Archive for the ‘Coffee Education’ Category

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

Comparing Common Home Brewing Methods – Part II

In Part II of his post on home brewing methods our West Coast Trainer & Educator, Andrew Tucker-MacLeod, writes about the Clever Dripper. the Hario v60 Cone and the Kalita Wave. Read Part I here. Clever Dripper: This method uses a wedge shaped filter similar to a cone, and a brewer body with a valve on the Read more

Comparing Common Home Brewing Methods – Part I

Andrew Tucker-MacLeod, our West Coast Trainer & Educator, writes about various home brewing methods and the different experiences they deliver.  All coffee brewing methods employ some filtration to separate the grounds from the finished brew and are designed to control the time which water is in contact with the grounds. Separation of the finished brew can occur Read more