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A Glossary of Useful Coffee Terms

A Glossary of Useful Coffee Terms

Ever feel like your barista is speaking a different language when they're explaining their menu? Are you unsure what your friends are talking about when they're discussing a bean's complexity, body, or roast? Here's a quick guide to some of the more commonly used coffee vocabulary. True story: I am utterly confused by pig latin. It’s something I’ve never really understood. But, of course, pig latin is meant to be exclusionary. It’s meant to confuse those people who aren’t part of a particular group of communicators. The same could be said for cockney rhyme schemes. And some people might think...

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Kenneth Fleming
Which Coffee Brewing Method is the Best Option for Me?

Which Coffee Brewing Method is the Best Option for Me?

One question that comes up fairly often is “What brewing method is the best?” Here's an overview of the most popular brewing methods and what makes them great (or not so great)! One question that comes up fairly often is “What brewing method is the best?” The answer, of course, differs from person to person: While some people swear by drip coffee, others live and die by the French Press. You might also hear people talk about their love of the Chemex or Aeropress. And, of course, who can forget the absolute espresso die-hards out there? I think the most...

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Kenneth Fleming
Interesting Ways to Use (and Reuse) Coffee at Home

Interesting Ways to Use (and Reuse) Coffee at Home

We love drinking coffee, but here are some interesting and out-of-the-box ways that we can use (and reuse) the beans we have at home! Recently, whether through attention to our impact on the environment or due to economic concerns, our attention has shifted to discovering ways to make more sustainable choices regarding the resources we use—we’re finding new ways to maximize our return on investment and minimize waste. By now, we should all be familiar with the benefits of drinking coffee: it helps us wake up in the morning, it reinvigorates us after lunch so we can get through the...

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Kenneth Fleming
Coffee in American History: Part 2, from World War 1 To Now

Coffee in American History: Part 2, from World War 1 To Now

This is the second of a two-part series exploring the history of coffee in American culture. Previously on Coffee in American History: Following some harsh taxes on tea, colonists turned to coffee as their drink of choice. Over the years, coffee became such a staple of daily life that momentary cease-fires were called during the Civil War so troops could exchange coffee for tobacco. Before we continue into 20th Century America, we need to take a brief international detour... We know that innovation comes from necessity. At the start of the 20th Century, a German housewife named Melitta Bentz was...

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