Tag: coffee

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

Turkish Coffee

A classic Turkish proverb says that Turkish coffee is “black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love.” After trying it, this proverb is clearly true. I was fortunate to visit the beautiful city of Istanbul, Turkey a year ago, and while I was there I indulged in lots of the local cuisine, including ...

Roasting Temperatures

When you reach a more advanced level of coffee roasting, you will want to branch out beyond simple light, medium, and dark roasts. Maybe you want to try for a Vienna roast? Or maybe you want an American roast? Whatever you want to roast, I have put together a temperature guide for each level of ...

Types of Decaf

Many people drink coffee each morning for its caffeine content. Drinking a cup or two of coffee each morning helps people wake up and start their day. However, many choose to drink less coffee because of its caffeine content. For these people, decaf coffee is a great choice for them, but there is a lot ...