Off-Piste and Free Coffee
A couple of years ago I was fortunate to stumble on a great magazine/newspaper called Off-Piste. I drank the kool-aid and have been a follower since. Great photos, solid articles and real product reviews. What more could you ask for ? Well, as a matter of fact, I thought of something. My wife Rebecca was looking for some new skis and I thought I’d ask someone who could make some valid recommendations. It turns out Dave was in the middle of new product testing on Mount Hood and for some reason he took the time not only to answer my email, but gave me really valuable detailed info on three or four different skis. Lets call it good insight without being swayed by free product or advertising dollars. You see, there is very little advertising in the magazine or on the website. Which should give us all even more reason to support STUFF LIKE THIS. So if you’re a skier, or know a skier or want to be a skier, subscribe to this magazine, even though you can get it for free at a number of different outdoor shops. And support the few folks who do advertise in the mag because I’m pretty sure Dave wouldn’t take those ads unless he believed in the product.
There is a good chance that before the first snow fall you might see an Off-Piste Blend of coffee. In the meantime, if you subscribe to the magazine by September 1st, 2009, I’ll send a bag of coffee. FREE. Dave and I will work out the details.
(the following is from www.offpistemag.com)
It is no secret that I am a coffee snob. I am also fully addicted. If I miss my morning cup, I get an afternoon headache, guaranateed. The pursuit of excellent coffee is a fun pastime and, sometimes when travelling, a prerequisite to getting the day rolling.
I have my favorite coffee sources. One is Oso Negro in Nelson, BC. These guys roast a mean bean and serve up a super fine Americano in the café in Nelson. Closer to home, there are several regional (Portland) and local (Hood River) roasters who do a fine job as well, but I am always interested in good independent coffee roasters. After all, variety is the spice of life.
Back in April, upon returning from a hut trip to Powder Creek Lodge, I received a package in the mail from a coffee roaster in northern Idaho, called DOMA. Needless to say, I was stoked to get unsolicited coffee in the mail. Better yet, their coffee is excellent and the owners are skiers. Turns out, Terry, owner/chief roaster, is a fan of Off-Piste and the coffee was a thank you for publishing the mag.
So, there I was back in April blissed out from a week of powder touring with several pounds of killer coffee waiting at my doorstep – simple things for simple folks, right. Well, the coffee gift lead to several e-mail exchanges and more coffee blends to test. We worked out a little coffee roasting ski beta trade program. Now, months and pounds of coffee later, I am here to tell you about my favorite blends of coffee from DOMA.
I have three top picks; Urth, Dominic’s Blend, and my ultimate favorite, Chronic. Terry is doing it right over at DOMA and if you are hankering for a new blend or need to mix up your coffee supply with some fine, small batch, craft roasted coffee, you should check these guys out.You will not be dissapointed.