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Coffee Around the World, Pt. 1: Processing

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One of the most exciting things about coffee, for us nerds at least, is how different each coffee can be. I’ve mentioned before that there are up to 1,500 flavor compounds in coffee, compared to wine’s measly 200 (coffee snobs can officially look down their noses at wine snobs, if that’s your thing). And like wine, coffees from different parts of the world taste incredibly different: you could take a coffee from Ethiopia and a coffee from Colombia, and even someone who had never tasted coffee before could tell you that they were different, even if they couldn’t say exactly...

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Easy Brewing: French Press

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Welcome back to easy brewing! If you read the last post in this series on cold brew, you’ll know that the goal here is to make great coffee without needing much time, or having much equipment. Cold brew was incredibly easy, basically an add water and wait situation, with a step to filter out the coffee, but not everyone wants to drink iced coffee all year round (especially in New England). So today we’re going to cover one of the easiest hot methods out there: French Press. The French Press is great for a lot of reasons. It makes coffee...

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The Road to Decaf Coffee

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There exists a group of coffee drinkers for whom caffeine is not an option. Some might call them the true believers, the true adherents, since they’re drinking it not to get their morning fix. These true connoisseurs get no buzz, but enjoy only the flavor of their simple cup and the experience it brings with it. Too bad most decaf coffees aren’t any good. Or, at the very least, they are nowhere close to the same standards of flavor set for regular coffee. Sadly there are a lot of reasons to not like decaf coffee, even beyond the lack of...

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What Does Coffee Taste Like?

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There was recently a segment on the Today show that did a blind taste test between what they called ‘cheap deli coffee’ and ‘fancy gourmet coffee.’ Their finding? 67% of participants preferred the cheap stuff. It has prompted some negativity from those interested in craft coffee, and for good reasons (what coffees are they using? how are they roasted? how are they brewed? how long did they sit around before being served? how does ‘dozens’ constitute any kind of meaningful sample size?), but there might be something to what they’re saying. Mostly being: maybe most people aren’t able to tell what...

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Easy Brewing: Cold Brew Addendum - Cold Brew Kits

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So last week we went through a simple and easy way to make cold brew at home using simple kitchen equipment. It's easy and makes great cold brew, but for the real iced coffee lovers, there is another option. If you’ve been into either of our shops recently, you may have noticed that we’ve started selling cold brew kits, and they do more than look nice. The reusable filter included is specifically made for cold brew, and the result is coffee that is cleaner, clearer and better tasting. When using just a strainer, the coffee can be a little murky,...

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