It's now December and Christmas is right around the corner. The warm summer days have past and the crisp winter air has come to stay for the season. Coffee seems to be a staple this time of year. The warmth and the fresh, fragrant aroma of fearlessly roasted coffee hits the spot on cold winter days.
During the Holiday season, coffee also carries memories, conversations, and fellowship with family and friends. In this guide you will find help selecting the perfect coffee beans, brew method, grind, and beverages. Whether you are hosting or attending, this guide will help you select the right beans to gift or to make for your guest this season. Enjoy!
Let's start at the beginning with the essential part of coffee brewing—the beans. Coffee by Gillespie has multiple options whether you are looking to purchase coffee to gift or to brew yourself. All coffee is roasted to order, meaning, you are guaranteed to have the freshest, flavorful coffee around.
If you're looking to try a new seasonal blend, Nativity 2018 is the perfect blend to try this year. This quality cup has sweetness with cinnamon and more than a hint of dark cocoa in the finish. Other blends include the Epiphany Blend, 1517 Blend, Resurrection Blend, Tenebrae (Espresso) Blend, and the Absolved (decaf) Blend.
The next step is to select your brew method. Manual brew methods such as a French Press or Pour Over can be a great way to present coffee to your guests. If you're serving a larger crowd drip coffee may be the best way to brew coffee for your guests. Check out Seattle Coffee Gear for some great tutorials on these Brew Methods.
1. Pour Over
2. French Press
Now that you've selected a brewing method, it's time to grind your fearlessly roasted beans! Selecting the correct grind size is important when it comes to extracting your coffee. If your coffee tastes bitter or sour, it could be a result of over-extraction or under-extraction, which is directly related to the grind. Read and learn more about coffee grinding here.
If you'd like to make a specialty coffee beverage such as a cappuccino or holiday themed drink, the options are endless. Seattle Coffee Company creates easy tutorials to make the base of various specialty coffee drinks. If you don't have an espresso machine, check out this Aeropress hack to create a great shot of espresso.
Peppermint Mocha Bulletproof: Use the bulletproof base (coffee, 1 tablespoon coconut oil, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 tablespoon heavy cream) and add 1.5 tablespoons of Honest Peppermint Syrup with 1.5-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Blend and enjoy!
Frozen Protein Peppermint Mocha: In a blender combine and blend 1/4 cup cold brew or 1/2 cup coffee, 1 scoop Quest Chocolate Protein Powder, 1.5 tablespoons of Honest Peppermint Syrup, 3/4 cup of almond milk, 1/8 cup heavy cream, 3-4 cubes of ice.
Enjoy your fearlessly roasted coffee as you spend time together with friends and family this Christmas season.