Product Guide: Immersion Brewers

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December 8, 2014

Immersion brewing is probably one of the simplest ways to manually brew your coffee. This is a great method for folks that want excellent coffee but don't want to fuss with a proper pour-over technique when they are short on time. With immersion brewing, you don't have to babysit a filter cone...just add coffee, add water, go do a few minutes of something productive and decant.

Storing Your Roasted Coffee

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Freshly roasted coffee should be treated like fresh bakery goods or produce. Coffee is best from 4 to 24 hours after roasting. The aroma degrades first, and the "cup quality" will show a loss in overall flavor after a week. Therefore, we call coffee "fresh" for 7 days if it is stored properly:
 

Product Guide: Paperless Brewing

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Metal coffee filters are good for different reasons. Some coffee drinkers want a little more body/sediment in their cup. Some people are just trying to use less paper. Whatever the reason, there are pros and cons to using these.

 

Pros

-Your environmental impact is reduced each time you don't use a paper filter

-They can last for a long time, although thin steel and gold may require a little more TLC

2013 Home Barista "Home Roasters" Competition

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That's a lottalotta Gaturiri AB - a NICE buncha coffees.

 

Talkin' Dirty (Brewers)

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We’ve been revisiting the importance of keeping your brewing equipment clean.  The residues and oils that naturally build up can taint your coffee and if they’re left unchecked for too long can ruin your brewing equipment.

Our Battle Tested Technivorm Brewer

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It's a little dirty on the outside and is about a month behind it's cleaning schedule but it still makes excellent batches of coffee. We use our Technivorm on a daily basis at the Sweet Maria's office/warehouse and abuse it, making over a thousand pots of coffee a year for our office staff and warehouse crew.

More Cold Brew

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We started down our cold brew path a few weeks ago when the weather was super hot here in Oakland (92°F is considered unbearable in these parts). The weather is cooling down for now but we are still playing around with cold brew recipes. One of our staff was generous enough to bring in her Yama drip tower so we have been trying not to spend too much time staring at it as it brews one drip at a time from a reservoir 2 feet above the tabletop. We also set up the DIY Aeropress/plastic bottle dripper to compare something expensive to something affordable.

Why I Travel with an Aeropress

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Water boils a little too easily at 3650 meters. That's where I am in the photo, after a rainy night at Chennak camp in the Simien Mountains, Ethiopia. Given the fact that any coffee would taste pretty bad brewed at low temeratures, the Aeropress did a pretty good job at making an decent cup.

Oh So Clever

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 Last Friday, Oct 26th, I participated in a brewing event at the SCAA headquarters in Long Beach, CA. There were 7 stations/brew methods and 2 coffees. The coffees were a Costa Rica from the Helsar mill roasted by Verve Coffee Roasters and a Washed Ethiopia Yukro from Portola Coffee lab. The brew methods were: Chemex with Able Kone filter, Press Pot, Aeropress with paper filter, Hario V60, Clever, Fetco batch brewer, and Espresso.

March/April 2012: Electric Coffee Brewers/ Using Taste to Determine Roast Level

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Electric Coffee Brewers

Jan-Feb 2012: The Maintenance Issue

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With the holidays over, we finally have time to stop and take a breath at the Sweet Maria’s warehouse. As I stand on the cusp of the new year assessing and strategizing, I can’t help but notice the yellow stains inside my stainless steel mug.

Using Smell to Determine Degree of Roast

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There are subtle aroma shifts that occur as coffee is roasted and you will quickly become aware of the noticeable differences. At lighter roast levels you can detect delicate aromas as steam escapes the bean, but as you go darker this steam turns to smoke as you begin to incinerate the sugars and volatile organic compounds locked inside.  

Here are differences in aroma you’ll notice while roasting:

Single Cup Coffee Filter

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Pour Over Party Part 1: Bonmac, Kone, Kantan and Kantan's Clone

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We wanted to see the differences between the Kantan single cup filter/brewer and it's clone. Also, we too the chance to try out the new improved Kone by comparing it it against a Bonmac.

Pour Over Party Part 2: The Results

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Check out the results of the comparison of the coffee that resulted from our test between the Kantan, the Kantan clone, a bonmac and a Kone.

August 2011: Cold Brew Experimentation

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A French Press Moment

Who would have imagined five years ago that a coffee wonk who announced proudly “I make coffee in a French Press!” (or perhaps even more so, a “Cafetiere” or “Melior”) would be so unfashionable these days. With SF coffeehouses all switching en masse from French Press brewing to pour-over techniques, who would think the method you use for making a good cup of coffee would be so trendy? Maybe next you will need to consider whether your apparel matches your brewer.

April 2011: Clever/Technivorm Comparison; New Look for Sweet Maria's Library

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Are Clever Coffee Drippers good because they are an inexpensive way to make coffee? Do Technivorm brewers make good coffee because they cost almost $300? After all, don’t both brewers infuse water with ground coffee? We thought it would be interesting to compare what the two brewers do well and expose their differences, especially since there is such a wide disparity in their price.

Using an Aeropress

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AeroPress comes with some good instructions. If you did not receive them in your AeroPress box....

Stovetop Vacuum Brew Pictorial (Yama, Bodum Santos)

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The Yama Vacuum Brewer is a stovetop model from Japan that resembles the long-gone Silex and Cory glass models....
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