Brew Guide: French Press

Brew Guide: French Press

Before we begin this full immersion French press course, you need to know a few facts. This is serious business folks, if you get it wrong Coffee Guy is bound to come to your house and whack you across the wrists with his fancy silver cupping spoon. As you can see, the Carlson house never …

roadside shopping

roadside shopping

Shopping in Burundi can be a very stress-full experience. There is a way to minimize it though, just take the road to Bugarama on your way to the coffee hills and let the vegetables come to you. While it’s not an entirely relaxing experience to have twenty people shouting at your window with their produce …

Brew Guide: Chemex

Brew Guide: Chemex

It’s a thing of beauty. So beautiful in fact, that over 70 years ago it was added to the collection by the Museum of Modern Art. It can also be found in the Smithsonian and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A science experiment and a piece of art all at once, the Chemex is a type of pour over drip …

I Drink a Lot of Coffee

4:45 am.  Neo wakes up and starts laughing, talking loudly, singing,etc. 5:00 am.  Neo’s noise has woken Myles.  Myles proceeds to get Neo out of his cot (crib for you Americans). 5:05 am.  Coffee Guy stumbles into the lounge before two little boys can destroy anything more. 5:06 am.  Espresso machine is turned on. I …

Are You Drinking Ethically Sourced Coffee?

This morning I am sipping a double espresso from Gatare, a washing station in the Kayanza district of Burundi that is producing amazing coffee. All this coffee sipping got me thinking about you. I starting thinking… What are YOU drinking? This as a sort of follow up to my What’s in Your Cup? thoughts. I know …

Yogurt Making and Our Milkman

  Let me mention that I am aware, someplace in my brain, that “hooray” as in “let’s jump for joy” is not spelled (or is it spelt) with two ‘r’s and one ‘o’. But in this afternoon’s heatwave, which was a doo-zee, I lost all my senses and spelt or spelled or spell-did-dit wrong. I’m …

What’s in your cup?

Whats in your cup? My parents blast through freshly ground coffee in their Bunn Automatic.  12 cups in just over a minute.  While some snobbier coffee specialists may scoff at such heresy, I find myself every second year or so happily slurping down my second cup before registering that I’m fully awake and in the …

Coffee Cupping

Yesterday Myles and Neo and I followed Ben to his coffee lab. We did our best to destroy his lab and his coffee cupping notes, but we also managed to shoot a little. If you ever wondered what coffee cupping looks like… well, lets be real, you probably never have. But, we made a video …

Yuppiechef Love

Those of you who know me know that I love anything that has to do with cooking. I am so excited today to introduce you to new friends of mine (hi, guys!) who are taking the world by storm with their cooler-than-ever-company, Yuppiechef. They have just published my photos and writing on their lovely blog …

Willie’s Cacao

I love Willie’s Cacao. I love it so much that it makes me want to jump up and down and run around he garden shouting, “Free Willy!” Ok, that was a bit much, but you get the picture. Chocolate in it’s raw form, from a single origin, ready to be used in a million bah-zillion …