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Coffee 101

Coffee 101

Curious about the best way to brew your coffee? Not sure what coffees you'll like? Bored and mindlessly surfing in the Internet? Then this section is for you!

Here you will find information about various brewing techniques, their advantages and disadvantages, as well as information about storing coffee and a nice little piece on what kind of grinder you should get.

Please use the links to the left or below to explore and don't forget to visit

Friday, 07 August 2015 10:35

Why You Should Weigh Your Coffee

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On the left of the photo above is a 14 oz. bag of our Guatemalan Organic coffee roasted to a nice, medium brown. On the right is a 14 oz. bag of our French Roast, which is made from our Guatemalan Organic coffee. Notice the difference in size.

Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

What Kind of Coffee Would I Like?

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There are approximately 600 varieties of coffee in the world and each one is going to have its own unique characteristics and flavors! There is no way I could list all of them so I will stick with some generalizations.

Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

Vacuum Pot

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The vacuum coffee pot is a clever device invented by Robert Napier in 1840. It uses heat, cooling and vacuum and it looks like it came from a mad scientist's lab and that makes it the coolest coffee thing ever!

Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

The Keurig Coffee Maker

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The Keurig coffee maker is the newest thing on the scene and I have a huge problem with it. It is designed strictly for convenience and offers little else.

Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

Storage

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Your best bet is to buy only as much coffee as you're going to drink in a given week or two. Coffee is like bread, the fresher it is, the better. Air is coffee's enemy and lessening the coffee's exposure to air is of paramount importance.

Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

Percolator

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The percolating coffee pot was invented by the American scientist and soldier Count Rumford, otherwise known as Benjamin Thompson. However, the first US patent for a coffee percolator was issued to James Mason of Franklin, MA, in 1865. Go figure. An Illinois farmer named Hanson Goodrich is generally credited with patenting the modern U.S. stove-top percolator as it is known today.

Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

How Much Coffee Should I Use?

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You will find recipes for drip brewing coffee as varied as just about anything. I've seen some that suggest using one rounded tablespoon of grounds per cup to be brewed! Are you freaking kidding me?! That's over 3/4 of a measuring cup of grounds for a 12-cup pot! That's gonna make mud, not coffee.

Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

Grinders

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There are two types of grinders in the world, blade grinders and burr grinders.

Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

French Press/Press Pot

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The French Press (also known simply as a press pot) is the best way to brew coffee at home. It offers unparalleled flavor due to perfect extraction time and delivery of the volatile oils that are often trapped in paper filters.

Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

Espresso

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Note: First of all let's get one thing straight, the word is "espresso," not "expresso."

In Italian "espresso" means "expressed," as in "to press or squeeze out: to express the juice of grapes," or in this case, to express the heart of the coffee bean into a small cup. The word "expresso" is an American bastardization of the word which implies speed, but which has no meaning in Italian.

This article is reproduced, mostly in tact, from one of my favorite coffee information sources, Coffee Research.org.

--Muggsy

Eclipse & Vacation

Solar Eclipse

On Monday, August 21st there will be a total eclipse of the sun across much of the central US. So I'm headed to Missouri to watch it. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, because the next one to come across the US won't be until 2045. I will be out of town that day, and will be traveling back all day on Tuesday. You can place orders on this web site, but I won't be able to ship them until the end of that week.

Then from August 28th through September 5th, I will be out of town. I've heard people mention this thing called a “vacation” and I thought I'd give it a try. Sounds fun. Again, you can place orders as usual, but I won't be filling or shipping them until later that week.

Muggsy's Beans will be at the Sauk Rapids Farmers Market this summer! We hope to see you there.

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