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Celebrating the art and science of coffee



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.


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?


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.


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.


Use the Force

Oct. 1, 2013 - Story by Tony Konecny

Making coffee isn’t quite taking on the Death Star, but sometimes it’s important to turn off the targeting computer and just use the Force.


My Three Mugs

Sep. 30, 2013 - Story by Wolfgang Klinker

I’m not sure which is my favorite mug, but judging by the ones that get left in my car on a regular basis, these would have to be my top three.


The Paz Family Dynasty

Sep. 25, 2013 - Story by ryan brown

Benjamin Paz and his family have been milling coffee for three generations. We chatted about the changing face of Honduran coffee and all the hard work that goes into every bean.


Learning to Love the Aeropress

Sep. 16, 2013 - Story by Tony Konecny

The Aeropress has become a worthy brewing device. In fact, it's the one I use most frequently at home. Here's why.


Inside Kagumo-ini

Sep. 15, 2013 - Story by ryan brown

At first, Kenya looks like a lot of other coffee-producing countries. But scratch the surface and you’ll find a unique history that’s led it to produce some of the best beans in the world.


Cheaters, Tigers, and Funny Bunnies

Sep. 11, 2013 - Story by ryan brown

Ricardo “El Tigre” Zelaya probably taught his nieces and nephews everything they know about winning, because he’s been doing the same thing with coffee for as long as I’ve known him.


Lost in the Gedeo Zone

Sep. 3, 2013 - Story by ryan brown

After traveling for 30 hours from San Francisco to Addis Ababa, with another flight and a day's drive ahead of you, missing luggage can put a serious dent in your calm.

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