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Raise Your Mug to Melitta Bentz, Pioneering Coffee Geek!

By Jacqui | Tuesday, July 31st, 2012 at 10:12 am

After a few decades working in the specialty coffee industry, we’ve tried just about every coffee brewing method out there.  Aside from our dedication to the craft of espresso, we’ve spent a lot of time researching and honing pour-over coffee brewing.  It’s one of our favorite brewing methods, as it really showcases the nuanced flavors of the coffee we roast and brew.  We serve it brewed to order at our Nassau Street cafe in Princeton and make it for ourselves at home.  We’ve also blogged our step-by-step procedure to help our fans perfect their own pour-over brewing technique.

One day, as the worldlings gathered at the roaster Coffee Lab for a cupping, we all wondered aloud: Where did the name ‘melitta’ come from, anyway?  It was time for some research, and what we found out surprised and delighted us… (more…)

Sumatran Mandheling, Organic & Fair Trade Certified

By Jacqui | Monday, June 11th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Fair Trade Organic Sumatran MandhelingThis month’s coffee of the month is our organically grown, Fair Trade certified Sumatran Mandheling – one of our classic beans, and one with an excellent story behind it.  As devotees of Small World Coffee may know, we only purchase specialty grade coffee – the highest grade of coffee available – and our Sumatran is a fine example of the quality and value that are found in specialty coffee.  We love it for its flavor as a single origin and the role it plays as part of some of our most popular blends, and we are proud to be involved with coffee brokers & growers who take care of their employees and take pride in their product.

Our Sumatran plays a vital role in many of our popular blends, including our House Blend, by adding richness and body.  One of our priorities when it comes to coffee roasting & blending is establishing a good amount of body in the final cup.  We do this by roasting toward the darker side – our East Coast Roast can be described as a light ‘French roast’ – but also by choosing the right beans for the job.  The Sumatran became an obvious choice, as it had plenty of body and next to no acidity.  You’ll find it at work in our Love Blend, Rocket Blend, and, of course, our Indie Blend, paired with Papua New Guinea. (more…)

Home Brewing: Cold Brewed Coffee

By Jacqui | Tuesday, May 15th, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Cold-brewed Coffee
On the heels of our recent post about our well-loved New Orleans style iced coffee, we have been fielding some questions about how to cold-brew coffee at home.  In the warmer months, many people look for an alternative to their usual hot coffee, but there are a few other benefits to cold-brewing coffee at home.  First of all, it’s easy: a little measuring, a little waiting, and you’ll have a pitcher of coffee that will last for up to a week.  Secondly, and more significantly, cold-brewed coffee is much lower in acidity than traditionally brewed coffee.  This makes it an excellent alternative for coffee drinkers who are sensitive to acidity – either as a matter of personal preference, or upon the doctor’s recommendation!

With the right tools and some preparation, you can stock your fridge with cold-brewed coffee to enjoy as the summer approaches! (more…)

What Makes A Worldling?

By Jacqui | Thursday, January 26th, 2012 at 9:15 am

Tuc (front right) has trained generation after generation of our worldlings!
This week on the Small World blog, our lead trainer and SWC veteran of many years, Tuc, shares his insight into the worldling culture.  Generations of worldlings have been raised at the hem of Tuc’s red apron, giving him a unique perspective of what it takes to be a part of our stellar crew.  What makes a worldling?  Tuc explains… (more…)

Coffee Tastings Return to Witherspoon

By Jacqui | Wednesday, January 11th, 2012 at 8:37 am

Jon March leads an afternoon Coffee Tasting at Witherspoon

They’re back!  Master Roaster Jon March is back for a new seasons of free coffee tastings, held every Thursday at 1pm around the Witherspoon cafe’s community table.  Jon discusses the origins of each bean, the characteristics and flavor profiles of the coffee, and the science behind our roasting while you taste samples of each one.  The tastings are informative, casual, and a great chance to learn more about your favorite coffees. (more…)