Brew Tips

  1. Iced Coffee

    Iced Coffee

    Cold solutions to a hot summer

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  2. Why I Travel with an Aeropress

    Why I Travel with an Aeropress

    The Aeropress seems to do well under a wide range of conditions.

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  3. August/ September 2012: On the Road / First Crack Video

    August/ September 2012: On the Road / First Crack Video

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  4. Espresso: Preparing Milk Drinks with Espresso, Steaming Milk

    Espresso: Preparing Milk Drinks with Espresso, Steaming Milk

    There is a unique nutty taste that comes with the fat-espresso interaction, but a key to steamed milk is the sweetening of lactose when it is heated by this technique.

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  5. August 2011: Cold Brew Experimentation

    August 2011: Cold Brew Experimentation

    We tested brewing methods for iced coffee and want to share the results.

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  6. Pour Over Party Part 1: Bonmac, Kone, Kantan and Kantan's Clone

    Pour Over Party Part 1: Bonmac, Kone, Kantan and Kantan's Clone

    We wanted to see the differences between the Kantan single cup filter/brewer and it's clone. Also, we too the chance to try out the new improved Kone by comparing it it against a Bonmac.

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  7. Single Cup Coffee Filter

    Single Cup Coffee Filter

    Tom demonstrates the details of this little filter that sits on the top of your coffee cup. It's nice for travel or the office.

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  8. A French Press Moment

    A French Press Moment

    With SF coffeehouses all switching en masse from French Press brewing to pour-over techniques, who would think the method you use for making a good cup of coffee would be so trendy?

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  9. April 2011: Clever/Technivorm Comparison; New Look for Sweet Maria's Library

    April 2011: Clever/Technivorm Comparison; New Look for Sweet Maria's Library

    Are Clever Coffee Drippers good because they are an inexpensive way to make coffee? Do Technivorm brewers make good coffee because they cost almost $300?

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  10. April - May 2010: More Filter Drip Brewing Options: Pour Technique vs. No Technique

    April - May 2010: More Filter Drip Brewing Options: Pour Technique vs. No Technique

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  11. Brewing Coffee (a Framework)

    Brewing Coffee (a Framework)

    An overview of ideal brewing techniques

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  12. Aug - Sept 2009: Brewing Fundamentals

    Aug - Sept 2009: Brewing Fundamentals

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  13. Aeropress instructions

    Aeropress instructions

    Our recommended Aeropress brew method.

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  14. Sweet Maria's Tip Sheet: Yama Vacuum Brewing (also works for Bodum Santos Vacuum Brewer

    Sweet Maria's Tip Sheet: Yama Vacuum Brewing (also works for Bodum Santos Vacuum Brewer

    While these instructions may make it sound like it requires a lot of time and dedication, after several times you will find it is only slightly more laborious than other brewing methods, but much more fun!

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  15. Yama Vacuum Brewing Pictorial

    Yama Vacuum Brewing Pictorial

    Like other vacuum brewers, the coffee brewed in this maker has great body, without the sediment you get in a French press.

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  16. Espresso: Freshness - Fresh? Too Fresh?

    Espresso: Freshness - Fresh? Too Fresh?

    Over time, I have come to believe that homeroasted espresso needs a lot more age on it before extraction, more so than infusion and drip brewing techniques.

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  17. General La Pavoni Lever Model Espresso Observations From Sweet Maria's

    General La Pavoni Lever Model Espresso Observations From Sweet Maria's

    These are just a list of personal opinions based on my experience ...yours may vary!

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