Water, A Key Factor in Brewing Better Coffee

Water, A Key Factor in Brewing Better Coffee

October 02, 2019

 If your coffee has a funk to it, it may not entirely be your beans, grind, method or temperature. It's possible making an adjustment to your water could be a key factor in brewing better coffee.

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What are Those Bubbles In My Pourover?

What are Those Bubbles In My Pourover?

May 07, 2019

Blooming is the initial “pre-wetting” of the bed of ground coffee in your brewing device. We want to bloom so co2 can release, and then move out of the way. When co2 escapes, you’re left with the desirable solubles that will bring out the flavors and carmelizations of the beans. The goal of the bloom is to get water working with the ground beans, not working with carbon dioxide.

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Craft Coffee, Gifts and Subscriptions

Craft Coffee, Gifts and Subscriptions

November 20, 2018

It's that time of year again, a portion of your free time is now devoted to holiday gifts for family, and friends.  You research, browse, and maintain lists of gifts that will get the "big wow" when they are opened. Perhaps you know someone who loves coffee and you've got a gut feeling that they would love to get a bag of fresh roasted whole coffee beans at their door each month through a regular coffee subscription.  If I've peaked your interest, read on.

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Ferris Coffee, Grand Rapids, Michigan - Bee House Dripper

Ferris Coffee, Grand Rapids, Michigan - Bee House Dripper

November 14, 2018

We chose two fluffy chairs close to the counter with unique end tables made from blocks of cut rough lumber. Curious about the brewing method, I slipped up to the counter where the barista was beginning my pour.  Not recognizing the brewing device, I asked inquisitively and she introduced me to the Bee House cone dripper.

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3 Steps to End Bad Coffee

3 Steps to End Bad Coffee

November 07, 2018

You’re so sick of it. It tastes terrible, looks nasty, and leaves a thick, brown ring around your coffee cup that you can’t scrub off.

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Coffee Extraction, The Inside Scoop

Coffee Extraction, The Inside Scoop

October 12, 2018

There’s a science behind how a cup of coffee is made, and it’s called coffee extraction. To put it simply, coffee extraction takes the flavor out of ground beans and fuses it with water. When done well, you get something great. When the extraction doesn’t go well, well… you get a bit of a mess.

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2018 Milan Coffee Off

2018 Milan Coffee Off

October 03, 2018

Thank you to everyone who stopped by our table at the 2018 Milan Coffee Off this past Saturday.  It was great to see such an outpouring of coffee enthusiasts and coffee vendors

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Coffee Aroma (It's Not All About the Smell)

Coffee Aroma (It's Not All About the Smell)

September 25, 2018

What do you do when you have a cup of coffee in your hands? Do you think about where the beans came from? Do you gulp it down, hoping you’ll...

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The 3 Processing Techniques that Coffee Farmers Use

The 3 Processing Techniques that Coffee Farmers Use

August 25, 2018

Ever wonder what happens to coffee beans before they’re roasted, packaged, and shipped to stores?

Maybe you’d like to know where the beans even grow – some random coffee farm on an island? Utah?

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Craft Coffee Changed My Life

Craft Coffee Changed My Life

August 02, 2018

 

One day, I got the urge to walk in the craft coffee shop that's in my neighborhood. I had quit coffee a few years ago having grown tired of the burnt and bitter taste that my counter top pot made.

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A Beginner's Guide To the Aeropresss Coffee Maker

A Beginner's Guide To the Aeropresss Coffee Maker

June 13, 2018

But you don’t have to be a barista or connoisseur to create a hot, steamy cup of Aeropress deliciousness. In fact, making Aeropress coffee at home is fun once you get the hang of it.

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Here's Why You Should Grind Your Own Whole Bean Coffee

Here's Why You Should Grind Your Own Whole Bean Coffee

June 05, 2018

For one thing, did you know ground coffee beans age? The longer they sit, the higher the chances are of losing flavor. You don’t get fresh coffee by the time you brew a cup, just stale coffee.

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