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Reducing Acidity in Coffee: A Helpful Guide to Low Acid Coffee

Many people are interested in the acidity of coffee- how acidic a cup of coffee tastes, the measurable amount of acid within beans, and which brewing methods and growing regions produce more or less acidity. As a primer, acidity is measured on the pH scale with values less than 7 being acidic and values greater than 7 being basic. The pH of pure water is 7 (neutral), and soapy water has a pH of 12, making it a strong base.  The average pH of plain, black coffee hovers between 4.5-6, but varies depending on a number of factors. As a side note: while some are concerned with the measurable pH of coffee, many are also concerned with the flavor profile...

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California Coffee Boom: Birth of a New Origin

Coffee Cultivation in California In recent years, California has been witness to an explosion in the diversity of locally produced goods available. Many of the crops that nowadays are considered part of the identity and economic engine of California- like in the case of California oranges and grape plantations, and more recently locally grown avocado. These crops eventually grew prosperous from the work of both farmers and researchers that worked hard to develop varieties suitable to the weather and land conditions. In the case of coffee, the major producing countries are located far away from California- in Africa (for example, Ethiopia and Kenya), South and Central America (for example, Costa Rica and Colombia), and in other locations inside the so...

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Should you Stir when Making Pour Over Coffee?

To Stir or Not to Stir: That is the Question With all the enthusiasm about pour-over, it is no wonder that people can oftentimes get into heated debates over the “proper” technique. And while there may or may not be an ideal procedure when it comes to making one, there is one step some people swear by, that others swear against: stirring the coffee grounds. Let's consider stirring and whether or not it is something you should be doing in your pour-over. You should initially note that there is generally no stirring involved in the standard pour over technique of blooming the coffee, then doing 2-3 pours while keeping the tip of the gooseneck kettle as close to the bed...

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Camping near Breakneck Ridge

Can You Camp at Breakneck Ridge? The short answer: no. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t undertake a camping trip near Cold Spring, New York that includes the iconic hike.  We’ll give you what you need to know about Breakneck ridge generally and give you some camping ideas for easy launch off for hiking. What is Breakneck Ridge? Breakneck Ridge Trail is a short but difficult hike just north of Cold Spring, New York in Hudson Highlands State Park. This state park is a day-use area only, which is why you are not allowed to camp along this trail. The trail itself is an out-and-back, but there are several other trails available to make your day hike into a...

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What's the Best Coffee at Wegmans? (And Worst!)

Wegmans has a great reputation as a higher end grocery chain, offering a fantastic selection of wines, cheeses, meats, and pastries.  But does Wegmans offer a similarly upscale selection of Coffee? Let’s look at a variety of the options Wegmans stores carry to evaluate their quality and value for the money.  Note that the prices below can vary slightly depending on your location, but there shouldn’t be too much variance.  Folgers – Classic Roast (Value 2/5, Quality 1/5 - $0.35/oz) Available in almost any store, Folgers is one of the most ubiquitous brands of coffee. Wegmans offers an 11.3 ounce canister for $3.99 ($0.35/oz), a tad cheaper than some other retailers.  The Folgers brand, around since 1850, was acquired by...

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