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Once you start finding out about the peculiarities of coffee, you undoubtedly will find that the rabbit hole gets deep.  I have come to love the craft of making a tasty cup of coffee, and that there is much more to it than finding a good bean.

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I personally like fruity coffees.  They have flavors I might describe as being tangy with notes of tomato, and even citrus.  I’ve made cups of this for friends, and it’s hit or miss, you don’t find these flavors in a typical coffee shop so it can catch people off guard.  Certainly something to try.  This bag specifically is from a place called Cartel Coffee Labs here in Scottsdale, Az.  It’s way too expensive, but coffee is one of the things I don’t mind splurging on, as the satisfaction of enjoying a great cup of coffee really adds to my day.

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I find that consistent flavors are best achieved by weighing out the beans, that way you take the guesswork out of measuring.  I have a little cup I like to drink out of for this blend, and with 12 grams of coffee in it, it’s pretty strong.

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Pouring the beans into my Hario hand grinder.

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Grinding the beans by hand takes a little elbow grease but not having to rely on an outlet on the wall to take care of this is satisfying.  I feel more involved in the process, and more invested in my cup.

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I absolutely adore using the Aeropress coffee maker, it’s pretty much the most efficient way I’ve ever seen to make a cup of coffee, and while I love doing a French press, or pour over style too, this is something I’ve been doing a lot to great success.  I also add a pinch of salt, as it helps bring out the tangy notes a bit more.

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I boil the water, and let it sit for about 30 seconds or so before measuring it out and pouring it into the Aeropress for maximum control.

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3 minutes seems to be a good sufficient amount of time for the flavors to transfer to the water.

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I end up stirring it for the first minute or so.

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And then since the filter is too big for my little cup, I put it back into my measuring cup for an easier transfer to the final product.

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A tasty cup of coffee, hand made to my specifications, so delicious :)

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