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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Chemex Brew Guide

The Chemex Brew Guide: Compare Chemex recipes from top roasters!

This is the last Chemex brew guide you’ll ever need. The Chemex is one of our favorite coffee brewers because it’s easy to use, environmentally friendly, and makes an excellent tasting cup. Once you have your basic pouring technique down (basically just don’t fill it all the way up so the coffee is stuck to […]

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The Most Expensive Coffee on Earth: Panama Geisha

A decent bottle of wine or a decent bag of coffee each cost maybe $15. But for a nice Bordeaux, it’s easy to spend over $100.  The best coffee, however, can be yours for only $19/bag.  That’s only $0.25 more per cup to go from supermarket brands to carefully selected single origin beans.  But these […]

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Is Dark Roast Coffee Stronger?

Many People Believe So. The Origin of this Myth Lies in the Explosive Growth of Starbucks. Every generation, there’s a revolution in the way people drink coffee. And every generation takes a step in the right direction. Many people today think of Maxwell House and Folgers as truly terrible brands. Pre-ground and left in tins […]

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