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Filtercone Brewing Video, Melitta Style ...and Clever Coffee Dripper Video Too!

A 7 minute video about brewing technique in a ceramic filtercone for pour-over drip coffee. Not great quality, no edits, one take. But some good info. An interesting footnote: If you have an acidic coffee, like a Kenya, and want to tone it down while maximizing sweetness, try brewing with 66-75% of the normal water (essentially overdosing the coffee) then add hot water directly to the brew to correct the strength. It's an interesting experiment, and changes the perception of acidity and sweetness. Also see our Clever Coffee Dripper video, 9.5 minutes:

New arrivals- Honduras CoE Finca Fernandez,Brazil Cachoeira Yellow Canario Bourbon,Colombia Finca Buenavista -Carlos Imbachi,Java Kajumas Organic Wet-Hulled

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Roast Coffee Pairing #29: Super Low Acidity

We get questions all the time about coffees that are low acid. Many specialty coffee purveryors are so enthusiastic about over-the-top, high acid coffees that the concept of a low acid, yet sweet cup seems quaint or boring. I actually prefer more low acid coffees, as they are gentler on the tummy, and when roasted properly have very fine attributes, they just don’t hit you over the head. The Sumatra is a fair trade organic from the Arinagata co-op and takes a wide range of roasts. I decided to go for the Full City level to bring out the bittersweet and rustic notes. The Peru Organic Cusco Canelon is from the Capacy co-op and is lush and sweet but wouldn’t win any cupping competititions. The wonderful almond overtones and nectarine hints are prevelant in this City++ roast. Hope you enjoy these two examples of low acid coffee, I know your stomach will!

New arrivals- Costa Rica Brumas Finca El Centro,Nicaragua Finca San Jose Java Longberry,Sumatra Blue Batak Tarbarita Peaberry,Kenya Nyeri Peaberry Kieni

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New arrivals- El Salvador Los Luchadores Pacamara,Hawaii Kona-Kowali Farm,Costa Rica Herbazu Red Honey

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