Sunset at Shark's Cove

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Turning to a friend the other day, I said "I've never seen a sunset here I didn't like." He laughed and said "and you never will, until you know it's the last one you'll see here".

Sharks Cove Sunset, Oahu

With family and friends visiting, and some of my favorite food trucks nearby, I've found myself at Shark's Cove more than once in the past month. It's pretty special to be able to share a good meal, and watch a beautiful display in the sky as the sun goes down. It's often a time to slow down, and consider life, and how blessed we are to be in a place like this.

Don't ever forget it. 

Sharks Cove Sunset, Oahu

Sharks Cove Sunset, Oahu

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Explore Oahu: North Shore Time-lapse

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Drive down the big hill into Haleiwa with us!

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Fall Specials

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It's almost Fall, and we've brought all those comfort flavors back! Here's what you can find at Coffee Gallery this Autumn...
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Available iced or hot, our DELICIOUS Pumpkin Spice syrup is made from scratch! Substitute Almond or Coconut milk, and you've got a dangerous treat.
Lavender Latte
Lavender Latte
Made from real lavender flowers, our lavender simple syrup is great addition to any of your coffee drinks!
Homemade treats
From The Bakery
You'll find daily specials with yummy fall flavors in our pastry cases!
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How To Store Coffee Beans

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How To Store Coffee Beans

 

The unfortunate fact is that coffee begins to lose it’s freshness almost immediately after roasting. That’s why it’s better to purchase in small quantities more frequently, so you’re getting the fullest flavor possible.

So what’s the ideal way to store beans once you’ve purchased them?

Good news! Our bags are a tough sandwich of Polyethylene and Aluminum Foil, which protects those beautiful beans of yours far better than most. It has a one-way valve to ensure no blowouts occur from off-gasing, since it’s bagged almost immediately after roasting.

Coffee Gallery bags

However, for long-term storage (more than a month), we recommend storing your beans in an opaque, air-tight container in a cool place, like a dry pantry.

 

"Store the beans in an opaque, air-tight container in a cool place, like a dry pantry."

So what about freezing or refrigerating the beans?

Refrigerating is a definite no, due to the condensation that will build up, but there are differing views on freezing. Moisture and air are the 2 greatest offenders to flavor (not to mention drastic changes in temperature), and if you're pulling them out on a regular basis, condensation will collect on the beans as they are exposed to warm air. So bottom line, in general, freezing them isn't recommended.

What to avoid completely:

Vacuum sealing your beans. This has the potential of drawing the natural oils to the surface of the coffee, speeding up the loss of flavor, once opened.

Sunlight. Northing breaks oils down faster than sunlight and heat.

Grinding the beans before you need to. It’s true, it saves time to grind the whole bag at once, but if it’s freshness you’re looking for, don’t do it. Coffee oils are water soluble, and oxidize easily, so as soon as you break the protective shell, the delicate oils are then opened to the air and can make them deteriorate quickly, losing flavor.

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Summer on the North Shore

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The beginning of summer is marked with many beautiful flowers that fill the air with a fresh perfume
north shore summer
Children are out of school, and much of their time is spent at the beach enjoying the water and sunshine.
north shore summer
The waves die down, and the water becomes clearer and clearer
north shore summer
Waimea turns into a giant pool of water,
north shore summer
And Waimea Jump rock has no lack of jumpers.
(Even as the sun is setting!)
north shore summer
Lizards, geckos and chickens run around freely
north shore summer
Here at Coffee Gallery, we serve all sorts of summer treats to stay cool.
north shore summer
north shore summer
Hikes that would be dangerous any other time of the year, fill up free time
north shore summer
And bring spectacular views of the North Shore
north shore summer
Shade is sought after, as the humid weather makes the heat thick,north shore summer
so it's always nice to be able to head to the beach to cool off.
north shore summer
north shore summer
Enjoying the view from above
north shore summer
And below
north shore summer
But one of the best parts of summer is when the sun starts to set.
north shore summer
The sky lights up like fire
north shore summer
And the long, warm evenings are enjoyed with family and friends.
north shore summer
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