Is AeroPress Coffee Better Than Other Brewing Methods? (What I’ve Learned)
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Is AeroPress Coffee Better Than Other Brewing Methods? (What I’ve Learned)

If you’re wondering whether to take the plunge (pun totally intended) on an AeroPress, then this is for you. We’ll look at how it compares to 5 common brewing methods in terms of cost, ease of use, consistency of results, and flavor potential. The AeroPress is similar in price to most manual brewing methods, but…

Is Pour-Over Coffee Really Better Than A Coffee Maker? (The Non-Obvious Case For Each)
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Is Pour-Over Coffee Really Better Than A Coffee Maker? (The Non-Obvious Case For Each)

If you’re newer to specialty coffee (“the good stuff”), it probably didn’t take long to realize that pour-over brewing is the method of choice. Compared to filling up the old Mr. Coffee, pour-over brewing is cumbersome and finicky. All the gadgets–scales, grinders, and such–can get a little expensive, too. Yet all of us coffee nerds…

How To Roast Better Coffee At Home (9 Must-Try Tips For Beginners)
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How To Roast Better Coffee At Home (9 Must-Try Tips For Beginners)

Who doesn’t love having plenty of fresh-roasted coffee on hand? Even better is when it’s your own handiwork. Home coffee roasting is a fun and approachable hobby. It’s free or cheap to start, and can be extremely cost-effective in the long run. Think of it as a craft. You can make something right away, then…

Here’s The Deal With Single-Origin Coffee (Why & How To Enjoy It)
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Here’s The Deal With Single-Origin Coffee (Why & How To Enjoy It)

The specialty coffee world is all about single-origin beans. Well, perhaps not all, but suffice to say that specific and far-flung origins are core to “third-wave” coffee culture. Some folks even make full-on careers of finding and promoting interesting coffee origins to their connoisseur clientele. It’s like wine or cigars, just less pretentious. Well, usually……

Fresh Roast SR800 Review: The Best Home Coffee Roaster For Most Of Us
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Fresh Roast SR800 Review: The Best Home Coffee Roaster For Most Of Us

Roasting coffee at home is the best way to keep fresh, delicious beans on hand. It’s cost-effective, and perhaps better yet, it’s a lot of fun. After using different roasters over several years, I’ve found that the Fresh Roast SR800 (available here) is the best home coffee roaster for most of us. It isn’t cheap,…

Don’t Miss These 5 Unusual Coffee Origins (If You Can Find Them)
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Don’t Miss These 5 Unusual Coffee Origins (If You Can Find Them)

You can’t always pack up and leave on a trip across the world, but you can take a grand tour through coffee. In fact, discovering unique origins is one of the things that hooked me on specialty coffee in the first place.  Just like with wine, the flavor of coffee depends on the environment it…

Angels’ Cup Review: Does This Blind Tasting-In-A-Box Deliver?
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Angels’ Cup Review: Does This Blind Tasting-In-A-Box Deliver?

The best way to enjoy coffee more is to enjoy more coffee. What do I mean by that?  Just like good wine, good coffee contains more flavors than perhaps any single person could pick out.  There are hit-you-over-the-head obvious flavors, like the chocolates or nutty ones. Then there are subtler flavors like specific berries and…

AeroPress Review: A Lot To Love About This Unique Brewer
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AeroPress Review: A Lot To Love About This Unique Brewer

True or false: making great coffee at home requires either a finicky pour-over coffee set-up or a fancy, expensive automatic brewer? For most people most of the time, the answer is false.  That’s good news if you’re just getting into brewing coffee at home, or you’ve struggled to get consistent pour-overs, or your cheap-o coffee…