The Things

Foamed and Frothed: Home Frothers

May 6, 2013

Level:   Cafe au lait, cappuccino, latte, macchiato, and more. All those delicious coffee beverages that incorporate milk – steamed or frothed – always seem perfectly prepared when created by your local barista. But, once you try your hand at these at home, results are often less than satisfactory. The first thing to remember is […]

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First Annual Java Jog for a Cause Raises Money for Women of the Congo

April 19, 2013

The first annual Java Jog, benefitting women of the Congo took place on the morning of April 12th on a 5k course around Pleasure Bay at Castle Island Park in Boston. Produced by Friends of Coffee Farming Communities, the run was founded to support female coffee producers in the Congo and their networks. A total […]

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Coffee Grinders: A Quick Look

April 2, 2013

A proper grind is essential to brewing a great quality cup of coffee, but not all grinders are created equal. We caught up with Kyle Anderson of Baratza to get some tips on what to look for in a grinder.           Coffee Universe: What are the telltale signs that indicate that […]

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Vacuum Brewing: A Conversation with Bodum USA

March 19, 2013

The first glass vacuum pots began to appear in Germany at the beginning of the 19th Century, and quickly became a fashionable way to brew coffee. Not only did vacuum brewing offer an upgrade to the brewing methods previously used, but the method provided a unique view of the brewing process that captivated the senses. […]

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Getting My Iced Coffee Fix – and a bit of Almond Milk, too.

March 16, 2013

I’m a hot coffee drinker. Getting my fill in the morning then switching to tea in the late morning. Sparkling water takes me through dinner, when a glass of wine is my beverage of choice. Recently, I mixed things up a bit. After my morning coffee, and a brief bit of tea, I was in […]

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Coffee Brewers: The Latest from the International Home & Housewares Show

March 9, 2013

I recently returned from a trip to the International Home & Housewares Show in Chicago – and I have to say, I drank a lot of coffee. Not out and about in the city – although there were some great coffee shops in town, but instead inside the convention center. There, I had to opportunity […]

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Coming to Terms with Acidity

February 24, 2013

Level:     This is the first of an ongoing series entitled, Whats in Your Cup? In this series, we’ll discuss the tastes and flavors that are found in coffee, helping you better identify — and enjoy — what’s in your cup.           Creating a Common Language “The basic difficulty in […]

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The Ritual of Tea: Steeping Perfection

February 17, 2013

The steeping of tea is a time-honored ritual that has been observed for centuries. In recent years, U.S. consumers are redefining the way they prepare tea, taking note from traditions that have withstood the test of time. One important thing to remember about preparing tea is that different teas require different steeping temperatures. No longer […]

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Coffee Rust: From Myth to Reality

February 10, 2013

Level: Originally published, October 8, 2012 By Gabriela Cordon “Coffee growers reiterated they face the most severe rust outbreak in recent years”, El Mundo Digital, El Salvador. According to Freddy Wellman, a plant pathologist whose major work was on coffee diseases, the Coffea Arabica is subject to more than 40 diseases due to different factors. […]

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Coffee, Art, and Culture: illy

February 5, 2013

The year was 1933 and the place was the Italian port town of Trieste, when the story of illy began. Company founder, Francesco Illy developed the modern espresso machine, and began a tradition that spans coffee, art and culture. Today, under the third generation of illy family leadership, the illy blend of espresso has delighted […]

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