Travel Coffee Kits: My Two Favorites, Tested Around The World
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Travel Coffee Kits: My Two Favorites, Tested Around The World

Pour-over brewing is a fun and easy way to enjoy great coffee at home. But if you’re on the road much, then you know the difficulty of packing all that paraphernalia. Having spent several months on the road in recent years, I’ve tried almost everything under the sun. What follows are my two favorite ways…

Why Roast Your Own Coffee (Fresh, Tasty…And  A $10,000 Skill?)
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Why Roast Your Own Coffee (Fresh, Tasty…And A $10,000 Skill?)

For the longest time, I figured coffee roasting was some bizarre, complicated process that required thousands in equipment. Something only serious experts could even think about. But I discovered that’s not the case. Not only is it accessible to anybody, but it’s even easier than you’d think. Here’s why you ought to give it a…

These 3 AeroPress Tips Will Take Your Coffee to the Next Level
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These 3 AeroPress Tips Will Take Your Coffee to the Next Level

The AeroPress is like nothing else on the market. It’s part immersion brewer, part French press, and–kinda sorta almost–part espresso-maker. It’s also the only device that’s so appealing to fellow coffee geeks and totally casual users at the same time. The AeroPress’s quirky design opens up all sorts of brewing possibilities, some of which are…

Is Your Grinder Ruining Your AeroPress Brews? (Not If You Use One Of These)
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Is Your Grinder Ruining Your AeroPress Brews? (Not If You Use One Of These)

When you make pour-over coffee, you’re at the mercy of gravity.  If grind size is a little off, then you’ll probably get a wasted cup of over- or under-extracted coffee. There’s just not much you can do about it. With the AeroPress, that’s not the case. It’s not just convenient, but an incredibly forgiving design….

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……

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…