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What Is Shade Grown Coffee?

What Is Shade Grown Coffee?Fair Trade, USDA Organic, Rainforest Alliance – these are all coffee friendly movements that the world is familiar with. But what is shade grown coffee? On the surface, it seems a little bit less urgent a subject than coffee farm working conditions or organic growing methods. But the truth is, shade grown […]

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Why Does Coffee Taste Sour?

Why Does Coffee Taste Sour?Have you ever had a cup of sour coffee? It’s a pretty common problem, right up there with coffee tasting too bitter. In fact, the two problems are actually related!So why does coffee taste sour? In this article, I want to address the problem of sour (and bitter) coffee, and what options you […]

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Is Coffee Gluten-Free?

Is Coffee Gluten-Free?Simple question: is coffee gluten-free?Unfortunately, the simplest questions are sometimes the most difficult to answer… but when your body is craving that morning cup of coffee, the answer becomes imperative.The worst part is that we’re not just talking about a guilty conscience here, either. We’re talking stomach aches and pains, along with all […]

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Why Put Eggshells in Coffee?

Why Put Eggshells in Coffee?The first time I heard about eggshells in coffee I thought, “Do what now? Those things come out of a chicken!”But the truth is, using eggshells in your coffee can be a game changer for your coffee regimen, especially if you struggle to enjoy those more acidic brews.I’ve broken down the […]

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Is Instant Coffee Bad for You?

Is Instant Coffee Bad for You?I have a confession. I’m NOT a fan of instant coffee. Frankly, it’s disgusting. But a question keeps popping up that has me curious (and is a bit more serious than just taste preference): Is instant coffee bad for you?While I’m sure I could win any argument against instant coffee […]

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What is French Roast Coffee?

What is French Roast Coffee?Dark roasts, light roasts, medium roasts, oh my! These are things we can understand, right? Then why do those punk roasters have to go and throw extra categories in there, like French roast?When I hear French roast, I think, “Okay, a darker roast…” and that’s it. But that can’t be it, right? […]

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What is Cascara?

What is Cascara?Have you heard of this new drink, cascara? Technically, it’s not that new. It’s been around for a long time in places like Africa, the Middle East, and South America, but to the rest of the world, the drink is pretty fresh on the scene.So, exactly what is cascara, then? Let’s jump in […]

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Is Coffee Vegan?

Is Coffee Vegan?When you embrace a restrictive diet, choosing appropriate food can be a challenge. Can I eat this dish that someone else prepared? Can I have my favorite dessert? What can I buy at the store?But there’s one food-related question that is absolutely crucial (for us, at least!): is coffee vegan?I had to find […]

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What is Fair Trade Coffee?

What is Fair Trade Coffee?Have you ever seen that little “Fair Trade” or “Fair Trade International” label on your coffee bag and wondered, “What does that mean? How does Fair Trade even work?”Well, I have.I had a vague idea of the fair trade concept, but just enough to get me confused. So, with my head […]

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Where Do Coffee Beans Come From?

Where Do Coffee Beans Come From?Saying “coffee comes from coffee beans” is like saying a car comes from a car dealership. It’s kind of a lame, uninformative answer.So, for this post I decided to answer the question, what is a coffee bean in the first place… and where do coffee beans come from?The results I […]

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The History of Coffee [FACTS + GRAPHICS]

The History Of Coffee The history of coffee is a fascinating story.  The bean has traveled the globe for centuries, being smuggled out of strict countries, stolen from royalty and has changed entire nations and economies. It’s remarkable how one small bean taken from tiny trees in Ethiopia could become the 2nd largest commodity traded in the world […]

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Can You Eat Coffee Beans?

Can You Eat Coffee Beans?Over the years there has been much hoopla in the media about the health benefits of coffee. From lowering the risk of threats like heart disease and Parkinson’s to being a HUGE source of antioxidants, these little caffeine-filled nuggets are some of the most incredible natural wonders of the world! But, knowing that […]

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What Is A Coffee Bloom?

What Is A Coffee Bloom?I spend a lot of time on this blog talking about the benefits of using coffee that is as fresh as possible. I urge you to buy your beans as soon after roasting as you can (or even better, roast your own) and to grind just before you brew. I’ve shared reviews of […]

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What is White Coffee?

What is White Coffee?It seems like every other week there’s a new way to drink coffee. It’s amazing that there continue to be new innovations around this drink that has existed for centuries. But here we are. One such innovation is white coffee. What is white coffee? Perhaps you’ve seen it marketed at hipster coffee shops as the […]

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How Long Should I Boil Coffee For?

How Long Should I Boil Coffee For?Until the 1930s, boiling used to be the most common method to prepare coffee. Although it has now fallen out of fashion in favour of other brewing techniques, it is still used in many traditional recipes. To boil coffee, all you really need is water, coffee grounds and a […]

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How Can I Make My Coffee Less Acidic?

How Can I Make My Coffee Less Acidic?Coffee can be very acidic, and that can cause problems for some people. If your coffee doesn’t love you back and is giving you heartburn, or if you simply dislike the taste of acidic coffee, don’t worry! Keep reading to learn how to make coffee less acidic, and start making more […]

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How Long Should I Steep My Coffee For?

How Long Should I Steep My Coffee For?Steeping is one of the simplest methods of brewing coffee. It involves mixing hot water with coffee grounds, waiting for them to infuse, and then removing the coffee solids. French press or cafètiere is easily the most popular technique of steeping coffee. Cold brew coffee and “coffee bags” however, […]

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Best Practices Reusing Coffee Grounds

Thinking Of Reusing Your Coffee Grounds?Have you ever wondered if you could save some pennies by not throwing your used coffee grounds away, but by reusing them instead? The short answer is, you shouldn’t reuse already brewed coffee for making yourself a new cup. However, there are many other ways you can recycle coffee grounds. Keep reading for […]

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How Long Is Brewed Coffee Good For?

How Long Is Brewed Coffee Good For?Have you ever had day-old coffee from a murky pot? Coffee made in the morning and just left to sit is a common sight in many workplaces and old school diners. Anyone who’s tried it probably remembers the taste, and not in a nice way. Common sense dictates that brewed coffee doesn’t […]

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What Are Coffee Filters Made Of?

What Are Coffee Filters Made Of?Let me throw you a scenario. You wake up and the first thing you do is head down to the kitchen. You need one thing: coffee. Now, unless you use a French press or espresso maker, chances are you’re going to need a coffee filter to help brew that delicious java… and […]

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Espresso Vs Coffee – What’s The Difference?

Espresso Vs Coffee – What’s The Difference?What exactly is the difference between coffee and espresso? For some, a tiny cup of strong espresso is the only true coffee, while others think it’s a bitter waste of perfectly good beans. Whichever you prefer, it’s always good to get our of your comfort zone and try something new! To get […]

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Bleached Vs Unbleached Filters – What’s The Difference?

Bleached Vs Unbleached Filters – What’s The Difference?There are two common types of paper filters available in the market: bleached vs unbleached. The most obvious difference between them is the colour: unbleached filters are brown, while bleached ones are white, as would be expected. But have you ever wondered if there are differences other than just colour? […]

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Why Does Coffee Make Me Tired?

Why Does Coffee Make Me Tired?Hitting the midday slump, have you ever tossed back a fresh cup of drip coffee only to hear yourself yawn just a few minutes later? You’re not alone my friend, because I’ve experienced this heartbreak as well. Though it’s known round the world as the go-to stimulant, why does coffee make […]

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Why Is Coffee Called a “Cup of Joe”?

Why Is Coffee Called a “Cup of Joe”?Fancy a “cup of Joe”? Where does the term cup of joe come from?? Of all the nicknames to grace the drink world, “Joe” has to be the strangest. If you happen to have an overactive imagination like me, you may wonder: why is coffee called Joe? (now i’m also wondering […]

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How Is Instant Coffee Made?

How Is Instant Coffee Made?While once visiting the old homestead on vacation, my father offered to make me coffee one morning. Still recovering from the whiskey tasting with my mother from the previous night (yes, I know my family isn’t normal), I graciously accepted.Much to my horror, my pops proceeded to whip up a batch […]

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What Type of Coffee Has the Most Caffeine?

What Type of Coffee Has the Most Caffeine?Are you falling asleep in line at the coffee shop again and wondering which type of coffee to go with? Should you take an espresso, a flat white, or a drip coffee? What about the roast: light or dark? If you’re like me and like your coffee with an extra kick […]

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Why Is Freshly Ground Coffee Better?

Freshly Grounded Coffee – Why It Tastes BestSince I first opened my eyes to the world of coffee beyond Starbucks, I’ve been told that freshly ground coffee is better than pre-ground coffee. I didn’t know why, and I could never get a better answer than a pretentious scoff from the know-it-alls, yet I accepted their unquestionable […]

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How To Clean Your Coffee Maker

How To Clean Your Coffee MakerCan you taste it, the strange flavors seeping into your cup, nestling themselves into your sensitive taste buds?Your coffee maker used to produce the perfect cup, but now something has happened and your once trustworthy coffee maker is acting strange. Did she find out that you used to see Starbucks before […]

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15 Research-Backed Health Benefits of Coffee

15 Research-Backed Health Benefits of Coffee (+ 5 Benefit Boosters) Is this black liquid I continually pour down my throat really good for me?  At some point we’ve all wondered this, and we’ve continually consoled ourselves with the occasional news headline celebrating the positive health impacts of your beloved cup of joe. The short answer is yes […]

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Is French Press Coffee Bad for You?

Is French Press Coffee Bad For You? Here are the FactsFor all of the good things that we get from drinking coffee, one must always remember the adage, “you can always have too much of a good thing.”Moderate consumption of coffee is no biggie (in fact, it’s good for you), but can there be adverse […]

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How Many Ounces is a Shot of Espresso?

How Many Ounces is a Shot of Espresso?How many ounces is a shot of espresso?Well, I’m glad you asked! Crafting the perfect cup of coffee isn’t always easy – how many of us have blindly thrown some water and coffee grounds into our desired coffee-making tool to be left unsatisfied with the result?Of course, we […]

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