On a whim, I bought a can of Taylor Maid Coffee's Moka Java in a steel can from Real Foods on Stanyan Street in SF. I was probably more interested in the fact it was in a can than anything else since it reminds me of the Chock Full o'Nuts of my youth. I just finished my first batch and have to say that it's now my new favorite in the area. I've been looking around SF for more since Real Foods has sold out of the Mocha Java variety. Tom's Fresh Organics on Geary sells it in bulk, but I'm really after the canned version since one can never really know how long bulk coffee has been sitting around.
Coffee preferences are very much matters of personal taste, so others might night be as jazzed about it as I am. I think it's worth a try though. It's not too dark, not too light, has great body and like their website says, hints of chocolate and wine.
My method: 40g whole beans (about 8 Tbs), freshly ground to a coarse grind, brewed with 24 ounces of water just off the boil in a French press for 5 minutes. i take milk, but no sugar. yum.
it's organic, shade grown, and fair trade. did i mention that it comes in a can? i love that. the companies headquarters is in Sebastopol, and I don't think it's available outside of Northern California.
My second favorite coffee is now the Roaster's Blend from the Beanery at 9th Avenue and Irving in SF. not too shabby.
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