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The Coffee Maven
In search of the perfect cup of coffee
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Frequently forgotten as you take the first sips of your morning coffee are the people and the industry that went into making it. At Daily Coffee News, they recently addressed this issue with a post called "The Seven Cardinal Sins of Coffee Sustainability." Of the seven sins mentioned, one stuck... Continue reading
Posted Feb 3, 2018 at The Coffee Maven
Hamilton Beach. BLACK + DECKER. Breville. Cuisinart. Mr. Coffee. Proctor Silex. How are you supposed to wade through the sea of cheap coffee machines when there are so many different manufacturers out there? If you want a drip coffee machine and not one of those single-serve models like Keurig, give... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2018 at The Coffee Maven
Not some ordinary house cat, mind you, but an Asian Palm Civet. Kopi Luwak is such a coffee, noted by its lack of harsh bitterness and extreme smoothness. It can sell for upwards of $80 per cup at a coffee shop and frequently sells for $250 per pound of beans.... Continue reading
Posted Jan 30, 2018 at The Coffee Maven
At The Coffee Maven, we love espresso. And as much as we love drinking it, we love sharing our passion even more. That's why we've just published our complete guide to espresso -- The Coffee Maven's Espresso Central! It's our one-stop hub for all things espresso: What Is Espresso? How... Continue reading
Posted Jan 29, 2018 at The Coffee Maven
And that's just the espresso, cappuccino, and latte crowd. It says nothing for the regular ol' coffee drinkers out there. You can read up on some crazy coffee consumption stats here. If you're looking for the best espresso beans, I've put together a pretty comprehensive list. For those who have... Continue reading
Posted Jan 25, 2018 at The Coffee Maven
It's easy to order your coffee online or pick it up at the store and forget about all the work that went into making that roast. Next time you pour yourself a cup of nature's nectar, consider these facts about the coffee you're drinking: Each espresso shot requires about 40... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2018 at The Coffee Maven
The beauty of coffee is it doesn't matter whether you prefer a simple, affordable AeroPress (my device of choice) or crave a perfect shot from a $2,000 machine -- there's something for everyone. And with everyone moving at warp speed these days, sometimes you need to get your caffeine fix... Continue reading
Posted Dec 28, 2017 at The Coffee Maven
Crema. It's that beautifully delicate layer of hazelnut colored foam on the top of your freshly extracted espresso. A thick, rich crema is essential for a fantastic shot, right? Not exactly. There's a couple things you can learn about your espresso's crema that directly correlate with the quality of that... Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2017 at The Coffee Maven
Coffee is a major crop in a lot of developing nations, and the journey your coffee takes from the plant to your cup touches a lot of lives along the way. Purchasing Fair Trade coffee ensures that the workers who help make your morning caffeine fix possible are treated fairly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2017 at The Coffee Maven
Freshness is of paramount importance in coffee. You should have freshly harvested beans, freshly roasted beans, freshly ground beans, and a freshly served cup. But how should you define "fresh"? The Rule of 15s helps: Roast within 15 months of being harvested. Grind within 15 days of being roasted. Brew/extract... Continue reading
Posted Dec 19, 2017 at The Coffee Maven
Let me preface this by saying I have no background knowledge of farming or agriculture. But I do have a Bachelor's Degree in Biology, so I enjoy reading about nature and science. When I was learning about where coffee comes from -- the regions, the varieties, the farming practices --... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2017 at The Coffee Maven
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