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Q&A With Lost Sock Coffee

Jeff Yerxa and Nicolas Cabrera met in 2012 at American University and quickly realized their mutual affection for a great cup of coffee. As their admiration for coffee grew so did their relationship and so did their ambition. The two became roommates in 2013 and began home roasting their own coffee shortly thereafter. Their obsessive pursuit for the perfect cup has culminated with the opening of…

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Kalita Wave Brew Guide

Why Kalita? With its stainless steel and wavy contours, the Kalita Wave wins over coffee and design enthusiasts alike. It’s a favorite pour over brew method for home use and it’s great on the go, too. The flat-bottom filter helps with even extraction while brewing. The key to mastering this brewer is the slow spiral pour. Brew Guide Tips to Brew Better If your final time…

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Why We Choose Iced Coffee Over Cold Brew

First, let me just say that we are NOT against cold brew! However, we do believe there is a another way to enjoy the A+++ coffees in the summertime. Which is why we talk a lot about flash-brewed iced coffee.  But here, we’re going to talk about the differences of the two, and let you choose! In short… Cold brew is brewed cold, never in contact…

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Light vs Medium vs Dark Roasts | Why The Difference Matters

What does it matter? To summarize the differences: As coffee roasts get darker, they lose the origin flavors of the beans and take on more flavor from the roasting process. The body of the coffee gets heavier, until the second crack, where the body again thins. Lighter roasts have more acidity than darker roasts. Light roasted beans are dry, while darker roasts develop oil on…

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Why You Need A Gooseneck Kettle – And When You Don’t Need It

The gooseneck kettle is perhaps the most iconic symbol of contemporary manual coffee brewing. Their elegant swan necks, ergonomic handles and tapered spouts make them ideal for precision brewing. Their eye-catching and modern designs make them the perfect representatives for the third wave manual coffee movement. They are stylish and highly functional, a deadly combination in today’s coffee culture. Please do not let the fact…

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Coffee Hacks That Will Make Your Mornings So Much Better

We all NEED that morning cup of brew, right? So don’t settle for “meh.” We’ve put together some tips on how to brew a better cup and some hacks on how to switch it up!  Tips Use fresh beans – grind before using Coffee beans are roasted, allowed to cool, ground and then put in cans or packages. By the time you take them home, it…

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The Chicago Coffee Shops

Osmium Coffee Bar (Dark Matter) Really loved the industrial vibe in this shop! We didn’t get to stay and hang out, but still loving this spot. They serve Dark Matter Coffee What we tried: Agave Latte – agave, cinnamon, chocolate Wake and Bake Latte – maple syrup, sage, black pepper Other favorites: Mayan Mocha – chocolate, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, agave Other Dark Matter shops we love:…

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The Real Reason Your Coffee Is Bitter

There’s nothing worse than pouring a big cup of coffee, bringing it to your lips, taking that first sweet drink, and realizing that it’s bitter as sin. Ya’ll, nothing is worse.  Your cup of coffee should be a burst of good flavor, not an overpowering dose of bitterness. So why does it end up bitter? Should Coffee Be Bitter?  It’s interesting that coffee is often…

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Hario V60 Brew Guide

Why Hario v60? The V60 is responsive to numerous variables—more, in fact, than many other drippers on the market. This is because of three design factors: The cone shape (60º angle): this allows the water to flow to the center, extending the contact time. A large single hole: this enables the brewer to alter the flavor by altering the speed of the water flow. Spiral ribs: these rise all…

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Clever Dripper Brew Guide

The Clever Dripper is one of our favorites! It’s an immersion, easy to learn, single cup manual coffee brewer that simplifies the brewing process.    Tools We Use: Large Clever Dripper #4 Filters Acaia Pearl Scale Orphan Espresso LIDO 3 Hand Grinder FRESH Coffee Hario Server/Carafe Pour Over Kettle Third Wave Water Tips for the best brew: If it takes less than 1:30 to finish draining,…

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