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Coffee Experiments

There are a lot of do’s and do not’s in the coffee industry. But what advice should we actually be listening to? Is freshly ground coffee really better than pre-ground coffee? Are blade grinders really incapable of producing quality espresso? What is the best temperature for brewing coffee? I look to answer all of these common questions through experimentation. My hope is that you can replicate these experiments to hopefully come up with your own answers. To me, this is what should shape every coffee lover’s individual craft.

Coffee Experiment: Medium Roast Brew Temperature – 195˚F vs. 200˚F
5 years ago

Coffee Experiment: Medium Roast Brew Temperature – 195˚F vs. 200˚F

What is the best brew temperature for a medium roast coffee?

I can’t remember where I heard it, but allegedly higher brew temperatures are best for light roasts, while lower brew temperatures …
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Coffee Experiment: Comparing a 1-Hour-Later Grind to a Fresh Grind
5 years ago

Coffee Experiment: Comparing a 1-Hour-Later Grind to a Fresh Grind

“Use freshly ground coffee!”

Let’s be honest, we hear this all the time. And it makes total sense that fresh = better.

But what if we were to assume that …
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Coffee Experiment: Is Pre-Wetting Coffee Filters Necessary?
5 years ago

Coffee Experiment: Is Pre-Wetting Coffee Filters Necessary?

If you didn’t know by now, one of the reasons I’m here is to put coffee dogma to the test.

Some examples:

  • Does blooming your coffee really matter?
  • Does 1 hole beat …
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Coffee Experiment: Auto Drip vs. Manual Drip Coffee – Which is Better?
5 years ago

Coffee Experiment: Auto Drip vs. Manual Drip Coffee – Which is Better?

With the coffee renaissance that is currently taking place across the country, it’s not surprising that more and more people are beginning to care more about coffee’s taste than its …
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Coffee Experiment: Testing Coffee Pour-Over Flow Rates
5 years ago

Coffee Experiment: Testing Coffee Pour-Over Flow Rates

Everybody that makes pour-over coffee has his/her own special way of doing things.

Some folks like to make a little divot in the coffee before the pour, some don’t. Some …
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Coffee Experiment: Testing Water to Coffee Ratios – 20:1 vs. 15:1
5 years ago

Coffee Experiment: Testing Water to Coffee Ratios – 20:1 vs. 15:1

Measuring out your coffee and water can be a real pain in the ass.

Still, it’s a critical component to making your coffee taste great, which is why I’m surprised …
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Coffee Experiment: Does Blooming Coffee Really Make a Difference?
5 years ago

Coffee Experiment: Does Blooming Coffee Really Make a Difference?

One of the many things that a coffee snob will tell you is to “bloom” your coffee.

What is blooming?

Blooming is when you pre-saturate your coffee with a little …
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Coffee Experiment: What’s The Best Cold Brew Coffee?
5 years ago

Coffee Experiment: What’s The Best Cold Brew Coffee?

I’m obsessed with cold brew coffee, I know. As I’ve mentioned several times already, it’s one of my favorite brew methods these days.

But I’ve been wondering something for awhile …
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Coffee Experiment: Is Steeped Coffee Better Coffee?
5 years ago

Coffee Experiment: Is Steeped Coffee Better Coffee?

I think there’s a big misconception in the coffee world: coffee that steeps longer tastes better.

When I think of steeping coffee, French Press is the first thing that comes to mind. …
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