Some might say that design, aesthetics, and creativity typify the specialty coffee industry. This caffeinated cultural zeitgeist has pushed creatives and craftsman in similar niches to partner with coffee industry professionals far and wide. Coffee intersects with cycling culture, craft beer, craft chocolate, and artisanal apron making, to name a few. Bradley Mountain’s collaboration with 33Books on the Coffee Tennyson notebook is one such craft artifact for the coffee lover in your life.
A Gem of a Cafe in the Gem City
Dayton, Ohio’s nickname is the Gem City, but it is best known as the birthplace of aviation. The Wright Brothers invented their famous flyer in Dayton, and even after their historic first flight they stayed in their hometown. Like a lot of Rust Belt cities, Dayton has had a rough couple of decades, but there’s never been a better time to get a cup of coffee in the Gem City, especially if you visit Press Coffee.[Continue Reading...]
A barista is only as good as their tools, and one of the most important tools in any barista's toolbox is their apron. And if you're going to wear an apron, it might as well be an expertly crafted, custom apron made from high quality fabric- … [Continue reading]
The so-called Third Wave coffee movement coincided with a renewed interest in manual brew methods. Chemexes, V60s, and Aeropresses came part and parcel with lighter roasts, traceability, and smaller sizes. Although very few cafes eighty-sixed … [Continue reading]
We've written more than once about how important a good scale is for brewing. In fact, after a good grinder, it's probably the most important piece of brewing equipment you own. We've reviewed some really excellent scales before, but we've yet to see … [Continue reading]
It's been a while since we've heard from the Dirt Bag Barista, Zach Hester, but we're glad to know he's alive and well- last seen somewhere in New Mexico. To catch up on his travels read Part I, Part II, and Part III. The Earth Ships of Taos New … [Continue reading]