What makes the best whole bean coffee in the world?  Well that depends on what you like.  If you’re looking for truly soul satisfyingly smooth coffee, then Lake City Coffee is the best whole bean coffee in the world.  No brag.  Just fact.

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Best Whole Bean Coffee

whole bean coffeeNot everyone cares about what they eat or drink.  Some people are perfectly content with McDonalds and Starbucks.  But that’s not you is it?  I’m guessing if you’ve found your way to the bottom of this page, then you either have way too much time on your hands or you really love coffee.  In fact, I’m betting that as a coffee snob, you know that fresh roasted coffee beans makes a huge difference.

Did you know that most coffee sits in warehouses or on store shelves for months if not years?  Any roasted coffee that’s been sitting around for more than 30 days starts going stale.  No wonder it’s bitter.  Not only that, but no amount of space-age packaging can keep roasted coffee from going stale.  It doesn’t matter if it’s in a can, refrigerated, frozen, freeze dried, vacuum packed, or whatever.  All coffee changes taste over time.  Including ours!

With that being said, the only solution to making great coffee is to NOT use old bitter coffee beans.

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So, what makes the best and smoothest coffee?   In a word; “fresh”.  The fresher the beans the better the coffee.  It’s that simple.  The best whole bean coffee must be fresh roasted for less than 30 days and preferably less than 3 weeks.  That’s why we roast and FedEx our best whole bean coffee on the same day.  We’ve even had customers say that the whole bean coffee was still warm when it arrived.  I’m not too sure about that, but i appreciated the point.  Fresh whole bean coffee overcomes a lot of sins.  You can have crappy beans and a lousy roast, but if it’s fresh, it’ll still taste way better than old stale coffee beans.

Gently Roasted

Why do most industrial coffee companies over roast their beans?  If they were purchasing the best beans that money could buy, then they’d be nuts to over roast them.  The fact of the matter is they purchase second rate beans.  To hide the bitter nature of these beans, they burn the snot out of them.  We on the other hand, but the best whole bean coffee that money can buy, then to preserve their naturally sweet and mellow nature, we gently roast them.

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Costa Rican Coffee

I’ve tried coffee from dozens of countries.  And guess what?  When the coffee is fresh roasted, they’re all pretty darn good.  I like my coffee smooth; never bitter; never burnt.  After much taste testing, I’ve found that coffees from Central America are the smoothest, with rich undertones of nut and chocolate.  During our honeymoon in Costa Rica, we met Francisco Arrieta Brenes (Frank), owner of Vista Al Valle coffee farm.

One taste of Frank’s organic, hand picked, sun dried, Costa Rican Coffee and I fell in love all over again.  Just imagine the smoothest coffee in the world with a hint of chocolate and spice.  Wow!!!   Costa Rican coffee may very well be the best coffee experience of your life.  It has been for me.  That’s why we source our coffee exclusively from small independent organic farmers in Costa Rica.

Brewing The Best Whole Bean Coffee

Coffee DrinkerAs a master Spokane Coffee Roaster, I can honestly tell you how to make great coffee.  Once you have in hand the best whole bean coffee in the world, now how should you brew it?

  1.  Grind the coffee in a good burr grinder.  And don’t grind it until just before you’re going to use it.  Click here to see my favorite grinders.
  2. Use good clean water.
  3. Use whatever brewing method you prefer.   Click here for my suggestions.
  4. Don’t let your coffee pot sit on a warmer.  Once the coffee is cold, toss it out.
  5. If you’re wondering how to store your coffee, Click here.

Why Lake City Coffee?

We like coffee, but we love people.  That’s why we’re in this business.  With 50% of Americans drinking coffee daily and 2/3 of those making their own, why wouldn’t we be in this business.  Not surprisingly, we know each and every one of our customers.  Alisha and I know what they like and what they don’t like.  And they know that we love talking with them, whether it’s about coffee grinding, coffee brewing, coffee roasting, or just talking about their kids.

Most of our customers are like us.  They love good coffee, our country, respect our flag, national anthem, president, and the values that have sustained our country over the last 240 years.  Yes, we’re conservative Christians and we’re not ashamed to admit who and what we are.  Likewise, most of our customers are of like mind.   If you don’t share our values, that’s OK too.  We’ll still respect you and gladly take your money in exchange for the best whole bean coffee in the world.

If you’re looking for real old fashioned coffee from real old fashioned people, then give us a try.  Most people try our coffee because they like us, but most everyone stays because they love our coffee.

Bon Appétit