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Roast Your Own Coffee at Home

Roast Your Own Coffee at Home

Our official coffee roaster Why should you roast your own coffee at home? So many reasons… I’ve been roasting my own coffee at home for years now, and I love everything about it. There’s a meditational aspect to the ritual of measuring, heating, smelling, watching and waiting that adds a completely different dimension to enjoying a cup of coffee. There’s also something delightful about being able to serve guests a cup of your own home-roasted, custom-blended coffee. … Read entire article »

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5 Rules for Cooking with Coffee

5 Rules for Cooking with Coffee

One of the first rules of cooking with coffee is that really, there are no rules. There are, however, some basic guidelines that can make your experimentation with coffee as a culinary ingredient more successful. If you’re just beginning to explore the possibilities of cooking with coffee, keep these five guidelines in mind as you start your experimentation. Rule #1: Cook with Good Coffee For decades, cooks and chefs have paid little attention to the quality of … Read entire article »

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Are Coffee Snobs Really Offended by Low-Brow Coffee?

Are Coffee Snobs Really Offended by Low-Brow Coffee?

Sheesh. What’s with the hating on people who love good coffee? Yesterday morning, Bloomberg’s Business Week headlined: Yep, Americans still buy more supermarket coffee than they do specialty coffee. I’m a self-confessed coffee snob. I roast my own coffee at home. I’m conversant with at least a dozen different brewing methods and own no less than eight ways to brew coffee at home. I’ve been known to launch into half-hour lectures on coffee terroir and the … Read entire article »

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Coffee Wine Update: 2 Weeks In

Coffee Wine Update: 2 Weeks In

Just posting an update to my adventure in making coffee wine. As you can see from the picture, the wine is now resting in two batches, an adjustment made necessary when I discovered the hard way that you really can’t make 2 gallons of wine in a 2-gallon bucket. Luckily, I had a large glass wine jug on hand (which I actually bought specifically to empty for use in making coffee wine, so it’s all … Read entire article »

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Morning Coffee Predicts Weather

Morning Coffee Predicts Weather

I don’t often get coffee news from photography websites, but I had to share this interesting little trick from PetaPixel. Apparently, your morning coffee can predict whether you should expect rain. Just brew a good, strong cup of coffee (I suggest Aeropress) and observe where the bubbles cluster. If they gather in the center of the cup, the day is likely to be beautiful. If they form a ring around the side of your (straight-sided) … Read entire article »

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Making Coffee Wine: The Secret Is Good Coffee

Making Coffee Wine: The Secret Is Good Coffee

A while back, I started thinking about the similarities between wine and coffee, and the thought process eventually brought me to… Coffee wine. Or, more specifically, making coffee wine. Having turned out a couple of batches of dandelion wine and apple wine, I found myself wondering about making wine from coffee. I ran a few dozen Internet searches and learned a few things. … Read entire article »

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Remembering why I love Yirgacheffe

Remembering why I love Yirgacheffe

  Yirgacheffe was my first real coffee love and it has remained a favorite over the past 30 years, but I can’t remember one that I’ve liked as much as this one. The Ethiopian dry process Yirgacheffe Konga from Sweet Maria’s practically knocked my socks off.   I roasted it on the front porch on a cool, rainy day in my Nostalgia popcorn popper. It took about 11 minutes to get to City+, a nice dry cocoa color, … Read entire article »

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Waiting for new coffees to roast

I’ve been out of green beans for a while, and drinking storebought coffee just isn’t cutting it for me. My home roast habit took a hit when my popcorn popper/coffee roaster finally wore out, but I got a new one for Mother’s Day so I’m back in business. I’m eagerly awaiting the arrival of a shipment from Sweet Maria’s later this week with a lot of new-to-me coffees I can’t wait to roast. … Read entire article »

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Coffee Roasting: Panama Boquete Coffee Bean Direct

Coffee Roasting: Panama Boquete Coffee Bean Direct

Coffee Roasting: Panama Boquete For the past few days, I’ve been playing with a new five-pound bag of Panama Boquete from Coffee Bean Direct, scored from Amazon for just a little more than $6 a pound. Typically, I buy my green beans from small-to-medium importers and deal with them directly, but this time around, I had Amazon-only money, so I figured I’d give it a shot. I’ve been hearing a lot about Panamanian coffee lately, and … Read entire article »

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Sweet Deal on CBTL Kaldi from Today Show

Sweet Deal on CBTL Kaldi from Today Show

Are you looking for a sweet deal on a super-sweet one-cup coffee and espresso maker? Head on over to the Today Show’s Steals and Deals to pick up the CBTL Kaldi PLUS 192 coffee capsules to make espresso, tea, coffee and hot chocolate one cup at a time. How sweet is the deal? The Kaldi and coffee retail for $314. You can get the combo for just $99 when you click the link above and … Read entire article »

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