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5 Reasons I Roast My Own Coffee With a Popcorn Popper

In only one year I have traversed several steps in the coffee process. It’s been a growing process and one in which I find myself most recently in the newest stage… a few weeks ago, I switched over from purchasing roasted beans to roasting my own.

V60 Brew Method Review

Everyone has their own way of working with the V60. But do all the nuances really make a difference? We set out to see for ourselves and this is what we learned.

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:

Home Brewing 101: Choosing a Coffee

We receive a fair amount of calls from customers asking for our recommendations on coffee. The problem for us is that we have customers from all over the country and don't always know of a good coffee roaster in their area. That being the case, listed below are some pointers on what to look for when trying to find a good bag of coffee.

Happenings in the Coffee World

Banner for SCAA The Event

April has been a busy month for the coffee industry and we wanted to give you a quick summary:

Compak K-10 Fresh - First Impression

Making an appearance at the SCAA's National Event in Houston in a couple of weeks will be Compak's new line of Fresh Grinders. This line, and specifically the K-10 Fresh, has piqued a lot of interest in the coffee world over the past few months. We've gathered as much information as we can about this grinder and wanted to update everyone as to what we've found out.

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 004 = Coffee Heaven

Do you know how hard it is to have this coffee sitting in your cubicle without touching it? Tomorrow's Barista Bash is going to be awesome :)

Why Barista Bash 004 Will Be Worth Your Friday Night

This will be the fourth Prima Coffee Barista Bash and we are especially excited about the event for several different reasons. Don't get me wrong - free coffee, free espresso, free advice from local coffee enthusiasts, free demonstrations by a coffee expert, and a free date night all combined with the enjoyment of observing the different brew methods (and talking your significant other into buying new coffee equipment) will be at this Bash just as they were at the other three. However, this Bash will be unique for these three reasons:

The Tale of El Salvador Los Luchadores & Pumpkin the Donut

It was a dark and misty morning. The sun lay slumbering behind the horizon. All normal people remained in bed. I stumbled over to Nord's Bakery, bleary-eyed and half dead. I needed a hard-hitting shot of donut, and I needed it fast. The tinny clang of the bell announced my arrival. I was greeted by the always cheery staff. "Mhpshdlhuyh," I replied. I held up four fingers and pointed to the donuts I wanted.

Prima Coffee's Siphon Brewing Guide and Yama Siphon Review

Over the past couple of years I've experimented with many different brewing methods. The one brewing method that captivated me when introduced to it and the one which I keep running back to when I want to be able to count on a good cup of coffee is the Siphon. The Siphon is a somewhat rare and slightly intimidating brewing device. As for rare, we've put together a review on the siphon which should help you become more familiar with this brewing device.

Wednesday Morning Cup: Costa Rica San Marcos Tarrazu

Barbara, our Prima accountant, just invested in a Hottop roaster and we are enjoying the fruit (pun somewhat intended) of her labor. Monday, she brought in a bag of her new Costa Rica San Marcos Tarrazu from Sweet Maria's. We have been salivating as we waited for the three day roasting mark to pass. Today, we broke open the bag and plundered the treasure.

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.

Monday Morning Cup: Kenya Nyeri Gathaithi Peaberry

Enjoying a V60 of some Kenya Nyeri Gathaithi Peaberry in the office. Roasted a bit darker, around a full city to full city + to tone down the brightness and acidity and bring out more winey sweetness. This cup has a buttery mouthfeel that sits on the back of the tongue, with lemon sweetness. Very nice.

Tasting Blog: Ethiopia Sidamo Haile Selassie by La Grange Coffee Roasters

A few months back we came up with the idea to start writing regular blogs that would feature different roasters from around Louisville, the Midwest, and even nationally that we felt were doing great things in coffee. Like we stated in the first blog, we hope that we are able to bring exposure to these roasters, and we love tasting new coffees!

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