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Experiment and Explore Coffee: The Depths

Experiment and Explore Coffee: The Depths

It seems my ability to write and publish here once a week has come to a halt. Recently it's been more like once every two or three weeks. This is due to an odd feeling I only recently identified, a feeling that is the opposite of what I expected. The more I learn...

Summer Barista Sins: 5 Mistakes I Made As A New Barista

Summer Barista Sins: 5 Mistakes I Made As A New Barista

Having been a barista at Yellow House Coffee now for close to ten weeks, I've committed my share of barista sins. Though most were fairly innocent and understandable for a half-trained barista, some of them were just downright stupid. For your enjoyment and my future...

A Third Crack at Home Roasting

A Third Crack at Home Roasting

I'm determined to be able to produce consistently enjoyable coffee using my home roaster, a West Bend Poppery. I didn't have great success with my first attempt, but the results were satisfying, because, of course, it was only my first attempt. Round 2 wasn't all that...

My First Week As A Barista At Yellow House Coffee

My First Week As A Barista At Yellow House Coffee

As many of you saw on Twitter (follow me!), I recently was given a job at a local coffee shop, Yellow House Coffee. The shop isn't grand in size, but the quality of the coffee and the community make up for that in a heartbeat. Yellow House opened almost a year ago in...

Experiment and Explore Coffee: The Advanced Basics

Experiment and Explore Coffee: The Advanced Basics

I approach coffee in a way most haven't yet realized is possible: with excitement and eagerness. With eyes opened to a whole world of flavors, brewing methods, and people, how could I not be excited? The thrill of trying a new coffee (currently drinking a Geisha from...

5 Ways to be Super Awkward in a Coffee Shop

5 Ways to be Super Awkward in a Coffee Shop

Coffee shops are places of community, peace and growth, but every once in a while they all become the venue for sickening awkwardness. It's only natural for us humans to experience moods and attitudes that lead us toward odd and abnormal behaviors, but it doesn't have...

Garrett Oden

Garrett Oden

Coffee Industry Writer

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Brewing a stellar cup of espresso is one of the best ways to start the day. The bright crema, the syrupy body, the energy boost—everything you need to wake up on the right side of the bed. Espresso, however, is also hard to brew well. We’ve put together seven...

The 12 Most Common French Press Coffee Questions, Answered

When you search for the best brewing device you can use to prepare a simple but delicious coffee, it's hard to beat the beloved french press. The French Press steeps hot water and grounds together in a cylindrical glass carafe. When brewing is complete, the plunger...