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"Among the numerous luxuries of the table, coffee may be considered as one of the most valuable. It excites cheerfulness without intoxication; and the pleasing flow of spirits which it occassions is never followed by sadness, languor, or debility." Benjamin Franklin

Who are we?

We are Jody and Martina Dyer, a happy married couple living a life of adventure and purpose in the great state of Texas, U.S.A. We divide our time between church, our three grown children, ranching, and roasting coffee. What began as a quest for healthy coffee that Martina could drink has turned into a fun and exciting venture that we are blessed to share with family and friends.

Why Courthouse Coffee?

We began our coffee adventure roasting in the back room of a 100-year-old building across the street from the Coryell County Courthouse in downtown Gatesville, Texas. Built in 1897, the courthouse is one of the finest examples of Second Empire Victorian Style design found in the state. Still in use today, the courthouse is a fitting reminder of our dedication here in Texas to the rule of law...and the appreciation of good coffee.

Why is our coffee better?

Our coffee is AIR-ROASTED for smoother taste. Clean hot-air roasting produces a better tasting and healthier coffee. Our coffee is less bitter and acidic, with a smooth, rich flavor. Hot-air roasting uses electricity and the principle of convection to loft beans for a very even heat transfer. Beans are roasted quickly and evenly while suspended on a bed of hot air. This makes air-roasted coffee much less bitter and especially delicious. Coffee beans are traditionally roasted in metal drums using natural gas or propane. Gas roasting produces a residue of hydrogen sulfide, which can be absorbed by coffee beans. When dissolved in water, hydrogen sulfide becomes hydrosulfuric acid. This is a corrosive compound that can be poisonous in large quantities, and for some results in adverse reactions after drinking conventional coffee. Hot-air roasted coffee is better tasting and healthier, with no gas residue. Fresh, clean coffee is full of antioxidants and good for you!

Our coffee is FRESH-ROASTED, you can taste the difference!

Ideally, coffee should be consumed within 30 days of roasting to enjoy the best flavor and health benefits. Unfortunately, most coffee purchased is stale by the time it reaches your grocery store shelves (if bag does not show a roast date, then coffee may be, and probably is, several months to a year old, or more). We buy the highest quality fair-trade organic green beans and roast our coffee on or about the first of each month. You can enjoy it while it is FRESH, within days of roasting! Look for the roast date right on the bag. You can smell and taste the difference!

Fresh, clean coffee is like a hug for your brain!

Coffee is an amazing superfood that offers tremendous potential health benefits. Coffee boosts brain function, improving memory, mood, and concentration, along with fighting depression. Recent studies have shown that coffee consumption has been linked to the prevention of Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and certain types of cancers. Coffee is full of phytochemicals and antioxidants which inhibit cell damage caused by oxidation in the body. Oxidation contributes to aging and the development of many common diseases. Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants in the western diet! And fresh coffee gives you more antioxidant content than stale grocery store or gas station coffee.

Coffee 101

The coffee beans that we grind, brew, and consume come from the flowering coffea plant. These flowering plants (more like small trees or shrubs) produce a sweet red fruit, commonly called coffee cherries. The seeds of this fruit, like tiny cherry pits, are coffee beans.

There are several species of coffee, but the two most commonly grown for coffee drinking are coffea arabica and coffea canephora, known better as robusta. Arabica coffee is higher quality, more expensive, and better tasting. Robusta coffee is less delicious (some would say nasty), less expensive, but has about twice the caffeine of arabica coffee. Arabica is the specialty standard for high quality coffee. Major varieties of arabica include Bourbon, Typica, Caturra, and Pacamara.

The finest coffees are cultured in the geographical areas that hug the equator. Tropical climates with high elevations are perfect growing conditions for top-quality coffee. Coffee farmers in these regions can be considered artisans. In recent years the demand for high-end coffee has increased. Once only considered an agricultural commodity, specialty coffee is now rightly seen as an artisan product with immense value and worth.

Processing coffee is typically done in one of two ways. Natural processing is the oldest way. Natural coffee is processed by drying the fruit (like grapes to raisins) before being hulled in a machine to separate pulp from seed. The other major processing method is the washed method. This is the dominant style of processing in modern specialty coffee. Washed processing uses water (after mechanical de-pulping) to fully separate the flesh of the cherry from the seed before being dried and sold as green coffee.

In order to produce the coffee that we can brew and drink, green beans need to be roasted. Commercial coffee roasting is done in one of two ways. Drum roasting using natural gas or propane is the most common. 99% of coffee roasted commercially is roasted using this method. About 1% of coffee sold is air-roasted. Air-roasting produces a cleaner, smoother coffee without the gas residue and impurities found in gas roasted coffees. Besides being healthier, we think air-roasted coffee just tastes better!

When roasting coffee, you will hear the distinct signaling of "cracks." First crack is an audible change in the sound of the beans as they roast. The physical cracking of coffee beans causes the sound as they expand due to heat and mositure evaporating from within the beans. Coffee cracks twice while roasting, and listening to these cracks helps the roaster determine the desired end result. We typically roast our coffee to the very beginning of second crack. This gives our coffee a good medium to medium dark roast, with a balanced and rich flavor.

How to brew your best cup of coffee...

Coffee enthusiasts who want to brew a better cup at home have many options. Your preferred method will depend on personal taste, time, and technique. For those who like easy and convenient, with plenty of coffee ready without a fuss in the morning, the automatic coffee maker is a practical choice. If you are up for it however, manual brewing methods allow for better quality control and a superior coffee experience. We support all styles of brewing, but will mention a few of the most prominent.

Our favorite brewing method is the French Press. Invented in 1929, it is widely considered as the best and easiest method for brewing superior and consistent coffee. It extracts, arguably, more superior flavors than any other method. It is well suited for coffee drinkers who enjoy the cadence of their coffee experience each morning.

One of the oldest and easiest ways to brew coffee is the pour over/drip method using a coffee cone and paper filter. Hot water is poured evenly over coffee grounds in a paper filter. Popular brands include the Hario V60, Melitta, Kalita Wave, and Bee House.

Similar to the coffee cone, the Chemex is a beautifully designed and elegant pour over option. Invented in 1941 by German-born inventor Dr. Peter Schlumbohm, a true 20th century character. His Chemex coffee maker was a hit almost immediately, and is still quite popular today.

Relatively new, the AeroPress was created in 2005. It is the perfect option for those on the go (camping, travel, etc.). The AeroPress is plastic, and comes in three parts, and makes a magnificent cup of coffee.

Once you have selected your preferred brewing method, it's time to make your coffee. First, start with fresh, quality coffee. The freshest coffee will show an actual roast date on the bag. Quality coffee that is fresh will also be packaged in a bag with a valve (fresh coffee will off-gas and valve will release gas without letting oxygen into the bag). When fresh coffee comes into contact with your hot water, it will "bloom" (quick bubbling as the grounds release carbon dioxide). Only fresh coffee seems alive and blooms. Stale coffee will seem dead and not bloom.

Be sure to use whole bean coffee, and grind just prior to brewing. Coffee loses much of its flavor and aroma quickly after grinding. The best coffee is always freshly ground. Pre-ground coffee cannot compare to freshly roasted and freshly ground coffee. Start with good water, not tap water (spring water, filtered water, or well water is best). Good tasting water makes good coffee. Hot water should be just off boil (ideal water temp for perfect coffee is 195-205 degress F). If water is too hot, coffee will be overextracted and taste bitter. If water is too cold, coffee will be flat and often sour.

If using a French Press, the perfect steeping time is exactly four minutes (use a timer). Pour in small amount of water, allow coffee to bloom for 30 seconds, then add remaining water, and plunge after 4 minutes. Pour over methods don't need to be timed.

To insure a continuing and positive coffee experience, it is a good idea to learn and research on your own. There is a wealth of information on coffee available online, including expert advice on how to brew amazing coffee.

NOTE - We are often asked about "strong" coffee. Although the roasting process can greatly affect the taste of coffee, roasting does not make a coffee stronger. If you like stronger coffee, simply use more coffee grounds when brewing. Avoid brewing for longer periods. This can cause over extraction, which can result in bitter coffee. You control how strong your coffee is by the amount of grounds used in brewing.

Strange Coffee Facts

- Coffee is the world's second largest legally traded commodity, behind oil.

- Coffee is the most popular drink worldwide, with over 2 billion cups consumed every day.

- Coffee drinkers tend to live longer. Research has linked moderate consumption (3-4 cups per day) with a longer life span, including a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type2 diabetes and Parkinson's disease, according to Harvard Health Publishing.

- One cup of black coffee has only one calorie.

- During the American Revolution, drinking coffee became a mark of patriotism, when supporters of independence renounced British tea in favor of coffee. Coffee Houses at this time served as important centers for political discussion, and coffee is linked to the formation of America's founding documents.

- 80% of Americans drink coffee every day.

- Used coffee grounds are rich in nitrogen and good for your plants, so don't throw them away. Make a habit of tossing grounds into your flower beds, garden, or compost pile.

- Espresso, which means "pressed out" in Italian, is a brewing process where hot water is forced through pressed coffee grounds. Espresso can be made with a wide variety of coffee beans and roast degrees.

- Specialty Coffee is a term for the highest grade of coffee available, typically single origin or single estate coffee. Specialty coffee describes beans of the best flavor and quality, scored 80 or higher on scale to 100. Specialty coffee typically sells for 2-3x normal coffee prices, and is worth it.

- Third Wave Coffee is a term, used esp. in North America, that refers to the modern demand for exceptional quality coffee that is farmed, roasted, and brewed to a significantly higher than average standard. (First Wave Coffee is seen as lowest quality, think Folgers and Maxwell House canned coffee. Second Wave Coffee is associated with rise of brands like Starbucks and Peet's in the late 20th century - better coffee, but not great coffee).

What do our customers say about our coffee?

"Your coffee is superb, and so fresh! I've never tasted better!" Marcie S., Junction, TX

"I recently spent an adventurous month traveling the western United States on a 'walkabout' after retiring...your coffee every morning was the best part of my trip." Kirk G., Clifton, TX

"Man - that coffee is the bomb!" Phil M., Menifee, CA

"Your coffee is the only coffee that I can drink every day without feeling jittery. I highly recommend it!" Carmen L., Gatesville, TX

"That isn't coffee - that's medicine!" Harley S., Kelly, WY

"Your coffee is like a trusted friend in a cup." John C., Gatesville, TX

"Your coffee is always smooth, rich, and never bitter. A great cup of coffee for a fresh start to your day!" Pam B., Gatesville, TX

"Enjoy your yummy and smooth coffee." Pete & Michelle E., Menifee, CA

"Courthouse Coffee has a robust flavor with no bitterness. The quality of the beans and superb roasting techniques are unmatched." Colby C., Clifton, TX

"My absolute favorite coffee source!" Perry G., Powell, TN

"Courthouse Coffee is smooth, perfectly roasted, never bitter, and maybe the best coffee we've ever had." Bruce & Pam E., Gatesville, TX