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How Do You Hold Your Cup?

How Do You Hold Your Cup?

The studies speak for themselves. Again and again, they confirm how coffee can elevate the mood and help with depression and how it makes us generally more positive. The ultimate test is run in your own kitchen daily, or at the office coffee bar. You know the results. In fact, you count on them. But did … Continue reading How Do You Hold Your Cup?

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The Correct Coffee to Water Ratio

The Correct Coffee to Water Ratio

You read it everywhere: 2 level tablespoons of ground coffee for every 6-oz. cup. But if you’re a coffee lover, your cup is a mug and it’s closer to 8 ounces, if not more. Of course, cup or mug size is not the only factor. Some say they only use filtered water to make coffee, … Continue reading The Correct Coffee to Water Ratio

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How to Store Coffee

How to Store Coffee

Whether it is roasted or not, coffee is still subject to the elements. Remember that whole beans offer less surface to the air. Thus, storing whole beans and grinding as needed is a good way to prolong the life of fresh coffee. Storing whole beans and grinding as needed is a good way to prolong … Continue reading How to Store Coffee

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How to Use Old Coffee Beans

How to Use Old Coffee Beans

So you forgot that jar of coffee beans in the back of the cupboard. All may not be lost. Old, stale coffee beans actually make a very decent cold brew. First, make sure the beans are not moldy. You will recognize the smell of mold instantly and without the shadow of a doubt. In doubt, … Continue reading How to Use Old Coffee Beans

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How to Stop Static in Electric Grinders

How to Stop Static in Electric Grinders

First, many thanks to our esteemed customer from Minnesota who asked the question on our Facebook Page a while back. And why is there static anyway? Most grinders have a plastic chamber. Since plastic is a poor conductor, the electric charge does not dissipate promptly from the grind. This is especially true on a dry … Continue reading How to Stop Static in Electric Grinders

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Is There Really More Cholesterol in French Press Coffee?

Is There Really More Cholesterol in French Press Coffee?

You may have heard that there is more cholesterol in French Press coffee. As with any food and beverage news these days, you may wonder about the accuracy of this statement, not to mention secretly hope it is absolutely untrue. Truth be told, cholesterol is present in coffee’s natural oils; all coffee that is. Indeed, … Continue reading Is There Really More Cholesterol in French Press Coffee?

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Bleached or Unbleached Filters?

Bleached or Unbleached Filters?

We can generally agree that unbleached filters are kinder to the environment. However, to each is own. We have an acquaintance who uses white, bleached filters, rinses and dries them after brewing coffee and then turns them in the most creative paper flower arrangements you can imagine. Her filter flowers have graced the tables of … Continue reading Bleached or Unbleached Filters?

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How to Reheat Coffee

How to Reheat Coffee

We all know that stove-top re-heated coffee does not taste very good, but that is not necessarily always true. There is good science to this madness, and sometimes good science is as easy as a simple change of strategy. Same tools; new approach. And what of the microwave? You might ask. Well, for one thing, … Continue reading How to Reheat Coffee

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How to Cure The Coffee Jitters

How to Cure The Coffee Jitters

“Coffee Jitters might go unnoticed if you happen to be a fast typist, but I like sewing by hand and for the life of me I can’t thread a needle even after just a single cup!” commented one of our dear customers with a playful twinkle in her eye. Non-coffee drinkers assume that coffee jitters … Continue reading How to Cure The Coffee Jitters

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How to Make Espresso With a French Press

How to Make Espresso With a French Press

Use a French Press to make Espresso at home without a machine. Use any coffee, even your favorite flavored brew. A true Espresso is defined as a strong black coffee made by forcing steam through ground coffee beans. You will not find any definition out there that states you cannot enjoy a good espresso without this … Continue reading How to Make Espresso With a French Press

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How to Make a Cappuccino With a French Press

How to Make a Cappuccino With a French Press

Use your French Press to make a cappuccino at home. It’s so easy a child can do it. In fact, you can use the same method to make frothy milk for their hot chocolate. The operative word here is “frugal.” Being frugal is more than just about making do and saving money. Creativity is at … Continue reading How to Make a Cappuccino With a French Press

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How to Fix Bitter Coffee

How to Fix Bitter Coffee

Bitter Coffee? If you purchase fresh-roasted, high-quality coffee beans, a bitter cup will usually be due to your equipment or method. But please do not take this personally. Brewing a great cup is an art, and every art is honed with a bit of fine-tuning. This, after all, is part of the coffee experience. Dive in. … Continue reading How to Fix Bitter Coffee

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