Air Popper Coffee Roasting

After delving deeper and deeper into the specialty coffee world. I decided to try my hand at roasting from home. It’s amazing how inexpensive green coffee beans can be. It happens though because the art of great coffee really comes out in the roast. That’s what you are paying for when you buy fresh roasted…

5 Coffee Gift Ideas for Under $50

Making coffee at home can be fun and affordable. It’s much cheaper than visiting the local coffee shop on a daily basis. But it does take some investment to get it started. It doesn’t have to break the bank, and much of what is needed can be purchased for under fifty dollars. So I thought…

Coffee at Home: Hario v60 Recipe

I love brewing up a cup of coffee anytime of the day. My favorite method is the to make a pourover using the Hario v60. The Hario v60 is just a ceramic cone, they also come in glass or plastic, that holds a cone filter and allows water to pass over the grounds and into…

Aukey 3 in 1 Clip-on Lens Kit

I’ve always wanted to experiment with clip on lenses on my smartphone, but I’ve never really jumped in to it. Then I found this Aukey 3 in 1 Lens Kit on Amazon for a great price so I thought, “Let’s give these a try” The lens system uses these very simple plastic clips with a rubber…

What is the Hario v60 Iced Coffee Maker?

Over the last two years I have accumulated plenty of coffee making hardware. One of the latest additions is the Hario v60 Iced Coffee Maker. I already owned a Toddy for cold brewing coffee. It makes great coffee, but the one big downfall is that it takes 12 to 24 hours to brew. I still…

Specialty Coffee: A year of discovery

Recently I celebrated a birthday and in doing so I also celebrated my first year of manual brewing specialty coffee from home. It was an awesome learning experience. I feel like I’ve learned so much, yet a recent conversation with my friend Bobby (owner of Recreational Coffee) helped me see that I still have so…

Why Should I Start A Coffee Subscription?

Specialty coffee is such a growing and bustling marketplace. It can get a bit overwhelming in a hurry. Until recently I had only tried coffee direct from the roaster or whatever I found in store at local coffee shops. I wanted to step out and try new roasters but one big thing kept getting in…

How to: Inverted Method Using the Aeropress

The Aeropress is one of the highest rated coffee makers in the Amazon Marketplace. Almost everyone I have discussed it with has raved about the cup of coffee the Aeropress makes. What’s even crazier is that they all said throw away the instructions that come with the Aeropress…yes, throw them away. The inverted method instructions…

You Need To Try These Roasters

You have to remember, I’m just beginning my journey into third wave coffee. So bear with me as I share my discoveries. I only began drinking specialty coffee on a regular basis since the beginning of the year. I’m not a aficianado, but my knowledge is growing by the day. I have credited a few…

What Is Third Wave Coffee?

Specialty coffee is the new great thing happening in the coffee world.  By new I mean the last 10 years or so. This movement within the coffee world is often referred to as third wave coffee and it tends to be much lighter in roast with more fruit forward,  slightly acidic taste.  Third wave coffee…

Crafting a Cup of Coffee

Saturday was a milestone day.  I made my 100th v60 pourover and I learned a lot along the way.  I was first introduced to specialty coffee some time last year thanks to my friend,  Steffen Sommers of Lift Coffee Roasters in Riverside.  Lift and specialty coffee roasters like them offer coffee that is roasted in…