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Lattes, mochas, cappuccinos- some of my favorite drinks this time of year are espresso based.   It looks like I'm not alone in enjoying an occasional espresso beverage. According to the National Coffee Association, in 2012 14% of US consumers consumed an espresso based beverage a day (1).   Do you prefer brewed coffee, or espresso?  Are you asking, "What is the difference between the two?"

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If you were to walk into your local grocery store today it may be hard to find fresh strawberries or corn, because these particular fruits and vegetables are out of season.   Fruits and vegetables have seasonality based on when they are being harvested.   During harvest times or immediately following harvest it's usually easier to locate fresh produce.    What if I told you the same could be said for coffee?  

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Have you ever picked up a bag of coffee and seen enticing food flavor descriptions like brown sugar, sweet potato, walnut, blueberry or even chocolate?    During my early coffee years, I thought those descriptions meant those flavors were added to the coffee.  Yet, every time I tasted the coffee I wouldn't taste any of those flavors.   So what exactly do those flavor descriptions mean? 

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We are hosting a coffee webinar that we think you will enjoy.

The Immersion and Drip brewing webinar

Learn about immersion and drip brewing methods tomorrow, August 9, 2013, at 2 pm EST.   Rusty from BUNN will explain the process for immersion and drip brewing, how they are different and how to properly execute both methods.  
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Grinding coffee is one of the most basic tasks that must take place before we can brew great coffee. However, this simple task often gets overlooked as one of the most important ones along the route to great coffee. What exactly happens when we grind coffee? How can different types of grinders and burrs change the grind profile?

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