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Brew Method: French Press

French Presses offer a cup of coffee that is very full bodied (speaking of the “mouth-feel” of coffee). Without a paper filter, coffee oils and some sediment created by ground coffee are allowed through the fine mesh strainer built into the French Press, even with a very coarse grind. Due to the coarser grind, the brewing time is a bit longer than with other methods, following the general rule: the finer the grind the quicker the extraction and vice versa. Tools:-Spring water or filtered water-195-205 F water temperature-A burr grinder-Scale-Timer (to help control brew time)-Freshly roasted whole bean coffee (2-14 days max), stored at room temperature in an airtight container. Grind right before use. Brewing:-Remove the plunger and closely inspect that...

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Brew Method: Coffee Brewing Basics

Tools:-Spring water or filtered water-195-205 F water temperature-A burr grinder-Scale (for manual methods)-Timer-Freshly roasted whole bean coffee (2-14 days max), stored at room temperature in an airtight container. Grind right before use. We recommend 10 grams coffee (2 TBLS) per 6 oz of water (most coffee devices use 6 oz cups). We recommend measuring by weight because coffees have different densities. Scales are also helpful tools for manual brewing methods to help control the flow of water. After brewing, if your coffee tastes bitter, try grinding coarser. If your coffee tastes too light/watery, try grinding your coffee finer.   We recommend a 1:14 (stronger) to 1:17 (weaker) brew ratio. The ratio is acheived bymultiplying the weight of the coffee to determine how...

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Education: Tasting Glossary

Coffee professionals use a lot of colorful language to describe coffee sometimes. Here's a short list of some of the most commonly used terms for coffee so you can join in the fun too! Acidity: Acidity, used as a coffee term, refers to bright, tangy, fruity, or wine-like flavor characteristics found in many high grown Arabica coffees. Coffee with high acidity is described as acidy, which has nothing to do with amount of acid, or pH. Coffee actually has a relatively neutral pH of between 5 and 6. When green coffee is stored for more than a year it will have a perceptible loss of flavor and acidity. Also, acidity is reduced as coffee is roasted darker. Aroma: Coffee aroma is the...

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Education: What is Cold Brew?

Cold brew is everywhere. Just go to any supermarket and you are likely to find a number of brands selling their cold brew and cold brew concentrates. Typically sold in 16 or 32 oz bottles, some are flavored and some are not. So what exactly is "cold brew"? The designation "Cold brew" is a general term often used for all sorts of cold versions of coffee: Immersion cold brew, slow drip kyoto, cold press, etc. One of the most popular, immersion cold brew, steeps ground coffee in water over a certain length of time, often from 12-24 hours. It can be done with room temp or cold water and can even be started with a hot bloom and finished with cool water....

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