Archive for April, 2010

Espresso. Is Your Coffee Too Fresh?

Espresso. Is Your Coffee Too Fresh?

As with many subjects related to coffee you will find a variety of opinions regarding freshness within the coffee industry. Take for example the question of storage, for every roaster that recommends storing your coffee in the freezer or refrigerator there are many more that perish the thought. No matter the number of roasters that […]

By April 19, 2010 Read Article
Steep or Brew? One and the same or different?

Steep or Brew? One and the same or different?

There are many unknowns in coffee. Regardless of how scientific some of us can make it sound, most of the brewing practices are a product of tradition, not science. At best, it’s practical observation, a very good first-step in scientific inquiry, but hardly definitive. Let’s take the agitation of grounds during brewing, sometimes called turbidity. […]

By April 16, 2010 Read Article
Mysterious No More: Sumatra Coffees

Mysterious No More: Sumatra Coffees

Ever since specialty coffee pioneer Alfred Peet popularized Sumatra coffees on the menu of his famous Vine Street store, their pungently fruity, earthy/musty profile has attracted a loyal following among American coffee lovers. Along the way they have been regularly tagged “mysterious,” a word also often applied to the seldom-visited Indonesian island they come from. […]

Understanding the Geisha Cultivar

Understanding the Geisha Cultivar

Like many people in coffee, the Geisha cultivar in Panama fascinates me. I’ve done as much research into its history, as well as other Ethiopian cultivars, as anyone. While I have a lot to say on it here I want to focus on some aspects of its history that were unknown to me until a […]

By April 2, 2010 Read Article