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Does your Coffee Taste Sour, Like Paper, or Like Chemicals?

This article is another in our series about "Coffee Notes" (despite these being less desirable notes!).  Check out our other entries on Fruity Notes and Floral Notes! Is your Coffee tasting particularly sour, or have the smell of paper, or even astringent like a chemical? Maybe the SCAA Coffee Wheel!can help you figure out where that flavor comes from.  The SCAA Coffee Wheel is a classification of the different "notes" you may encounter in coffee.  The video below gives a primer on what "notes" are: The SCAA coffee wheel covers a broad range of flavors that you might encounter when drinking coffee- some much more desirable than others.  In previous posts, we considered Floral Notes and Fruity Notes, both of...

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Hiking at and Camping Near Jerry Johnson Hot Springs

Jerry Johnson Hot Springs, within Clearwater National Forest in Idaho, is a natural hot springs with three sources that can be used for soaking.  Previously, these hot springs were primarily used by backpackers used as a source of relaxation mid-journey.  About 20 years ago, the Forest Service began closing the Jerry Johnson Hot Springs at night, prohibiting camping, as the the springs started to show major damage. However, Jerry Johnson Hot Spring remains a sight to behold and a wonderful refuge from busy life. Some Jerry Johnson Hot Springs Quick Facts Type: Out-and-back Length: 2.6 miles Time to Complete: 1 hour Elevation Gain: 265 feet Difficulty: Easy Season: May to October 5 Rules for Observing Hot Springs Etiquette Before we...

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7 Downtown Denver Coffee Roasters Reviewed!

Growth of the Denver Coffee Roasting Scene Like many parts of the United States, the growth of independent coffee roasters in Denver, Colorado has really taken off in recent decades. Before 2003 or so, the number of independent roasters in the area could be counted on less than two hands; today, there seems to be one on every street corner- becoming more ubiquitous by the day. What has caused this spike in popularity? Part of the reason is due to increased awareness and demand for high quality coffee- fueled by the growth of Starbucks and the subsequent flourishing of the independent café scene. However, maybe the biggest reason for the spike in coffee popularity in the area was the expansion...

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What are the Chemical Compounds in Coffee?

A cup of coffee may initially seem simple: two ingredients – water and ground coffee. However, this doesn't tell the whole story. Even assuming the use of distilled (pure) water, ground coffee has over 1,000 chemical compounds, most of which are extracted by water during brewing. Depending on where the coffee came from, how it was processed, and how it was roasted, these compounds may or may not be present in your cup and may differ in quantity. Let's consider several of the more common coffee compounds- what they are, what effects they have when ingested, and their role in producing a great cup of coffee. Basic Coffee Chemistry First, let's introduce some basic chemistry concepts related to coffee: Aldehyde:...

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The Quarry at Cranberry Lake Preserve

When people think of New York City and the surrounding suburbs, the first thing that comes to mind is high-rise sky-scrapers, big-city living, and neon lights. Few think of green spaces and beautiful hikes.  Nestled in Westchester County, just north of New York City, is a 190-acre preserve that offers hiking, rock climbing, and scenic views. This natural oasis in one of the most populated counties in the country is called Cranberry Lake Preserve.  You may not know that Cranberry Lake Preserve has the ruins of a quarry that once operated on these lands in the early 1900s.  This guide will outline what you need to know to visit Cranberry Lake Preserve- and what this quarry looks like now! At...

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