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The origins of the magical bean we all of love so much We all the love the bean, but coffee goes through a long process to get to our cup. Sometimes you have to just appreciate the beauty of nature, and how cool the plant it gives us is. The cherry that produces our favorite bean has a few key parts: Outer Skin (Pericarp, Exocarp) The outermost layer of the coffee cherry. The skin starts out as a vibrant green before slowly shifting to either a deep red or yellow as the fruit matures. Pulp (Mesocarp) This is the nutrient-rich...

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If you want quality coffee at home, make sure you’re taking care of your beans properly We’ve touched on it before, but the freshness of your coffee at home is important. Stale coffee tastes, well, stale. And chances are you’re not a fan of stale coffee, as stale coffee is mostly flavorless, highly bitter sludge - a far cry from the delicious, mildly-bitter hot bean water we all love. So please, we beg of you, store your coffee properly.  But First, How Does Coffee Go Stale? Coffee goes stale because when roasted beans or grounds are exposed to air, the...

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Coffee farming truly is a global phenomenon  Coffee can only grow in very specific places around the world, with the coffee plant needing climates that are warm enough - and with the right soil! - to survive. Beyond that, the local industry itself has to be able to support the growing of coffee, which isn’t necessarily a guarantee, even if the climate is just right. That being said, coffee is the second most traded commodity, being only outdone by oil, with dozens of countries producing metric tons of the beautiful bean every year. As with most things, there are...

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Getting into the world of being a home barista can be complicated - but it doesn’t have to be. This might (not) come as a surprise, but we like coffee. Espresso, drip, French press, whatever it is, we love it. And if you’re reading this, chances are so do you. But if you’re relatively new to the world of gourmet coffee, knowing where to start can be a challenge. If you’re just starting to get ‘in’ to coffee, we have some easy tips for making a quality cup at home.   Figure Out What Kind Of Coffee You Want To...

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Making amazing espresso at home can be done without an expensive machine - and we have some tips on how to do just that. We’ve all been there: you get up, you make yourself a morning cup of espresso, you take that first life-affirming sip, and the coffee is just… fine. It’s nothing special, it’s not bad, but something within you longs for something ‘more’. But do not despair! We have a few cheap and easy ways for you to make better coffee at home, without spending upwards of $1,000 on a new espresso machine Ditch the Pre-Ground Coffee Pre-ground...

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