7 Ways to Use Coffee Grounds That Don't Involve Drinking Coffee

Apr 14 2014

What do you do with your spent coffee grounds? If you've just been throwing them away, you're tossing out a treasure that you could be using in many other ways. From gardening to beauty routines, here are a few of the many uses for used coffee grounds.

On choosing a manual coffee brewer

Sep 10 2013

In this age of convenience and automation, with coffee machines increasing in sophistication, we’ve seen a real resurgence of interest in a countervailing approach, namely manual brewing. Handcrafted coffee satisfies on many levels and can be as simple or elaborately choreographed as you’d like it to be. Whether brewing by the cup or for two or more, there’s no shortage of methods available to today’s home barista. We invite you to read along with us as we step through our curated list of manual brewing options, highlighting their pros and cons.

The Basics of Blending Coffee

Aug 30 2013

Why would you blend different varieties of coffee together? Well, have you ever sipped a Costa Rican coffee and wished that it had just a little more body and richness to it? Do you love the deep, rich notes of a traditional Sulawesi but miss the bright citrus acidity of a Kenyan coffee? When you blend single-origin coffees together, you can tailor the cup to precisely match your preferences by choosing coffees that complement and enhance each other.

Introduction to Coffee

Aug 30 2013

For centuries, coffee has played a far more important role in the world than most people realize. Of course, it’s one of the most popular beverages in disparate cultures around the globe. Coffee is also a valued commodity and a central element in the economies of many countries; indeed, as the primary agricultural export in dozens of regions across the Equatorial Belt, coffee provides a living for millions of people involved in its cultivation, processing and distribution. Furthermore, coffee has a history rich with intrigue and amusing stories (dancing goats, anyone?) and a cultural tradition that ranges from the Ottoman Empire to modern American coffee houses. Coffee has launched financial dynasties, fomented revolutions and started nearly as many mornings as the sunrise. To fully understand the allure of coffee, you have to look at it through a variety of lenses.

How to Store Coffee at Home

Aug 30 2013

When it comes to freshness, coffee is a remarkably volatile product. Once your beans have been roasted, they rapidly lose the flavor qualities that make coffee so enjoyable. Storing coffee properly can help preserve its freshness, extending shelf life significantly. While there is controversy over some storage practices – most notably, concerning whether or not coffee should be frozen – these are the generally accepted industry guidelines for storing your coffee at home.

Coffees of the World Overview

Aug 30 2013

If you like an Ethiopian Harrar, are you likely to enjoy a Costa Rican Tarrazu? Are you trying to choose a coffee gift for a friend but unsure about whether she would prefer a Brazil Santos or a Tanzanian Peaberry? A little basic knowledge about the major coffee-growing regions and the coffees that come from them can help you make top-level choices about particular coffees to savor.

Coffee from Farm to Table

Aug 30 2013

The journey of coffee from plant to beverage is a long one fraught with peril at every stage. Before they reach you, coffee beans must be planted, harvested, processed, dried and milled, rested, roasted and packaged for shipping to you. At every one of these stages, minor differences, errors and variations can introduce faults – or conversely, contribute benefits – to the flavor, aroma, body and acidity that will show up in the finished cup. Even after the beans reach your doorstep, the grind-and-brew method you choose can affect the quality and flavor of your coffee. For more on how taste is affected prior to purchase by the consumer, please see our “coffee characteristics” article; here we’ll focus more on what happens when all along the way to your table. 

Coffee Drinks

Aug 30 2013

Have you ever stood at the counter in a coffee shop staring at the chalked menu and wondering if you should order a macchiato, a lungo or a breve? You’re not alone. Given the considerable variety of espresso drinks available and the fact that many cafes have developed their own names for some of them, it’s no wonder that ordering coffee gets confusing. This short, sweet guide to coffee drinks should make it easier for you to order—and duplicate—your favorite drinks at home.

Coffee Characteristics: What Affects The Quality of Coffee Before You Brew It

Aug 30 2013

Coffee seems deceptively simple to prepare. Simply soak ground coffee beans in hot water and, voilà, you have coffee – or something that approximates it. However, coffee is remarkably delicate and finicky, both as a plant and as a beverage. Coffee from the same farm can taste dramatically different from one year to the next, and coffees harvested the same year from two nearby farms can have very different qualities.

Coffee Botany: The Heart of Flavor

Aug 30 2013

Pacamara. Catuai. Bourbon. SL-28. Geisha. If you’re a fan of specialty coffee, chances are you’ve seen at least a few of those names on coffee labels or menus. Until recently, though, few people outside of farms and labs paid much attention to the botanical cultivars of coffee beans. This is changing as it becomes more and more evident that a coffee plant’s DNA has a major effect on the characteristics of the coffee it produces. Sure, a Catuai grown in Guatemala will have different characteristics than one grown in Rwanda because the climate and soil conditions have an effect on the chemical composition of the coffee bean; however, that same Guatemalan Catuai could hardly be mistaken for a Pacamara grown in Guatemala. Knowing the general profile of a coffee variety can help you predict the flavors and qualities you’ll find in your cup.

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7 Ways to Use Coffee Grounds That Don't Involve Drinking Coffee

April 14, 2014| by CoffeeKind

What do you do with your spent coffee grounds? If you've just been throwing them away, you're tossing out a treasure that you could be using in many other ways. From gardening to beauty routines, here are a few of the many uses for used coffee grounds.

see more...

Category: BLOG, KNOWLEDGE
Tags: Beginners, Health

On choosing a manual coffee brewer

September 10, 2013| by CoffeeKind

In this age of convenience and automation, with coffee machines increasing in sophistication, we’ve seen a real resurgence of interest in a countervailing approach, namely manual brewing. Handcrafted coffee satisfies on many levels and can be as simple or elaborately choreographed as you’d like it to be. Whether brewing by the cup or for two or more, there’s no shortage of methods available to today’s home barista. We invite you to read along with us as we step through our curated list of manual brewing options, highlighting their pros and cons.

see more...

The Basics of Blending Coffee

August 30, 2013| by CoffeeKind

Why would you blend different varieties of coffee together? Well, have you ever sipped a Costa Rican coffee and wished that it had just a little more body and richness to it? Do you love the deep, rich notes of a traditional Sulawesi but miss the bright citrus acidity of a Kenyan coffee? When you blend single-origin coffees together, you can tailor the cup to precisely match your preferences by choosing coffees that complement and enhance each other.

see more...

Category: KNOWLEDGE
Tags: Beginners

Introduction to Coffee

August 30, 2013| by CoffeeKind

For centuries, coffee has played a far more important role in the world than most people realize. Of course, it’s one of the most popular beverages in disparate cultures around the globe. Coffee is also a valued commodity and a central element in the economies of many countries; indeed, as the primary agricultural export in dozens of regions across the Equatorial Belt, coffee provides a living for millions of people involved in its cultivation, processing and distribution. Furthermore, coffee has a history rich with intrigue and amusing stories (dancing goats, anyone?) and a cultural tradition that ranges from the Ottoman Empire to modern American coffee houses. Coffee has launched financial dynasties, fomented revolutions and started nearly as many mornings as the sunrise. To fully understand the allure of coffee, you have to look at it through a variety of lenses.

see more...

Category: KNOWLEDGE

How to Store Coffee at Home

August 30, 2013| by CoffeeKind

When it comes to freshness, coffee is a remarkably volatile product. Once your beans have been roasted, they rapidly lose the flavor qualities that make coffee so enjoyable. Storing coffee properly can help preserve its freshness, extending shelf life significantly. While there is controversy over some storage practices – most notably, concerning whether or not coffee should be frozen – these are the generally accepted industry guidelines for storing your coffee at home.

see more...

Category: KNOWLEDGE
Tags: Beginners

Coffees of the World Overview

August 30, 2013| by CoffeeKind

If you like an Ethiopian Harrar, are you likely to enjoy a Costa Rican Tarrazu? Are you trying to choose a coffee gift for a friend but unsure about whether she would prefer a Brazil Santos or a Tanzanian Peaberry? A little basic knowledge about the major coffee-growing regions and the coffees that come from them can help you make top-level choices about particular coffees to savor.

see more...

Coffee from Farm to Table

August 30, 2013| by CoffeeKind

The journey of coffee from plant to beverage is a long one fraught with peril at every stage. Before they reach you, coffee beans must be planted, harvested, processed, dried and milled, rested, roasted and packaged for shipping to you. At every one of these stages, minor differences, errors and variations can introduce faults – or conversely, contribute benefits – to the flavor, aroma, body and acidity that will show up in the finished cup. Even after the beans reach your doorstep, the grind-and-brew method you choose can affect the quality and flavor of your coffee. For more on how taste is affected prior to purchase by the consumer, please see our “coffee characteristics” article; here we’ll focus more on what happens when all along the way to your table. 

see more...

Category: KNOWLEDGE

Coffee Drinks

August 30, 2013| by CoffeeKind

Have you ever stood at the counter in a coffee shop staring at the chalked menu and wondering if you should order a macchiato, a lungo or a breve? You’re not alone. Given the considerable variety of espresso drinks available and the fact that many cafes have developed their own names for some of them, it’s no wonder that ordering coffee gets confusing. This short, sweet guide to coffee drinks should make it easier for you to order—and duplicate—your favorite drinks at home.

see more...

Category: KNOWLEDGE, DRINK GUIDES

Coffee Characteristics: What Affects The Quality of Coffee Before You Brew It

August 30, 2013| by CoffeeKind

Coffee seems deceptively simple to prepare. Simply soak ground coffee beans in hot water and, voilà, you have coffee – or something that approximates it. However, coffee is remarkably delicate and finicky, both as a plant and as a beverage. Coffee from the same farm can taste dramatically different from one year to the next, and coffees harvested the same year from two nearby farms can have very different qualities. When you consider the many ways coffee can go wrong during growing, harvesting, processing and shipping, it’s even more amazing when you find a cup that makes you sit up and take notice. Here we’ll cover a few of the variables that affect the flavor and quality of your coffee before it reaches your brewer.

 

see more...

Coffee Botany: The Heart of Flavor

August 30, 2013| by CoffeeKind

Pacamara. Catuai. Bourbon. SL-28. Geisha. If you’re a fan of specialty coffee, chances are you’ve seen at least a few of those names on coffee labels or menus. Until recently, though, few people outside of farms and labs paid much attention to the botanical cultivars of coffee beans. This is changing as it becomes more and more evident that a coffee plant’s DNA has a major effect on the characteristics of the coffee it produces. Sure, a Catuai grown in Guatemala will have different characteristics than one grown in Rwanda because the climate and soil conditions have an effect on the chemical composition of the coffee bean; however, that same Guatemalan Catuai could hardly be mistaken for a Pacamara grown in Guatemala. Knowing the general profile of a coffee variety can help you predict the flavors and qualities you’ll find in your cup.

see more...

Category: KNOWLEDGE

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