Coffee Blog

  • The Coffee Creamer Dilemma: When Additives Reign Supreme

    The Coffee Creamer Dilemma: When Additives Reign Supreme

    As a coffee roaster, I have a confession to make - I actually enjoy using coffee creamer...when I have my decaf at night time a couple of times a week! Scandalous, I know! It may seem contradictory for someone so immersed in the world of premium coffee beans and flavor profiles. But my personal journey with coffee helps explain this apparent paradox.

    In my early days of coffee appreciation, I'll admit, I used to doctor up my brew quite a bit with creamers, milk, and sweeteners. The bitterness and acidity were a bit too intense for my novice palate back then. The creamers allowed me to tame those harsher notes and make the coffee more agreeable to my taste buds as I acquired the taste.

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  • My Journey into the Coffee Geek Rabbit Hole

    My Journey into the Coffee Geek Rabbit Hole
    The Great Blooming Experiment
    Okay, let's get to the heart of the matter - the great blooming experiment! For those unhip to the coffee nerd lingo, "blooming" refers to the pre-infusion process of pouring a little bit of water over fresh coffee grounds to allow them to release gases before fully extracting.
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  • The Art of Aging Coffee: Unlocking Flavors and Personal Connections

    The Art of Aging Coffee: Unlocking Flavors and Personal Connections

    As any coffee lover knows, the beverage we love is a complex, nuanced drink where even tiny variations can completely change the flavor experience. This became abundantly clear to me recently when I conducted an experiment aging a high-end Colombian coffee for 5 weeks off the roast date.

    At first, brewing it with my usual 1:15 ratio produced fairly flat, lackluster results, lacking the brightness and liveliness I'd expect from a premium bean. However, when I concentrated the brew down to a 1:10 ratio, something magical happened - sudden notes of juicy fruitiness and punchy acidity burst forth from the cup. It was like the coffee had awakened from a flavor coma.

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  • The Quest for the Perfectly Balanced Coffee

    The Quest for the Perfectly Balanced Coffee

    Defining a Balanced, Flavorful Coffee


    But what does "balanced and flavorful" really mean? As someone who tastes coffees every day, I have a very intentional definition. A balanced coffee has no single flavor note overpowering the others. The flavors meld together harmoniously. A flavorful coffee delivers a complex symphony of tastes, not bland or muted. Achieving both balance and vibrant flavor is the sweet spot I constantly pursue.

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  • The Struggles and Joys of Being a Content Creator

    The Struggles and Joys of Being a Content Creator
    Creating content sounds like a dream job - pick up a camera or microphone, share your passions with the world, and get paid for it. What could be better? While being a YouTuber, podcaster, or other type of content creator certainly has its perks, the reality is that it's an immensely challenging pursuit that requires incredible perseverance. But for those who stick with it, the joys make all the struggle worthwhile.
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