When Storyville reached out to me about trying their coffee and coffee-making gear, I told them that they had the right house, but the wrong person. I am not a coffee drinker. I wish I were because it looks so comforting on cold days or when you need a pick-me-up. But, Jeff loves coffee and drinks enough for both of us. I might consider it to be one of his hobbies! He’s always on the lookout for a better cup of coffee. Needless to say, he was more than excited when a few boxes arrived at our house from Seattle labeled “Storyville”.
If you’re not familiar with Storyville, let me tell you a bit about it. Storyville is a Seattle-based artisan coffee roaster who might be more passionate about coffee than Jeff. They are dedicated to creating a consistently smooth, perfect cup of coffee. While I’m not a “coffee person”, I am a person who has an appreciation for a well-run business and good branding. I loved the experience of opening each box we received from them and reading about their brand and business. (As a side note, both Jeff and I love their logo of the little boy running with the airplane. It immediately evokes a feeling of lightheartedness.)
It’s clear that they love coffee and want to share that love with others. They don’t just want to ship you some coffee beans. They want to invite you into the ritual of making a perfect cup of coffee in your own home.
In their words, “Our coffee is more than just a drink to wake you in the morning – it’s a reason to slow down, take a breath, and enjoy the world around you.”
Storyville sells a wide variety of coffee products, gear, and accessories and Jeff was in heaven as we had the opportunity to try it all out!
Their Freedom I coffee system is the ultimate in home brewing. It comes with a grinder, kettle, press, coffee measuring spoon, stirrers, a valet, timer, console, mugs, and coffee. Since I have only made one cup of coffee in my life (and it looked more like tea and was only politely sipped on my by Opa), I asked Jeff if he would teach me how to make a French press cup of coffee. And I would even taste it.
Jeff likes to drink half-calf, so we mixed one scoop of caffeinated (Prologue) with decaf (Epilogue).
The beans were so fragrant and fresh!
We ground the beans in the grinder…
…and poured them into the press.
I must say that their coffee press is beautiful. Jeff has only ever used small presses made of glass, so they won’t keep the coffee hot. This has thermal walls to keep the coffee piping hot and can press 48 ounces at a time.
Through this process, I learned that making coffee is a precise business! We set a timer and everything to make sure the coffee brewed for just the right amount of time.
Jeff poured a cup of coffee for himself and one for me. He was so happy that I was actually going to give coffee a try.
He likes his coffee black, so I took a sip of that, and then I tried it with a bunch of sugar, cream, and even some dark chocolate chips for good measure. I wanted to give it the best chance for my palette! Jeff said I was ruining an amazing cup of coffee and he was probably right.
Jeff was so happy we were able to share the experience of making a cup together. And now I know how to make a perfect cup of coffee for him when I’m feeling extra sweet.
Of course, he can always make a quick cup of coffee in the Keurig or Nespresso machines. Storyville also sells Nespresso pods and Keurig cups. Jeff has wanted a Nespresso machine for quite a while and he has loved making little espressos.
I had to tell him to slow down, so I could get some pictures of the pods before they were polished off!
As I was taking the pictures, he told me I needed to get a shot of the foaminess on top. “This is what people who love coffee want to see!”
Storyville has three coffee shops in the Seattle area (they are ranked #1 on Yelp) and they ship their artisan coffee beans, Nespresso pods, Keurig cups, hardware, and accessories all over the US. Storyville roasts, grinds, and packages their premium beans, so the pods and cups are shipped fresh to you. And all of their ground coffee products are nitrogen-flushed for peak freshness. They only use the highest quality beans to ensure that you’re getting the best cup of coffee no matter which gear you like to use to make it.
You can place single orders through their website or subscribe to have coffee shipped to your door on a schedule that matches your coffee consumption. I often forget to get coffee at the grocery store for Jeff, so the subscription is a perfect option to keep him stocked up.
If you’re a coffee drinker, or your significant other is a die-hard coffee connoisseur, this is a must-try. You can be as happy as Jeff! Subscribe to Storyville HERE and receive 76% off your first shipment using the promo code SEED! A subscription (or really any of their products) would also be a lovely gift for someone who enjoys coffee.
And I got something I really enjoy, too, (other than making a cup of coffee with Jeff, of course) – a milk steamer/frother. It’s connected to the Nespresso machine and Jeff made me some tasty dark hot chocolate in it. We’re still perfecting the recipe, but we’re getting pretty close!
If you’d like to see Jeff teaching me how to make coffee along with me trying some coffee, we made a little video for you sharing the process…
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