It’s officially coffee weather and as luck would have it, I have some new coffee to try out. Gundog Grind sent us out a few bags of coffee to test out. We are going to enjoy every cup of this process. Gundog Grind is a small batch coffee company with a passion for hunting, dogs, amazing coffee and giving back. Every bag of coffee sold gives money to conservation organizations.
I know September 22nd is the official first day of Fall, but today was the first cool fall day we’ve had here in Nebraska. I had to wear pants, the wind was blowing and when I took our dog, Miko, out this morning, it was crisp. It’s the perfect weather for coffee. Generally in the summer the only coffee I drink is made by baristas at fancy coffee shops on a weekly date with my wife. Otherwise, I drink a whole lot of sun tea during the summer. Once Fall hits I start to make coffee every day during the week and that continues all the way until Spring. I use a cheap coffee grinder, grind the beans, pour the grind into my Espro French press, drop in some water at 200 degrees, let it bloom, give it a stir and wait four minutes until I can press it down. Coffee for me is part ritual and part perfection. It is the ritual that I enjoy as much as I enjoy the drinking of the coffee. I use a cheap milk frother and I add in half and half up to the line. Then I pour it over my coffee, add a teaspoon of sugar into my Klean Kanteen cup and sit down at my desk to take on the day. It’s a ritual for me every day. If it’s going to be a long day, I use the big Espro P7 which gives me a full pot of coffee. On a short day, I use the Espro Ultralight Press P0 which makes just one cup.
Yesterday, it was all about the Gundog Grind Waterfowl Roast and this coffee is the kind of thing you can get excited about when you open the bag. The caramel and vanilla smell on this coffee is just unreal. It comes through in the whole beans, in the grinding process and in every single sip of this coffee. I made a full pot and the first cup was as good as the microwaved cup that I reheated almost 8 hours later. This is great coffee. Not just great coffee, it is truly exceptional. I know several people who will be a getting a bag of this coffee as a gift this winter.
Today, it was all about the Dark Roast, I really needed a little kick in the pants. It is also National Coffee Day. This coffee is your traditional bold and strong flavor, perfect for those early morning trips out to the duck blind. This has a strong flavor and feels great on the tip of your tongue even after you have swallowed it down. I am excited to be drinking this coffee today as I have a lot on my plate. Most of all, I like knowing that I am supporting this small batch coffee company that is just as passionate about the things that I love: great bird hunting, great dogs and the conservation of our public lands.
Gundog Grind offers subscriptions, and they have created partnerships with organizations like Chukar Chasers, Ruffled Grouse Society and Delta Waterfowl. They also have an entire line of Conservation Coffee in addition to their small batch coffee line. This is a company I am happy to support because I know they believe what I believe. I am happy to add them to my Fall and Winter ritual of a homemade cup of coffee.