Gift Guide | For the Coffee Nerd This Holiday Season

Every family has one, that person you have no idea what to shop for! Every year, without fail, you walk from store to store, second guessing each purchase you made. "Will they like this...well how about this...?" This year we've made it a little easier for you. Here is a list of the perfect gifts your coffee nerd will love. No more stress, just a little more peace, joy & coffee!

For the coffee lover who never has enough mugs |
1. Hasami (Natural) - Mug
2.Hasami (Wooden) - Lid and or Coaster
3. Lino - Mug

For the coffee geek who is also a book geek|
4. Uncommon Grounds, by Pendergast
5. Flavor wheel - T-Shirt
6. The Coffee tasters flavor wheel - Poster

For the barista at heart |
7. Kalita Wave Style - Brewer
8. La Marzocoo Linea Mini - Espresso Machine
9. Fellow - Duo Coffee Steeper
10. Fellow - Stagg Pour-Over Kettle
11. JoeFrex Teflon - Steaming

For the at home coffee roaster |
12. Drum Roasting - Home roasting start up kit
13. Air Roasting - Home roasting starter kit


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Ask Steve | Do I have to use a scale?
Steve, Director of Coffee

Steve, Director of Coffee

Dear Steve,

Back when I used to buy regular non specialty coffee-there was always these convenient instructions on the bag.  Something like "two heaping tablespoons of coffee for each 6 oz cup". 

Specialty coffee is better.  I do know that.  But I miss those directions!

On your website, and most websites, you guys are talking grams and using a scale.  A scale seems a bit much.  It is early, you know?

So do I have to use a scale?  Can you explain why?  I think I can get into it if I can understand it.  Also do you have a recommendation for a scale my brain can figure out pre coffee at 6 AM?

Thanks for all your help,
Weighing my options

Dear Weighing my options,

We in the specialty coffee game love using scales when brewing coffee. And we love encouraging our customers to use them too. It’s true. Most people don’t use scales to make coffee though, so why do the professionals?

Professionals in every field use extra tools to accomplish their goals compared to the average person. Think about it, chefs, carpenters, athletes, musicians...… coffee pros, they all use extra stuff that you or I might not use to do their thang. When you’re a professional, there’s just more at stake, heck people are paying you! Things like quality and repeatability are more a part of the process for professionals compared to weekend warriors. Hence, extra gadgets.

What advantage is there to using a scale to brew coffee? Simply put, accuracy. One of the keys to brewing delicious coffee is the ratio of coffee to water. 2 tablespoons coffee to 6 oz of water is a good ratio (keep using that!) but you can get a bit more accuracy using a scale.

With a scale, you can use the same unit of measure, grams, for the coffee and the water, making brew ratios simpler and more accurate. A typical coffee to water ratio is 1:16. If you have 25g of coffee, multiply by 16 to get the amount of water you need, if you have 750 mL(1mL=1g) of water, divide by 16 to get the amount of coffee you need.  

Do you have to use a scale? Of course not! But I do recommend it.

*I like the Jennings CJ4000 model, btw.


A Toast TO Your Host | Coffee Edition

I can't help but get excited for the holiday season! With 2 friendsgivings lined up, and a traditional thanksgiving dinner at home, it's both exhausting and something to look forward to. Yet, the question always remains...

What do I bring?

Since I work at a specialty coffee roaster, what better way is there then to gift my friends and loved ones coffee from the place I'm most thankful for this year (and hopefully it'll keep me awake long enough to enjoy each moment)!

Featuring a Chemex Coffeemaker 

Featuring a Chemex Coffeemaker 

Featuring the Guatemala La Voz

Featuring the Guatemala La Voz

Coffee always brings people together and the same can be said of the Holidays! Community is a theme coffee and holidays share. They both are meant to be shared with loved ones, friends, or even strangers. In Ethiopia, their is an entire ceremony devoted to coming together as a community and sharing coffee with one another. In America you'll always find a group of people congregating in a coffee shop. Even my grandfather spends 1 morning every week, at a local cafe with a group of his friends. He has kept up with this tradition for close to 10 years now, and I think that's pretty awesome! I couldn't think of a more appropriate host gift this year.

So whether your trying to survive the holidays, or spend as much time as possible with friends or family, make sure you bring the coffee! Trust me, you won't be disappointed.

Bottoms up!

p.s. Here is a great guide on how to brew the perfect Chemex coffee!

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