If we were ode-writing kind of people (and be thankful we're not) we'd be penning love poems to the Chemex.
How many ways do we love the Chemex??
You're about to find out :)
We love it because it's a beautiful blend of art and science.
Included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Smithsonian, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.)
We love it because the Chemex was perfect right out of the gate.
Since the original patent in 1943, it hasn't required changing or improving.
You gotta love that kind of brilliance.
We love Chemex because it's simple to use:
Filter, coffee, and water that's poured after sitting 30 seconds post-boil.
We love Chemex because it takes a little time and attention.
Only about 4 minutes worth, and it's one of the best ways you'll find to spend 4 minutes.
(Add the coffee into the filter, and slowly pour water over the grinds in a mesmerizing spiral pattern.)
It's hypnotic, it's relaxing, it's a zen thing.
Last but not least, we love the Chemex because it makes a great cup of coffee.
Here's some quick and easy instructions.
Our hope is that you, too, enter the "Chemex Zone," an inner world of quiet ease and peace.
(BTW, make sure and try our excellent Tanzania Peaberry in the Chemex. Beyond good.)
How to Brew Coffee in Your Chemex
1. Get your grind on (drip grind).
2. Use Chemex filters - they've been washed four times, which means you get all the coffee flavour and none of the paper flavour.
3. Use 1 rounded tbsp for every 5 oz cup. Go stronger if you like! Chemex brews clean and strong, never bitter.
4. Bring your water to boil, then let stand for 30 seconds.
5. Pour a small amount of water over coffee and watch it "bloom."
6. After the bloom, slowly pour more water into grinds until the water level is about 1/2" away from the top edge of the glass.
7. Slowly pour the rest of the water - this is where the spiral pattern comes in - over the grounds.
8. Remove the filter and grinds. Makes excellent compost.
9. Take time to enjoy the aroma and flavours of your coffee. Chemex Coffee is one of life's small (but wonderful) indulgences.
Turkish proverb: "A cup of coffee commits one to 40 years of friendship."
Gotta love that vibe! It fits right in with our Cupper's philosophy.
Relax, take a coffee break, visit with old friends and make some new ones.
Turkish coffee is a deep black colour, intensely flavoured and full-bodied with foam on top.
The World's Oldest Coffee Brewing Method
Turks have been brewing coffee since the 15th century. No big surprise that there's so many different ways to do it!
At Cupper's, we think the best coffee experiences are those that are fun and engaging and make great coffee.
No need to be perfect when you're brewing Turkish coffee... it kind of takes the fun out of it.
Here's the method we use:
How much, of what?
8 oz cold water per serving
1 tsp of sugar and/or cardamom, if desired
Put your water (and sugar/spice if you want them) in the ibrik:
Heat the water on high heat, until your water starts to steam:
After you've heated the water, add your coffee, turn your heat down to medium/low. (Turkish coffee is extracted at much lower temperatures than other brewing methods)
Start stirring. Keep stirring. Did we mention stirring??
HOT TIP: Make sure your coffee is ground fine enough.
(Powdery is the key word here. Turkish grind allows more of the coffee's natural sugars and aromatic flavour oils to pass into the brew.)
ANOTHER HOT TIP: We love our Ethiopian Yrgecheffe brewed in an Ibrik.
Now the fun starts!
As you stir, delicious "foam" will start to bubble at the top:
When the foam comes up, take your ibrik off the heat for 20 seconds so the foam can go back down.
Do this 3 times.
After the 3rd time, allow coffee to settle and then pour into small cups.
Pour slowly so most of the grounds stay in the bottom of the ibrik:
Sip while you dream of spice markets and Turkish Delight.
(May you live long!)
"Iconic" as applied to the Bialetti means highly original, influential, unique. Oh and yes, classic.
Not to mention instantly recognizable.
But! does it make great coffee??
No surprise, the Bialetti makes delicious, authentic Italian espresso. Of course it does.
If you feel at all intimidated by the Bialetti, read on.
You'll be surprised at how easy it is to make stove-top espresso!
For amazing results, try Cupper's BAD COFFEE or San Francisco Espresso.
Last but not least, make sure your coffee is ground right (should be slightly finer than drip grind.)
(Start at the bottom. At #1. Just sayin'.)
(You can congratulate yourself afterwords while enjoying your espresso. You are a coffee god, for you have conquered the Bialetti. Sip like an auteur, or shoot it back like a boss.)
CAFE FEMENINO: The Original Fair-Trade Relationship Coffees, available in Lethbridge, Roasted by Cupper's Coffee.
Cafe Femenino is a non-profit organization that encourages and supports the women of coffee-growing communities all over the world to become plantation owners, managers and workers.
Cafe Femenino understands that when the women of any community thrive, so does the community in general: the families, relationships, and services.
The Cafe Femenino Organization has developed a coffee growing/exporting model that is ground-breaking in its ability to support the growers.
When the women are supported in growing the crops and making financial decisions, the benefits extend into the future through new generations.
Educational priorities differ in different parts of the world.
For example, young girls in Peru are taught to read, whereas in Rwanda, women want to learn conflict resolution.
The inherent dignity of paid work and ownership empowers the whole community.
At Cupper's, we are very proud to have an on-going relationship with Cafe Femenino and the values it embodies.
We have supported Femenino coffees since 2006!
We send the Cafe Femenino organization a percentage of every Femenino pound we sell.
The money goes directly back to the women and the community that produced the coffee, to be spent on developing community services under the supervision of Femenino representatives.
Cafe Femenino coffees are the very definition of relationship coffees. Help us support them!
Our Nitro Cold Brew Coffee is a velvety and delicious addition to our cold coffee line-up.
Nitro is Cupper's cold-brew coffee - steeped 12 hours - and infused with nitro bubbles.
If you haven't tried it yet, come in and treat yourself!
When we first built our nitro brewer, the whole process was a bit like watching mad scientists at work.
Except for THESE scientists were producing cold, creamy, luxurious Nitro Brew Coffee.
As the cold brew coffee is infused with the nitrogen gas, it changes the texture of the coffee.
The billions of tiny bubbles give it a luxuriously creamy, smooth texture.
Shining a light on the cup of nitro brew shows off the creamy texture.
Cold Brew coffee brings depth to coffee flavours.
Our coffee is meticulously roasted to bring out the natural flavours of the bean, and the cold-brew-nitro process makes those tasting notes even more intense.
PLUS: Nitro Cold Brew coffee is slightly sweet.
If you normally take your coffee with cream or sugar, try our Nitro Cold Brew black, first.
You may be surprised at the natural sweetness in the coffee :)
The Nitro has developed a real following.
We have customers waiting all year for it to show up on our menu in the summer.
Here's to enjoying your summer of Nitro Cold Brew Coffee!
The Aeropress was invented by an engineer, because coffee geeks can be found in every profession.
The Aeropress brewing method is fast and forgiving - you can't go wrong.
It's so easy to brew an amazing cup of coffee.
So many benefits! It's small and very light, which makes it great for traveling and camping.
Not to mention, versatile.
It's up to you how strong you brew your coffee.
You can make your coffee the same strength as a typical drip brew, or you can make it as intense and flavourful as an espresso.
So many attachments, so little time!
The Prismo is a must-have for the Aeropress aficionado.
Come into Cupper's and we'll show you everything you need to know!
If you can't make it into Cupper's for a live, in-person Aeropress demo, check out the details in the video below.
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