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Coffee Brewing Guides

They say a great cup of coffee starts with good beans, but the truth is: that’s only half of the battle.

How you brew your coffee is just as important as the quality and freshness of your beans. Your choice of brew type, the coarseness of your grind, and a few other things can affect your coffee’s strength, aroma, body, and taste.

Sounds complicated, right? Yes, but not really. The truth is brewing coffee is easy when you get a good grasp of the coffee brewing fundamentals.

Learn how to brew coffee using different coffee makers and gear including moka pots, espresso machines, coffee drippers, a French press, manual and electric coffee grinders, and more.

We have included some brewing fundamentals, pro tips, and key notes in our articles to help you understand what happens to your coffee when you brew using your desired equipment.

Whether you are a novice home barista or a self-confessed coffee hipster, our tips and tricks will help you make a darn good cup of joe!

How To Make Pour Over Coffee: The Beginners Guide

The Beginners Guide To Pour Over Coffee You’ve probably noticed the increasing popularity of pour over coffee in coffee shops lately and the New York Times says caffeine fiends everywhere have the Japanese to thank for this method of coffee making magic. Also known as ‘manual filter coffee’; you’ll either love or hate this brew style (and […]

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5 Simple Ways to Grind Coffee Without a Coffee Grinder

5 Simple Ways to Grind Coffee Beans Without a Coffee Grinder [Some By Hand] Grinding whole-bean coffee right before brewing ensures freshness, reduces exposure to flavor-destroying oxygen, and helps to protect the natural flavors of the coffee from becoming bland and stale. But what if you don’t have a grinder? How can you grind fresh beans every […]

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How to Make Turkish Coffee: Brewing Tips + Tricks

How to Make Turkish Coffee Whether you’ve had it before or are just itching to try some for the first time, learning the traditional Turkish coffee recipe is an easy process. But, while relatively straightforward to make, what this world-renowned coffee style represents is anything but simple. Turkish coffee is a deeply ingrained part of Turkish culture […]

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The Environmental Impact of K-Cups [KILL THE K-CUP]

The Environmental Impact of K-Cups  In 2017 alone, coffee pods made up a nearly 5 billion dollar industry. To put it another way, at least 16 million U.S. households currently have a single-serve brewer on their countertop. And, of course, these machines are useless without the coffee pods, or K-cups, that go in them… and make up a […]

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How to Use A Stovetop Espresso Maker (The Right Way)

How to Use A Stovetop Espresso Maker (You’re doing it wrong)So, you love espresso. That’s great! But what’s that? You don’t like the cost of buying them on a regular basis? And you’d rather not invest in a bulky, expensive machine for your home (what are they, plated with gold or something)? If you’re a fan of espresso […]

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How to Drink and Enjoy Black Coffee

How to Drink and Enjoy Black CoffeeCoffee is delicious. Full stop. But let’s be real, it often becomes something we depend on to get through the day, as much as a culinary entertainment for our taste buds. And when the quantity of coffee has grown to these levels, it’s about time to think about the quality of […]

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13 Exciting And Eco-Friendly Coffee Packaging Ideas

13 Absolutely Exciting And Eco-Friendly Coffee Packaging IdeasIt’s pretty safe to say that caring for the environment is a top priority for many people these days. And members of the great-coffee-at-home tribe are no different. That means that packaging for coffee is being rethought, revised, and reinvented so that it is sustainable, and all-around kinder to […]

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How to Drink Espresso (Like a Boss)

How to Drink Espresso (Like a Boss)Have you ever wondered if there is a right way to drink espresso? Come on, admit it. You have. Every coffee lover (who wasn’t born in Italy) probably has! If you have ever had the experience of sitting in a café in Rome, Venice or Florence – it can feel like […]

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How To Make An Americano

How To Make An AmericanoStanding in a crowded café in Rome, I ordered an Americano. The room fell silent and everyone turned to stare. The Barista smiled and poured me a double shot. I mimicked adding hot water to it but he didn’t seem to know what I meant. While it seems that this drink is very […]

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How To Tamp Espresso [The ONLY Tutorial You Need]

How To Tamp Espresso [The ONLY Tutorial You Need]You’ve done everything right: Bought a well-rated machine, hunted down the perfect bean, and ground it properly. Your fav serial crime podcast is on-deck. The house is quiet. Life is good. You’re ready for that rich, creamy shot.  Then you take that first sip of rich, dark liquid… WTF!! It’s weak! […]

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Are You Making These Coffee Brewing Mistakes?

Are You Making These Coffee Brewing Mistakes? Making a great cup of coffee – whatever brew style is your jam – doesn’t come easy. And even members of the “café quality coffee at home” tribe, who are invested in making a good brew, make mistakes that seriously impact the quality of what you end up with.  Fear not, […]

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How To Clean A Burr Grinder (Like A Pro)

How To Clean A Burr Grinder (Like A Pro)The people of the “great cup of coffee” tribe know that a burr grinder is an important tool in making that perfect cup of Joe (in whatever style of that liquid gold it is that makes you giggle with glee). Cleaning the grinder is reasonably straightforward and shouldn’t […]

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How To Make Espresso WITHOUT A Machine

How To Make Espresso Without a Machine A shot (or two) of espresso is an incredible luxury, particularly for those who love great coffee. Enjoying a homemade espresso shot typically requires an expensive espresso machine or a trip to your local coffee shop. But what if you don’t have the time or money for these options? Don’t worry, […]

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How to Make Aeropress Cold Brew

How to Make Aeropress Cold BrewIt’s hot and sunny outside. You have gotten sick of drinking watered down iced coffee. You need something smooth and refreshing to carry you through these long summer days. That’s where cold brew comes in. It’s the perfect drink to get you through the summer, and can be made easily […]

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6 AeroPress Uses You Never Knew About

You Only Brew Coffee With An AeroPress? 6 AeroPress Uses You Never Knew AboutIt’s been awhile since anything really shook up the coffee world, but the AeroPress is here and it’s completely rebooted the way many of us make coffee. There’s nothing quite like seeing the expression of the uninitiated when they ask, “You’re going […]

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How To Make Cold Brew Coffee In A Mason Jar

How To Make Cold Brew Coffee In A Mason JarDo you love cold, refreshing kick of tasty, non-acidic coffee on a hot summers mid-morning? Of course you do. Who doesn’t!?Would you like to be able to make some without spending any money on fancy equipment…or without spending $10 on a ‘bespoke small batch’ bottle that […]

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How To Make DIY Cold Brew Coffee

A Simple DIY Cold Brew Coffee RecipeYou don’t need fancy equipment (though that might help) to craft a refreshing, cold brew coffee. All you need is what’s already in your kitchen and a little bit of curiosity. Are you ready? Be careful – You might feel a little bit like Macgyver along the way.What is […]

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How To Make Cowboy Coffee – 3 Simple Methods

How To Make Cowboy Coffee [Pot Method Included]Personally, I love camping. Oh, to be out on the wild frontier where the howl of unattended children harmonizes with the static undertones of portable TV setups, and where the smell of charcoal only barely covers up the exhaust fumes of the forever-rumbling campervans. This is where the magic […]

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The Right Coffee Temperature – How Hot Should Coffee Be?

The Right Coffee Brewing Temperature – How Hot Should Coffee Be?’Piping hot coffee’ screams the flashing neon sign in the overlarge corner cafe windows. We’ve all seen signs like this, but, if you are like me, you have wondered whether “piping hot” is really the best temperature for coffee. Contrary to popular belief, coffee hot enough […]

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The Aeropress Inverted Method (+ Pro Tips)

The Aeropress Inverted MethodWhat does the soft ride of your car and the smooth flavor of coffee have in common? For most brew methods, the answer is nothing, but if you use an AeroPress brewer then the answer is hydraulics (stay with me now). The AeroPress is the brainchild of professional inventor and real-life MacGyver, Alan […]

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How to Roast your own Coffee Beans – 4 Simple Options

How To Roast Coffee Beans – 4 Roasting Options For Consistent ResultsWhat’s better than learning how to roast coffee beans? It’s a rhetorical question because for us: Nothing beats learning how to roast coffee beans at home.Understanding the roasting process broadens your appreciation for the art and the science that goes into pouring the perfect […]

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Coffee Brewing Methods: 19 Ways to Brew Amazing Coffee

Looking For The Best Way To Make Coffee? Here’s Everything You NeedTen years ago someone asks you how you brew coffee. Your answer was predictable:Espresso, or maybe an Americano, right?Today with all the new and progressive coffee brewing methods available, you may have a tough time deciding on just one method as your go-to.Cold-drip? pour […]

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