crank that bad boy which is good exercise in a neanderthal kinda way and the finished product is well worth the 5 minute grind (yup it takes that long). The best part is you are using a Burr grinder which is so much better for the beans you, get a really decent uniform grind.
Basic electric grinder is amazing we love the Hamilton Beach Deluxe Grind you can find it at your local Canadian Tire its about $30 so you don’t have to have to do anything but push the button. Go slow and check between each blend you don’t want those beans to be too fine. With most home brewing the coarser the better, the only down fall is blade grinding gives you a dusty more chunky mess so its not ideal but it will still be delicious of you using our beans.
Bodum Grinders are electric and the use Burr grinders so you get the best of both worlds but they are a bit more of a financial investment $100-$150 but so worth the price. This grinder holds about 220 grams at a time so great if you are entertaining and need to bring out the big pot, stainless steel burrs make for a smooth grind and all your bean flavours will come out in your cup, we purchased ours at the Bay and it has a 2 year warranty. POW!
OR YOU CAN JUST GET OUR LOVELY, AMAZING, SUPER AWESOME STAFF TO GRIND YOUR BEANS FOR YOU! JUST LET US KNOW WHAT BREWING METHOD YOU USE.
BURR Cleaning - yes also a thing, the best way to get the sticky brown oily sludge of your burrs is RICE same as when you drop your phone in the toilet its magically rice here to save the day again, so just take a half cup of rice throw it in the blender blitz, blend, grind whatever and there you have it clean BURRs, I usually wipe the rice residue with a wet paper towel and then blend and dump my first batch of grinds.
Aeropress - medium fine (fine like sands but not like espresso)
Automatic - medium (coarse to rough sand)
Chemex - medium hard (sea salt)
French - coarse ground (like chunky)
Hario V - medium grind (sea salt)
Cold Brew - coarse ground
We only serve fair trade, organic, bird friendly coffee.
Fair Trade coffee can help farmers escape poverty. Most small-scale family farmers live in remote locations and lack access to credit, so they are vulnerable to middlemen who offer cash for their coffee at a fraction of its value. Fair Trade guarantees farmers a minimum price, and links farmers directly with importers, creating long-term sustainability. Through Fair Trade, farmers earn better incomes, allowing them to hold on to their land and invest in quality. For more information, visit www.fairtrade.ca
Coffee is the most heavily sprayed food crop in the world. Organic coffee is coffee that has been produced without the use of any pesticides or herbicides. Non-organic coffees are typically higher yielding because they are generally grown in full sun rather than under the shaded canopy. Forests are routinely cut down in favour of coffee plantations.
Coffee is also one of the largest traded commodities in the world. One of the easiest things that a consumer can do in favour of the environment is to switch to organic (and preferably shade-grown) coffee. As with many organic choices, there are 2 main benefits; an immediate health benefit as your body takes in less toxins; and a broader environmental benefit as less chemicals are sprayed onto the ground, and less forests are leveled to create a monoculture crop of coffee.
Buying organic also has the effect of creating more demand for organic coffee which lowers the cost and raises standards of living for growers.
Shade Grown Coffee
Shade-grown coffees are grown in jungle environments. The coffee bushes are grown under a shade canopy is made up of a variety of trees and there are often companion plantings of tropical fruit trees. This means the plantations can support great local and migrating bird populations including Ontario songbirds whose numbers have been steadily decreasing.
Beyond the benefit that shade can provide to migratory birds, shade grown coffee has a much richer flavour. The shade has a similar effect on coffee as growing it at high altitudes. Both of these factors slow down the growth of the coffee cherry which results in the production of more sugars and natural chemicals responsible for the better taste.
Birds and Beans Roastery
David, Madeleine, and the crew at Birds and Beans have a mission "to use coffee, in all its capacities, to improve life on earth in the small ways we can. We choose to invest ourselves into the quality of our coffee, and into supporting the heroic defenders of forest habitat in Latin America, namely, our coffee growers. We appreciate the simple pleasures of a delicious cup of Bird Friendly coffee while discussing it’s very contribution to the diversity of life on earth. In a world of cynicism and doubt, we do better. A richer taste, a richer earth." https://birdsandbeans.ca/
Roasts & Origins
East of Fifty - Espresso
A blend of Nicaraguan and Guatemalan beans roasted medium-dark; this espresso is the perfect balance of old and new profile styles, with undertones of mandarin orange and a toffee finish. It is Fair Trade, Organic and Bird-Friendly Certified by the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center.
Smokey Hollow - Guatemala Dark
Rich and creamy with notes of pepper and chocolate make this Dark Guatemala roast a Mulberry favourite.
Rock Chapel - Peru Medium
Cafe Feminino blend supports women coffee producers from the Peru region. Part of the proceeds of beans go back to this foundation to enable women to continue harvesting their own coffee. Tasting notes of cherry and hazelnut.
Grindstone - Guatemala Light
Grindstone is grown in volcanic soil at Finca Ceylan y Anexos in the mountains of Guatemala. Lightly roasted, shade ripening accounts for the rich, intricate flavours of spicy, cinnamon and floral notes.
Devil's Punchbowl - Guatemala/Nicaragua/Honduras Blend Dark
Earthy, sweet and smokey this is our darkest roast. It's smooth, full-bodied and balanced to perfection.
Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls - Decaf
Peru beans roasted dark with tasting notes of chocolate, smoke, berry and a hint of salt. Chemical free, water decaffeination process.