Archive for the ‘Coffee Education’ Category

Coffee Tasting Workouts

Why Practice Coffee Tasting? Michael Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players to have ever played the game. Undeniably he had a certain level of natural talent, however he also had an unmatched and exhausting practice routine that focused on the fundamentals of the game. “You can practice shooting eight hours a day, but if Read more

The Art of the French Press

The French Press is a daily brew method for many people. It boasts easy and repeatable brews with very little measurement to achieve delicious brewed coffee. Maintaining the brewing hardware is easy and the cake can be dealt with easily if it is not left too long in the beaker. I started writing this article Read more

What are coffee defects?

A Guatemalan beneficio, or coffee mill, in the middle of August is a bit of a lonely place. The coffee is unripe on the trees and except for the occasional worker walking by outside with a cart full of pruning debris, the whole place feels rather empty. There are a few bags of coffee stacked about. Read more

Coffee Bloom

If coffee could talk when it comes out of the roaster it would say, “I’m feeling a little gassy.” The difference between green unroasted coffee beans and brown roasted coffee beans is significant, not only in appearance and size but in density and chemical composition. Like cooking in general, the roasting process is transformative, turning Read more

What’s So Clever About the Clever Coffee Dripper?

Manual brewing methods have increased in popularity over the last seven years, beginning with baristas who prefer to create coffee drinks rather than simply push buttons. With machine brewing the person brewing is responsible for weighing, grinding, and pushing a button. They have very little influence on the quality of the resulting coffee compared to Read more

Coffee’s Appellation Trail

One of the extraordinary things that happens when you drive from Guatemala City to Antigua Guatemala (to visit friends at Finca El Valle, for example), aside from surviving sketchy lane changes made by local buses, is something invisible. You cross a line, unknown to most people but well defined in the minds of that region’s Read more