Trendy Coffee 101: For Basic Bitches

Cold Brew, Pour Over...What Do You Bean?


We at LeBarf love to keep up on all of the hottest trends so we pulled on our Juicy Couture tracksuits, grabbed our Coach bags and set off to learn what hell all of these confusing coffee terms mean. 

At first, we panicked.  We didn’t want to head into uncharted hipster territory alone so we enlisted the help of local coffee company Printer's Row Coffee Co., or PRCC for those in “the know” to give us the deets.  

If we went another summer without knowing what a cold brew was, we would literally just die. 

Q: What the eff is cold brew? Sounds like beer, I buy it, its not. 

A: You are correct, it's not beer. Your normal (aka basic) hot coffee is brewed with water that is roughly 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Cold brew is made by steeping coffee grounds in room temperature water for a lengthy period of time. Typically 12-24 hours. 

LeBarf: So like, is cold brew different than iced coffee?

PRCC: LeDuh! Iced coffee is brewed with hot water and then cooled and poured over ice. 

LeBarf: Seriously, why does a pour over take so long? I age five years every time I order one (Don't let the botox fool ya). 

PRCC: Exaggerate much?! You are reading this, so you clearly are interested in a good cup of coffee. Brewing time for a pour over takes about 2 and a half minutes. 
Hand brewing coffee allows you to fine tune every step- grind setting, water temperature, water flow and brew time. Controlling all these variables allows you to highlight the flavors of each bean.

 

LeBarf: Flavors of each bean..what do you bean? Where is your coffee from, can you taste a difference? Is this like wine? 

PRCC: Woah, slow your roll, thats alot of questions at once. We currently have two origins of coffee that we roast- a Sumatra Mandheling and a Brazil Cerrado
Similar to wine, the climate, soil, and the elevation where the plants grow are just a few of the factors that create the unique flavors of the beans.You can definitely taste a difference!
The roasting process is fine tuned to highlight these origin flavors which is one thing that really sets craft coffee apart from the cheap fast coffee traditionally purchased in the USA. 
LeBarf: Im thinking of upgrading my Mr. Coffee, what 3 items need to be in my "Trendy Coffee Bitch” starter pack?
PRCC: If we can only pick three items: 1. Kettle  2. French Press 3 Burr grinder (electric or hand)
As you become comfortable with hand brewing and moving away form your Mr. Coffee, you can add to your brewing collection and explore other methods.

 

LeBarf: Don’t punch me but what makes some coffee better than my ole faithful ____ (insert basic bitch coffee chain here)?

PRCC: Those places have the convenience factor and maybe trendy cups, but that's about it. Not to dwell on them too long, but the quality of the beans and the detail to their roasting and brewing processes are not the best.
Coffee, especially craft coffee, as known as third wave coffee, is exploding and it's virtually everywhere. We highly suggest that you find local coffee roasters and shops and spend your money there.
Ask them questions. Tell them what you like and have them suggest an origin or blend for you. 

 

As if the babes at PRCC weren't amazing enough for teaching a basic bitch new tricks, they are also giving us 15% OFF PRCC Brazil Cerrado through the month of June which is perf for cold brew! Use Promo Code: WHATDOYOUBEAN !!

Brew on babes! 

 


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