I love coffee. If you’ve read some of my posts, you’re likely all aware of this fact. And although the current state of the world has prevented me from enjoying some of my more commercially-enjoyed coffees from chains who shall remain unnamed, I still have the benefit of enjoying coffee at home.
Our Keurig machine recently died on us (There Is No Keurig In The Apocalypse), which left me with a bulk box of K-cups sitting in our cold room. My wife usually makes a pot of coffee first thing in the morning, but our preference of coffee blend/strength differs enough that I usually favour an energy drink as opposed to a traditional cup of coffee.
But a few days ago, I found myself staring at an empty coffee pot. I decided to peel open a few K-cups and brew the grounds like a traditional pot of coffee. My bulk box is Kirkland’s Pacific Bold coffee, which packs a strong flavour and aroma. I absolutely love this coffee, even if it’s not the only blend I drink. I grabbed three K-cups from the box and headed upstairs. (I’ve done this with K-cups before and knew that 3 cups would be adequate)
Despite being a 110-cup bulk box that was three quarters full, I somehow managed to grab THE ONLY TWO K-CUPS THAT WEREN’T PART OF THE BOX!!!! As much as I hate how lazy it makes me sound, I was already upstairs and didn’t feel like running back down to switch them up. So I used the three cups I had.
The three K-cups I used included a Kirkland Pacific Bold, Van Houtte Colombian Dark and Van Houtte Original House Blend. I believe the last two came from my most recent hotel stay where I didn’t have the opportunity to make coffee. Despite the strange odds of me grabbing three different cups, I cut them open and brewed a full pot.
I gotta say, it came out pretty good. I had a couple of cups, and my wife even tried it. Depending on where you purchase, blending coffee is an excellent way to enhance and complement the flavours of each. You can do this with any two or more blends. Surprisingly, most chain-store coffees are a blend of some sort and you probably enjoy it and wonder why it’s so damn good, compared to your home brew, BECAUSE it’s blended.
For the most part, it can be difficult to get an adequate supply of a singular coffee blend to allow distributors to meet demand, so most commercially-bought coffees are also blended. Blending your coffees can be a great way to explore and develop a unique coffee flavour for yourself, whether you mix beans before roasting and/or grinding them, or simply mixing purchased grounds before putting them in the coffee machine. Don’t be afraid to mix it up! ☯