All posts tagged: chemex

Here’s the best advice if you’re thinking about getting into speciality coffee

I had a serious bout of cabin fever a few nights back. I needed to get out. So I grabbed my camera and laptop and headed to a coffee shop. The plan was to blog. When I ordered a cappuccino the barista asked me if I’d like to try their festive season blend. And after describing it to me I asked him if a cappuccino was the best way to appreciate the work that went into it. His eyes lit up and he asked if he could prepare it in a chemex. He was super excited about the idea. I listened carefully as he described each step in the brewing process. Why he was wetting the filter paper. Why he chose the grind size he did. Why he let the coffee bloom. Why the pour was a slow, circular exercise. Why he was watching the timer. And why he really appreciated me giving him the chance to brew me a chemex. We tasted the coffee together. He complimented my slurp. We talked about the tasting …

Humans of coffee: Christiann Koepke

Who is Christiann Koepke? I am a person who believes in living with intention; being in the moment, finding beauty in everything around you, and savoring every sip of a good cup  of coffee (multiple times a day is totally acceptable – :)).   I am a professional who is passionate about bringing beauty to others through photography, flavors, and design.  Which always feels like catching a butterfly… then letting it go.  It never gets old. What is your favorite childhood memory? There are so many.  Growing up in Montana was kind of a magical place for a kid.  Just thinking of the landscape and big open sky stirs my heart and reminds me to breathe and savor every moment.  Waking up to the smell of coffee coming from the kitchen all those mornings… well, that is probably the origin of my coffee love actually…  But let me see…if I had to choose a memory that is my absolute favorite? I think it would be how we would spend every meal around the table together as …

Humans of coffee: Bilbo Steyn

Who is Bilbo Steyn? This is a very tricky question, it feels a bit like an online dating bio! I’m just your average 31 year old chick who can make a party out of almost any occasion and always have the essential ingredients on hand for a slap up meal. My life is busy with work but I ironically work very hard to balance it out and retain some sense of spontanatiety. I have a really good career and life in Cape Town, I am blessed with a ridiculously awesome family and my friends are loving, generous and heaps of fun, so I try to spend as much time with them as possible, yet I’m very independent and can happily do my own thing. What is your best childhood memory? The truth is I had a very happy upbringing, we toured Southern Africa extensively during school holidays (my parents were both teachers) and always spent Christmas holidays surrounded by grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins. There are vivid memories that stand out, my mom would always …

Humans of coffee: Bruce Collins

Who is Bruce Collins? I see myself as an instigator. In “The Art of Instigating”, Tom Morkes says that “the Instigator seeks to alter the status quo, to change direction, and to create without permission. The Instigator believes in potentialities. The Instigator is bold, confrontational, and sometimes foolhardy. The Instigator does things that are inadvisable.” Furthermore, I am a passionate innovator and an educator by profession. I love design, art, film and books. I’m an erstwhile skateboarder who dabbles in longboarding now and again. I’m a compulsive beard grower and wannabe barista. And, I love great coffee. Mostly, though, I’d define myself as a father, partner and child. My three beautiful daughters are a gift and I love that I get to do life with them. Their presence in my life is an overwhelming blessing. Being a husband to Yolanda is my favourite thing. She is my corresponding puzzle piece. We fit. Lastly, my faith is a guiding factor in my life. I am grateful to God for loving me. What is your best childhood …

Humans of coffee: Seb Schneider

Who is Seb Schneider? The son of Helmut and Veda Schneider, two exceptional folks to whom I owe most of my admirable traits. I currently live in Johannesburg. I’m a bit of a non-conformist at heart, lover of the outdoors, old school hip-hop, cheerful people, misfits and skateboarding. I’m also a family man, besotted with my beautiful wife and daughter. I fill most of my waking hours as the General Manager and Head of Brewing at Motherland Coffee Company. What is your best childhood memory? When I was around 6 years old my father was transferred to a position in Durban and our family relocated to that wonderful city. My carefree parents didn’t have a home lined up, so we lived in a hotel on the Durban North beachfront for a few months. No school, no obligations, I just went to the beach every day, skated up and down the promenade, and drank what I still know to be the world’s best chocolate milk made by our waiter David, who naturally became a good friend. …

Humans of coffee: Kevin Clark

Who is Kevin Clark? I am a husband of a beautiful wife, father of an amazing son, lover of life, crazy about coffee and a man of God through life. What is your best childhood memory? This is a tough one! I’ll have to go soppy on this one. It might be the time we went to Disney world and I did this show/experience (they were teleporting aliens) with my dad, I landed up being terrified the whole way through while my dad laughed but it was in that moment I knew my dad was my protector and I could trust him or it could be one of the many road trips as a family going away for Christmas with a packed car and the empty Karoo. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I’m not sure I want to do anything over again, I mean there are many things I wish I hadn’t said or done but all of my mistakes or slip ups have made …

My tasting notes on Lineage Coffee’s Uganda Sipi Falls

I’m just back from Durban. And, as per usual, I trek out to Hillcrest with for one reason and one reason only: Lineage Coffee. Don’t get me wrong, Hillcrest is a beautiful part of KZN. I’d love to live there. With my lovely wife. 2 kids. A dog. And a white picket fence. But with limited time I needed to make careful decisions about how to spend it. And Lineage Coffee is the only thing that makes sense to me in that part of the world. I picked up 3 bags. I’ll tell you about one today (I want to keep you in suspense). The Uganda Sipi Falls. According to the pack, it was roasted on the 22nd December. It’s from Uganda, the Mt. Elgin Region in Eastern Uganda. From the Sipi Falls farm. It was hand picked, fully washed & sun dried on African raised beds at an altitude of 1,500 – 2,500 MASL. And was harvested from August – December 2014. I could say it has a lemony acidity, creamy mouthfeel and caramel …

Humans of coffee: Greg Mucci

There’s a backstory here I have to tell. My Instagram account is a busy one. I get hundreds of submissions every day from folks who want to be featured. They mostly submit shots of coffee. But every so often someone will tag a really great shot of a barista at work. And when I post those they get a fair amount of likes.   Three weeks ago I posted this shot by Boston based photographer, Julie Ciollo. It’s not the first time I featured her work – she’s an very talented photographer. All the photography for this blog post is by Julie, for example. Check out her out on Instagram. The shot is of her friend, barista, Greg Mucci. And my Instagram lit up. This shot got so much attention. In fact, more attention than any other barista shot I had posted. 3,056 likes. 53 comments. Here are some:   Clearly my followers wanted to know more. So through the magic of social media, within 24 hours Greg and I were talking about his story, his …

Humans of coffee: Ed Berman

Who is Ed Berman? Ed Berman is a man obsessed with ritual. He makes a chemex twice a day, every day (the first when he gets into the office and the second after lunch); he reads and writes (he’s a lawyer but really thinks of his vocation as the dissection and incantation of words); and if you don’t spot him in Illovo on a Thursday night with a beer (black label or craft) and camera (Sony RX-100 or Nexus 6P) in hand, something terrible has happened. It recently occurred to him that he measures his life by the repetition of good experiences. The act of crafting the current moment has become his ritual, and this is what makes him tick. What is your best childhood memory? I have been lucky enough to have been born a twin and so I have had a best friend since the womb in the form of enthusiastic Joburg-based coffee anthropologist Abby Berman. It seems strange to say but I don’t have one “one” single defining best childhood memory – all I can attest to is that Abby was definitely there. Image …