Chemex, hario, bonavita

13 Crimes Against a Chemex, Oh the Humanity!

We all know the Chemex as a delicious, simple, and beautiful coffee maker. Nothing makes a Chemex happier than brewing up a delicious batch of coffee. Which is why we regret to inform you that Chemex abuse has increased 94% in the last 12 months. Sticking flowers in your Chemex might look nice, but it’s almost as […]

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Shade agroforestry system at Oro Molido in Fredonia, Antioquia

Shade Grown Coffee: What it means for you, the farmers, and the crop

Coffee grows on trees, but it can also grow underneath and around them. Coffee is sometimes labeled as “shade grown” and in order to understand the benefits of shade grown coffee, it is important to review the different ways in which coffee in grown. Arabica vs Robusta Coffee is not a uniform crop; there numerous varietals of […]

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Coffee Acidity – Flavor, pH, Acid Reflux, and Low-acid Coffee: Part 1

Depending on who you ask, acidity in coffee is either a) the cause of heart burn and/or acid reflux, or b) the source delicious fruity complexity, a highly desirable characteristic of the best coffees. Armed with a digital pH probe and inspired by an episode of Sesame Street I was watching with my son, I set out […]

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Coffee Extraction: Sour vs Bitter & how to tell the difference

We recently added a feature to the Angels’ Cup coffee app that lets you record brew methods AND the results.  If you’re familiar with brew methods like the Chemex or Aeropress, recording the brew method is straight forward. As you can see in the screenshot to the left, you can record things like temp, grind, brew […]

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Gladys, left, with her farm in the background

Is Coffee Sustainable? Learn what these 3 big certifications mean for you, farmers, and the planet.

  Fair trade coffees and direct trade coffees aim to make coffee production a viable livelihood for farmers in the dozens of countries where coffee is grown. Fair trade is not a single, stagnant solution; it is an evolving model (really a set of models) designed to advocate to for people who have, in the […]

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The Best Coffee You Can Make While Camping

I love to unplug and go camping. It’s nice to get away from the hectic pace of life and take in nature by camping, fishing, and hiking. I also love great specialty coffee. It’s a new thing for me. So this year I decided to bring the essentials so that I could have my delicious […]

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A collection of manual coffee brewers

A Case For Manual Coffee Brewing

I put my automatic coffeemaker into storage several months ago. It was a pause that I had been contemplating for some time. I didn’t do it because I am giving up coffee, it is actually quite the opposite. I did it to learn more about coffee and drink better coffee. I have gone to a […]

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Coffee 101- Tips for Coffee Beginners

Coffee 101: Tips For Coffee Beginners

Across the country, the craft coffee movement is growing. Great roasters are popping up all over the place and the level that quality coffee has reached is phenomenal. It is a great time to be a coffee lover. If you are just showing up to the coffee party, don’t worry. There is plenty of time […]

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3 Tips to Enjoy Your First Black Coffee

Do coffee snobs set out to drink black coffee, or do black coffee drinkers naturally become coffee snobs? It sounds like a chicken and the egg problem, but it wasn’t for me. I became a black coffee drinker first (to cut calories), and ended up becoming a coffee snob. Once the milk and sugar was […]

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Kickapoo Kenya Mbeguka french press

How To Use a French Press: Instructions from top roasters!

One french press brew guide to rule them all. The french press coffee brewer is a classic, for many people it’s their first introduction to decent coffee at home. But despite the fact that you can find them for sale at every grocery and kitchenware store, they’re surprisingly tough to get right. The big problem […]

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