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A Beginners Guide to Immersion Coffee Brewing

Picture of our immersion coffee brewer lineup

Manual immersion brewers are becoming all the rage – but what are they, anyway? Here, you'll find a full rundown on the most popular immersion methods out there.

A Beginners Guide to Pour Over Coffee Brewing

Manual Coffee Brewing Systems

Pioneering a new front for specialty coffee, pour over brewing represents the intersection of artistry and excellence. In this guide, we set out to examine the available options and scrutinize them side by side.

Enter For a Chance to Receive & Test a Free Pre-Release Able Disk Fine Filter!

Want to win one of the new 100 free Able Fine Discs? Keep Reading!

Able Disk Standard and Able Disk Fine Side by Side

Not surprisingly, Able Brewing is at it again. Able has built a reputation as a company committed to innovation, quality, and better brewing. In its relatively short history, Able Brewing has designed two highly praised brewing filters, the Kone and the Disk. The current Disk will remain unchanged and will be the standard option for Aeropress users. But Able listened to its customers and the consensus can be summed by one request: an even finer metal filter. Introducing the Disk - Fine!

Monkey Mocha Fantastique - A Comedic Short - Louisville Premier

Promotional Poster for monkey mocha fantastique

Screenwriter and Louisville barista Timothy Strader will be debuting his new short comedy film Monkey Mocha Fantastique on Saturday, April 14, at 6:30 pm at Sunergos Coffee, 306 W Woodlawn Avenue. The film was directed by William Wallace II and produced by Wallace Fllm. Check out the synopsis and trailer below!

Baratza Encore Review: Is a $129 Espresso Grinder Possible?

baratza encore maestro plus espresso grounds

It's quite the claim, but we say "yes!" In this review, we investigate Baratza's promise and see if an espresso grinder can actually be bought for this astounding price.

Northeast Regional Aeropress Championship!

A shout out to all you Aeropress aficionados out there! The Northeast Regional Aeropress Championship is upon us!

Click through below for the details.

Experimenting with Bonavita Brewing Temperatures

Bonavita auto brewer filter

Not Just Your Average Auto Brewer

I think we've made it obvious that we really love the Bonavita coffee maker. The Bonavita has proven itself to be temperature stable, producing a consistently quality cup of coffee, time after time, with lots of ease.

Kalita Wave: Guest Barista Review - Part Two

 185 Ceramic Kalita Wave Dripper

Welcome to the second of our two part guest barista review on the Kalita Wave pour over method! Last week, Collin Moody of Cafe Streets reviewed the 155 Series for us. John spent time on the 185 series for us, discussing his brewing method and the difference between the Wave's flat bottom geometry and conical manual brewers.

John Letoto's review of the 185 Series Wave Dripper

John serves as lead roaster for Quills Coffee in Louisville. John's interest and passion for specialty coffee has helped to raise the quality of coffee and coffee bars in Louisville, and he was a forerunner and resource for many of us here in town. You can follow John at @hermitudinous and be sure to check out his blog for all things coffee, espresso, and roasting at hermitudinousdotcom.

Kalita Wave: Guest Barista Review - Part One

Kalita Wave Dripper

This is the first of our two part guest barista review on the Kalita Wave pour over brewing method. For these reviews, we bring you Collin Moody ( @CollinAMoody ) reviewing the 155 Series, and John Letoto ( @hermitudinous ) reviewing the 185 Series.

Collin Moody's review of the 155 Series Kalita Wave Dripper

Collin is from Houston, Texas but currently lives in Chicago and serves as the lead barista at Caffe Streets in the Wicker Park neighborhood of West Town, Chicago. He's an avid home brewer and has contributed some great posts to the coffee community. Check out his blog, brewtasterepeat . But for now, check out his review below:

Coava KONE 2: Review

review of the 2nd generation Kone

The good folks at Coava are keeping busy. Coava Coffee Roasters is a shop and micro-roastery located in Portland, Oregon who have, over the last year, started producing some very innovative new brewing devices for specialty coffee. Last year, they introduced the Kone, a metal filter designed for pour over brewing in a Chemex. The responses were great, as reviewers highlighted the benefits of the Kone being reusable, made fully in the United States, and that it allowed more oils than paper filters, allowing for a more nuanced cup. I received the new generation Kone a little over a week ago, and was able to spend time brewing on it over the past several days.

Basic Parameters

For a frame of reference, my grinder was the Preciso, my pouring kettle was the Buono with the flow restrictor from Barismo, and I stuck to a beginning-of-the-pour water temperature of 199 degrees for each brew to limit at least one variable. For those who might be curious, I used Quills Coffee's Nicaragua Taza de Sabor and Barismo's Costa Rica Don Mayo, Finca El Llano, both very delicious washed Central American coffees.

Eat, Link, and Be Merry...June 2011

Do you remember back when you were first introduced to "Third Wave" coffee? The newness, like a veil being lifted? Manually brewing coffee for the first time, reading blogs, asking questions all for pursuing a better cup? Ross, one of the newest members of Prima, is living that experience now, and shares about it here.

Weighing In on the Pour Over Scale Problem

If you are a fan and practitioner of manual, pour over brewing methods like the V60 or Chemex, you may, like many of us, pour using a scale for precision and profiling. And, if you pour on a scale, perhaps you have experienced the frustration of having the scale auto shut-off on you a minute or two into the brew. This is VERY frustrating, and many in the pour over brewing community have voiced their frustrations and have sought forums for advice about suitable scales.

Japan: Rosettas for Relief

A very exciting series of events is happening this month in Louisville, thanks to Louisville roasters/baristas John Letoto and Jesse Harriott, as well as Sunergos Coffee and Quills Coffee:

Good Times

So, it has been an embarrassingly long time since we have blogged. Perhaps one could blame it on the holidays, or the New Year, or all the time spent trying to stick to those resolutions that we are about to break soon anyway, but in the end there is really no excuse. I'm not even sure what to write about, to tell the truth. We have some ideas for educational and helpful blogs in the future, but alas this is not one of those. So I will just take the time to speak of the good things in coffee that I have experienced over the last several hours.

Eat, Link, and Be Merry...

As you may have heard, Intelligentsia recently released an iPhone app. The app is free and provides the user with tips and a built in timer for various brewing methods, as well as access to a catalog of all their current coffee offerings. Check out a more full review of it here.

Louisville Barista Bash 004 Recap

Several days have passed, yet the satisfaction of such a great bash still lingers! I believe it was a great event for the Louisville coffee community. Friday evening felt more like we were hanging and geeking out in someone's home than in a shop setting. We want to give big thanks to Anchorage Cafe for being such accommodating hosts. You guys were awesome and were so open to our requests and crazy ideas!

Barista Bash 003 Recap

Thanks to everyone who came out for the Prima Coffee Barista Bash 003 hosted by Java Brewing Company on Friday night! There was a great turn out with both new and familiar faces in attendance.

Hario Skerton vs Mini Mill: Review

We get a lot of questions about Hario's Skerton and Mini Mill. How are they different? Which is better? Is one preferable to the other for my home, my office, my travels? Here's everything we know.

Monday Morning Cup: Costa Rica Naranjo San Juanillo

So satisfying. That is all that can be said about the "Costa Rica Naranjo San Juanillo" roasted by Kane at Sunergos Coffee that we just Chemexed in the office. The dry aroma is peanut butter, while the wet aroma is toffee and molasses. It has a nicely bright acidity. A very sweet cup. Toffee and graham cracker. We are getting some cherries, apples and cane sugar comments in the office. It leaves an aftertaste on the tongue of sweet dark chocolate. Wow. Much goodness on a Monday morning.

Roaster and Shop Blog: Pearland Coffee Roasters and Antigua Coffee House

This is the third installment of our blog series focusing on microroasteries (and shops) around Louisville, the Midwest, and also across the country. Our good friends Pearland Coffee Roasters are a young roasterie based out of the town of the same name, Pearland, Texas. Pearland is a rapidly growing city located just outside of Houston.

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