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Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

What Kind of Coffee Would I Like?

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

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

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


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.

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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?

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


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

Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

French Press/Press Pot

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.

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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


Friday, 31 May 2013 00:00

Auto Drip Brewing

The most common method of brewing coffee today is probably the automatic drip brewer. It is by far the easiest brewing method, the key being that is it, well, automatic. You can turn it on and go start your day without a second thought and your coffee is ready to pour in just a few minutes.