Lungo Coffee

Although espresso has a narrow place within the coffee world, narrowness shouldn’t be confused for uniform. There are multiple ways to pull an espresso shot, with the standard shot merely being the most common. One other alternative is the lungo.

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Driftaway Coffee – Tanzania Mbozi Iyenga Review

Coffee Origin: Mbozi, Tanzania
Roaster Location: Queens, New York
Roast Level: Medium-Light
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Tanzania Mbozi Iyenga exemplifies the clean flavors of a washed coffee. The award-winning Iyenga AMCOS cooperative has skillfully washed coffee despite the region’s drought-prone dry season, and Driftaway Coffee has used a light-medium roast that lets the coffee’s washed characteristics shine.

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Coffee and Food Pairing Ideas

Coffee is delicious on its own, but it can often taste even better when paired with the right food. A good pairing can bring out aspects of the coffee that otherwise are understated, and it’ll also highlight desirable flavors in the food. The result is a richer combination of flavors that results in greater enjoyment.

If you aren’t confident in pairing coffee with food, here’s how to go about finding successful pairings and several suggestions to get you started. Hopefully, both the common and the less conventional pairings mentioned below will open up another world of coffee for you.

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How to set up a home coffee cupping

Coffee cuppings are used throughout the coffee industry to identify the qualities and characteristics of different coffees, and they’re also able to be set up at home. If you’d like to taste coffee like a professional, here’s how to set up a home cupping.

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Guide to Kyoto-Style Slow Drip Coffee

Kyoto-style slow drip is one of the most artistic ways to brew coffee, and it produces one of the best brews when executed properly. If you’d like to begin making coffee this way at home, here’s a complete guide to Kyoto-style slow drip coffee — including how you can make it.

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Camber Coffee – Ethiopia Dambi Uddo Review

Coffee Origin: Dambi Uddo, Ethiopia
Roaster Location: Bellingham, Washington
Roast Level: Medium-Light

Form one of the world’s original coffee-growing regions, Ethiopia Dambi Uddo is a testament to what nature can produce. Camber Coffee has expertly roasted this selection, downplaying the roast characteristics so that the terroir — or the beans’ inherent characteristics — shine forth.

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Cultivar Coffee – Tres Bourbon Seasonal Blend Review

Coffee Origin: Santa Ana, El Salvador
Roaster Location: Dallas, Texas
Roast Level: Medium

This ain’t your Grandma’s bourbon. The bourbon varietal is one of coffea arabica’s original varietals, and this blend contains three derivations of it (rather than a triple-finger shot of Grandma’s hard stuff). While many coffee blends combine subvarietals and cultivars, you rarely see three differently colored subvarietals in a single selection.

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Which are the best tasting decaf coffees?

“Is decaf coffee any good?!” It certainly gets a bad rap, but it’s not always deserved. Whether you have caffeine sensitivities, or just want a cup of coffee that won’t ruin your beauty sleep, there are some good, satisfying decafs to be had. We went on a hunt for the best and put several to the test here. Of course, coffee preferences are highly subjective, so don’t be put off by any that have a lower rating. Your tastes may differ from those of our reviewer 🙂 Let us know if you have a favorite decaf we should check out.

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Counter Culture Coffee – Slow Motion

Coffee Origin: Brazil
Roaster Location: Durham, North Carolina
Roast Level: Medium-Light

Slow Motion stands apart as a singular selection that’s offbeat and perhaps even a little crazy. The selection would blend in well among other light roasts with lively flavors if it were caffeinated. The decaf tends toward darker roasts with more tame sweet, nutty and rustic notes, though. In that generally dark-roast world, a lively medium-light roast that has multiple complex flavors stands out.

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The Coffee Lover’s Guide to Decaf Coffee

Coffee has over a thousand different compounds in it, the most well-known of which is caffeine. While many consider caffeine a desirable stimulant (and sometimes the only reason to drink coffee), a significant number of people can’t have or don’t want to have caffeine. That’s where decaffeinated coffee comes in, of course.

Here’s a look at what qualifies coffee as decaffeinated, how decaffeinated coffee is made and perhaps the most important question of all — do you really want to drink the stuff?

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