Posts Tagged ‘Home Brewing’

French Press: A Low Stress Way to Enjoy Your Coffee

By Copper Canyon

Whether the French press method of brewing came to light in the early or mid-1800s is up for speculation, there are patent records from 1852 wherein a Paris merchant and metal craftsman filed a joint patent for a device that filtered coffee using a piston action. It wasn’t until the late 1920s that the French Press began surfacing around Europe, with improvements being made well into the 1950s. It took Americans a bit longer to acclimate to this brewing method, receiving recognition and direction by food critics well into the 1980s and 90s, indicating possible drawbacks to the method. Even today it is still seen as a method used mainly by connoisseurs. Despite that, it is one of the easier methods for brewing fresh roasted coffee. (more…)

10 Easy Steps to Enjoying Chemex Brewed Coffee

By Copper Canyon

Chemex is the preferred coffee brewing method of James Bond, Mary Tyler Moore, Don Draper, and a group of F.R.I.E.N.D.S. in New York. It is timeless in its design, as well as in the simple process in which it aids in producing a tantalizing cup of coffee. The Chemex coffee maker was created by German inventor Peter Schlumbohm in the late 1930s and patented as a “filtering device.” Along with a few other investors, Schlumbohm set up The Chemex Corporation in 1939 in the state of New York. From 1939 to 1941 the filtering device took on a few revisions, which finally culminated into its current iconic hourglass-like design. Today Chemex is available in a variety of sizes and forms, including the brand new Ottomatic of which the company can’t seem to keep in stock. (more…)

It’s Not Just For Summer: 5 Reasons To Keep Your Toddy Out All Year Long

By Copper Canyon

The weather is cooling down quite nicely. The air in the morning has a pleasantly crisp feel to it, which makes the coffee cravings all the more intense. This would typically make you think it’s time to put away the cold brew equipment you’ve put to good use this past summer along with your summer wardrobe. But hold up…did you know you can use your Toddy Cold Brew System year round? Here are 5 reasons to keep your Toddy in use all year long. (more…)

The Basics of Grinding Coffee

By Copper Canyon

The act of grinding coffee is more than merely preparing for the brew process. Its main purpose is to remove the soluble characteristics of the coffee, otherwise known as extracting the flavor compounds and oils. There are particular brewing methods that go with certain grind or particle sizes to achieve the optimal cup of coffee. Consistency is the key. It is a common belief that the finer the grind the more flavor the coffee will have; however that is not true. There is more surface area of particles compared to the mass to be exposed to the hot water when the grind is finer. There are two extremes when it comes to extraction: over-extraction and under-extraction. (more…)

Why Grinding Your Own Coffee Is So Important

By Copper Canyon

With the influx of third wave coffee, we are being introduced to some pretty cool, though often more traditional than we realize, brewing methods. One of the more frequently touted methods is Chemex. A Chemex coffee brewer is a glass vase-like vessel that is made of heavy-duty glass molded into a cone shape. These come in a few different varieties, including models featuring a wooden collar and a conformed handle, typically starting at around $40. The Chemex takes a special filter (more…)