Why is Sumatran coffee so contentious? Coffees in Sumatra are traditionally processed using a method called Giling Basah, or wet-hulling, which results in a coffee that leaves the farm with a much higher moisture content than other methods used more popularly worldwide. Coffee processed this way tend to be described as herbaceous, spicy, wild, mushroomy, funky, earthy, and other things that may or may not sound good to you.
Your coffeemaker's success relies, in large part, on your partnership. For all your fancy coffeemaker does for you each day, do you give back? Do you listen to its needs? Do you, in fact, descale?
Japanese slow-drip cold coffee brewers make a concentrate of patiently wrought coffee one drip at a time. These handsome towers use the variable of lots of time, not lots of temperature, to extract a brew that's more subtle and aromatic than cold brew methods that require steeping grounds completely in water.
Nowadays, folks who roast coffee for even relatively small, artisan roasting companies are able to travel the world to visit the places where coffee grows, and meet the farmers there. We asked four roasters what their favorite growing origins are, and why.
Far from the French Quarter, in the outer boroughs of New York City, you'll find a coffee shop slinging a different twist on the classic chicory-coffee combination. We crashed the party at Brooklyn's Sweetleaf outpost to get some step-by-step tips on this drink from barista Nikita Flavius-Gottschalk.
Coffee (it's a fruit!) is fresher at certain times of the year. But keeping track can be a little confusing. Between what's arriving to roasters now, countries with multiple harvest seasons, and the time it takes coffee to travel from its country of origin to the roaster, it can be hard to know what's freshest. Want to drink what's best right now?
Though it's essentially a percolating device, Bialetti legend suggests that the machine was inspired by early clothes-washing machines which used a heat source to boil a pail of sudsy water and cause it to rise up out of a tube, which could be aimed at soiled laundry.
We asked Tamara Vigil, who works as an in-house educator for Irving Farm Coffee Roasters in New York City, to walk us through each part of making a successful espresso shot.
The single biggest flaw in your everyday automatic drip coffeemaker is temperature control. The Behmor Brazen Coffee Brewer tackles that problem head-on, and also allows for a programmable pre-infusion period.
As a savvy coffee consumer, you know by now that a deep stack of feel-good adjectives like 'shade-grown', listed at the top of your coffee bag, may sometimes be deceiving. A coffee that's fair trade, organic, hand-picked, and roasted by people who've never been late to return a library book is better than a coffee that isn't, right? Could be—but what do you mean by better? Does shade-grown coffee taste better? Let's find out what it is to begin with.
You'll look unbelievably cool making coffee in this weird double-chambered brewer.
This year's updated advice on what to buy—and what to skip—on the Trader Joe's coffee bean shelves.
As a new year dawns, we've got our eye on a few exciting players and trends we're expecting big and bigger things of in the coffee world in 2014.
The unusual pairing was a natural extension of Dr. Kefir founder Brian Lovejoy's own drink-curiosity. "I'm an experimenter so I try to ferment everything I love," says Lovejoy. Hopefully that does not extend to family, friends and pets—but it did extend to coffee.
A cheat sheet to some of the best ways to survive in a hotel when you need a cup of coffee to even get yourself out the door.
We've hand-picked (get it?) five lovely gifts for the tea-inclined person on your list.
Whether you want to serve a warm cup of something that actually tastes delicious to your non-caffeinating friends, or simply want to be able to close out a festive meal perfectly without being kept up late, we've selected five great decafs that actually taste like the great coffees they're made from.
These limited-time seasonal blends are balanced for taste and packaged for giving as gifts, and we've selected a few of the finest to ease the stress of the holiday season.
As with wine and coffee, chocolate lovers increasingly have the benefit of being able to identify incredibly specific growing origins of their favorite finished product. But do we make assumptions we shouldn't based on the label? What can we really know about what a chocolate is going to taste like based on the country of origin written on the bar?
Instead of seeing the Dunkin Donuts Red Velvet Latte as a coffee drink with flavor syrup in it, I prefer to look at it as a pink hot chocolate with caffeine. See how easy that was?
In one of life's not-so-small miracles, chocolate really does grow on trees. And in the rainy hills of the Dominican Republic, this is especially true. Serious Sweets recently ventured to this lush island with French chocolatier Valrhona for a tour of their partner farms and a crash course in the DR cacao landscape.
Yep, Portland found one more thing they could infuse with booze. This time, a beautiful single origin coffee from El Salvador, aged in an oak Pinot Noir barrel.
Did you know they grow coffee in Uganda, Haiti, and China? We explore some growing regions whose coffee is becoming more available.
Whether you're looking to find a flat white in a true Aussie tradition or simply hoping to get your lamington on on the side, we've compiled a quickstart guide to the Down-Under-infused cafes of New York City.
The latest (and strangest?) iPhone apps to help you brew the most leading-edge cup of coffee.
There are few neighborhoods more pleasant for a coffee wander than those on the East Village and Lower East Side of Manhattan. There must be something in the proximity of the East River that just brings the magic—wait, scratch that—at least there's something in the community, anyhow. This list comprises a handful of our favorite coffee destinations in the neighborhood.