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Occasional bits of deliciousness from your friends at Blue Bottle.

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Growing a Coffee Community

Feb. 3, 2014 - Story by Marcus Im

While many farmers are compensated handsomely for their exceptional beans, there are many more people in the surrounding communities that don’t always fare as well. Here’s how we can lend a hand.

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Kim Ku’s Coffee Spirits

Jan. 31, 2014 - Story by Danielle Harris

Kim Ku is a New York based illustrator and the creator of the coffee spirits that appear on Tonx t-shirts and hoodies. We asked her about being an artist, where her ghosts come from, and, of course, coffee.

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The Answer is Kenya

Jan. 22, 2014 - Story by ryan brown

People always ask me where the best beans come from. It’s a tough question, and there are no wrong answers, but I’ve got to say Kenya. Here’s why.

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How to Store Coffee Beans

Dec. 19, 2013 - Story by Tony Konecny

Coffee’s full awesomeness is fleeting and freshness is key. Here’s how to hold on to the magic as long as possible.

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Foolproof Holiday Brewing

Nov. 24, 2013 - Story by Kristina Brown

I made all the holiday brewing mistakes so you don’t have to. Here’s my foolproof guide to smooth holiday coffee service.

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­­The Secret of the Blend

Nov. 20, 2013 - Story by Wolfgang Klinker

A blend is the combined passion for excellence at every aspect of the coffee process: growing, roasting, and brewing. And it’s always almost right.

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Chemex

Nov. 18, 2013 - Story by Tony Konecny

The Chemex is an elegant device for making beautiful brews. In this video, our longtime customer Rob demonstrates his simple and reliable brewing method.

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There Will Be Blend

Nov. 14, 2013 - Story by ryan brown

Each element is delicious on its own, but together they unite like a superhero team, out to destroy your modest notions of what a cup of coffee is capable of.

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Grow Your Own

Nov. 5, 2013 - Story by Derek Powazek

Unlike other drugs that may bring the DEA rappelling down from helicopters, it’s perfectly legal to your own coffee. All it requires is patience.

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El Regalito is a Big Gift

Oct. 28, 2013 - Story by ryan brown

Pick a reason: the best coffee varieties, awesome elevation, ample shade, superb soil, excellent climate, careful cherry selection, meticulous processing.

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Coffee in the Veins

Oct. 22, 2013 - Story by ryan brown

I had a chat with Francisco Javier about his family, his farm, and how the US coffee culture looks to a Nicaraguan coffee farmer.

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Aeropress

Oct. 20, 2013 - Story by Tony Konecny

In Devin’s Just Add Water video, he uses a simple inverted technique, turning the Aeropress upside down to brew his Tonx up right.

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From Undrinkable to Exceptional

Oct. 15, 2013 - Story by ryan brown

Like many other cooperatives in and around Jimma, Ethiopia, Yukro used to produce terrible coffee. Today, it makes some of the best. What changed?

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Mug Life

Oct. 8, 2013 - Story by Derek Powazek

These little objects don’t just contain coffee, they hold memories of growing up, falling in love, and becoming who we are.

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Chemistry with Chemex

Oct. 8, 2013 - Story by Sumi Ali

The Chemex is an elegant device, inspired by laboratory equipment in the early ’40s, still making amazing coffee seven decades later.

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