Texas Firehouse Coffee Review

Say it with me now. No bitter aftertaste! No bitter aftertaste! No bitter aftertaste! You might think that I’m a little nutty for starting an article out this way. I’m simply repeating the slog an of Texas Firehouse Coffee. They advertise the fact their coffee has a smooth taste, which is an ambitious claim that can easily be checked for accuracy. I put their coffee through its paces to determine whether it’s as smooth as they say. I will tell you that their coffee more than backs up its claims.

Coffee is a strange thing. You can read something about the coffee you’re drinking and then think that it’s accurate. It doesn’t matter whether it’s true or false. The power of suggestion overrules any doubt you might have in your mind. If someone says their coffee is smooth, your mind will remember that point and try to fool your mouth into thinking it’s smooth. I wasn’t about to be fooled this time.

To prevent casual suggestion from messing up my process, I had someone else make Texas Firehouse Coffee without telling me. I loved it. It tasted smooth, strong, and highly flavorful at the same time. You can get one or two of these things from a type of coffee, but rarely are you able to check all three boxes. I applaud Texas Firehouse Coffee for making such audacious claims and putting the work into their product to ensure that they back them up.

I was surprised to find out that Texas Firehouse Coffee doesn’t just offer coffee. Granted, coffee companies offer different products all the time. It’s not a new thing; however, based on what I found out about their coffee, it seemed like that was the only thing they have in their repertoire. I’m happy to be mistaken about this fact. Perhaps I will be able to try one of these products later on, leading to a subsequent review. I always try to talk about everything a company makes available to the public.

Coffee and firehouses are two things I didn’t previously tie together. I like the picture that this comparison paints though. The people in firehouses are tough and brave. They answer the call whenever it tolls for them. That’s what people want their coffee to do. Texas Firehouse Coffee has a lot of products in their inventory that get you going and never let you down.

Kanalani Ohana Farm Kona Coffee Review

I could spent a million years writing how much I love kona coffee, but all that time still wouldn’t get to the bottom of my adoration for this segment of the coffee universe. I used to see kona coffee as something unattainable, practically a mythological item. Those days are long gone; however, I still hold this coffee in high regard and look at it as the pinnacle of the industry. Kanalani Ohana Farm is one of those entities that does kona coffee right. It all comes down to the dedication they show from the moment they hand pick their beans until they show up in the hands of someone like me.

I can’t get enough of coffee that comes from entities that take it seriously. You are able to discern this fact from the moment you open the bag. The smell of well crafted beans is potent enough to knock you on your butt and make you want to get to your grinder like your life depends on it. From the moment you take your first smell of a type of coffee, you can almost taste what will soon be filling up your cup. It’s hard to put this level of anticipation into words.

That’s the kind of feeling I got when I broke into my bag of Kanalani Ohana Farm kona coffee. I fully understand that they offer their product on their website. Anyone can order it and have it shipped to their house within a few days. Despite all these facts staring me in the face, I somehow feel like I’m one of a privileged few. I feel like I got an invitation to a secret location in a spooky envelope. As I pour a cup of coffee, it’s almost like I’m transported into a secret bunker where I’m able to enjoy this brew with some of the best coffee minds.

Speaking about coffee in these terms might seem excessive. I couldn’t disagree more with this assertion. Any time you’re able to try something on which another person spent countless hours working you think of it as an honor. You’re not tasting coffee when you try Kanalani Ohana Farm’s coffee. You’re tasting the work that they put into it and how much they want it to be great for you. That’s not a sensation you will get when you drink coffee from many different brands. Kanalani Ohana Farm is a cut above.

Coffee Labs Roasters Review

The most intriguing thing to me about Coffee Labs Roasters is the fact that their mascot is a dog. I don’t know why this stood out to me in particular. They are not the first coffee company that I’ve encountered that uses a dog as their logo. I enjoyed the way their logo looked and it got me thinking about the relationship people have with their dogs and how that relates to the way people feel about their coffee.

A person who loves their dog more than anything in this world has it with them wherever they go. They can’t leave home without it and they want it to be the first thing they see every morning. That’s exactly how I and countless others feel about our coffee. We can’t live without it. Although its appearance and disappearance into our lives are brief, the time that we’re able to spend with feels as close to companionship as we can get.

You will find no company that exemplifies this point better than Coffee Labs Roasters. Each blend that they send out of their doors is remarkably well crafted. The people who are behind this company knows what coffee means to their customers. The last thing they would want to do is produce something that’s disappointing to anyone. I have enjoyed every moment that I have had a chance to have their coffee in my life. I plan on working towards making it a more regular part of my routine going forward.

When you drink as much coffee as I do, you’re bound to come across a few duds in your travels. Coffee Labs Roasters is anything but a dud coffee company. Although your coffee aficionado friends might not blink an eye when you tell them their name, they should pay attention.

Drinking coffee should be all about trying new things. There’s so much great coffee out there waiting to be consumed. You can’t stick with your brand, hoping that it will somehow taste different even though nothing of merit has changed. You should look at all the brands out there and see how many you can enjoy in the process.

You won’t have to spend too much time in your search before you will come across Coffee Labs Roasters. As you pour the first cup of their coffee, you will wonder why you spent so much time with your brand of choice when this coffee was out there waiting for you.

Cafe Santo Domingo (Dominican Sierra Group) Review

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Finding high quality coffee isn’t hard. Finding high quality coffee that you can get for an affordable price creates its own share of challenges. You have to search far and wide to get your hands on a cup of coffee that tastes great, but won’t burn a hole in your wallet. Some brands of coffee are affordable and some brands of coffee taste great. Tracking down coffee that both tastes great and is affordable is quite the undertaking. When you do find that coffee, you should do everything in your power to keep your hands on it.

Cafe Santo Domingo from Dominican Sierra Group fits the bill and then some. They provide you with the opportunity to stock your cupboard with coffee without effecting your bottom line in any sort of way. People who drink a lot of coffee can relate with the predicament of running out of coffee all the time because they drink more than the coffee they have on hand could handle. Habits cost money. Some coffee drinkers find themselves in a position where they have to ditch their coffee drinking dreams in favor of more high priority expenses. You won’t have to deal with this issue if you go with this brand.

I love drinking coffee. I hadn’t heard about Cafe Santo Domingo before the first time I tried it. As soon as I had it in my hands, I wondered what it was all about. Any time I go into a reviewing session I leave all my expectations at the door. It’s tempting to compare one type of coffee to all the other types of coffee you have tried. You need to avoid this temptation because it will lead to you always chasing the dragon. Each type of coffee brings its own set of strengths to the table. You have to be willing to accept coffee for what it, not what you think it’s going to be.

Cafe Santo Domingo is not a new brand either. They have been doing what they do best since the end of World War II and it shows. Luckily, they treat their customers as well as companies that have only been around for a short time. You will get a high quality cup of coffee and a friendly person on the other end of the phone or email line. This arrangement will keep you coming back time and time again.

Stok (Coffee Shots and Cold Brew) Review

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Stok needs to take itself more seriously. It wasn’t until very recently that they offered their cold brew products at local grocery stores. Their cold brew shots are still evasive. So far I have only been able to find them online or at gas stations in my area. I would fall all over myself to buy these shots if they were available at Costco or Sam’s Club. Alas, they are not available anywhere other than the places I mentioned. This is a shame because I would love to stock my cupboard with these products.

I have been sitting on this review for a while because I wanted it to be just right. I had some constructive criticism for Stok, but I didn’t want it to come off like I disliked the product. I received some great communication from them and I’m hoping that can start up again. I recommend their products stronger than I’ve recommended anything I’ve come across in the coffee world. When it comes to their larger cold brew products, I like them, but I feel like they don’t give you the best bang for your buck. The products themselves are large; however, their price point gives you very little return on your investment.

Excessively priced cold brew products at the grocery store are nothing new. That doesn’t make them alright though. The average consumer is left with nothing but the iced coffee products from International Delight, which, funny enough, is the same company that makes Stok. I don’t mind the International Delight products. They’re more coffee flavored chocolate milk products than anything else. If you’re looking for a cold brew product that gives you that solid coffee flavor, you’re not going to get it in those products. While there are other cold brew products you can find here and there, I’m not going to go into them because it would detract from the point of this post.

Lay’s potato chips used to have the tagline “You can’t have just one.” I think that phrasing would be better used on Stok shots. There’s a warning clearly displayed on each individual shot that tells you that you should only have two each day. While I do not recommend defying this warning, I will tell you that I personally exceed this total. Stok shots go well with everything. Their taste on their own is rather abrasive. I like to put them with milk and a flavored creamer. The resulting beverage is a slightly sweet, highly potent concoction that will keep you coming back for more.

Lately I have been working graveyard shifts at a new job. I find myself stopping at the gas station that’s closest to my work and filling up with a coffee drink that’s loaded with Stok. Getting through those long shifts would be harder if I didn’t have my Stok potion helping me out. Don’t get me wrong. Coffee is great on its own; however, there’s nothing wrong with bringing friends in to make it even better. Putting Stok shots in your coffee is like having a team of cheerleaders on the sideline. You might have done awesome without the cheerleaders, but the fact that they are there gives you the motivation needed to reach and achieve even more.

I am a person who’s fine with taking no for an answer. I don’t see someone telling me “no” as a sign that I’ve struck out. I see it as a signal that I need to find different ways to ask the question. I attempted to get the hook up from Stok to start receiving shots on a regular basis. They were not receptive. In the spirit of full disclosure, I will tell you that they sent me coupons that allowed me to get my hands on a few bottles of their cold brew. I appreciate this generosity. I would like to take this opportunity to re-establish my request for those shots.

If Stok told me tomorrow that they were about to back the truck up to my house, I would spend all day cleaning and eagerly cheer as their product filled up my living room. I wouldn’t mind it if that truck were followed up by another truck carrying International Delight creamer. I would welcome some of their bigger cold brew products as long as I could ensure that I would get them in massive amounts. That’s something you will find out quickly if you make the wise decision to try out anything from Stok. It cannot be enjoyed in small doses. You will find yourself consuming more and more until it becomes a regular part of your life.

Grounds for Coffee Preview

Grounds for Coffee started me on the road towards my coffee obsession. Many years ago I used to go to their main location with my mother. Ever since then I have gone back on a number of occasions. Each of these visits has been satisfactory and I rank them as one of my favorite coffee establishments. I have made contact with them periodically since I started this project. They have been receptive, but, for some reason, we have never been able to sync up. I blame myself for that. My schedule is so unpredictable that it’s difficult to determine when I will have an open spot.

A lot of my experience with Grounds for Coffee centers on their 25th Street and Harrison Boulevard locations. They had a location on Riverdale Road. It’s no longer open. I liked it when I went to it. I felt like it had more of a coffee stand feel to it, which is probably why it’s no longer a contender on the coffee scene. I make it a point to go to their McKay Dee Hospital location whenever I’m in the building. I don’t know what it is. If I’m in a hospital, I want to have a cup of coffee in my hand. Luckily, Grounds for Coffee is on the first floor serving up fantastic brews.

During my many visits to Grounds for Coffee locations, I have tried the full scope of their products. I don’t recall everything I have tried, but I know I have yet to try everything. I would like to. I will make it a point to carve out a spot in my schedule if I am given the opportunity. I feel like I am doing myself a disservice in not devoting considerable coverage to a chain that has given me so much joy.

The most interesting part about Grounds for Coffee is that they’re essentially a chain without all the issues that come with that distinction.  It’s easy to get in touch with them and they maintain a friendly disposition with anyone who walks through their door. I appreciate this attribute because I’ve dealt with so many people in the coffee industry who display the exact opposite behavior. As a person who loves coffee, I have been remiss in my loyalty to this fine establishment. Perhaps that will change and we will become friends. I’ve found that coffee friends are the best kind.

Breathing Fire About Coffee Grinders

My coffee grinder died and it has made me incredibly unhappy with coffee grinders in general. How is it that we have been grinding and consuming coffee for so long and we still haven’t come up with an affordable grinder that pulls its weight? I have already gone over the fact that this project has no funding. Taking this into consideration, the loss of a grinder is that much more devastating. Naturally, as a coffee reviewer, I have to grind a lot of coffee for the sake of my reviews. I need a coffee grinder that’s going to keep up with me.

The grinder on which I used to depend is unable to go the distance. The other day I was grinding away and it suddenly stopped its cycle shortly after it began. I cleaned all the gunk out of it and meticulously made sure every part was spotless. Nothing. The thing bit the dust two months after I got it out of the box. I almost threw the thing out of the window in frustration. My grinder was a black Burr grinder from Mr. Coffee. I had dealt with a blade grinder in the past and the results were less than impressive.

I was ecstatic when I finally got a Burr grinder for Christmas. I went to work and the coffee that came from the grinder assisted in the formulation of many reviews. I loved my grinder. Now it’s dead. I know there are many other grinders on the market. Burr grinders especially. I plan to reach out to the manufacturers of each of those grinders to see if they would be interested in helping me out of my predicament. I picked up another Mr. Coffee grinder, but I’m almost afraid to open it for fear for it dying when I need it the most.

I’ve thought long and hard about starting some sort of project that aims at creating the perfect coffee grinder. A grinder that’s silent and you can completely disassemble it to clean it while also being able to reassemble it without having to have an engineering degree. I shouldn’t have to shell out thousands of dollars to get an industrial strength grinder. The grinder I have should step up and do what I need it to do. After surveying the landscape, I feel like we the coffee drinkers deserve better from our grinders. Perhaps one day we’ll get what we need.