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The American obsession for coffee and espresso has made this an exciting time for serious coffee connoisseurs. Consumers have a wider selection of beans from more countries, in a wider range of roasts than ever before. If you're looking for an easy way to navigate this booming, caffeinated landscape, look no further than's Coffee of the Month Club. Each month we will deliver a 12-16 oz bag of fresh, whole-bean coffee right to your door, along with an information sheet on the coffee's origin and flavor profile.

And it is a wonderful gift, but there are a lot of decisions. First off - do you make it a social pleasing gourmet coffee? Do you go Fair Trade or not Fair Trade? Do you go Song Bird Certified and Ran Forest Aliance or not? Do you go Organic or Not? And now a few gourmet coffees even support this charity or that - some even help homeless children. So where do you start? It seems like it's a great gift and why not help someone too.

So let's start with Fair Trade. I highly recommend Fair Trade but let's be very careful and choose the right Fair Trade. To be Fair Trade all a company has to do is pay over $1.50 per pound for the coffee. Amazing how many US companies are Fair Trade but actually only pay a higher price for bad coffee and then use the Fair Trade Logo to charge consumers a higher price. So please check out the Fair Trade Company - over 85% are bogus. Look at their web site and find their Fair Trade program. Most won't have one documented so don't buy from them. They should have evidence of helping a single farmer or his family not just a paid for logo. And if you don't feel good that it is a true Fair Trade then go to the "charity supported" coffee. They in general will be doing a lot more for a lot more people and are much more trust worthy.

There is an even crazier certification - The Song Bird or Tree Shade Aliance - which consumers are now also looking for in their coffee - but its even more absurd. Look at the companies that have this certification. Most Fair Trade US companies are just importers and not really helping on the farmer level. Even worse there is no administration or watch dog. So you could be Song Bird certified today and cut all your trees down tomorrow for lumber and still have your Song Bird certification intact. Again it's just a bad marketing ploy to help people feel good about their coffee.

So you picked the charity coffee helping homeless children now what? It's time to pick the roast i.e. chooses the coffee roast that you think your gift recipent will like the most. Roasting brings out the aroma and flavor that is locked inside the green coffee beans. A green bean has none of the characteristics of a roasted bean. It is soft and spongy to the bite and smells green, almost 'grassy.' Roasting causes numerous chemical changes to take place as the beans are rapidly brought to very high temperatures. When they reach the peak of perfection, they are quickly cooled to stop the process. Roasted beans smell like coffee, and weigh less because the moisture has been roasted out. They are crunchy to the bite, ready to be ground and brewed.

Within the four color categories, you are likely to find common roasts as listed below. But it is a good idea to ask before you buy. There can be a world of difference between roast types, But there are four main roast types: Light, mild, medium and dark roast. The longer it roast the darker the color, the darker the color the more flavor but also as it gets too dark, bitterness starts showing up too. Summary: Light Roasts - a very light brown in color and little aroma. This roast is generally preferred for milder coffee varieties. There will be no oil on the surface of these beans, because they are not roasted long enough for the oils to break through the surface. Other names of Light are Half; Half Light or Light City the Mild/ Medium Roasts -- medium brown in color with a stronger flavor, and a non-oily surface. This roast is often referred to as the American roast because it is generally preferred in the USA. Another common name is Breakfast Blend.

The Medium Roasts -- rich, darker color with some oil on the surface and with a slight bittersweet aftertaste. They can also be called a House Blend or Signature Roast. Dark roasts - oily, shiny rich coffee beans with a pronounce aftertaste being consider bitter. The darker the roast, the less acidity will be found in the coffee beverage. Dark roast coffees run from slightly dark to char and the names are often used interchangeably which can be very confusing. Be sure to check your beans before you buy them! Varieties of the dark are called Italian, Espresso, New Orleans, Continental, High, European, Vienna, Viennese, French, or Dark Negro. These are full bodied full flavor coffee.

Another choice is what country do you buy from. And since this is a gift I recommend you go with a consistent and flavorful but smooth coffee. The best three gourmet coffee countries are Costa Rica, Brazil and Columbia. All three coffee coutries offer rich and smooth gourmet coffee that is ure to please. Any other country will work but you never know which flavor you are getting and the consistency is less than desired.

So the monthly delivery or coffee club is an outstanding gift and gives you many options to choose from. Hopefully you can use these choices to make a nice gift and to help mankind too.

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About The Author, Boake Moore
Boake Moore owns a non profit coffee company with a cause - helping homeless children.They offer a great monthly coffee club too.