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Find Your Grind

The Zassenhaus Manual burr grinder

The Zassenhaus Manual burr grinder

We’re at the midpoint of our Coffee Month feature, and it’s safe to say we’ve had an effective first half. We debated the French-ness of French presses, showed some step-by-step press tips, and peeked into the rich world of espresso and the macchinetta, with some chocolate espresso brownies to top it off. What’s in store for the second half? Glad you asked…

A recurring theme throughout the month, and with coffee in general, is choosing the right grind. The importance can’t be overstated. We’ll be talking about the difference between burr and blade grinders in-store (shameless plug alert!) this Saturday from 11-3. Today we’re going to visit just what different grinds mean and why it’s important to have the right one. What’s the difference between coarse and fine? Why does it matter? What are coffee oils? Can they go in my car? (Spoiler: No.) The answers to these questions and more await!

As a kicker, we’ll be talking in the store about the little-known (in this part of the world, anyway) but delicious Turkish coffee brewing method, which requires the finest grind around.

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Coffee Month: French Press Basics

Bonjour Maximus French Press

The Bonjour Maximus French Press, 8 Cup Model

With the calendar turning to April, we’re turning our attention to a true classic¬† – coffee! Each week in April, on the blog and in our in-store demos, we’ll be featuring a different aspect of the delicious beverage that makes the world work.

First up,¬† the French Press. It’s easier to confuse the origins of the efficient gadget than you may think. While the French press was actually first patented in 1929 by Italian designer Attillo Calimani, versions began popping up in 1850’s France (hence the name). So yes, the French can be counted on for more exports than wine and Brie.

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