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Dad, We’re Out of Coldbrew!

It can be a real emergency when you live with teenagers and the cold brew coffee runs out. Much like sun tea or other items that brew without hot water, cold brew coffee takes 18-24 hours to make so there is no quick-fix solution. About the best you can do is get it set up and making for tomorrow and use regular hot brew coffee or moka pot espresso to try and sooth the savage teenage beasties in the interim.

Here are a couple of the most common questions we get about cold brew and some answers for you to do with as you will:

Question: Why is there so much sludge in the bottom of my cold brew?

Answer: Likely your grain size (grind size) is too small. If you grabbed a bag of coffee off the shelf at the grocery store and put it in cold brew maker then the grain size is set up for a regular home brewing machine and will go right through most cold brew screens. Look for bags that say “cold brew grind” or buy whole beans and grind them yourself starting with the largest grind size on your grinder and work smaller until you get the results you seek!

Question: Why would anyone want cold brew anyway? What is the big deal?

Answer: Personal preference, much like everything else related to coffee consumption. Also, cold brew typically has 60% less acid versus hot brew coffee which can help those who love coffee but often end up with heart burn or an upset stomach. Brewing the coffee for 18-24 hours produced a rich flavor with lower acidity and a stronger effect (in some people) so in the end it us up to you.

Basically get the grain size right and make sure to soak for 18 hours minimum and your cold brew should turn out ok. If you don’t want to mess with grinding your coffee just be sure to let us know you are going to cold brew it so we can order the correct grind size from our roaster!

Metal filter from Zell purchased through Amazon,

The mason jar is just a mason jar.

Coffee pictured is available on our website at

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Favorite Brewing Method (extraction method)

How do you make coffee at home? What types of coffee drinks do you typically order when out and about? Are you able to reproduce your coffee shop favorites at home?

These are the types of questions that typically follow people finding out that I am in the coffee business so lets talk about coffee extraction methods (brewing methods for you non-coffee geeks) for a minute. One thing that has come from my time in the coffee business is an unexpected awareness of just how personal coffee is to people. There is no perfect method, especially at home where the variables are more difficult to control. The way you like coffee is the best method for you. It really is just that simple. With that in mind, here are a couple of my preferred methods for making coffee at home:

#1 – The Pour Over

On a typical day, the good, old fashioned pour over method works just fine. We have a glass pour over device that makes 3 travel cups of coffee in a reasonable amount of time and I get the “experience” of hand-making coffee for my family members. I love the aroma and getting to see “behind the curtain” and watch the coffee actually brewing in the metal filter I typically use.

#2 – The Aeropress

There is no better way to make a single cup of coffee, in my opinion, than the simple to use and simple to clean Aeropress with a reusable metal filter. It only makes one at a time, but sometimes that is all you need! The Aeropress is also super handy when you have several people who all want different varieties of coffee.

#3 – The French Press

Using a French Press is not too complicated although it can be difficult to clean if you don’t pay close attention when buying the device. Unlike the pour over, it is a “set it and forget it” type of system. Get everything together and then set a four minute timer and wait for the beep. It is an easy way to make super consistent coffee every time. The size device we have makes two travel cups so it is the one I use on days when everyone else is sleeping late.

#4 – The Moka Pot

I love this old-school coffee maker that allows you to produce real espresso right on your stove without any fancy or expensive equipment. So long as you pay close attention to the device and make sure not to touch anything but the handle, you can use a Moka pot to make espresso drinks at home. With the advent of small, electric milk frothers for the home coffee market, making lattes is super easy. Add in a flavored syrup or other options and you will be able to produce your favorite coffee house espresso drink right in your own kitchen.

Don’t worry, my cold-brewing friends, I have not forgotten about you however, that is an entire blog post of its own. For your convenience, I put a link in each section to a tutorial from our friends over at Blue Bottle Coffee so you can see how it works and decide for yourself if one of my favorite extraction methods might be right for you. In any case, it all starts with great coffee beans Good luck and remember life is too short to drink bad coffee!

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The Return of Online Ordering!

We will be working hard over the next several days to get online ordering back up and running. Hopefully the new site will be fully functional by December 1st for all of your holiday shopping needs. If you need something right away just fill out the contact form and I will get back with you shortly. Thanks and Happy soon to be Thanksgiving!