Coffee Lore

Legend has it that coffee was discovered in Ethiopia by a goat herder who found his goats in cheerier moods than normal. They had been chewing on mysterious berries. So, naturally, the goat herder decided to partake in the berry merriment and found himself in an energized and joyous state. He told his friends and family and the rest is history.

Years later, after several prohibitions and sanctification by Pope Clement VIII, coffee has evolved into the delicious beverage that 2/3 of the world’s population drinks today. Americans alone consume 450 million cups a day. It has been said to reduce risk of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, type 2 diabetes, and liver cirrhosis. Not to mention all of the antioxidants present in medium roasted coffee! So, if you’re debating drinking that second cup, perhaps you should!

Methods and Recipes



Hand Poured

For this method, we use a Hario V60 dripper and Hario #2 filters. This method allows for the fullest flavor without the grounds, sediment, and oils that other methods leave behind in the cup. An instructional document on how to brew using these materials can be found here (updated November 4, 2014).



Clever Dripper

This method requires the Clever Dripper unit as well as #4 filters. Coffee brewed in this way ends up as a cross between French Press and Hand Poured. The full, rounded flavor is evident, as well as some oils but does not produce any sediment. An instructional document on how to brew using these materials can be found here.



French Press

This method requires a French Press unit. The end result with this brew is a full-flavored cup with a notable amount of oil on the top as well as sediment at the bottom of the cup. An instructional document on how to brew using this unit can be found here.



Aeropress

This method requires an Aeropress unit. It yields roughly 7 ounces of coffee and produces a fairly clean, full-flavored cup. The unit is very flexible and allows for many different ways of brewing. Brewing instructions from the inventor of Aeropress can be found here.