Coffee Culture

Chemex Just Announced A $350 Automatic Coffee Machine. Will It Change The Game?

Pour-over coffee, with some help from engineering
Dec 2, 2014 11:15 am

So what is this Chemex, you ask? It’s the hourglass-shaped pour-over coffee brewing device that basically makes the best cup of coffee you never knew existed. Do we sound excited? This is because the Chemex system — which includes using an extra-thick filter  — is no joke. Several FR staff members use it daily and it honestly changed the way we think about drinking coffee.  And now we hear they are entering the automatic game. A possible game changer.

Video: This Is Actually Your Brain On Coffee. For Real.

Adenosine receptors vs. many cups o' Joe. Fight!
Nov 14, 2014 9:00 am

If you're going to rely on coffee to get you to Friday afternoon, you should know it a little more intimately than "cup 1, cup 2..." and so forth. That's right, we're talking straight chemistry. Ever heard of a little nucleoside called called adenosine? Did we lose you? Come on back, it's just the science of caffeine receptors. Fill up cup 3 and learn exactly why you're watching this video so attentively. 

The Most Pleasant Pour Over Coffee Video You'll Watch Today

Break out the scale, top up your buzz properly
Nov 7, 2014 11:00 am

30 grams of coffee, 500 grams of water and a little tried-and-true technique will yield the best cup of coffee you ever made manually. You obtained, roasted and ground the beans, "borrowed" the scale from your roommate and followed Coffee Culture's foolproof guide to proper, delicious caffeination. Now inhale and take a long, satisfying sip. The early jazz soundtrack really enhances the whole thing, doesn't it?   

So You Know The Difference Between A Macchiato, Cappuccino And Flat White

Ordering coffee drinks can be confusing!
Oct 24, 2014 10:01 am

Today is the day you stop referring to all specialty coffee drinks as lattes! Praise the beans! Let the gentle tink-tink of a thousand glass Chemexes ring. Below is an utterly foolproof guide to ordering (and pronouncing) the coffee you actually want. That generic latte might very well be a flat white or cappucino and you'd never know until you decoded the layers of caffeinated goodness in your to-go cup. Learn once and for all, and have a speedy little morning. 

How A Small Los Angeles Design Firm Is Changing The Way The World Drinks Coffee

Meet notNeutral, innovators of coffee drinkware
Oct 13, 2014 8:00 am

If you've had coffee at Intelligentsia Coffee & Tea any time in the last few years, there is a good chance you recall the drink (a cappuccino or pour over perhaps) — as well as the vessel in which it was served. It was a porcelain cup, remember, thick at the base to keep the drink warm. That cup was designed by notNeutral, a product design and retail firm in Los Angeles. And they are quickly changing the way we drink coffee.

Can You Point To The Birthplace Of Coffee On A World Map?

Documentary series The Perennial Plate investigates
Oct 6, 2014 2:30 pm

The Perennial Plate is an ambitious documentary series founded by chef and activist Daniel Klein. Before traveling the world to produce his films, the NYU grad worked in some of the world’s top kitchens including The Fat Duck, Craft and Mugaritz. Klein just completed his most recent season, traveling to 12 countries in 14 months. The destination for his final segment? Ethiopia, and the results are stunning. Here we find out more about how the country has become well known as the “birthplace of coffee.”

Counter Culture Coffee Revamps Its Packaging Design In A Splashy Way

The brand overhaul includes new roast names, bags
Sep 30, 2014 8:00 am

It's pretty hard to stand out among the crowded coffee landscape these days, but Counter Culture Coffee just got our attention. The North Carolina-based third wave coffee roaster is debuting a fresh new packaging concept this week, along with newly named roasts to compliment the dramatically changed looks. 

How To Grind Coffee Exactly For A French Press, Chemex, Drip, Espresso Machine

Are you grinding your beans correctly?
Sep 24, 2014 8:00 am

We’re pretty much all coffee obsessives around these parts. Oh hey, here are 10 stories that remind us that craft coffee is taking over the world. We also occasionally offer up our take on the most influential people in the coffee game with the Food Republic Coffee Power Rankings. With that in mind, we wanted to share this really helpful infographic from I Heart Coffee Japan. Because, good coffee starts with a good grind. No, really, you can mess it up.

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