The 5 Elements to a Good Cup of Coffee

      According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) there are five elements necessary to transform roasted beans into...
      According to the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) there are five elements necessary to transform roasted beans into a great tasting beverage: Correct ratio of coffee to water. This ratio is the main factor in determining the strength of the brew. The SCAA recommends a ratio between 3.25- 4.25oz. coffee per 1⁄2 gal. water. Matching the grind level to your type of brewing equipment. Grind level and type of Brewing method work hand in hand. Proper operation of the brewing equipment. This...
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The Coffee Plant

 While coffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks, most people are not even sure exactly what it...
 While coffee is one of the worlds most popular drinks, most people are not even sure exactly what it is.  Coffee comes from a small tree or shrub like plant that only grows to fruition naturally in the tropics (we actually have a few plants growing at the shop).  I digress; coffee beans come from inside the cherry on the plant from which they grow (they are botanically considered seeds, not beans, yet they are referred to as beans...
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Hope for the Congolese Coffee Farmer

For more than twenty years the DRC has been facing a war that has left millions dead and several millions...
For more than twenty years the DRC has been facing a war that has left millions dead and several millions displaced. Before the war the region was a hot spot for coffee production, but with little access to international markets and rudimentary equipment the industry withered. To sell their coffee farmers had to smuggle their coffee across Lake Kivu into Rwanda. This plight claimed the lives of one thousand people each year. Today in the countries eastern hills the coffee...
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