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Coffee & Tea 101

Abyssinia – also known as present-day Ethiopia – is widely considered to be the birthplace of coffee. Today, it is also the 5th largest coffee producer worldwide. Ethiopia is known for its diverse typography, geography, and climates. Altitudes can range from 100 meters below sea level to 4600 above in the Semien Mountains (the roof of Africa), and environments can range from dry deserts to the lush tropics. These ideal conditions yield a coffee that is renowned for its low acidity and fruity flavors. The Legend Continues An Ethiopian legend tells of Kaldi, a goat herder in the Kaffa Highlands, circa 850 AD,

With a population of 50-million people, Sumatra is the sixth largest island in the world, and one of the three main islands that form the Southeast Asian country of Indonesia. Dutch colonists initially brought coffee to Indonesia by way of Yemen in 1699. It wasn’t until more than a century later that the crop arrived in Sumatra, and by the late 19th century commercial production had begun on the island. Sumatran Coffee at a Glance Sumatra is located in Indonesia on the equator, which splits the island into two equal zones, each with its own unique climate. The fertile volcanic soil and lush

When you store tea it is important to remember, whether loose or bagged, that tea is highly susceptible to five main factors: • Air • Moisture • Heat • Light • Odor Contact with oxygen will cause tea to turn brown and lose flavor over time. Additionally, moisture of any kind will ruin tea (steer clear of storage spots near the sink, dishwasher, or microwave). To aptly safeguard from both conditions, an opaque, airtight container is the best method to store tea. Glass containers may be attractive but are discouraged because exposure to light can degrade your tea leaves over time. Metal or ceramic containers are ideal. Likewise, tea

Located in Western South America, Peru often gets lost in the shuffle when people discuss coffee origin, but it was actually one of the first countries in the Americas to be introduced to the crop. With a highly diverse climate that swings from tropical temps in the east to the dry desert conditions of the west, as well as high elevations provided by the Andes mountains that cut through the country, Peru provides optimal conditions for coffee production. And, in fact, Arabica beans are grown in most of the country – from the peaks to the coasts to the jungle. A Brief

Colombia is the world’s third largest coffee producer, trailing only Brazil and Vietnam. Unlike those countries, however, which also farm Robusta coffees – Colombia produces only 100% high-quality Arabica beans, and is responsible for approximately 12% of all coffee production worldwide. Without question, Colombian coffee has become world-famous, and is perhaps the first nation that springs to mind when people think about imported beans. You can probably thank Juan Valdez for that. A Brief History Coffee is believed to have been introduced in Colombia in the early 1700s, perhaps brought there by Jesuit priests. The first documented shipment occurred in 1835, when 2,500 pounds was

Every day, auto drip coffee makers are sold by the scores for their pre-programmable, time-telling convenience, but are largely derided by those who take their coffee seriously. It’s true – there are bigger, better, faster, more furious methods of making coffee available. We’ve profiled many of them in this space. And a good argument can be made that the lion’s share delivers a richer, more satisfying cup of java than the countertop auto drip that occupies countless shadowy kitchen corners and appliance graveyards throughout the country. BUT! Making a satisfactory cup of coffee using an auto drip coffee maker isn’t a fool’s errand.

First things first: What is a Chemex, anyway? Invented in 1941, the Chemex is an easy to use, no-frills infusion brewer, which nonetheless has been recognized by museums and coffee aficionados for its exquisite aesthetics and engineering perfection. Filters for the Chemex are significantly thicker than those for other pour over methods. Together, brewer and filter yield a rich, clean, sediment-free brew – if at a slightly slower pace. What You Will Need To brew coffee in a Chemex, you’ll need to assemble the following materials and tools. 3 cup Chemex brewer Square filter 5-7 Teaspoons of Orinoco coffee beans 600 ml

So far, we’ve learned the best practices for making coffee using the drip method, the French Press, and more. But there’s one nifty little device we haven’t yet touched upon: the AeroPress. Similar in concept to a French press, the AeroPress uses a plunger-style mechanism to swiftly press water through ground coffee to deliver a strong, concentrated cup of Joe. Engineer and physicist Alan Adler invented the AeroPress in 2005, having lost his patience with the touch-and-go nature of drip coffee makers and the pokiness of pour-over methods. What he came up with was not necessarily attractive, but it gets the job done

  Using a French press is an easy, economical, and expedient way to brew your morning java, and when done correctly yields a creamy and robust brew that’s truly hard to beat. Even better, coffee brewed using a French press can accommodate one coffee-lover, or a small group. An immersion brewer, the French Press comprises a carafe and a plunger assembly outfitted with a metal screen at the bottom. Coffee steeps for 3-4 minutes in the press’s basin or beaker, before a plunger is engaged, separating the grounds and trapping them at the bottom. Because coffee sits on the grounds for a while, bitterness can

The pour over coffee method may be as basic as it gets, yet it repeatedly delivers one of the most crisp, complex, and enjoyable coffee drinking experiences around. While a rising trend commonly associated with hipsters, the pour over is also the oldest trick in the book where coffee is concerned – giving users a great deal of control over variables, from the amount of coffee used to the precise saturation of the grounds. This degree of control mitigates error and promotes a better tasting brew. Always keep in mind: Water that is too hot will burn your grounds. Water that is

Professional opinions vary greatly regarding the best way to store your coffee. We’re not entirely sure why. Would you believe that the easiest route is also the best? Leave your coffee in the bag you bought it in, place it in your pantry or cupboard, and close the door. It’s really that simple. The finely ground print Coffee beans are highly susceptible to air, moisture, heat, and exposure to light. Therefore, coffee should be stored in a cool, dry space out of direct sunlight. Keep in mind that coffee begins to oxidize the moment it is ground. So, buy whole beans and grind only the amount you need

Along with time and temperature, grind is yet another critical variable that can cause excellent coffee to go to waste. There are so many different kinds of coffee equipment available on the market for today’s coffee connoisseurs. From French presses to pour overs to the 10-cup automatic drip machines that have become kitchen staples across the country, there are multiple ways to get our coffee fix and multiple grinds that will ensure it’s a rewarding experience. Failing to select the correct grind for your home equipment can cause over-extraction or under extraction, which alternately results in overpowering and bitter sludge or a

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