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Coffee Hype And What It Means

Paul Haworth

A common first question asked by those interested in specialty coffee is something along the line of what the 'best coffee' in the world is. There are many subjective ways to answer this question but usually the individual is asking about something quantified. They may want to know about high cupping (coffee tasting) scores, but more often than not it is expense that they want to know about. They are curious about whatever is currently 'hyped up' and costly.

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Tis the Season: A look at Coffee Seasonality

Paul Haworth

This time of year, we are all very aware of seasons. Coffee also has its seasons. For the beans to be created, coffee trees must first develop beautiful and aromatic flowers. These flowers will give way to cherries which will eventually be carefully selected. These cherries will be processed to yield their seeds. These seeds will then be roasted and consumed as 'coffee beans.'

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Coffee Hall of Fame: The Aeropress

Paul Haworth

By far the most recently invented addition to our hall of fame, the Aeropress coffee maker was created by the Aerobie brand in 2005. It may not be the most attractive device in the home brewing category, but it is has become a household name in specialty coffee just the same. It is super cheap and practically indestructible, but it owes its notoriety to its truly unique method of extraction.

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Blending

Paul Haworth

There's a bit of controversy around 'blending' coffee beans. Is it some kind of mystical high-point of coffee craft that involves a finely tuned palate and a deep concept of flavor aesthetics? Or is blending only for cheap, low quality coffees as many single origin, single estate, and single variety proponents claim? Maybe this sounds weird, but in order to understand why this stout debate exists, it is helpful to go back and think about some basic Socratic Greek philosophy.

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Balance

Paul Haworth

Want to be a connoisseur of pretty much anything? Here's what the dance looks like: wonder, saturation, fatigue, and the final pursuit of balance. And even though we can see the end goal, there is no shortcut. We have to first have vigorous singular experiences of all the things we eventually wish to enjoy in balance. There is a sense of freedom that comes from the awareness of this universal path. Know also that this is not a linear path, but more of a cyclical pattern where we gather a new piece of an endless puzzle with every orbit.

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The Way of Coffee

Paul Haworth

Something fantastic in Japanese culture is how philosophy and craft are so interrelated, it can be difficult to see where one ends and the other begins. This integration gives Japanese craft a sense of timeless heritage and transcendent value. They have a word encompassing this marriage between heart and hand which is loosely translated into the English word 'way.' It is obvious from our weak translation that we do not really have the same concept here, but perhaps we should.

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Is There A Right Way To Roast Coffee?

Paul Haworth

This may be the most hotly debated question regarding specialty coffee in our time. Roasting determines so much about what we ultimately experience in our coffee and is not a minor detail. It quickly goes from subtle to extreme when describing the ways different roasting styles interpret a coffee. We will attempt to be as objective as possible, as taste is ultimately a subjective and personal thing.

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