Your Summer Guide to Coffee

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Tags brew methods, coffee, Education, flavor

Your Summer Guide to Coffee

Learn how to make iced coffee.  Iced coffee is a summer staple. Currently, I am using a cold-brew method to make my iced coffee. However, there are various methods to making iced coffee. If you typically make coffee using an AeroPress, Chemex, or Pour-Over method, you can easily switch it up during the summer months for iced coffee. The Perfect Daily Grind has some great video tutorials I’ve found helpful in making iced coffee using these various brewing methods. My favorite coffee right now that I'm using for iced coffee is Ethiopia Agaro Jimma.  Your plants love coffee almost as much as you.  Feed your plants...


5 Simple Ways to Switch Up Your Daily Grind

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5 Simple Ways to Switch Up Your Daily Grind

There is something comforting about a routine. (I’m that person who goes to the same restaurant and orders the same meal every single time.) It’s often difficult to break a habit and try something different. But sometimes you need a change to freshen up your daily grind.  In switching up my coffee routine, I’ve learned quite a bit about my favorite drink. I've been constantly trying new things and as much as my type A personality would fight against it, change is good. Here are a few easy ways I've found to switch my coffee routine: Brew your own iced...


7 Things You Should Know about Arabica Coffee

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7 Things You Should Know about Arabica Coffee

1. There are two basic species of coffee, Arabica and Canephora. Of these two, the Arabica species produces varieties such as Typica, Bourbon, and Ethiopian heirloom variety. Typica is the original coffee plant which is believed to have originated and discovered in Ethiopia. Bourbon has its origins with the Typica variety and is a tad sweeter. The Canephora species produces Robusta beans. Robusta is sometimes mixed with Arabica and used for espresso because of its high caffeine levels. (Robusta has almost double the caffeine as Arabica!) 2. How much coffee can you pick in a day? Most Arabica coffee is picked by...


Coffee Linguistics 101

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Tags aroma, brew methods, chemistry, coffee, Education, flavor, pairing, terroir

Coffee Linguistics 101

You may be kicking off your day off with the most complex food in your diet. Your morning cup of coffee contains an extremely complex chemical makeup. Coffee is actually so complex that scientists have devoted a great deal of time and research to understand it. Many factors influence the flavor, aroma, and texture of your beverage. Everything from the origin of the coffee plant itself to processing, roasting, storage, water, and brew methods construct the specific accent of your coffee. This is why coffee comes in so many varieties and flavors. “Coffee is a language in itself.” —Jackie Chan...


Coffee roasting percolating throughout the Region

Coffee roasting percolating throughout the Region

Northwest Indiana has been awash in craft breweries for a few years, but the newest wave of artisan beverage makers are putting out coffees more complex than any barrel-aged porter or Belgian Farmhouse Ale. A growing crop of local coffee roasters have sprung up across the Region as part of the so-called Third Wave of Coffee, a long-percolating movement that aims to elevate coffee into an artisanal foodstuff like craft beer. Coffee by Gillespie in Dyer, Dagger Mountain in Valparaiso, and Maple City Roasters in Michigan City all have been growing as consumers gravitate toward higher quality, more sophisticated coffee....