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Thanks for the heads up about Actual Coffee. We like trying new coffee beans at home, especially from a local roaster. I pledged money to their roaster fund.
"... anywhere as good as Actual."
Are their beans sold strictly through their website, or do they sell them in a store somewhere?
This winter on Saturday mornings at the Toledo Farmers Market, we've been buying coffee beans from Bea's Blend Speciality Coffees. I think she roasts the beans in West Toledo.
If we miss the market and need coffee beans, then we buy them from the Phoenix Earth Food Co-op, but the beans are not locally roasted.
Although it's hard to find around here, my favorite coffee bean is probably Scarlet Tanager, French Roast by Birds & Beans.
A little further away, Zingerman's roasts good coffee at their location near I-94. And in their coffee shop, when you order a cup of java, you also select the brewing method. If you like coffee, this is worth a visit. Their shop sells several types of coffee brewing devices.
About each month, Zingerman's offers a coffee brewing class. "We will take a single coffee and brew it 6 to 8 different ways, each producing a unique taste."
Maybe Actual Coffee and/or one of the local coffee shops can bring this type of coffee education to Toledo. (This area could definitely use more breaducation, but that's another story.)
At home, we like coffee brewed with a French press pot and the basic coffee machine. But our favorite way to brew coffee is with the AeroPress. When I was searching for a new brewing contraption, the Zingerman's baristas recommended this method. But it only produces one cup at a time.
Cold brewed coffee is a nice summer treat. For people who don't like coffee, I think they should try cold brewed. It tastes super smooth to me.
My favorite way to garnish coffee now is with a small amount of heavy whipping cream from Calder Dairy that I buy at the co-op.
I'm looking forward to trying Actual Coffee beans, but I'm not really a coffee fan, and I can quit drinking this beverage anytime I want.