A life without good coffee is hardly any life at all. Indeed, on many days, our most urgent mission is to brew the finest cup possible, and to reach this higher plane of achievement, we seek out the world’s best varieties and stock our kitchens with the perfect equipment. Yet here’s a secret that’s often

The Art of Coffee Tasting, Part Two

Last time out, we looked at how to set up a proper coffee cupping, the practice of consciously sampling the coffees we love. Now we’re ready for the fun part: actually tasting some! Coffee has three main components: Aroma, taste, and body. In a cupping session, you’ll explore all three. There are whole guides to the process,

The Art of Coffee Tasting, Part One

Thankfully, coffee isn’t what it used to be. Gone are the days of horrific gas station cups filled with overheated mud so lifeless we can be forgiven for thinking it came from a pot brewed during the last World War. In their place are magnificent custom roasts carefully curated and treated like the fine wines
Given the option to choose between specialty, premium and regular coffee, most people would likely pick among the first two. But what, really is the difference? Basically, it’s like the difference between orchids and sunflowers. Some coffees are higher quality, grown under near-perfect conditions, processed very carefully and eventually roasted in small batches to find