Coffee Tips

    Do’s & Don’ts of Brewing Coffee

    By Jon Ferguson | February 13, 2020

    I don’t know where to begin, so why don’t we begin at the bottom. Let’s talk about the burners in the room, the burners under those glass carafes that keep coffee hot in your coffee brewer at home, office, or local diner. Warming plates, otherwise known as “burners,” burn coffee. If the coffee doesn’t already taste burnt; well, it is now. This might be why your coffee tastes bad. If this isn’t the issue, it’s likely one of the many things I mention below.   The Do’s  Buy fresh coffee. Read What is the Best Way to Store Coffee at…

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    A Review on, Coffee Landscapes Shaping the Anthropocene (Part 1)

    A Three-Part Blog Series This blog is a review of an academic paper published in the August 2019 issue of Current Anthropology titled Coffee Landscapes Shaping the Anthropocene: Forced Simplification on a Complex Agroecological Landscape.   Introducing the…

    By Jon Ferguson | January 22, 2020
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    The Seasonality of Coffee

    Have you ever found yourself shopping for your favorite coffee only to learn that the variety isn’t in season? Like other fresh products, coffee has different growing seasons throughout the year. Because of the many…

    By Jon Ferguson | December 18, 2019
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    Measuring the Quality of Coffee

    What does exceptional quality coffee taste like? There are factors that affect the quality of coffee. Since coffee is an agricultural product, it faces the same challenges as most foods such as spoilage,…

    By Jon Ferguson | December 12, 2019
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    The Carbon Footprint of Coffee

    The topics of carbon emissions and global warming have gained a good deal of attention in recent years, and coffee has an important part to play in the discussion. Greenhouse gases warm the Earth…

    By Jon Ferguson | December 5, 2019
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    Back to the Roots: History of Arbor Day Coffee

    Did you know the Baltimore orioles are responsible for the Arbor Day Coffee program? To be clear, we are talking about the beautiful and colorful bird, icterus galbula, not the team that produced Cal…

    By Jon Ferguson | December 1, 2019