The Coffee Minimalist

Focusing on the Essential

There’s still coffee

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Today was supposed to be a look back at our recent visit to Foundation Coffee Co. in Tampa, but life happened and now that I’m faced with too few hours to sleep, let alone write a proper blog post, that post will have to wait for next Monday. Instead, let me share a quick thought… […]

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Finding a new morning routine

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It’s been a week since I shared my need for routine. As I watch the sunrise while writing this, on the last day before Daylight Savings Time hits and we lose an hour, the importance of routine could not be more obvious. Throughout the week we’ve struggled with a teething infant and short blocks of […]

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Stay Home…
Getting back to basics

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Our toddler likes classic emo music. He refers to it as the “Stay Home music”, because that’s the title of the American Football song that he’s been falling asleep with for nearly two years now. The steady rhythm, repetitive patterns and soft vocals just hit the right spot, and what began as something to put him […]

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Coffee Travels: New Year 2017 I-10 Road Trip

It’s a long way from central Florida to the far west side of Houston, Texas, even longer when you have a 5-month-old and a 2.5 year old along for the journey. So when it came time to plan our Lunar New Year trip to visit my wife’s family, I split the drive into as many stops […]

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The End of an Era:
Coffee Travels Photo Show

When I started this blog in September 2014, one of my favorite specialty shops was The Library Coffeehouse in Tampa. They featured heavily in My Coffee History, a short series of posts exploring my journey into specialty coffee, and for a long time it was the place I went to talk shop. One of my very […]

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Introducing Handground
Precision Coffee Grinder

As I mentioned last week in what I hope will be the final “re-launch” of this blog, one of the cool coffee things to happen during my absence was the arrival of my Handground Precision Coffee Grinder. This much-anticipated manual coffee grinder is the end result of a long development process involving coffee professionals and […]

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Clearing the Docket:
A Fresh Start for 2017

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Welcome back, dear friends, and thanks for visiting after my long absence! I can’t tell you how many times over the past two months that I thought about cranking up the blog again. It was always in the back of my mind, but I committed myself to focusing on life, enjoying coffee and not rushing […]

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No more updates for the foreseeable future

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Update: The blog is coming back, and comments are turned back on. Look for something new starting the first Monday in February! 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 […]

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What I’m Drinking:
October Coffee Highlights

“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

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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