Every morning we make a cup of coffee that is more or less a life saver. It’s the 5 minutes of the day we can depend on to be truly amazing.
We’d love to see what your morning coffee ritual is like, so we’ve enlisted our friends at Backspaces to help.
Backspaces, a new photo-story app for iPhone, makes it easy to put photos and captions together to tell a story. Share your coffee morning ritual and enter to win a special brew kit and two months of Craft Coffee. The story with the most likes by Friday, 11-2-12 wins!
The New York-based company plans to build the “most complete and exceptional coffee program in the Universe”, reports lead engineer Nate Berkopec. Founder, Michael Horn, adds “The coffee experience is incomplete. It’s in bits and pieces. Now is the time to take things to the next level.”
The company has received reports that coffee drinkers everywhere are suffering from the terrible experiences of bad “gourmet” coffee. Or worse, they buy good coffee and don’t know what to do with it. Craft Coffee believes all people everywhere deserve better.
Speaking of people everywhere deserving better, by helping Craft Coffee surpass $25,000 in funding through Kickstarter, the company has officially announced that 5% of all revenues received from the campaign will go to the Coffee Kids charity. If it surpasses $35,000 in funding, then it will up that to 10% of all revenue received with no cap. So tweet this and post it on Facebook.
Craft Coffee pioneered a new kind of coffee of the month program. It turns your morning coffee into a moment of discovery, curated by New York’s top coffee pros. There’s nothing like it out there.
Designer, Angie Chan concludes “You’re not going to believe what I’m going to design with these resources. It’s going to blow your mind.” We are prepared for blown minds, ladies and gentlemen.
Jason Burkum at Beansmith has been very busy carefully roasting the coffee you’ll be sampling shortly. Look for notes of blueberry and jasmine and hints of lemon curd. We love it and we’re sure you will too!
This is probably one of the most frequent questions I get asked on bar: How should I store my coffee for maximum freshness?
Well, the answer is actually pretty easy: store it in a cool, dry place out of direct sunlight. Ideally the beans you are buying come in a bag with a one-way valve on it to let the off-gassing CO2 from the coffee out without letting oxygen in, so you can just roll down the bag tight and clip it. If your beans aren’t coming in a bag like that, I’d suggest an airtight container.
You shouldn’t put the beans in the fridge or especially the freezer, this will screw up the moisture content in the beans and break down the cell structure. And don’t forget, the most important thing is to buy small amounts frequently so your coffee is always nice and fresh.
This advice is coming straight from our very own coffee expert Alex Bernson! Tweet your thoughts at him #cupofawesome.
Man, it’s been fun. And educating. And challenging. But mostly just great! After 5 months at Craft Coffee I’m on to new paths and am letting someone else chat with you amazing people on twitter and facebook, the instagram photos will have the touch and style of someone else and the blog will… just continue to be awesome :)
So, thanks you guys, for being part of the Craft Coffee family. I have appreciated your photos, your puppies, your thoughts on iced coffee vs. cold brew (should we continue?) and your retweets. It warms my heart to see a tweet being favorited by you - I know we had something special.
Keep enjoying those Craft Coffee boxes! A lot of love goes into them!! Think I’ll go brew myself a Chemex now - maybe some Bolivian Gimme! ?
Not only is your Craft Coffee boxes on the way - you’re getting a Pro-Tip too!
Coffee has two ingredients: beans, and water. We at Craft Coffee clearly love to obsess over the beans, but without good water, even the nicest coffee may wind up tasting flat. Unless you live in a place with reliably low-mineral water, I highly suggest using at least a Brita pitcher or similar to filter the water you use for brewing. Run of the mill bottled water can work too—no need to splurge since we just want a nice low-mineral water. Avoid distilled water though, you do need some minerals in there to extract the full flavor.
By our very own coffee expert Alex Bernson! Tweet your thoughts at him #cupofawesome.
The latest tempest in coffee-pot amongst the coffee twitter-sphere is the question of cold-brewed coffee versus “japanese” style iced coffee. The debate was kicked off in large part by Oliver Strand’s post on the subject, http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/06/ristretto-i-dont-know-what-you-did-last-summer/, and involves a lot of coffee esoterica, but there are certainly substantive differences between the two styles that merit your further investigation. I encourage you to give both styles of ice coffee a try and see which one is more to your liking. And don’t forget, one variable that most people are ignoring this discussion is that cold-brew coffee is 1.5-2x more caffeinated than Japanese iced coffee.
Music Monday: Craft Coffee Team - Richard Battle-Baxter
It’s Music Monday and today we have the pleasure of introducing a new Craft Coffee team member: Richard Battle-Baxter.
Richard will be on our Marketing team the next couple of months. Please give him a warm welcome and do a little dance-around to his amazingly happy playlist! Remember, you can also find this playlist on Spotify!
IT’S TUESDAY, GUYS!! Pro-Tip Time. I give you your favorite: Alex Bernson
Cleanliness is crucial to good coffee. There are many compounds in coffee that can dirty things up, especially the coffee oils that will coat your brewing equipment and go rancid if you don’t clean them off. You should at least rinse, if not soap and scrub, your brewers after each use, but for deep cleaning, there’s nothing better than Cafiza. Used primarily to clean the tenacious the gunk in espresso machines, a bit of this stuff in hot water will also do wonders on your brewing equipment, as well as any other mess you can imagine. Grease traps from stoves, dirty tubs, baked on food, etc. Just be careful, this will start to eat away at delicate plastic if you leave it sitting!
If you love to dream yourself away to a hammock on a beach-view-patio, imagining the lazy sunday picnics, the homemade lunches, the endless piles of strawberries and children playing in the garden, this is the blog for you.
For all you uber-coffeegeeks out there with an espresso machine in your kitchen, here’s a good way to get a handle on what baristas mean when they’re talking about a shot being “over-extracted” or “under-extracted”.Get ready to make a shot of espresso as you normally would, but get 3 demitasse cups ready. Have an idea in your head of about how long your shots usually run seconds-wise. Start the shot going and put the first demitasse under the portafilter. A third of the way through the shot (~7seconds) pull the first cup away and put the second one under. Do the same at ~15s with the third cup. The first cup will have a dark, dense look to it. If you taste it, it’ll be sour and maybe salty but also have some sweetness, caramel and dark fruit flavors. If your shots tend to taste too much like this you are “under-extracting”. The second cup will be sweeter and have more of a smooth, round body. A good shot of espresso needs to have a lot of this middle sweetness. The last cup will be more bitter and sharp. If your shots normally taste too much like this you are “over-extracting”. Each of these cups will be pretty unpleasant by themselves, but they add up to a delicious shot of espresso when they are all in balance. If your shots are tasting under-extracted to you, try loosening your grind setting, and conversely, try tightening the grind if they taste over-extracted.
Be sure to tweet your thoughts and comments at @alexbernson!
Before Mike Horn founded Craft Coffee he started What Is Fresh - the best online guide to farmers markets in New York City! He clearly has a love for good things (excellent coffee, fresh veggies and local foods) and fell for these crispy asparagus on his stroll through the Union Square Farmers Market.
Tweet at @mikehorn and chat with him about your favorite recipe with asparagus!
Today we’re saying goodbye to our good friends Detour, Novo and Panther after many good times enjoying notes of brown sugar and coconut, passionfruit and grapefruit acidity and flavors of pears and barley malt.
But we’re packing lots of great stuff in boxes this weekend, so get excited - new Craft Coffee is on it’s way!
It’s time for Craft Coffee’s founder, Mike Horn, to show some of the things that he loves:
"I am obsessed with People’s Pops. I eat them before my lunch and after. Preferably the blueberry ones. I actually love People’s Pops so much that I will be serving them at my wedding this summer! If that isn’t true love, I don’t know what is.”
Tweet at Craft Coffee’s founder @mikehorn if you love People’s Pops too!
Every day he enjoys an espresso at one of the amazing cafes in NYC. Then he posts a picture of his cup. It’s kind of like a coffee diary… Besides seeing how the espressos sticks to the cup we love looking at the cups themselves. We love to imagine what the cafe looks like, who’s there, what kind of conversations people are having, the music. We can imagine ourselves being there. We could be anywhere, really…
Thanks for giving us a peak into your day, Mike! Be sure to check out his blog My Daily Coffee.
Some of you may have heard that one of the coffees in the May Box is from Kuma Coffee.
Mark Barany from Kuma just send us this photo from Seattle. He cupped all the batches of roasted coffee that are going in the Craft Coffee boxes to make sure that the quality of your coffee is top notch.
Mmm… doesn’t that look delicious? It doesn’t get more fresh than this!
Warning warning, spoiler alert! You are about to get a special sneak peak of the coffees you’ll get in the May box. If you are a subscriber you can look forward to a delicious Indonesian coffee from Seattle based roaster Kuma Coffee. Head roaster Mark Barany has created this week’s Music Monday playlist! Enjoy some sweet Kuma Coffee tunes and remember to say hi to Mark @kumacoffee!
Some of us at Craft Coffee have been following Jessica and her blog How Sweet It Is for a long long time.
It’s the perfect blog if you are looking for amazing recipes for any occasion.. Mondays, rainy days, sunny days, good days, sweet days, fatty days.. Sometimes I just go there for the witty writing about husbands and cakes exploding in the oven.
Today’s Pro-Tip is written by Alex Bernson, one of the Craft Coffee evaluators. Rwandas land on our cupping table from time to time and we’re excited to see more and more good stuff show up. Here’s why:
If you’ve been receiving a Craft Coffee box for the last couple months, or have the fortunate ability to get coffee from multiple great coffee roasters where you live, then you may have noticed some special things coming out of Rwanda. All sorts of different roasters have recently been offering beautifully clean and complex Rwanda coffees bursting with flavors of bright citrus, sweet caramel and savory tea. In our April box we featured Detour Coffee Roasters’ Rwanda Buf Cafe, and in March we featured Augie’s Rwanda Kivu. Both are lovely coffees, but the Detour Buf Cafe is particularly interesting because there are a ton of different roasters who have
bought this cooperative’s coffee. Each roaster brings a differentstyle and perspective to making these Rwandan coffees shine. Irecently tried a Rwanda that was roasted a little darkerto emphasize the caramel and tea flavors over the citrus flavors. If youhave the chance, try a Rwandan coffee, especially the Buf Cafe, frommultiple roasters and see what differences you can notice!
Today’s playlist is put together by Emma who is the marketing intern at Craft Coffee (if you tweet at Craft Coffee you’re probably talking with her). Emma moved from Denmark to New York last summer, but she already has a lot of American favorites.
Stumbled upon another amazing blog that you’ll all like - Orangette. Molly, who writes the blog, is pregnant with a little girl and knowing this only makes our hearts pump even harder! Can’t wait to see how fast the little one is going to learn how to take amazing photos and bake delicious cakes.
We borrowed today’s Pro-Tip from one of our favorite magazines: “Imbibe”! In this months issue (May/June 2012), coffee pros are talking about coffee-do’s and we want to share one of the tips with you:
”In all honesty, brewing delicious coffee can be as simple as you want it to be,” says Pete Licata, 2011 U.S. Barista Champion and partner in Hawaii’s Isla Coffee. While going out and finding new, dazzling funky-shaped or vintage styled coffee equipment can be a fun way to drop a few dollars, if you’ve already got the basics, it’s not necessary. “A lot of coffee pros will tell you to go get a special water kettle and some sort of expensive imported dripper that you have to use,”he says. “Instead, I love asking people what they have in their kitchen and suggesting ways they can make coffee with what they’ve got. If all you have is a campfire, a metal post, a sock (preferably clean) and a hammer you can still make tasty coffee as long as you know what to do with those things.” And the most important thing to have on hand? Good beans are the ultimate key to a great cup, says Licata. Focus your energy and bucks on buying great beans and brewing them the best you can on the equipment you have, and that will make your morning as enjoyable as your brew.
Do you agree? Tweet your thoughts @craftcoffee #craftcoffeetuesdays and start the conversation.
They’re telling us what to do, what we can’t do and what we should do - even as adults. But when life gets interesting, she is always the first person we want to call. Mom.
Thinking back, I remember how I would pull my mom into my room at put the Spice Girls cd on full volume as a declaration of my love for her (yes, I’m a 90’s child.. and yes, I had the plateau boots and neon pants).
"Mama, I Love You" played as loud as my speakers would allow and I would hug my mom so tight that she couldn’t breathe.
This year, I can’t give her my Spice Girls hug, so I found the next best thing for Mother’s Day. What is your mom getting? Check out our special Mother’s Day gifts at craftcoffee.com/mom
When you’re in the food/drink/life is awesome so enjoy it-business you stumble over amazing photos, articles and blogs constantly. And sometimes, something extraordinary pops up. This week the Craft Coffee team fell in love with Smitten Kitchen.