Dive into the Craft of Coffee …

Can Coffee Taste As Good As It Smells?

Does coffee smell better than it tastes to you? This is a common experience for everyone who drinks coffee, whether they love coffee or not. I always think about walking down the aisle at a grocery store and taking in that rich full sweet coffee aroma…the thing about that is I definitely know those coffees don’t taste great.

Home Roasting Coffee

Diving Into Home Roasting – Cup of Joe

On this Cup of Joe, I dive into the subject of home roasting. By and large, this experience of roasting my own coffee has been quite an interesting and enlightening one – I did not go into this being deeply interested in diving into the entire world of home roasting.

Voila – Specialty Instant Coffee Review

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKqsb9tvQ2IVideo can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Voila! Specialty Instant Coffee Review (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pKqsb9tvQ2I) Did you ever think that instant coffee could be good?  Instant coffee tends to be thought of as bottom of the barrel. It’s the kind of coffee you go for when you have no other option …

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Don’t Let Marketing Do This To You – Cup of Joe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xHdekP9mE8Video can’t be loaded because JavaScript is disabled: Don’t Let Marketing Do This To You – Cup of Joe – January 7th 2019 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-xHdekP9mE8) Usually on the Cup of Joe series, I talk about some idea directly related to coffee. Whether it’s some conceptual idea I’ve been thinking about – …

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New Beginnings – Cup of Joe – 1-1-19

For whatever reason, I stopped publishing Cup of Joe on the magazine website. I stopped doing quite a bit with the magazine website – choosing to focus on growth with the business through completely different avenues (not concerned with SEO or content that goes on the site blog).

As I've had time to reflect, I've discovered a good use for this platform. A place for me to be in touch with you, who is hopefully a magazine reader. A place for me to provide introductions into the magazine, the youtube, the podcast, etc. A place where I can share and catalogue.

I mention on this episode that one of my new years resolutions is to publish one of these videos every week. Whether it's well made, or I have to throw it together on my phone a the last minute…I will be here.

Fortunately I have a solid list of ideas, theories, challenges, etc, which I want to talk about – so getting the ball rolling shouldn't be too hard.

For now, enjoy this new episode of Cup of Joe – more to come.

Oxo Barista Brain Brewer

Oxo Barista Brain Brewer – In Depth Review

What makes the Oxo Barista Brain Touch a great addition to your kitchen? For coffee enthusiasts, there’s a lot of stigma around automatic coffee brewing machines. The auto-drip machine is looked down upon with great disdain. This is unfortunate, because most average coffee consumers come from place of brewing on something simple like a Mr Coffee.

The reasons for that are pretty clear – you don’t need to think about brewing the coffee, the machine just does it for you. On top of that, if you get a fancier machine, you can have it brew for you at set times, giving the wonderful gift of waking up to the smell of fresh-brewed coffee.

But these auto drip machines have some serious downfalls, if you care about getting the most out of your coffee.

In short, they aren’t optimized to create the best extraction. One of the greatest problems with the more average style of auto drip machine is the build quality of the water heater means over time (often it doesnt take long) your brewer won’t be brewing at optimal temperature. Even if it’s still brewing at 190 degrees (which will look quite hot to you), you will already not be getting the best extraction of taste from your coffee at that temperature (ideal being 202-205 for a drip machine). These machines also don’t distribute water very well to the grounds in the basket, and they aren’t designed with a specific rate of flow in mind.

In comes the SCA certification for home brewers. There are a select few brewers out there certified by The Speciality Coffee Association, and Oxo’s Barista Brain Brewer is one of them.

This certification assures you a few key things:

The coffee will always be brewed with the optimal water temperature.

The coffee will be evenly brewed in the basket.

The coffee will be of the proper range of extraction (provided you use the correct ground size and amount of coffee).

The coffee will remain in a certain temperature range after brewing.

Let’s take a look at the Oxo Barista Brain Coffee Brewer.

Diving right into the taste of the coffee: I’ve had the fortune of trying coffee on a lot of different machines and hand brewing devices, so I have a good grasp of the range of what is possible, and what the coffees I’m brewing with can and should taste like. I’m pleased to say that coffee brewed on the Oxo comes out just about as good as you can get from an auto-drip machine. The cup is full-flavored, balanced, and tasting as I would expect. I say ‘as good as you can get from an auto-drip machine’ because you can’t beat the full control and taste potential of a skillfully hand-brewed coffee without forking over $15000 for an industrial pour-over machine or a steampunk.

I can say that this is one of the best ways to make coffee for a group of people at home. The 9 cup Oxo brews up to 1200 ml of coffee, which will give you 5 eight-ounce cups of coffee. And if you do happen to churn through that, making another batch is as easy as pushing a button (or even just two buttons, if you have the Oxo Barista Brain Coffee Grinder).

That of course, makes the Oxo Barista Brain Grinder the perfect pairing. After checking out my review on the brewer above, have a look at the grinder here…