The Coffee Minimalist

Focusing on the Essential

No more updates for the foreseeable future

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Hey everyone, I’m sorry for the lack of new content last month. As each Monday rolled around, I thought “oh well, one more week without a blog post, I can still get something written for next Monday” but as you see, that never happened. I struggled to write another “What I’m Drinking” post, in which […]

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What I’m Drinking:
October Coffee Highlights

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“If you don’t write it down, it didn’t happen.” This pearl of wisdom was spoken by Joe Marrocco during the first cupping class my wife and I attended at Coffee Fest in New York, now almost three years ago. Back then I was just getting into specialty coffee, learning everything I possibly could, and although […]

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Sudden Coffee:
Instant Specialty Coffee

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Instant coffee… did you ever think you’d see those words on this blog? I didn’t, at least not until I listened to a recent episode of the I Brew My Own Coffee podcast where they interviewed two-time Finnish Barista Champion Kalle Freese about his breakthrough product: Sudden Coffee. Suddenly (ha!) instant coffee became quite interesting. I […]

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My Minimalist Coffee Setup

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At least a month has passed since I began my French Press challenge, and there were some definite ups and downs along the way. Here’s what I learned while trying to master this brew method in the sloppiest and least scientific way possible… 1. I can brew a solid cup of coffee without a scale or […]

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Finding Time

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I’m reaching a difficult point in the life of this blog, mostly due to life and everything going on around us. I had posts planned out for every week this month, but with little time to spend brewing coffee and even less time for writing and working on photos, I’m in a dangerous position of […]

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What I’m Drinking:
September Coffee Highlights

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We drink a lot of coffee in our house, and I’ve always done a poor job of representing each bag that lands on our doorstep. My mind is more focused on everyday life at the moment, still adjusting to the new addition to our family, and trying to pare down my excessive collection of stuff. […]

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Owning up to an
Excessive Hobby

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As a follow up to last week’s post about the danger of being a gear-head, I have a confession… I have WAY too much coffee stuff! I talked about my habit of diving head first into my hobbies, focusing on collecting all the best gear even when I run out of time to enjoy it, […]

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Coffee Gear vs. Technique

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It’s easy to be a gear-head, no matter what your hobby or profession may be. I’ve been guilty of this for many years. When I was a musician, I had enough gear to host a rock band in my bedroom, and recording gear to capture the tunes. With photography, I had a backpack so full […]

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Coffee Age & Freshness

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I love a big bloom. At least, I did for a long time, before I knew any better. Thanks to the guys at Cat and Cloud for opening my eyes to the signs of coffee that is, believe it or not, too fresh to drink! Just look at that photo up top… huge bloom, looks […]

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Coffee Podcasts:
What I’m Listening To

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Gonna be a short post today, but it’s one I’ve been meaning to share for awhile now, all about the coffee podcasts I listen to for news, inspiration, etc. During the 10 days that our new baby was in the NICU in Tampa, I used the daily commute to catch up on a backlog of […]

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