Coffee Fermentation: Understanding Dry Vs. Wet Coffee Process

Coffee, I was once surprised to learn, is not a bean in any proper sense. The beverage is, Wikipedia tells us, “a brewed drink prepared from roasted coffee beans, the seeds of berries from certain Coffea species.” Today we’ll cover why the fact the coffea fruit is dried onto, or wet-processed off, the coffee bean …

The 6 Best Double-Walled Coffee Mugs I’ve Found

I have a bit of an obsession. It’s with double-walled glass. Especially double-walled glass cups for coffee. I love the way it looks. I find it attractive, uncluttered, functional, and just really cool (literally). I am almost as excited about it as I am about YouTube, civic tech, board games, WordPress, and podcasts. (I’m a …

Review of the OXO Good Grips Pour Over Auto-Drip Water Tank

First thing first, the name of this contraption on its Amazon listing is impressively long: “OXO Good Grips Single Serve Pour Over Coffee Dripper with Auto-Drip Water Tank.” The box mine came in called it the “OXO Good Grips Pour-Over Coffee Maker with Water Tank 12oz.” (Note the hyphen on pour-over, and the the switch …

The Economics of Brewing Coffee at Home – Is it Cheaper than the Coffee Shop?

There are a ton of reasons to make coffee at home. One of the least important ones is the cost of a cup of coffee. That is, we all know that coffee at coffee shop or cafe is more expensive, but that’s not the only thing we care about. Flavor, effort, comfort, etc are all …

Should You Be Vacuum-sealing Coffee Beans? We did, by accident

Recently, Meg and I accidentally realized we were vacuum-sealing coffee beans while on a trip. It wasn’t a perfect vacuum, and it wasn’t super-intentional. But I thought it was really interesting, and maybe some fellow science-and-coffee nerds will love it too. It also made me pose a question, that my internet poking-around didn’t definitely answer. …