Grounds 4 Compassion opens drive-thru coffee shop in Piedmont

Up until now, you’ve known Grounds 4 Compassion as a coffee roaster and supplier of coffee and related services. But now at last, we're a coffee shop too — in Piedmont! Last month we opened a small drive-through coffee shop at 705 Piedmont Rd. N — the former Coffee Now location — and are serving a wide range of drinks using our own freshly and locally roasted coffee. For those not into coffee, we've got other refreshments too, like dole whip, lemonade, cream soda and Topo Chico. We held a soft opening on April 16 and are so grateful for the show of...

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11 Simple Steps to Brew Coffee With an AeroPress

Though not one of the prettiest of methods of brewing your daily go juice, the Aeropress is often said to produce one of smoothest and cleanest cups of coffee. A sort of mix between a French press, pour over and drip brewer, this coffee brewing method utilizes a small paper filter to take out those oils, silty elements and bitter elements you may get from a French press, to produce a smooth rich cup of coffee. What sets this method apart from the French press is thanks to its small size and simple yet solid construction, it is super travel...

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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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