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  1. Aeropress Plunger Cleaning

    Aeropress Plunger Cleaning

    If your Aeropress plunger is excreting some sticky stuff. Don't worry, it's harmless but you probably still want to know how to clean it off, right?

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  2. Video: Metal Aeropress Filters

    Video: Metal Aeropress Filters

    Have fun pushing coffee through these metal Aeropress filters.

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  3. Moka Pot Brewing (Stovetop Espresso)

    Moka Pot Brewing (Stovetop Espresso)

    These are some basic instructions that you will, undoubtedly, adapt and refine to suit your purposes...

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  4. Espresso: Choosing the Right Coffee for Espresso

    Espresso: Choosing the Right Coffee for Espresso

    Usually, an espresso blend must be blended for balance, or particular varietal qualities that would be favorable in a drip coffee might overwhelm the espresso extract.

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  5. Espresso: The Grind

    Espresso: The Grind

    It's often said that a good grinder is the most important piece of equipment for making espresso, and I tend to agree.

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  6. Espresso: Almighty Crema

    Espresso: Almighty Crema

    The presence of crema, the foam on your espresso, means you are in the ballpark ...

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  7. Cona Vacuum Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's!

    Cona Vacuum Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's!

    Cona brewing is a wonderful visual experience that just happens to result in perfect coffee.

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  8. Chemex Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's

    Chemex Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's

    The Chemex Coffee Making System was developed by a chemist to achieve one result: brew a perfect cup of coffee every time.

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  9. Ibrik Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's!

    Ibrik Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's!

    These are intended as a "starting point" for Ibrik brewing - ultimately you will figure out the best and most convenient ways to use these brewing devices, so please remake, twist, turn, distort, decompile, torch, grind and brew these instructions to suit your own needs!.

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  10. Bodum Santos Brewing Instructions

    Bodum Santos Brewing Instructions

    Here are Bodum's instructions for using the Santos.

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  11. Clever Cleaning

    Clever Cleaning

    Here are a few ways to give your Clever Coffee Dripper the proper care it deserves

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  12. Espresso:  All Things Espresso

    Espresso: All Things Espresso

    Espresso is fussy. It is the pursuit for perfection by a person who is driven by minutiae.

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National Cold Brew Day

National Cold Brew Day

April 20, 2016

We were lurking on Twitter and heard that April 20th was National Cold Brew day. Since we are so focused on bringing you really good green coffee, cold brew is something we have little experience in, but figured we could contribute to this national day of celebration with some archived cold coffee articles. If you were wondering, we aren't taking the day off.

 

Two years ago, it got real hot here in Oakland (we consider 92°F to be real hot) so we thought we would have some fun with different cold brew and iced coffee techniques. We got creative with three different ways of brewing. CLICK HERE to read more.

 

...and then, one of our very trusting crew members let us borrow her drip tower for us to stare at as it made cold brew....one....drip....at...a...time. CLICK HERE to read more.

 

 

...and then, we learned how to use a refractometer to see how over-extracted cold brew really is. What's a coffee blog post without a little science? CLICK HERE to read more.

 

Fast forward to 2016.....

We recently helped judge First Build's cold brew coffeemaker design contest. It was impressive to see the contestants think beyond small design limitations. Keep in mind, most of the entries are design-forward and the technical aspects will probably need to be figured out later. Will you see one of these in the kitchen section of your local department store this summer? Well, maybe, but probably not that soon. First Build's plan is to eventually have a working product to sell on a retail level.