Can Coffee Help You Sleep?

There are a couple of different coffee focused newsletters I’ve subscribed to over the years. The current one is from Roasty, a site dedicated to the enjoyment of coffee and those who are passionate about it. The man behind it, Matt, describes it this way: This website, however, I built because I love coffee, and I wanted to share that love of coffee with you and everyone else who shares my passion. Through this, we can all enjoy the glory of thoughtfully made, mindfully prepared “slow” coffee together – even if we’re not in the same room. Hell, even…

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When the coffee machine is just a human

Andrew Pilsch opines that the pour-over revolution is well under way. And that's a good thing! But another revolution is—ahem—brewing. This one values deliberation, flavor, and quality, treating coffee as something to be savored rather than pure brain fuel.It’s nice to see a piece like this in a publication like The Atlantic, where shots are fired at the cost and wastefulness of the Keurig and its ilk. In fact, the relationship between coffee and coffee drinker couldn’t be more different with the pour-over than it is with the Keurig. With the latter, the coffee machine…

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How important is the source?

I was intrigued when I first heard of Ethical Coffee Chain (ECC). I was just getting to know the writing and work of Adam King when Pat Dryburgh mentioned this project based on social entrepreneurship. And hey, it involves coffee … that's enough to pique my interest on its own. Months later, I was glad to see Adam and the team at ECC get this project up and running. And because I believe in what they're doing, I signed up immediately. Why?What's important about ECC? Knowing the source, period. My wife and I are big on the idea of buying…

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AeroPress by Aerobie

With my morning coffee, there are several criteria that have to be met in order for me to be satisfied. The coffee must be hot. Bold. Fresh, relatively. And last, it must be consistent. This last item relies heavily on the “setup”, or your equipment and environment you use to make your joe. If you listen to the Minimal Mac podcast, Enough, you may have heard me and a few others discussing our own setups. I mentioned that I've just recently lost a dear friend, the espresso machine my family gave me for Father's Day in 2010. I say dear…

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Cinnamon?

I really enjoy reading about how other people prepare and drink their coffee. One particular piece that sticks in my mind was Shawn Blanc's write up on how he prepares his coffee with a French Press. It's just the kind of blog post that I enjoy — a good subject and gained insight into the author's life. On the details, I've always thought it was interesting that he put cinnamon into his coffee. As someone who loves strong coffee and takes it black, that was something I would never try. And for eight months, I didn't. But a recent change in…

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