The breakdown: acidity in coffee

Acidity in coffee is marvelous, wonderful, and often misunderstood. Today, we're breaking down what acidity in coffee means, how to identify it in a coffee description, and where to find high and / or low acidity coffees based on their growing region.

Why is good coffee so expensive?

Quantity, quality, harvesting, certification, roasting, packaging, and... expertise. Coffee, like any fine commodity, can be found in a range of price brackets (some staggering, we know!) and with very little information explaining the cost variation. Today, we hope to shed some light on why your favorite beans and brews can cost a pretty penny.

Understanding coffee flavor

Coffee and coffee flavor are like two best friends with unclear boundaries. They go together, they need each other, and yet they are still distinct. Coffee, in the broadest sense, has a very identifiable taste but each coffee's flavor profile is nuanced and developed at each stage of its existence, starting with coffee plant species and ending with brew method. Today, we're going to deconstruct the coffee flavor profile paradigm and in doing so, (hopefully) equip you with the knowledge needed to identify coffees that strongly exhibit the flavor characteristics you value most in your cup. First up? Bean type and terroir.

The Queen’s Spicy Moose

When the coolness of winter starts to settle in your bones, this whisky coffee recipe will help to warm you up from the inside out. Filled with maple tinged spices and strongly brewed coffee, The Queen's Spicy Moose is the perfect antidote for curing the winter blues. Cozy up by a nice fire and drink the chill away!

Coffee mouthfeel, body, and texture — what it all means

Body, mouthfeel, texture...we know the words and what they mean but how they relate to coffee can be obscure and muddled. Today we're going to break down these vague terms. At the most basic level, mouthfeel, also referred to as body, describes how a coffee physically feels in your mouth and on your tongue. Texture, while related, essentially describes the texture of the mouthfeel (e.g., smooth, grainy, creamy, etc.).

Help, this coffee is so bitter!

It's the holiday season and, if you are anything like us, that means coffee! Lots and lots of coffee. Coffee at home, coffee at the office, coffee with friends and loved ones. Good coffee, okay coffee, and bad coffee... that, dear readers, is where we start today, with those painful-to-swallow (though sometimes vital) undesirably bitter cups of coffee.

All buzz, no booze: our favorite holiday coffee mocktails!

It's time to celebrate! With the holidays approaching, we thought this would be a great time to share our favorite coffee mocktails. Adapted from holiday classics like eggnog, Irish coffee, and the much-beloved martini, these four fabulous mocktails encapsulate the festive feeling and flavors of the holidays and still let you fulfill your role as designated driver.

The best coffee gifts for 2020

Two great things about 2020? More time at home with those we love, and more time for enjoying the small moments that bring joy and comfort to our day, including the time to make a delicious cup of coffee. Today, we are translating results from Mintel's, Minetta's, and Melitta North America's 2020 coffee trends studies... Continue Reading →

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