Coffee 101: Stumptown Coffee Cupping

Okay, so this is going to be a different kind of post and definitely more of a diary style one…hope you guys don’t mind! Last week, we had the pleasure of going to a Stumptown cupping in DTLA and had such an amazing first experience.

Like we said when we first started this whole coffee adventure – we aren’t experts, nor do we ever want to make people feel inferior to the small bits of coffee knowledge we do know. Our goal has always been to have an open community of people who love coffee and love people. Simple! So, since moving back to California, we are experiencing things for the first time as a married couple and we knew that cuppings were going to be a lot easier to find in LA, especially with some of the third wave heavyweights all in one city.
So, hold on, back up…what is a cupping exactly? A cupping is essentially a scientific way roasters will use to determine if the beans are worth brewing. You find different characteristics with each bean and get to compare one to another. Pretty awesome, stuff, right?


Okay, so this is going to be a different kind of post and definitely more of a diary style one…hope you guys don’t mind! Last week, we had the pleasure of going to a Stumptown cupping in DTLA and had such an amazing first experience.

Like we said when we first started this whole coffee adventure – we aren’t experts, nor do we ever want to make people feel inferior to the small bits of coffee knowledge we do know. Our goal has always been to have an open community of people who love coffee and love people. Simple! So, since moving back to California, we are experiencing things for the first time as a married couple and we knew that cuppings were going to be a lot easier to find in LA, especially with some of the third wave heavyweights all in one city.  Continue reading “Coffee 101: Stumptown Coffee Cupping”

Cold Brew Throwdown

Gone are the days where cold coffee meant regular coffee with ice cubes in it (although some people will still try to pull a fast one on us) or a pot of coffee from yesterday that was put into the refrigerator. These days, it’s crafted and brewed in cold water for at least 12 hours and can be flavored and/or filled with nitrogen.

We are cold brew fiends and it’s one of two usual drinks we choose if we’re trying out a new coffee shop, the other being a cortado. But, sometimes we don’t have a chance to go to an actual coffee shop or we’re feeling too lazy to make a cup for ourselves (hey, we’re just being honest here…). So we decided to head over to the grocery store and test out all the cold brews we could find and let you know how they stacked up!

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Gone are the days where cold coffee meant regular coffee with ice cubes in it (although some people will still try to pull a fast one on us) or a pot of coffee from yesterday that was put into the refrigerator. These days, it’s crafted and brewed in cold water for at least 12 hours and can be flavored and/or filled with nitrogen.

We are cold brew fiends and it’s one of two usual drinks we choose if we’re trying out a new coffee shop, the other being a cortado. But, sometimes we don’t have a chance to go to an actual coffee shop or we’re feeling too lazy to make a cup for ourselves (hey, we’re just being honest here…). So we decided to head over to the grocery store and test out all the cold brews we could find and let you know how they stacked up! Continue reading “Cold Brew Throwdown”

Coffee 101 at Prismatic Coffee

When we saw that the Albuquerque Yelpers were holding a special event at Prismatic Coffee this past Sunday, we knew we had to go. Not only because Prismatic is killing it at the roasting game (and they’ve only been open since spring), but we thought this would be a great place to mingle with fellow coffee aficionados!

We’ve been to Prismatic at least a dozen times and Loren, his staff and the people hanging out there are always kind, welcoming and knowledgable without making you feel like you’re asking a dumb question. We learned some awesome tidbits about Prismatic and the coffee world that we would like to share with you today.

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When we saw that the Albuquerque Yelpers were holding a special event at Prismatic Coffee this past Sunday, we knew we had to go. Not only because Prismatic is killing it in the roasting game (and they’ve only been open since spring), but we thought this would be a great place to mingle with fellow coffee aficionados!

We’ve been to Prismatic at least a dozen times and Loren and his staff are always kind, welcoming and knowledgable without making you feel like you’re asking a dumb question. We learned some awesome tidbits about Prismatic and the coffee world that we would like to share with you today, so if you’re interested to hear about the roasting process keep on reading! Continue reading “Coffee 101 at Prismatic Coffee”