The Coffee Minimalist

Focusing on the Essential

Bean Box, August
Light Roast Sampler


Before my visit to Bean Box earlier this year, I don’t think I had noticed that they offer more than one style of monthly subscription. I was always on the standard assortment, the “Bean Box Choice”, which usually featured two single origins and two blends, with a range of roast levels across the board. It’s a […]

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Elixir Specialty Coffee


When I first heard about Elixir on the Cat & Cloud Coffee Podcast, I was immediately curious. It’s like cold brew, but not really, and since I’m big into cold coffee in all its various forms, I had to find out what these brightly colored bottles were all about. So what is Elixir anyway? “Looks like whiskey, feels […]

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Coffee Journal:
Guatemala La Folie


Have I mentioned recently that I’m getting more excited about washed coffee? Last year most of my favorite and most memorable coffees were naturals, a lot of them from Ethiopia, but this year I’m really warming up to a more delicate cup with fully washed process coffee. A great example of this kind of processing […]

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Cold Brew Gear:
Yama Glass Cold Drip Tower

Yama Tower

I believe it’s every coffee geek’s dream to have a Yama Tower in their collection. After seeing various slow-drip cold brew devices in use at a handful of shops, admiring the beautiful design and presentation, I took the plunge and bought the Yama Glass 6-8 Cup Cold Drip Maker during the Thanksgiving week sales last year. But […]

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Coffee Travels:
Trilogy Coffee Roasting


If you follow me on the social medias, you may have seen me promoting a Kickstarter campaign recently for Trilogy Coffee Roasting Co. I hadn’t been to Deland in years and wasn’t aware of Trilogy until one of my coffee friends shared their campaign. I eagerly jumped on board, and since my wife and I are […]

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Coffee Journal:
Ethiopia Misty Valley


OK people, it’s late, and I’m having a heck of a time organizing my thoughts around a coffee that passed through our house a few weeks ago. In case that wasn’t bad enough, there is a major drum corps show currently in progress and my brain wants nothing more than to keep refreshing the scores page at until […]

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The Brew Log @

brew log

When I first introduced and their fresh approach to a personalized coffee subscription, I was already pumped on the basic principles of the Brew List. If you haven’t read my earlier post, here is the gist: is an online specialty coffee marketplace, offering a wide range of coffee from a growing list of specialty roasters. You […]

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Cold Brew on Tap:
Ethiopia Sidamo


Earlier this year, like most everything in my pursuit of coffee excellence, I let our cold brew tap run dry for awhile. Due to family travels and other events, cold brew consumption dropped. Suddenly we were sitting on a keg that was 3 weeks old before pouring the first glass, and I didn’t like the […]

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Coffee Journal:
Colombia Agua Blanca

Spyhouse from Misto Box

It’s been way too long since I paid attention to what I was drinking. When I let the blog take a break at the start of this year, I also got lazy about recording my brews. Aside from a few cold brew batches, this is the first entry in my coffee journal in over 6 […]

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Five Ounce Friday:
Cuba, Yemen, TNTs and more

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This is a big week in specialty coffee, with the World Barista Championship and World Brewer’s Cup taking place in Dublin during SCAE’s World of Coffee event. Tomorrow morning the final rounds for both competitions will take place, with new world champs to be crowned in the evening. If you’re reading this Friday or Saturday, head […]

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