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Brewing Ratio

Landon Porter
Landon Porter

I have come to notice that one of the biggest factors in getting great tasting gourmet coffee is the water to coffee ratio. Previously, I was satisfied people were simply […]

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Burr Grinder

Landon Porter
Landon Porter

The best way to improve your coffee experience at home other than using fresh roasted coffee and proper water to coffee ratios is to use a quality burr grinder. If […]

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Q&A: Coffee by Volume

patrick smith
patrick smith

QUESTION: I use a burr grinder that has automatic settings (so it grinds for a predetermined amount of time, depending on the setting). I measure my beans by weight, though. […]

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A Glimpse Into Coffee Roasting

patrick smith
patrick smith

I take for granted that I watch coffee roast every day. I always enjoy it, but often fail to remember that it is really quite novel & interesting to many […]

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Rustic Coffee

patrick smith
patrick smith

I took the fam up to northern Michigan this weekend to visit some of Sarah’s (my wife) family. They live in a beautiful house in the middle of a mature […]

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Hope CSA

patrick smith
patrick smith

I had the best time last evening! I have to confess that I was rather dreading it, and I am now ashamed at my pessimism. My friend Jeff Hawkins, owner […]

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Gratifying Coffee Chain in the Workplace

patrick smith
patrick smith

I received a phone call from my friend last week.  He is my primary contact at one of our wholesale accounts (We have a wholesale division of the company, D.b.a. […]

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Espresso: In Pursuit of Excellence

patrick smith
patrick smith

A coffee lover and serious home aficionado came by the UTOPIAN roastery yesterday. We looked over our La Marzocco Linea, talked specialty coffee, & philosophized about espresso. As the discussion […]

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Specialty Coffee & Delayed Gratification

patrick smith
patrick smith

We live in a society driven by instant gratification.  We–myself included–live beyond our means, eat less healthy than we should, & miss some beauty in life simply because we want […]

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Sustainability within Specialty Coffee

patrick smith
patrick smith

As we at UTOPIAN work to build a holistically sustainable specialty coffee company, we regularly consider a number of stewardship issues: fair wages & safe working conditions for workers at […]

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Via Starbucks Coffee: Good Enough?

patrick smith
patrick smith

There are scores of Starbucks haters among the ranks of specialty coffee. In many cases I agree with their complaints. Starbucks’ coffee quality continues to diminish. It is over-roasted, and […]

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Kivu Katanda Congo

patrick smith
patrick smith

We have partnered with Run for Congo Women to donate $2 of every pound back to the people of this coffee’s motherland. Expect a super complex cup including tart cherries, […]

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