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The American Press Manual Coffee Brewer

Last year, the fine folks over at the American Press headquarters sent me an American Press brewer to check out and review (I was upfront with them and let them know it would take me some time to evaluate the brewer).

When my package arrived, I was quite impressed with the contents of my rectangular brown box—the American Press is fancy looking. I have spent many months field testing this unique brewer and here are my thoughts:

Introduction- What is an American Press

The American Press is a relatively new brewer to the market. Funded by an Indiegogo campaign in early 2016, it takes an innovative approach to manual brewing. It is sleek and somewhat resembles a French press in look and outward brewing mechanics.

The American Press is different from the the French press because of what happens on the inside of the carafe. With a French press, when the coffee is finished brewing the coffee grounds are (mostly) filtered away from the brewed coffee by a mesh filter that is plunged downward through the coffee sludge.

In contrast, the American Press has a filter basket that holds the ground coffee separate from the brewing water. As the filter basket is pressed downward through hot water, the water is forced up through the filter basket creating a slightly pressurized extraction environment. The 100 micron filter basket keeps most of the muck out of the brewed coffee and doesn’t absorb the oils like a paper filtered coffee.

The result is a delicious cup of coffee and, due to the design, a fairly repeatable brewing process.

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Crema.co Coffee Subscription Overview and Review

Since their successful Kickstarter campaign in the Spring of 2015, I’ve been curious about Crema.co. I have heard good things about the coffee subscription service but had not gotten around to trying it. When I was given the opportunity by the Crema.co team to sample their subscription this month, I jumped at the chance to experience their take on coffee subscriptions and write a review.

I took their coffee preference survey, ordered a bag of coffee and patiently waited for my Panama Mama Cata Toña from PT’s Coffee Roasting to arrive. I was not disappointed. The service was exceptional, the coffee was delicious and I liked the little touches that differentiate Crema.co from other coffee subscriptions I have tried.

Here is an overview and review of the coffee subscription service Crema.co:

What is Crema.co

Crema.co is a coffee subscription service that focuses on telling the stories of the coffee they ship. From the farm and the region it was grown in, to the processing and who roasted it, Crema.co wants you to know the personal side of craft coffee.

Crema.co prides themselves on being storytellers. Each single origin coffee has a unique page with information on origin and processing. There is a bio on each farmer that grew a particular coffee and information on the general region the coffee is from. Each roaster has a nice write up that tells their story as well.

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Brewing Coffee Manually Blog’s 2017 Christmas Coffee Gift Guide

Once again it is time to start thinking about the Christmas season and finding that perfect (or at least acceptable) gift for the coffee enthusiast on your list. While I have been neglecting my blog a bit as of late, I could not let the season pass without producing a gift guide. Here is the Brewing Coffee Manually Blog’s 2017 Christmas Gift Guide:

Want more ideas? Here are the gift guides from previous years:

A Bag of Coffee and a Sweet Mug

Every year, there are more gadgets added to the craft coffee scene. Some are very clever, some are very useful and some disappear into the abundance of mediocre offerings (cruft) after the hype settles. If you are unsure about getting your recipient another gadget to store and learn it’s operation (some people enjoy this and some people like to keep it simple), a great bag of coffee and a cool mug have to be the go-to gift. Here are a few of my favorite coffee mugs that are available this year:

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