The Coffee Collective – Espresso 1


It has been a while since I shared my last review, but the cold weather of fall has me inspired and I’m back to exploring coffee. Just like old times. This week I am sharing my thoughts on about a roaster by the name of The Coffee Collective (TCC). They are a great roaster out of Denmark. This really brings home just how international the coffee scene is. Here I am in Raleigh, North Carolina drinking a coffee that was picked in Kenya, Colombia, and Ethiopia that was roasted in Denmark. Truly a global market. What is most amazing is that the coffee arrived in North Carolina from Denmark a mere 72 hours after it had been roasted. Always a treat to get such fresh coffee in the mail!

About The Espresso 1
The Coffee Collective (TCC) offers two new espresso blends. They are simply named Espresso 1 and Espresso 2. The Espresso 1 is a blend of three beans. Here is the composition:
50 % El Desarollo , Colombia
25 % Yukro Natural, Ethiopien
25% Kieni, Kenya

Espresso 1 is where TCC got very creative with aromatic and juicy coffees. It is definitely not the most forgiving espresso to pull, I had to get the grind just right, but I had great success with it on my home machine.

My Thoughts about the Coffee
I had great success pulling tasting shots with this blend on my home espresso machine. I found setting my Baratza grinder on the #12 setting made for the perfect extraction on my machine. I typically used 21g of ground up coffee and pulled the shot over 28-30 seconds resulting in 35g out of the machine.

I used the espresso 1 blend to make several cappuccinos and single shots of espresso to enjoy. I thought the three beans complimented and blended well together. It made for a smooth and rich shot of espresso that didn’t have the bite of bitterness that I sometimes experience from other beans. Admittedly my home espresso machine is nothing fancy so it isn’t very forgiving if I use the wrong grind or a over roasted bean. Thankfully I didn’t have to worry about any of that with this great roast from TCC.

About The Coffee Collective
The Coffee Collective is collectively owned and run by some of Denmark’s most reputable coffee personalities. They roast their beans using a modern Loring SmartRoast 30 kg roaster that allows us to control the roasting profile in detail. The dream that drives The Coffee Collective is to explore and unfold exceptional coffee experiences in a manner that gives better living conditions to coffee farmers across the globe. To learn more about The Coffee Collective and order some of their fine coffee beans visit their website here.

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Coffee Shot! Cafe’ Volan ~ Asbury Park, NJ


Cafe’ Volan ~ Asbury Park, NJ

So it has been a while since my last post, but I promise I have been out there exploring great coffee all summer and have a few great posts in the works. Earlier this summer I took a trip up to the Jersey Shore to visit family. While there I was thrilled to visit Cafe’ Volan in Asbury Park. This is a fun little spot just a few blocks from the beach and a much welcomed addition to the Jersey Shore Coffee scene. I think they have offered different coffees in the past, but on my visit it looks like they have made the switch over to serving Counter Culture Coffee exclusively. If you ever find yourself up that way I highly recommend a visit.

Cafe Volan
510 Bangs Avenue
Asbury Park, NJ 07712

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Coffee Shot! Wafflegato


Jubala’s “Wafflegato”

I recently paid a visit to my favorite coffee shop in Raleigh, NC – Jubala Village Coffee. They were celebrating their 3rd birthday that week by offering some very special menu items. On this particular day they were treating customers to free “Wafflegatos”. This is a twist on the traditional affogato (which means “drowned” in Italian). A typical affogato is a shot of espresso poured over a scoop of vanilla ice cream. In this case Jubala added a small piece of waffle to the mix to turn it into a “Wafflegato”.  The result was delicious. My only regret is this is not a regular menu item. I guess  I will need to learn to make these at home!

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Coffee Shot! The “One and One”

One and One

“One and One”

This week’s shot is a picture of what is known as the “One and One”. Believed to have been created by two guys at Santa Cruz-based Verve Coffee Roasters, a one and one showcases espresso with milk and without. A One and One is comprised of a single-shot espresso and a single-shot macchiatto or cappuccino served together. Typically the two are accompanied with a side of sparkling water. When served with a machiatto the one and one may be presented with the two demitasse cups balanced on a single saucer.

Often times this drink will not be listed on a coffee shops menu, but a quick inquiry with your favorite barista will usually result in a knowing nod and service of this secret menu item.


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Turnstile Coffee Roasters – Belmar, NJ

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I grew up at the Jersey Shore and love going back to visit friends and family, but the one downside during previous trips home is I could never find a good coffee shop. The Jersey Shore is dominated by “big corporate” coffee like Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts. Fortunately, last year when I went home for Christmas I discovered a new local coffee shop had opened up just a few miles from my parents in Belmar, NJ called Turnstile Coffee Roasters.

Turnstile Coffee 1

Turnstile is located on Highway 71 near just across the street from the Belmar Marina and several blocks inland from the beach. Unlike many coffee shops you find in beach communities turnstile doesn’t go the cliché route of trying to make their coffee bar a beach themed surfer style coffee shop. It instead has the classic “third wave” coffee shop look with wood floors and tables, leather couches, and nice warm lighting. The space inside is ample with plenty of tables and offers options for sitting in the back closer to the coffee roaster or along a along a large window providing natural lighting in the front of the shop.

Turnstile Coffee 3

They offer a full range of coffee and espresso drinks and have a small case of freshly made pastries sourced from a local bakery. Turnstile roasts their own coffee but they also use coffee beans from Stumptown Coffee out of Portland. During my visit they were using their own coffees for drips and pour overs and French presses while also using Stumptown’s Hairbender on the espresso bar. Since my last visit I heard a rumor that they sometimes also use Counter Culture Coffee but I have yet to confirm this and hope to find out during my next visit home.

Turnstile Coffee 4

Since my last visit I heard a rumor that they sometimes also use Counter Culture Coffee but I have yet to confirm this and hope to find out during my next visit home. I love how their coffee roaster is located right there in the shop. They were roasting coffee while I was there during my last visit and it was fun to sit at a nearby table sipping my cappuccino while witnessing the roasting and bagging process. On that particular day they were roast Ethiopian Yirgacheffee. I picked up a bag they had roasted the day before for $14 and found it to be quite good.

Turnstile Coffee 2

The cappuccino and pastries I had were quite good and I was pleased to see that the Jersey shore now has a coffee shop I can look forward to hanging out at on my visits home. It appears that the shop has been well received by the community and has already collected a host of regulars. The one thing I hope they will reconsider at Turnstile are their hours of operation. Right now they are only open from 8am to 3p. I’d love to see them stay open a little later for those looking to spend a quiet evening enjoying a coffee with friends.

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I am thrilled to see this third wave shop thrive in my hometown and offer residents a quality coffee option and alternative to the big chains. If you ever find yourself staying in Belmar during a trip to the Jersey shore I highly recommend a visit to Turnstile Coffee.

Turnstile Coffee Roasters
1607 Highway 71
Belmar, New Jersey 07719 (Map)

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Austin Roasting Company – Tres Fincas de Anza

Austin Roasting Co

Austin Roasting Co. ~ Colombia Tres Fincas de Anza

This week I am drinking the Tres Fincas de Anza from Austin Roasting Company. This is a Colombian coffee blend made of a mix of beans from three neighbouring farms in the Anza region of Colombia: Finca El Champu, Finca La Hermosa and Finca El Choto.

Brew Methods
When it comes to Colombian coffee I almost always prepare it by traditional drip our pour-over. I just feel like the results come out better that way when I deal with beans from this region. Colombian coffees are a little too bright for my personal tastes when it comes to espresso so I did not attempt to pull shots and prepare any espresso drinks  with this review. I did experiment with my grind size over a number of days and settled in on #24 on the Baratza Preciso Grinder dial.

My thoughts about this coffee
This washed and sun dried Colombian coffee is surprisingly slightly sweet. It is a multi-layered coffee with walnut and tangerine notes that I found transitioned to hints of chocolate and nutmeg as the coffee cooled. These nutty and light chocolate notes combined with complementary hints of citrus made for great iced drinks. I usually brewed up 16 oz of coffee each morning. I’d enjoy one 8 oz mug hot with breakfast and then cool the rest in the refrigerator and retrieve it in the afternoon to enjoy over ice with a splash of organic milk. Although I didn’t get a chance to try,  I think this bean would be a good candidate for a cold brew coffee as well. All in all this Tres Finca de Anza makes for a solid coffee you can easily enjoy each day and it is quickly becoming a morning favorite of mine.

About Austin Roasting Company
Austin Roasting Company is a family owned and operated business that roasts single origin, organically farmed, and fair trade coffee in small batches at their local facility in Austin Texas.

720 US Highway 183 South
Suite #301
Austin Texas 78741
twitter: @austinroco

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Enderly Coffee – Guatemala Epseranza La Finca

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Enderly Coffee Co. ~ Charlotte, NC
image courtesy Enderly

I love reviewing locally roasted coffees and micro roasters located right here in North Carolina. I particularly enjoy connecting with small batch roasters who are unique in their passion and creativity with their coffee. This week I share my review of Enderly Coffee Company. A small roaster out of Charlotte, NC that embodies both of those characteristics by supplying high quality direct trade coffee while giving back to their community.

Enderly Coffee

Enderly Coffee Co. Guatemala Finca La Esperanza

Established in 2012, Enderly Coffee is a labor of love for teachers and co-owners Becky and Tony Santoro. Named for the couple’s west-side neighborhood, Enderly Coffee roasts beans in small batches every day and donates a portion of its proceeds to community development through They use direct-trade Guatemalan coffee beans are sourced from a small family owned farm. Their coffee can be ordered through their online store by the bag (12 oz.) or by the jar. Jars come in both 12 0z. and a smaller 3 oz size that make for great gifts or wedding favors. They also offer a coffee subscription service that give you the flexibility of selecting how frequently you want the coffee delivered.
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Enderly Coffee Pour Over

Enderly Coffee – Guatemala Finca La Esperanza
I tend to favor Guatemalan coffee so I was looking forward to sampling this Finca La Esperanza from Enderly. As usual I prepared the coffee a number of ways including pour over, press pot, traditional drip and I even pulled a few espresso shots. This particular roast was slightly darker than other Guatemalan coffees I have tried and I like the new dynaminc it introduced. I found it made for a medium bodied yet bright cup full of character with a unique flavor profile. I detected hints of strawberry, dark chocolate, caramel, honey, and brown sugar sweetness. The coffee was wonderful both hot and iced and it made for a flavorful espresso shot that melded well with frothed organic milk for a smooth well rounded cappuccino. This is a versatile coffee and I highly recommend it to fans of beans from Central America who enjoy preparing coffee a number of different ways.

While opening a coffee shop is in the plans for Enderly, for now owners Becky and Tony are focused on their online shipping business and coffee catering at weddings. To learn more about Enderly and order their coffee, visit the Enderly Coffee online store.

Enderly Coffee
Enderly Park, Charlotte, NC 28208
twitter: @enderlycoffeeco

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