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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…)

Understanding Coffee Tasting: Terms & Tools

By Jacqui | Thursday, April 26th, 2012 at 10:00 am

coffee tasting
Like wine tasting, coffee tasting has been referred to as an art.  Master coffee tasters spend years honing their skills, cupping specialty-grade coffees and tasting samples.  Learning how to identify and describe the nuanced qualities of a cup of specialty coffee may be an intimidating task, our roasters are here to give you some tools to guide you as you become a coffee connoisseur… or even just an educated coffee fanatic!  (more…)

Home Coffee Brewing: Perfecting the Pour-Over

By Jacqui | Monday, March 26th, 2012 at 10:28 am

Pour-over or cone coffee brewing

Pour a little water in and let the coffee 'bloom' for 10-15 seconds.

Pour-over coffee brewing is our preferred method for making coffee at home.  You’ll find a fuller flavor in your cup, as this brew style allows for a more complete extraction than a standard automatic coffeemaker, for example.  Making a great cup of pour-over coffee at home isn’t difficult, and with some finesse, you can master the process and brew a truly high quality cup of joe.

There are many opinions in the ‘coffee world’ about the art of pour-over brewing, and our years of research (and coffee drinking) have enabled us to fine tune our pour-over style.  Visitors to our Nassau Street cafe can enjoy coffee brewed pour-over style, and we sell the home brewing equipment at both locations if you’re looking to start brewing it at home.  Here we’ve assembled a step-by-step guide for brewing your pour-over coffee the Small World way! (more…)

Home Brewing How-to’s

By Jacqui | Monday, January 23rd, 2012 at 11:54 am

Peach leads the public coffee tasting at Witherspoon.

Each week, the worldlings gather at our roaster in Rocky Hill, filtering into our ‘Coffee Lab’ to participate in tasting sessions.  While enhancing their understanding of each coffee’s flavor profiles, they’ve also been experimenting with different manual brewing styles and comparing the difference in taste as one bean is brewed using several different methods.  The meetings are lively, with questions flying and minds at work, fueled by sip after sip of fresh coffee.  Inspired by the curiosity that our worldlings bring to these tasting sessions, we have set out to develop some how-to’s for manual brew styles. (more…)

Cold Brewed Iced Coffee

By Jessica | Tuesday, July 6th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

One of our baristas, Mackenzie, has been experimenting with a method of cold brewing and getting FANTASTIC results! It’s a great way to get a full, complex, delicious extraction for iced coffee at home.  Here’s the recipe! (more…)