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What is the difference between light and dark roast coffee?

over 2 years ago by Austin K.
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In general, light roast coffees tend to emphasize more of the inherent flavors of the bean, while darker roasts tend to carry more of the taste of the roasting process. Lighter coffees often highlight floral,... See full answer

What is espresso?

over 2 years ago by Ashley O.
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Put simply, espresso is a brew method in which coffee is extracted under pressure . Contrary to what most folks think, there's actually no such thing as an espresso bean. Any coffee can be brewed... See full answer

What's the best coffee for lattes?

over 2 years ago by Frederick A.
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As always, it's fun to try a range of coffees to see what you prefer. Traditionally, medium-dark roasts are a better compliment to milk. This roast profile brings out more chocolate, toffee, caramel, and nut... See full answer

What is fair trade coffee?

over 2 years ago by Elia N.
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For a deeper look into Fair Trade, as well as it's more impactful kissing cousin, Direct Trade , have a look at our post " Behind the Fair Trade Coffee Movement ". In short, Fair... See full answer

What coffee tastes better black?

over 2 years ago by Laura D.
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At the highest level, I would start with freshly roasted whole bean coffee (2-3 wks off roast). Most coffee at grocery stores and even at coffee shops is stale. Like 3-6 months stale. Stale coffee... See full answer

What coffee grind is best for espresso?

over 2 years ago by Sally N.
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Espresso is one part art and one part science. Every grinder and espresso machine is a little different. As a general rule, you want a finer grind for expresso since the coffee grounds are only... See full answer

What coffee grind is best for pour over?

over 2 years ago by Moti B.
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The pour over is our brewing method of choice at the Beanery. A Chemex or dripper pour over brewer requires a medium to course grind size. Think sea salt crystals. You want to adjust the... See full answer

What coffees have the most caffeine?

over 2 years ago by Kelly F.
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If you're looking to understand (and/or jack up) your morning kick, there are four things to know about your cup of Joe. Beans Matter, But Not A Ton Arabica, which is the standard species of... See full answer

What coffees are low acid?

over 2 years ago by Sofia I.
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Acidity in coffee is a complex topic. Acids yield flavor, literally by donating protons to receptors on the tongue, and coffee beans are packed with a range of acid compounds from many families: citric, malic,... See full answer

Why does coffee taste burnt?

over 2 years ago by Suni C.
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There are three culprits to the burnt coffee taste so highly prized among gas station cafes: Coffee that's over roasted, or where the roast profile heats up too quickly. While some of us love a... See full answer