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To make the best cup of coffee you need the ingredients to be the best quality, and yes, this includes the water you use! Water contributes up to 94-98% of a coffee beverage make up. This causes it to palpably affect the flavor and smell. Therefore, just like equipment and storage, it is important to understand how it can affect your cup of joe. Minerals Water, being a solvent, dissolves minerals from the environment, and in turn affect the taste of your coffee. One example is hydrogen carbonate, a mineral found naturally in water. When there is too much of this component

Coffee cupping as a whole is becoming more and more accessible for the everyday coffee drinker. You can easily order coffee cupping kits online and there are even cupping kits for cold brew available online. However, cupping is also changing for those within the industry as well. From the equipment used to how we record our data, changes are happening. What is Cupping? Coffee cupping evaluations started in the 1890’s. Prior to this time most coffee evaluation was visual, and pricing was based upon the size and color of the green coffee beans. Coffee cupping is a professional skill completed  certified individuals

Different types of coffee will almost always have varying and sometimes distinct coffee tasting notes. Even if you aren’t aware, they play a role in figuring out what specific type of coffee you may prefer. Despite the fact that these notes are so important, and as they can ultimately affect what cup or bag you pick up, many coffee drinkers are unaware as to what coffee tasting notes even are. Coffee tasting notes are a combination of the different aspects of coffee. They help create the exact experience you have when you make and drink your cup of coffee. This includes different

Meet the World’s #1 Coffee Producer Brazil, the largest country in both South America and Latin America, is also the top producer of coffee worldwide. And with 98% of its households drinking coffee, it is currently the #1 consuming market, as well. A Brief History Coffee is believed to have come to Brazil in 1727, having been smuggled out of French Guiana. European colonists were early adopters of Brazilian coffee, but as interests grew worldwide – so did the country’s exports. By 1820, Brazil was producing approximately 30% of the world’s crop. In the late 19th century, Asia’s coffee market was nearly wiped out by

The Independent State of Papua New Guinea inhabits the eastern half of the world’s second largest island, New Guinea. The western half, known as West Papua, is a province of Indonesia. The coffee produced in Papua New Guinea, however, is quite different than the Indonesian product. A Brief History Papua New Guinea was not colonized until 1885. While coffee was not native there, Germany and England had established neighboring colonies, and brought Blue Mountain arabica plants from Jamaica. By the 1920s, commercial exports had launched around the coast. A decade or so later, the Australian discovery of the island’s fertile land helped to

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

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

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