How to Make a Great Cup of Coffee

Talk Cover Page

I presented a two hour talk called “How to Make a Great Cup of Coffee.”

Here is the slide deck I used. I also published it for the attendees as a chapbook.How to Make a Great Cup of Coffee

The talk focused on basics:

  • Cold brewing coffee, plunge frother
  • Arabica vs robusta
  • Coffee maker types: gravity, immersion, steam pressure, vacuum and pump espresso
  • Paper vs screen filters
  • Burr vs blade grinders
  • Growing coffee
  • Coffee pods

Different Sizes of the Green Beans

Coffee beans at various stages of growth
Matias Zeledon of Down to Earth Coffee in Costa Rica posted an interesting picture of coffee beans with different sizes on the branch. This is an example of why you have to hand pick coffee to only get the ripe cherries. Here is Matias’ description:

Happy to see the coffee healthy and developing well in the Providencia highlands farm. The different sizes of the green beans are produced by the different waves of blooming, which generate the different stages in the harvest. The big differences in size comes from the fact that this year we had rain on Feb 9th so the first blooming came early and that is why the beans look so well developed compared to the others. This also means that we are going to be harvesting coffee in early November, a sizable bunch and not just a few.

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