Coffee

Equipment Retailer Clive Coffee Launches Brew-Focused Brand, Filter Coffee & Tea

Filter Coffee & Tea launch party at Clive Coffee in Portland, Oregon. All photos courtesy of Clive Coffee. Venerable Portland, Oregon-based prosumer espresso equipment retailer Clive Coffee has launched a brew-focused spin-off equipment business, called Filter Coffee & Tea. While not a separate company, the two entities will appear separate for all intents and purpose, with Filter occupying its own website, branding and the attention of several full-time staffers in addition to support from a few crossover Clive employees as well. [...]

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The Extraction Follows Its Electronic Nose

Sight, sound, and smell: the triumvirate of sensory feedback upon which the roaster’s craft depends. Production roasting can be automated, but setting those profiles has traditionally relied on human sensory experience. That may be changing. We already knew color can be effectively tracked by lasers, and now the extreme geeks at Science Trend have disseminated for us a 2017 study on the application of an “Electronic Nose” to coffee roasting: Human olfaction apparatus was the model towards efforts of researchers were made [...]

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Not Just for Skaters, Push and Pour Delivers Some Sick Roasts in Boise

Push and Pour Coffee in Garden City, Idaho. All photos courtesy of Push and Pour Once a skateboard has ground its last rail and kicked its last flip, it makes for an excellent portafilter handle. At a new cafe called Push and Pour in Garden City, Idaho — which is literally surrounded by Boise — “skate is push, pour is coffee,” according to co-owner Brennan Conroy. These dual passions are reflected and reinforced throughout the shop’s interior: Push and Pour’s espresso [...]

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After 22 Years, Portland Roasting Coffee Opens Flagship Cafe

Portland Roasting Coffee’s recently opened flagship cafe at SE Oak and SE Sandy in Portland, Oregon. All photos courtesy of Portland Roasting Coffee. With 22 years in business as a wholesale roasting company and direct trade practitioner, Portland Roasting Coffee has opened its first standalone brick-and-mortar cafe. Located just a block away from the company’s East Portland roastery, the new flagship cafe at the intersection of SE Sandy Blvd. and SE Oak St. in Buckman will serve as a kind of testing ground [...]

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Coffee Gets a Cocktail-Like Treatment at Goodkind Coffee in Lakewood, Ohio

Goodkind Coffee in Lakewood, Ohio. All photos courtesy of Goodkind. Service at the new Goodkind Coffee in an inner suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, might feel more fitting for a Cosmopolitan than for a cappuccino. Open since September 2017 in Lakewood, Goodkind’s bar is bigger than what many coffee drinkers may come to expect. The initial wait is longer, and the amount of water shaken into the Kaffe Tonic (homemade tonic syrup, espresso, bitters and sparkling water) is as carefully calibrated, as [...]

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Push X Pull Finds Equilibrium in New Portland Roastery Cafe

Push X Pull Founders Jacob Cowdin and Christopher Hall. All photos courtesy of Push X Pull. It was just over a year ago that the founders of the up-and-coming Portland, Oregon, roastery Push X Pull voiced their aspirations to open a coffee shop. While such intentions often never realize among small-batch roasters, especially in fiercely competitive markets such as Portland, Push X Pull has again proven itself a force to be reckoned with. The company last month opened a well-polished store in [...]

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The Extraction is Fine with Robusta, But Not Robusta Fraud

Coffee: Healthy, or not? The ping-ponging coverage of this topic, week after week, is maddening. Yet with the backdrop of the California Prop 65 coffee kerfuffle, the Washington Post last weekend set off a week’s worth of web-reverberations by itself borrowing an article from Knowable Magazine originally published back in December that looked at an “umbrella” study in the Annual Review of Nutrition that weighed evidence from 127 different studies on the health effects of coffee. Conclusion: It’s healthy, [...]

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Inspired Winter Cocktail Recipes With 9 Coffee Liqueurs

Winter may be cold, but coffee and booze is hot right now. It seems with each passing season that more small-batch distillers are finally taking coffee as seriously as they do their spirits, resulting in some creative coffee liqueurs that lend themselves to fireside sipping. Some are made with brandy, others with rum, vodka or neutral grain sprits. Some try to keep the blend of coffees the same while others revel in the differences between different roasts, processing methods and origins. Here we present [...]

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The Coffee Regions of Ethiopia in This New Map from Trabocca

The “Coffee Regions of Ethiopia” map by Traboca. Click the image for a high-resolution version. Home to wild arabica’s natural habitat and containing nearly all the world’s genetic diversity in coffee, Ethiopia’s complex history of coffee cultivation and processing has historically defied politically defined borders. The Ethiopian Commodity Exchange (ECX), a strong domestic demand, wide variations in traditional processing methods and an incredibly diverse natural landscape have all further contributed to the blurring of the map lines, making Ethiopia’s coffee landscape a [...]

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Voga Coffee to Unveil the Cyclops Single-Group Batch Brewer

Rendering of the Voga Coffee single-group Cyclops brewer. Courtesy of Voga Coffee. Voga Coffee is hoping to catch some eyes at the SCA Expo in April this year as it rolls out a new single-group iteration of the Ground Control batch brew machine, called the Cyclops. Featuring the same patented multi-stage extraction process of several cycled immersions, agitations and then desiccations of the coffee bed by vacuum force as the company’s original two-group Twin machine, the Cyclops is designed to offer cafes a lower minimum volume at [...]

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