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My Daily Cup from The Atlas Coffee Club

Coffee from The Atlas Coffee Club

It’s been a while since I used our coffee grinder, since there is no shortage of coffee grinding options out there but I was sent a sample of coffee to try from The Atlas Coffee Club and wanted to try different brewing methods so I opted for whole beans.

 

Luckily, the grinder still works, and I brewed this delicious coffee in our new French Press, our old reliable drip coffee maker, and a ceramic sweet pour over brewer. Yes, we do like coffee here, and no, not all in one day! I’ve tried several times in the past to use the French Press but without resounding success until I followed these instructions from the Atlas Coffee Club’s site. Clear, concise, and the coffee was top notch – even our in-house coffee expert thought so! I also loved their instructions for a great cup of pour over coffee – check them out here.

I chose coffee from Ethiopia mostly because of this wonderful description:

ETHIOPIA SIDAMO COFFEE
OUR 2015 ETHIOPIAN BATCH

About the Region:
The Sidamo region of Ethiopia is one of the oldest coffee growing regions in the world, rumored to date back to the 9th Century. In fact, many people consider it to be the birth place of coffee as the world knows and loves it today. The Ethiopians love their coffee so much that even though they are the 7th largest producers of coffee in the world they consume more than half of it domestically!

 
What makes this batch special?
Our 2015 Ethiopian Batch is one of our highest rated batches with notes of dark chocolate, blueberries and a hint of honey. Naturally processed and meticulously dried over 2 weeks to help hold in the berry and citrus flavors, it’s one of our personal favorites and hopefully
will become one of yours. 

They had me at ‘notes of dark chocolate’.

Check out The Atlas Coffee Club on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. They offer a subscription service – get one for yourself or as a great gift for the coffee lovers in your life, or just order the coffee by the bag.

 

I was not compensated for this post but did receive coffee to facilitate the review. All opinions are always my own.

 

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Picture a large room with huge windows, a small couch and two comfortable chairs.  Beautifully prepared  lattes and steaming teas in over-sized mugs sit on a low table where baked goods and notebooks fight for space.  It started not so long ago with four women who stumbled upon a common interest and started meeting every Thursday morning in this sweet tea and coffee shop.  As our numbers grew, we moved upstairs to this sun-filled room where ideas and laughter bounce off the walls and folding chairs were added to the circle.   The staff is sweet and accommodating and the food is nourishing and delightful.  When we started meeting we would each order a scone or muffin and cut it into quarters and placed it in the center of the table to share.  While we still do that, we have progressed into sandwiches and salads – we know we are here for a while.  The owner almost always bring us a sample of some delicious new treat and we are still thrilled each time.  The Coffee Shop Bloggers began here and our number has increased.  We are all bloggers who are in various stages of preparedness (some new, some established) but all funny, nice, smart,  supportive and collectively competent as we navigate the sometimes frustrating medium we have chosen.  We talk, laugh, interrupt each other, creatively swear, laugh, give helpful advice or insight, talk over each other and laugh and swear some more.  It is one of the most amazingly honest and supportive group of women ever. Did I mention bright, funny and capable?  Our strengths are different but complimentary and our voices get louder and more excited as the meeting stretches past noon. It is an energetic oasis in the middle of a week that is primarily dedicated to the care of others. We are wives and mothers, working outside of the house and not, all seeking to find a means of expression, creativity and business plans in the midst of the usual hub-bub of our days.

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