Do You Have What It Takes to Create The Perfect Pour Over?

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Do You Have What It Takes to Create The Perfect Pour Over? Brewing coffee may be an art, but like any art form, it requires good old-fashioned skill to separate the master from the amateur. Professional baristas often attend training school for a year or more, honing the subtle tools of the coffee trade—mastering the well-pulled shot of espresso, designing latté art, and practicing the highly-coveted pour over. The purity of the pour over process, the way it emphasizes patience and seeks to extract the greatest possible flavor from the bean, literally by hand, with no tricks or shortcuts, is what has won it the admiration and devotion of countless coffee professionals. Like a perfect loaf of sourdough bread, a great pour over is more about mastering the process than buying the best ingredients (although high quality ingredients are helpful).

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The Importance of Water in Your Coffee

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The Importance of Water in Your Coffee Because coffee is 98% water, the quality of that water has a significant effect on the quality of your coffee. Water, while often assumed to be a simple chemical compound (two atoms of hydrogen, one of oxygen), is actually anything but, and may contain any or all of the following: calcium, magnesium, potassium, zinc, iron, sulfates, fluoride, sodium, and potentially a host of other trace elements. All these compounds affect water’s flavor, and thus the flavor of the coffee.

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What's The One Thing You Need to Brew Great Coffee at Home?

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What's The One Thing You Need to Brew Great Coffee at Home? What’s the secret to home-coffee-brewing success? The one item that really separates you from the baristas is a great coffee grinder.

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How to Make a White Chocolate Latté

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How to Make a White Chocolate Latté Of the many delicious hot (or iced) beverages baristas are crafting, one of most popular is the White Chocolate Latté.

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Trend Alert—Brewchata

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Trend Alert—Brewchata Perhaps the most delicious beverage south of the border is a complicated concoction called horchata (alternately spelled orxata). Morro horchata—the variation of the drink most commonly consumed in the U.S., is made with water, rice “milk,” vanilla, almonds, cinnamon and sugar—and is the latest and greatest ingredient to enhance cold brew coffee. The powerful new coffee drink with a Mexican twist has a portmanteau name—Brewchata.

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How to Make Cold Brew at Home

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How to Make Cold Brew at Home Cold brew coffee—or “iced coffee taken seriously,” as senior director of the Specialty Coffee Association of America Peter Giuliano calls it—is the latest beverage to take American coffee culture by storm. With a more intense, richer flavor, yet with the same refreshing qualities as its well-known sibling, iced coffee, cold brew is hot.

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The Magic of Cold Brew Coffee

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The Magic of Cold Brew Coffee Many people think about cold brew as iced coffee’s much cooler older brother. Cold brew coffee (which often goes by the name “cold press” when brewed using a French press) is slowly taking over iced coffee culture as an improved version of “old school” iced coffee. Here’s look at the history, chemistry and other subtleties that make this new beverage so delicious.

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About The Chemex

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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About The Chemex

Invention And History

The Chemex, invented in 1941, was arguably the first coffeemaker to emphasize form alongside function. Created by chemist Dr. Peter Schlumbohm, it was intended to be a work of art as well as an effective tool. (He referred to them as “Beautilities.”) Schlumbohm wanted to reimagine the perfect cup of coffee—to strip this basic act down to its very essentials and reshape it from the ground up—and this began with design.

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Pour Over Brewing

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Pour Over Brewing

Hand poured coffee, like so many activities, was once the only method of brewing coffee. Then coffee machines were invented, and people were eager to get the machines to do the work for them. Now, interestingly, in a quest for integrity and quality, we are creeping back in the other direction. Pour over coffee, a method begun in 1900s Germany but mostly imported from Japan, has caught on like wildfire among U.S. artisanal coffee drinkers because of three essential aspects: flavor, process and story.

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What is the Vacuum Pot?

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What is the Vacuum Pot?

The vacuum pot (also called the vac pot or siphon) method of brewing coffee is one of the oldest techniques still in use today—beautiful with its ornate design and sleek glassware. It revolutionized nineteenth-century coffeemaking in Europe after its invention in Germany in 1830. Much like the Chemex brewer, it fell out of favor in the mid-20th century for what came to be seen as unnecessary requirements in brewing: patience, practice and a steep learning curve. However, also like the Chemex, the vacuum pot is now enjoying something of a renaissance among fans of artisanal coffee.

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