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French Press: Brew With The Best

French Press: Brew With The Best

Keep Calm & Press On

French press is beloved because it can make a delicious, rich, full-bodied, wonderful coffee.

It can also be bitter, full of sediment or sour, if not done well. But with these tips, every pot you press will be delicious! Read on, coffee lover…

Brew It Yourself - Aeropress Secret Tip

Brew It Yourself - Aeropress Secret Tip

A Quick Tip for the Aeropress

Vacuum Sealed instead of Inverted

If you're an AeroPress aficionado, you may have already figured this out. For those of us that have been using the inverted Aeropress technique, here is another way to ensure a perfect brew!

Pour Over Coffee: Brew With The Best

Pour Over Coffee: Brew With The Best

Rules of Thumb for an Amazing Pour Over

Why do we love the pour over coffee method?

1. it's really easy and quick

2. you can pretty much guarantee a good cup of coffee every time

IF you're looking to brew with the best, we have a few rules of thumb to share. Not only will your coffee breaks be better, but you can show these tips to your friends and prove your coffee cred. 😉

Check out this video and make sure you have your tools ready so you can brew-it-yourself along with Christina!

Fresh? Or Not?!

Fresh? Or Not?!

Fresh… or not? How to tell?

When you’re buying coffee – or wondering if that bag of beans you’ve found in the back of the cupboard is still any good – there are a couple ways you can figure out if it’s fresh or not even before you taste it.

Read on to find out how to tell if your coffee is FRESH… or NOT.

The Secret of Cold Brew Coffee

The Secret of Cold Brew Coffee

coffee + water + time = magic

One of my hot weather treats is a nice cold coffee.

Different than iced coffee where hot coffee is poured over ice, cold brew coffee is made with room temperature or cool water and time. It is super easy to make and is extremely smooth, rich, flavourful and with zero acidity or bitterness. Another benefit - unlike hot brewed coffee, it stores for a week or more without losing its delicious flavour!

Now that I know how easy it is to mix up a batch, I love that I can make it at home instead of paying $4 a cup in a coffee shop!  Here is the Sparkplug Coffee guide to great-every-time cold brew coffee...

Goldilocks & the 3 water temperatures

Goldilocks & the 3 water temperatures

Too hot, too cold, just right….

After Goldilocks had eaten the bears’ porridge, she decided to make coffee.

The first time she boiled the kettle and poured it right away, using water that was too hot.  “Oh!” she cringed, “this coffee is bitter.”

So she  made more coffee, without heating the water again. This time it was too cold.  “Oh!” she said, making a disappointed face, “this coffee is sour and weak.”

The third time she heated the kettle to a boil then let it cool for just under a minute before she poured it. “Ah!” she sighed, sipping her java contentedly, “this coffee is just right.”

And that’s all you need to know.

You don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on an expensive kettle.  But you can if you want to!

CoffeeSocks back in Stock - 2, 4, 6, basket & Hario (new!)

CoffeeSocks back in Stock - 2, 4, 6, basket & Hario (new!)

Reusable organic cotton coffee filters

Find the filter for your coffeemaker - pourover or automatic

several sizes and styles available:  cone pourover style in sizes #2, #4, #6 and Hario V60 plus basket filters for auto coffeemakers and cold brew filters, too! 

Coffee pairing - double chocolate banana bread

Coffee pairing - double chocolate banana bread

Double Chocolate Banana Bread

Chocolate. Bananas. Cocoa. Easy. Delicious.

Pair up this recipe with a mug of our Fuss Studio Blend coffee for a wonderful treat.

We found this recipe at Smitten Kitchen, a great source for recipes that always turn out well. Read on for our version of the recipe (and a link to the original).