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Let the Coffee Catcher help you with French press cleanup

On weekends when I brew my own coffee at home, I usually use a French press.  As you may know, French presses are great for brewing a good cup of coffee, but they’re a little bit of a pain to clean up.  When you’re done with the brewing, you have a clump of grounds smashed […]

7 Ways to Celebrate National Coffee Day

Today is National Coffee Day.  I honestly didn’t realize that until I saw it filling up my Twitter screen from all my online coffee friends, so a hearty National Coffee Day to you!  It got me thinking — what are good ways to celebrate National Coffee Day?  I’ve come up with ten for your reading […]

A Tanzania coffee side-by-side: Heroes vs. Intelligentsia

Recently I’ve been sampling the roasts from Heroes Coffee, a local coffee roaster based here in Springfield, Missouri.  Heroes Coffee also owns the Heroes Coffee Cafe located at the corner of National Avenue and Chestnut Expressway in Springfield, which is one of the shops taking part in our 417Coffee Disloyalty Card.   It’s the best location […]

Announcing the 417Coffee Disloyalty Card

Today I’m excited to announce the launch of the 417Coffee Disloyalty Card! What’s a disloyalty card, you ask?  We’ve all used loyalty cards before — a punch card or swipe card that encourages you to visit the same coffee shop over and over for some kind of benefit or perk once you buy the right […]

Espresso tutorial video from Intelligentsia

Thanks to @marscafe on Twitter, I just stumbled upon this Espresso 101 video from Intelligentsia. This is a basic explanation of the process of making espresso in very simple, understandable terms. Anyone who makes espresso knows that this subject matter is as deep as it is wide, but this is one of the best coffee […]

Announcing the 417Coffee Google Map

I’ve been working up a 417Coffee Google Map for some time.  I did some updating today, and I decided I should make the link public. This map is an attempt to lay out all of the shops that focus on coffee in the 417 area code in these Missouri Ozarks.  It’s easy for us to […]

Notes & photos from today’s Coffee Ethic cupping

This morning, The Coffee Ethic in downtown Springfield, Missouri hosted a coffee cupping for a small group of tasters.  Our friend Adie Williams took part in the cupping, which used coffee beans roasted by PT’s Coffee out of Topeka, Kansas, and she’s submitted the following cupping notes and photos from the event.  Thanks to Adie […]

Single origin Burundi coffee poured over ice

Today I stopped by Hebrews Coffee on Republic Road in Springfield, Missouri to get a single-origin coffee brewed via pourover. Kevin Roy, who runs Hebrews, suggested I try it iced instead of hot. That sounded intriguing. He told me that a couple days ago, he tried the Ethiopia Sidama Ardi from PT’s Coffee iced, using […]

Make your own drip pourover station

A  method of brewing coffee that is growing in popularity is manual pourover drip.  This method involves pouring hot water from a hot water kettle through a pourover filter cone coffee dripper (such as the Hario V60 Ceramic Coffee Dripper, the Frieling Cilio Porcelain No. 4 Filter Holder dripper, or the Melitta Perfect Brew Filter […]

In support of hand grinding your coffee

A couple days ago, Oliver Strand of the New York Times Magazine blog offered his support for hand grinding coffee. I strongly agree with Strand’s stance on this matter. Years ago, after buying pre-ground coffee for a while, like most people who delve into the world of grinding whole bean coffee, I started grinding my […]