Grinding Coffee Beans at Home Part II

In Grinding Coffee Beans at Home Part I Andrew wrote about the sadness of blade grinders and introduced us to the burr grinder. In Part II he goes into detail on burr grinders. Look for steel or ceramic burrs in an easy to clean enclosure. A removable whole-bean coffee storage “hopper” that feeds directly into the Read more

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Grinding Coffee Beans At Home Part I

The Sadness of Blade Grinders While making a cup of coffee needs fresh roasted coffee, clean water just off boil, and a few minutes time, the most important thing most folks at home don’t have on their counter is a true grinder. I understand the indignation you must feel by reading this: “I have one! Read more

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Coffee Drinking Statistics

It’s springtime, when flowers and coffee drinking statistics are in bloom. For sixty years the National Coffee Association (NCA) has published a drinking trends survey each spring. In the last few years, Zagat’s has jumped in and also publishes the results of a survey in the spring. An important difference between the two surveys is Read more

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Meet Our Mocha Java Blend

The story of the famous Mocha Java Blend likely began over a thousand years ago. We don’t know for sure when coffee, born in Ethiopia, first crossed the Red Sea into Yemen but coffee may have been cultivated in Yemen as early as the sixth or seventh century.  By the late 1500’s coffee was an Read more

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Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA)

For the last two years the world’s largest gathering of coffee professionals has been held in Seattle, Washington. Each year the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) hosts “The Event,” a symposium, conference, and exhibition attended by over 10,000 coffee professionals from all over the world. From coffee farmers to baristas, every segment of the Read more

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Keep Coffee Beans Fresh at Home

When we speak about how to keep coffee beans fresh at home we must first talk about how your coffee came to arrive in your home. Hopefully, not too long ago your coffee was inside a cherry on a coffee tree (it’s actually a plant but “tree” is more poetic). If it is specialty coffee, Read more

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