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.

Thursday, 03 August 2017 10:08

How To Save Money On Shipping

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You can get Muggsy's Beans delivered straight to your door. Orders from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, North & South Dakota, Illinois, and Nebraska are shipped using Speedee Delivery, a locally owned and operated company with shipping rates that are up to 70% cheaper than national carriers. All other states in the "lower 48" will get their orders shipped via either the US Postal Service, or UPS. We don't ship to Alaska or Hawaii due to the cost involved.

The harsh reality of shipping is this: the first pound is always the most expensive. That is a fact no matter who handles the packages. Each additional pound is offered at a fraction of the first. For example, shipping one pound from Minnesota (where we are) to our nation's capital would cost over $10 using UPS, and around $7.50 via USPS, but shipping two pounds would cost $11 and $9.75, respectively.

The logic is obvious: in order to save money on shipping, order several pounds at a time. Don't worry about waste, with proper storage, your coffee will retain its freshness.

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.