Posts Categorized: Coffee

Dog-Eared

Posted by & filed under Beer, Bookshelf, Coffee, Economics.

Some quick reviews of the handful of books I savored during my recent trip in Mexico. The End of Prosperity: How Higher Taxes Will Doom the Economy–If We Let It Happen I found this month’s Economics book club selection (my first Kindle purchase) an extra-ordinarily frustrating read mainly due to the Fox News-esque partisanship. Despite […]

The Roastery and Kopplin's Offering Coffee Subscriptions

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Minneapolis, St. Paul.

If you’re still looking for something delicious to give the fanatic coffee drinker in your life – I’m super excited to share that both Jeremy Raths, of The Roastery, and Andrew Kopplin, of Kopplin’s Coffee, are offering coffee subscriptions. The Roastery Regulars subscription, is $144, delivers 1 pound of coffee to your door every other […]

First Crack 108. Coffee Review – Honduras, El Filo – 49th Parallel Roasters

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Kopplins, Podcast, Reviews, Tasting.

This is the third in the monthly coffee review series at the First Crack Podcast. This month, I’m reviewing Miguel Moreno Leiva – El Filo as roasted by 49th Parallel Roasters. It’s a very subtle and floral cup with powerful aroma off the grind. Andrew described it to me as, “technically good.” I quite agree. […]

First Crack 106. Coffee Review РEl Salvador: Finca La Monta̱a

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Kopplins, Podcasts, Reviews, Tasting.

This is the second in the monthly coffee review series at the First Crack Podcast. This month, I’m reviewing George Howell’s Terroir Coffee: El Salvador: Finca La Montaña The 2007 Cup of Excellence winner that was completely devastated by near hurricane-strength winds in January. Pushing the next harvest out to 2010. In response to this […]

First Crack 105. Coffee Review – Grand Cru Kenya: Mamuto, Kirinyaga

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Kopplins, Podcasts, Reviews, Tasting.

This podcast kicks off a new monthly coffee review series at the First Crack Podcast. This month, I’m reviewing: George Howell’s Terroir Coffee: Kenya Mamuto Kirinyaga First, it took me a while to tweak the grinder back for a good press pot. In that time, the time was ticking on the coffee itself. Lesson learned […]

RE: Starbucks Might Be Helping, Not Hurting, Independent Coffee Shops

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Economics.

“‘Anyone who complains about having a Starbucks put in next to you is crazy. You want to welcome the manager, give them flowers. It should be the best news that any local coffeehouse ever had.’” – Martin Diedrich, coffeehouse owner in Orange County, CA. Competition increases demand and you can succeed by outsourcing your marketing […]

Minneapolis / St. Paul Roasters Meetup

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Roasting, St. Paul.

via Jared on the Sweet Marias mailing list: Minneapolis area roasters. We have a date, June 30 a time 2pm and a location Black Sheep Coffee Cafe (705 Southview Blvd., South Saint Paul, MN (651) 554-0155) For those of you who missed the early posts Peter Middlecamp the owner of Black Sheep is both a […]

First Crack 99. Jeremy Raths and the Search for Extraordinary Coffee

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Interviews, Jeremy Raths, Minneapolis, Podcasts, Roasting.

We catch up with Twin Cities coffee legend Jeremy Raths and talk about: Moving The Roastery from a coffee shop in the middle of St. Paul to delivering coffee from an abandon convent. The history of the speciality coffee market – nationally and locally. How the coffee market is changing to benefit the small, local, […]

First Crack 98. I Drink Coffee From a Cat’s Butt

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Coffee Shops.

“It really does taste different: musty, heavy, rich, strangely complex. Hints of chocolate, old wood, hazelnut. Fresh out of the roaster, it smelled a bit like a newborn baby’s urine.” – Sam Buchanan On the first nice Saturday of the year, Sam Buchanan and I met at Coffee and Tea Ltd for a $10 cup […]

Home Roasting Hack Method #2

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Roasting.

“BREAD MACHINES AND HEAT GUNS WERE NEVER DESIGNED TO ROAST COFFEE” There are three problems I’ve run into since roasting with the Poppery Small batch sizes (a maximum of 1/2 cup at a time) Inconsistent roast times (the Poppery continually gets hotter – shorting roasts, burning beans) The ambient temperature needs to be warm. So, […]

Coffee Snobs Move on to Homemade Roasts

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Roasting.

I’m finally making my home office more comfortable, so I can spend more focused and productive time without getting distracted by the rest of the house. One of the things that crossed my mind was installing a small batch coffee roaster. Then friend of the show Pete T. points me to the NYTimes article on […]

First Crack 63. Coffee Technology with Timothy Tulloch of EuroRoast.com

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Interviews, Podcasts, Roasting, Technology.

Timoth Tulloch, CEO and Roastmaster at Minnesota-based European Roasterie (EuroRoast.com), and I talk coffee technology, from brewing to packaging, and why he’s aggressively moving into the single-serve coffee pod program (declaring the Black & Decker Home Cafe the best pod brewer). We wrap up with the culture of specialty coffee and how independent coffee shops […]

Yes Dave, Light Roasts Have More Caffeine

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“File this under unconfirmed but curious factoids. I heard, in a Toronto coffee shop, that mild coffee actually has more caffeine than the strong stuff” – Dave Winer “A dark roast increases body and decreases both acidity and caffeine. A light roast has less body, but higher acidity and caffeine.”

Second Melitta Mill & Brew Broken

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Reviews.

Back in episode 4 I proclaimed my love for the Melitta Mill & Brew. Even then I knew this day would come. The little plastic hook holding the grinder lid down snapped and fell into the grinder basin. Without this hook, the grinder doesn’t grind and the water doesn’t get near the grinds. Basically, this […]

Coffee Goes Stale in a Week

Posted by & filed under Coffee.

Sam over at Afongen.com reminded me of something extremely important – How Long to Store Coffee: “There is a marked decline in coffee’s flavor over the course of a week after roasting. If memory serves me correctly, something like 70% of the compounds responsible for coffee’s flavor are gone in that time, transformed into something […]

First Crack 19. Coffee and Community at the Blue Moon

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Coffee Shops, Interviews, Minneapolis, Podcasts.

Cindy, owner of Minneapolis’ Blue Moon and Second Moon, and I discuss the community value of independent, neighborhood coffee shops. Listen for a patron-thwarted robbery and why coffee should come in small cups. I end the show with “Don’t Tell a Soul” by the Revamps. For more on them, drop lead man Darren Harff a […]

First Crack 17. Belgian Coffee, Beer, and Chocolate with Lewis Dijkstra

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Europe, Interviews, Podcasts.

The best places for coffee, beer, and chocolate in Brussels, Belgium from Lewis Dijkstra. Things discussed: De Boe Pierre Marcolini Chocolatier Michel Cluizel Chocolatier Belgian Beer Chimay Orval Rochefort Westmalle Westvleteren Achel Geuze Brewing process Listen to Belgian Coffee, Beer and Chocolate with Lewis Dijkstra [28 min] Intro: Tod Maffin & Sean from I Love […]

First Crack 16. Interview with a Roastmaster: Greg Beale

Posted by & filed under Coffee, Coffee Shops, Interviews, Minneapolis, Podcasts, Roasting, Tasting.

Greg Beale, a Dunn Bros. Coffee roastmaster, and I roast 8 pounds of Colombian beans, discuss holiday brewing tips, and the local flavors of the Dunn Bros shops. Intro: PodCat from PodCat’s Daily Best of Podcasting. Listen to Interview with a Roastmaster: Greg Beale [38 min] Got questions about coffee or comments about the show? […]