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Manual Coffee Brewing Tools

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Manual Coffee Brewing Tools

Whether you’re camping in the Shenandoah mountains or planning a cross-country roadtrip, there will be days when you won’t have access to your coveted countertop espresso maker or autodrip coffee machine. Luckily, we’ve compiled our top four favorite manual brewing methods that are not only portable, but down right delicious. Like we mentioned in our previous blog post, manual brewing methods allow you to control every aspect of the coffee brewing process, resulting in the perfect cup for you. This blog post will dive into both coffee pour over and immersion tools used to make you an “on the go”...

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Why Manually Brew Coffee?

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Why Manually Brew Coffee?

If you have been to one of our coffee shops—both Commonwealth Joe and The Java Shack—you probably have noticed there are two ways to get your drip coffee: batch electric drip coffee versus a manual brew. Understandably, if you don’t know the difference, you presumably look up at the menu and think, why would I pay more money for a manually brewed coffee? Although, an electric dripper is a great option for your morning coffee, there is definitely a benefit to getting a cup of coffee hand brewed by one of our baristas. A good cup of coffee depends on...

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The debate between Arabica and Robusta beans

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The debate between Arabica and Robusta beans

There are 125 species of coffee grown all over the world, yet two species tend to get the most buzz: Robusta and Arabica. Robusta and Arabica have very different reputations in the coffee market, despite the fact they look pretty much the same after roasting. Arabica beans are typically used in the specialty coffee industry, Commonwealth Joe included. Robusta is easier to grow, has a higher yield, is more pest resistant and has more caffeine than Arabica. You would think that would be great, right? However, Robusta beans are considered lower in quality and most frequently used in the commodity...

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