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The flavor possibilities of one’s coffee drink start long before adding in any milk, sugar, or syrups. For one, the country and region of cultivation impact the tasting experience of coffee drinkers. Another critical factor is the way the coffee beans have been processed. The beans are seeds of the cherries that grow on the coffee plant, which must be removed and dried before any roasting or drink-making occurs. There are three principal ways of doing this, each with its own characteristics. Between the most common methods of wash, dry, and honey processing, every method has a unique hand in...

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For some coffee connoisseurs, there is a big difference between a good and bad cup of joe. Getting to the very best cup of coffee can be a mission, and it certainly takes some effort and education.   There are also some misleading practices, like storing beans in the freezer or the fridge. This can be okay if the coffee is totally sealed and only as a last result in the event of having too many beans.   But for most people, with regular daily coffee rituals, there are some much better practices to help ensure a quality cup every...

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There are few delicious experiences as delicious as enjoying a coffee prepared exactly the way you like it. While many like their coffee clear, most prefer some kind of milk or creamer.   These days there are more options than ever when it comes to different types of milk and creams. There are so many that it can leave the head-spinning trying to decide!   After some trial and error, most people have decided exactly which their favorite type of milk additive is for their coffee. But which milk is actually scientifically the best option for coffee?   The best...

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While they might sound like the very same thing, there is a difference between ice coffee and cold brew! And the truth is, it comes down almost entirely to temperature.   True ice coffee is brewed hot and poured over ice. This means that the oils are extracted by the hot water during the brewing process and diffused, leaving a more acidic and bitter flavor.   Ice coffee can be made much more quickly than cold brew, making it a great option in a pinch. But once brewed, the coffee should be left to cool down in the fridge, or...

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Specialty coffee produced in small batches promotes a richer flavor, and harnesses more wholesome and ethical practices than the typical, mass-produced varieties.  Flavors are allowed to reveal their beauty and complexities. The beans are picked and processed when perfectly ripe and are then roasted and available for purchase at peak freshness. What's more, the smaller batches lend themselves to more consistent results when roasting. The reduced amount of beans allows for effective roasting and optimal aroma monitoring. This is especially true as the majority of small roasters make use of more traditional drums, which create a gentler and more gradual...

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