Month: June 2019

Where Coffee Is Grown

With the exception of climate-controlled greenhouses, coffee must be grown in specific climates, which limits its growth to specific regions of the world. For Arabica coffee, which is the most common type of coffee around the world, there are a few regions best suited for growing. In subtropical regions, above and below and equator, where ...

Fresh Roasted Coffee Will Become The New Craft Beer

For years, chains such as Starbucks have dominated the coffee industry, and it is part of the culture in many households to wake up and have a cup of Folgers. In the mainstream, there isn’t a lot of variety unless you know where to look and what you’re looking for.  The same was true with ...

Nitro Cold Brew

Like Guinness, nitro cold brew is infused with nitrogen, giving it the smooth and creamy body and the iconic layer of white foam on top. It is something I’ve only recently gotten into, and I must say I’ve quickly become a fan.

When Does Coffee Reach Peak Freshness?

The coffee you buy at the store isn’t fresh. Usually, the coffee sitting on the shelves at the grocery store is months or even years old. You might be used to drinking this coffee. Most people are. Coffee beans that are too old have gone stale, and when you brew coffee with those beans, you’re ...

The Cold Brew Ratio

Cold brew is great in the summer, especially here in Texas. Personally, I’ll drink cold brew any time of year.  Before I got into cold brew, I never really understood it. I’d had iced coffee before and wasn’t especially impressed. A couple years ago, however, I tasted cold brew that completely changed the way I ...

Roasting – Delaying the First Crack

The process of coffee roasting is a science that requires more precision than many people realize. Depending on the flavor profile you’re looking for, you may find it beneficial to control the time it takes for your coffee to reach the first crack. When I first started roasting my own coffee, I went into it ...

A Review of Cold Brews

Cold brew coffee is a special type of coffee. In the hot summer, especially here in Texas, it can be a nice, cool relief. But besides the temperature, what sets cold brew coffee apart from regular hot coffee? And what is the difference between cold brew and iced coffee? A common misconception many people hold ...

Roasting for Espresso

Espresso is a type of very concentrated coffee brewed in small amounts, most often used in lattes and cappuccinos but also enjoyed on its own. Espresso is many times stronger than typical coffee, because it’s brewed using a smaller ratio of coffee to water. The process for brewing espresso can involve any type and roast ...

Why I Love Coffee Shops

As I write this, I’m sitting in a coffee shop enjoying a cup of Vienna roast.  I spend a lot of time in coffee shops, whether it’s creative work like writing or coding, or other things like reading or socializing. I find that sitting in a coffee shop, surrounded by people, drinking coffee, and working ...

Why I Started Roasting My Own Coffee

I am obsessed with coffee. I love the variety of beans, brews, and roasts. And of course, I love the taste.  I’ve been drinking coffee since I was in middle school. I loved it from the first time I tried it. And of course, I always drank it black.  From my humble beginnings as a ...