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Why Shouldn’t You Microwave Your Coffee?

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Should You Microwave Coffee?

Microwaves and coffee, that’s this week’s topic over on my coffee column at The Kitchn. Short conclusion: it’s better to make a fresh cup!

Want to know why you shouldn’t be microwaving your coffee? Read the full article here.

Image: Louis

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Written by Anna Brones

August 13, 2015 at 08:34

​Coffee: Six Degrees of Caffeination – A Beautiful Video About Our Favorite Drink

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Loving this video by Swallow Magazine founder James Casey.

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February 27, 2015 at 14:55

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Vintage Siphon Coffee Ads

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Vintage Siphon Coffee Ad

I had a fun time researching this week’s The Kitchn coffee column, all about siphon coffee.

My favorite part is how popular siphon coffee brewers were during the late 1800s and early 1900s, and how many vintage ads for them you can still find.

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February 26, 2015 at 12:05

Ever Felt Like This Ordering Your Coffee?

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The specialty coffee industry can get a lot of flak for the intensity that it puts into making a good cup. But just like many things that we consume which take time to make – wine, beer, cheese, etc. – there will always be passionate people behind them, and we should have respect for that. You can geek out on anything after all. But that doesn’t mean you can’t poke fun sometimes.

This video that Everything But the News from PBS Digital Studios did is hilarious. I think we can all find some humor in it.

Enjoy!

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February 25, 2015 at 10:11

The Beauty of Simple Coffee Brewing

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The act of brewing morning coffee is a ritual — one that deserves our time. It’s that moment where even in the craziness that the morning can bring, we stop to do something manual. We open the bag of beans, we smell. We pour them into the grinder, we listen. We boil the water, and we pour, entranced by the magic of the chemical reaction that turns those ground beans into something drinkable. These are the small steps that pull us back down to earth in the midst of morning madness.

Read my full essay In Defense of Simple Coffee Brewing on The Kitchn.

Written by Anna Brones

January 21, 2015 at 11:56

Some Coffee Challenges for 2015

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Macchiato by Anna Brones

On this week’s The Kitchn coffee column I’m talking about five things I want to do with coffee this year. Other than just brew it that is.

On the docket is making some coffee kombucha (yes, really) and I’ve been mulling over experimenting with a coffee flavored homemade Nutella. Yum. Beyond food-related things, I also really want to try dyeing with coffee; yes, textiles and paper. Coffee-stained stationary, now that’s something I could write a letter on.

Check out the full list here. Anyone out there have any crazy coffee uses they love?

Written by Anna Brones

January 6, 2015 at 21:51

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A Few Coffee Books Your Bookshelf Needs

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Macchiato by Anna Brones

In my coffee column this week on The Kitchn I do a round up of coffee books. From how to make coffee, to the history behind our favorite drink, their books that anyone interested in coffee should definitely own.

My personal “handbook” continues to be the The Blue Bottle Craft of Coffee by James Freeman, Caitlin Freeman, and Tara Duggan. It’s the book I go to whenever I have a question about making coffee.

In all honesty, there are a few books on here I haven’t read yet, but are definitely on the To Read list, like Uncommon Grounds by Mark Pendergast. And last but not least, there’s James Hoffman’s The World Atlas of Coffee: From Beans to Brewing, which I can’t wait to get my hands on.

But that’s only three books – there are six more in the article, so hop on over to The Kitchn and read up.

Written by Anna Brones

December 19, 2014 at 09:01