On Today’s Tasting Table

In which your author drinks bad coffee so you don’t have to… Imus Ranch Coffee… claims to be “100% Colombian Coffee”. I don’t see anything on the Imus Ranch package to suggest it’s 100% Arabica coffee, and given its wet...

Cupping Coffee with the Pros

Let’s get one thing perfectly clear… I am not a coffee pro. I’m an enthusiast, certainly. An aficionado, even. But a coffee professional? Nope. Not me. I am not a globe-trotting buyer of green coffee. I’ve made exactly one trip to origin, to...

From Tasting, To Taste

While your trusty author is caught up in the net of another conference, here’s one from the archives… This first appeared on Bloggle February 7, 2002. In a recent article on tasting coffee I suggested a ritual that’s both more appealing and less...

Coffee is 98 percent water…

… so if you want to brew great tasting coffee, start with great tasting water. Simple, right? Not always. For years I used a Brita water pitcher to filter my tap water. It definitely improved the taste of the water… and the smell. [This was two moves ago,...

From Tasting, to Taste

From tasting, to taste…In a recent article on tasting coffee I suggested a ritual that’s both more appealing and less compulsory than the traditional “cupping” form. It’s sparked a number of conversations on the sense of taste —...

A Visit to Riley’s Coffee

What you notice first is how quiet it is. At 400 plus pounds of iron and brass, chrome and enameled steel, it’s quieter in operation than any of the tiny air-roasters I own. I’m at Riley’s Coffee in Fairview Heights, Il, in the company of Barry...

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