Cold Brew vs. Iced Coffee: What’s the Difference?

Cold brew and iced coffee seem the same, right? They’re both coffee. They’re both cold. They’re both wet. It must be just marketing, right? No, actually, it’s not. Though cold brew and iced coffee look the same, the similarities stop at that they are both coffee and are both coffee, cold and wet. Here are the differences: Brew method Cold brew coffee is brewed, just like the name says, cold — without heat. Basically, to make cold brew, the coffee is given a course grind, placed in a filter, and then the filter and coffee placed in cool water. Once...

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8 steps to brew the perfect pour over coffee

Ever since freshly-roasted, third-wave coffee became a thing, so also has the pour-over method of brewing coffee. Why? Because along with other brewing methods developed since then to showcase the flavors formerly lost by stale or over-roasted coffee, the pour over coffee brewing technique has been found to be one of the best brewing methods to truly display every feature a coffee has to coffee — everything from flavor, to brightness to mouthfeel. Plus, for people who enjoy experimenting with coffee and perfecting processes, the pour over system is sure to please. So now that we tackled the why, let’s talk about the...

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Your easy guide to the proper coffee grind size

Buying coffee fresh from the roasters is a great first step toward enjoying the full potential of that sweet, smooth steaming nectar of goodness that is coffee. But another important part is doing the right grind. So what grind is the best to use for your coffee then? Well, it depends on your brewing method. But before we get into that, let’s talk about what grinding actually does. How Grind Size Affects Coffee Flavor When you grind your coffee, you’re opening up the bean to expose surface area to allow for optimal flavor extraction. That’s why coffee smells so great...

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Swiss Water Process decaf & how decaffeinated coffee is made

It’s been said decaffeinated coffee is kind of like a hairless cat — it exists, but it doesn’t make it right. Why? Well, maybe because coffee is naturally caffeinated and coffee without caffeine is, well, unnatural. But more, many people don’t like decaffeinated coffee because in their experience, it has always tasted bad, and two, they drink coffee for the kick. For these individuals, bad tasting coffee with no kick is pointless — and as coffee roasters, we agree. That’s why we sell only Swiss Water Process decaf coffee — a chemical-free processed decaffeinated coffee that actually still tastes good....

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7 steps to brew a fantastically flavorful French press coffee

Maybe it’s because of the smooth and consistent results, maybe the aesthetics of the unique carafe or maybe the low cost, but there’s no doubt about it, the French press method of brewing coffee has a cult following. The French press is unique among brewing methods in that unlike the common drip brewing process, the ever-popular pour-over technique or even the Aeropress, the French press does not use a paper filter. As paper filters tend to absorb coffee oils, the lack of these filters in the French press allow the coffee’s natural oils to make it to the cup, giving...

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3 tips to make a better cup of coffee at home

Ever wonder why coffee always seems to taste better at the coffee shop than at your home? You probably think it’s a combination of that “coffee shop ambiance”, that fancy, shiny (and noisy) equipment, and maybe even Mumford and his sons singing in the background. To a degree, the coffee shop feel and that polished espresso machine do matter, and that can’t be helped. But the coffee itself, well, that can be helped. Here are a few ways you can up your home coffee game to experience almost as good as cup without breaking the piggy bank. Don’t buy old...

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