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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...

Coffee Lover: Dawn Ayer

Coffee Lover: Dawn Ayer

Dawn Ayer:

Sparkplug Coffee Lover

Most memorable coffee Dawn ever had? Touring the Lavazza factory in Turin, Italy. (She even got to eat in the employee cafeteria!)

Coffee Lover: Darryl Wright

Coffee Lover: Darryl Wright

Darryl Wright:

Sparkplug Coffee Lover

Darryl's coffee secret? "Just off the boil" is a term used in beer brewing but it also applies here. When you hear that ding or click, don't reach. Pause for a moment... 

The Amazing AeroPress - why we think it's the best coffee maker ever

The Amazing AeroPress

What the heck is that thing?

The AeroPress is a coffeemaker, of course! But it is strange looking and many people wonder how that crazy syringe-thing works.

Here’s the Sparkplug Coffee Scoop on the Amazing AeroPress. Read on to learn how it works and why it's great.