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We drink a lot of coffee. Our first cup each morning is really just an aperitif for cups two through five. And nothing makes us happier than our morning coffee. So we consider ourselves thoroughly qualified coffee judges (the Jeffrey Steingartens of coffee, if you will). We like our coffee hot, bold and black (put milk in your cereal, but don’t ruin your coffee with it). We’ve tried our fair share of brands over the years, but by far the best out there is Brooklyn’s own Gorilla Coffee.
Gorilla is sourced from fair trade, organic producers and roasted to perfection in small batches in Brooklyn, NY. Gorilla has been owned by founders Darleen Scherer and Carol McLaughlin since 2002, so you can feel good about supporting a small business with your coffee purchase (sorry Starbucks). Gorilla recently discontinued our favorite Nicaraguan blend, so we’re currently experimenting with the Brazilian and Guatemalan in search of a new standby. If you’re near Brooklyn, stop by Gorilla’s storefront and get a free cup of brewed coffee when you buy a bag of beans for home. If not, Gorilla is carried by Whole Foods and a number of other specialty food stores.
While we’re on the topic of coffee, we feel that we need to discuss equipment. Buy whole beans, store them in your freezer or refrigerator and grind them yourself just before brewing. We like a stainless steel grinder, like this one, that won’t hold aromas like plastic does. And don’t even think about brewing in anything other than a coffee press; bodum is the only brand. Bonus: take your coffee press camping; your friends will love you for it.