I love smooth coffee. If it’s not the smoothest coffee in the world, then I’m not interested. No Bitter No Burnt for me. Yet finding the smoothest coffee beans isn’t easy. Keep reading and I’ll tell you what to look for, why to look for it, and how to find it.
My Path To Smooth Coffee Lover
Most of my life, I hated coffee; burnt-n-bitter, I just didn’t understand the attraction. Then one day at a Church Campout a buddy of mine (Dave) heard me say that I hated coffee. Later he conspiratorially whispered, “Get up early tomorrow morning and before the kids get up, I’ve got a surprise for you.” Not knowing what he was talking about, I waddled over to his tent at about 7AM.
There he was waiting for me holding two mugs of what I was hoping was hot chocolate. And with a shit-eating grin he handed me my mug. I looked in the mug; damn! Coffee! (Church Camp Right?) Just to be polite I took one tentative sip. “Holly Shit Batman!” I thought, or at least I was hoping I didn’t say that out loud.
I took a second sip. Same thing; smooth as silk; no bitter or burnt flavor; and what was that, a hint of chocolate that I could taste? “Dave what the hell is this, where did you get it, and where can I get more”? With a chuckle, Dave said, “I roast my own coffee”. Dave soon taught me how to roast my own coffee. Within a few months, I was everyone’s new best friend.
Birth Of The Smoothest Coffee Roasters
After about a year of friends-n-family coffee roaster fame, I met Alisha Jean Hills. She was a cute little blonde that was smart as a whip, a sense of humor just as sharp, and a gracious heart for God. Fortunately for me, she was also very particular about her coffee. Honestly, just between you and me, I think she fell in love with my coffee before falling in love with me.
After a few months of courting, she said, “Russell, you know, with coffee this good, we should start a coffee roasting company” (remember those Hills Brothers genes). Since she put up the initial business capital investment ($700), she’s listed on Lake City Coffee’s incorporation papers as the CEO, with me being the lowly “Roaster”. This humble beginning left me with only one route to the top of the company and that was to sleep my way to the top.
Five years after marrying my boss, I’m still the roaster, chief bottle washer, and VP of the keys. Considering my ambitions, I’m forced to continue sleeping with her, in hopes to being on top some day.
Finding Super Smooth Coffee Beans
Finding super smooth coffee beans isn’t easy. Initially, we taste tested coffee from all over the world. What we learned is that the smoothest coffee beans were always from Central America.
Eventually we narrowed down our search to Costa Rica and then quickly to the Tarrazu region of Costa Rica. This unique coffee growing region is notorious for growing the smoothest coffee beans with hints of chocolate, nut, and a variety of other flavors.
Each year we bring in coffee from about a dozen plantations in the Tarrazu region. After a rigorous exercise in taste testing, we consistently pick coffee from the Costa Rican Ceca Coffee Co-Op. In 2018 and 2019 we selected beans from their Amapola plantation. In 2020 and 2021, we’ve selected coffee beans from Ceca’s Don Roberto plantation.
We’re very pleased to announce that we’ve acquired over 3,000 pounds of Don Roberto for the first half of 2021. By the time you read this, I may have reserved another 3,000 pounds for the second half of 2021. By these numbers, you can tell we’re a very small operation, all two of us. But not to worry, we’re doing very well and we should always have your super smooth coffee beans on hand.
The Fresher The Bean The Smoother The Coffee
Sure it’s imperative that you start with a good flavored and super smooth bean, but if the roasted coffee isn’t fresh, then you might as well be drinking Folgers or Hills Bros, (yes, Hills Brothers are Alisha’s relatives).
Here’s a fact of life that most people either don’t know or the professionals refuse to admit. All coffee, even mine, starts going stale as soon as you roast it. Last week’s roasted coffee isn’t as smooth and flavorful as this week’s. A month after roasting and the coffee begins to get more and more bitter by the day, until it’s despicable.
Unfortunately, and contrary to what other coffee companies will tell you; no amount of space-age packaging technology can change this fact. That’s why the old adage, “The fresher the bean the better the coffee”, was, is, and always will be true. If you want smooth coffee then it had better have a roast date on the bag that’s less than 30 days old and preferably less than 3 days old.
This is precisely why we roast and ship on the same day, thus our motto, “From our roaster to your table in 24-48 hours”. Unfortunately, USPS has been slow during this “PLAN-DEMIC”, so it might be 72 hours for you folks on the east coast.
Smoothest Coffee Via Low-n-Slow Roasting
Unfortunately, a vast majority of coffee sold in America has been sitting in warehouses and on store shelves for months if not years. No wonder it tastes so bitter. To hide this bitterness, most coffee companies, like Charbucks, burn the snot out of their beans.
By roasting in huge industrial hot-n-fast vats, Charbucks and their wanabees are saving themselves money at the cost of killing any chance of delivering to you a smooth cup of coffee and denying you that divine pleasure.
At Lake City Coffee, I on the other hand, roast your coffee low-n-slow in small batches. This low-n-slow method insures that the oils stay within the bean. Those oils are where all the bioflavonoids, antioxidants, caffeine, and flavor reside. The more oil inside the bean, the better the coffee.
How To Brew The Smoothest Coffee
Starting with super high quality smooth beans and roasting them low-n-slow to perfection is only half of the smooth coffee equation.
The other half of the equation is in your hands with the brewing.
This is where personal preference and experimentation comes into play. There are more brewing techniques than Carter has Liver Pills (Old folk talk for “a lot”).
I wrote a thorough blog post on “How To Make The Smoothest Cup Of Coffee”. Just CLICK HERE.
Where to Find The Smoothest Coffee Beans
At Lake City Coffee we only sell whole bean coffee. Additionally we roast and ship the same day, so you’ll get the freshest coffee that you’re likely to find anywhere.
My suggestion is that you do yourself a favor and check out our Whole Bean Coffee Shopping page. If you’re still not sure, then check out our Reviews page, where you’ll find over a 100 comments from our customers. And I’ll bet that you’ll find our customers are a lot like you.