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Coffee and Chemistry Blog

  • Cold Brew How To

    It’s hot and muggy here in the Midwest. So hot, in fact, that even 7am is too warm to sit out and enjoy a hot cup. Here’s how we cool it off.
  • Benefits of adding honey to your coffee and HOW TO INFUSE HONEY at home

    We really enjoy using honey in our coffee. It has a lower glycemic index than table sugar and contains amino acids, electrolytes, and a bounty of antioxidants that are useful in the management of chronic diseases that are commonly associated with oxidative stress and inflammation state. You can use raw honey straight from the jar, but below we share our process for infusing honey so that you can experiment at home and create enumerable, delicious recipes on your own.
  • Cold Brew Lavender Latte

    I’m not typically a cold coffee drinker, but this combination of soft botanicals, fluffy cream, and raw honey combined so well that I actually made seconds.
  • So... What is Espresso?

    The term “espresso roast” was likely born from a need to make an easy to recognize option for consumers. As a rule, when you see a coffee labeled as espresso roast, it will be a very dark roast.

    But, play around with your coffee.  By limiting yourself to only using “espresso roasts” in your machine, you may be missing out!

  • Coffee please, but Safety First!

    Is coffee healthy or harmful? As with many things, there is debate!

    More and more studies are showing the benefits of coffee consumption, not only for increased cognitive awareness , but also in increasing calorie burn during exercise. Studies also show that it has a positive effect on conditions such as diabetes, liver disease, Alzheimer’s, and immune system function.

     

  • Recipe: Triple Threat Coffee Cocktail

    This lower carb craft coffee cocktail really let’s the coffee shine. I just absolutely love the way bourbon and coffee taste together! Plus, it’s mesmerizing to watch the layers intermingle 
  • Recipe Crafty Coffee Cocktail: Spiked Mocha Rose

    Warm up on a cold winter evening, with this decadent, deliciously dark chocolate coffee cocktail with hints of almond, vanilla, and honey. Yum!
  • Peppermint Rose Mocha

    Valentine’s Day is all about pairing up, right? Well, few things match up better than mint and mocha. Experimenting with Smart Owl Mocha Rose Infused Honey (still in trial phases) has quickly become my favorite way to pass these cold winter days.

    Here’s our fun spin on this classic. 

  • SIZE MATTERS: Find your perfect grind

    While most Americans opt for the ease of a drip pot and pre ground coffee, it’s fun to experiment. Each brew system works best with a specific grind size (see chart). Have fun learning new techniques and let us know if you have any questions.
  • Let’s get Balance

    Is it safe to assume that most people contemplate these things at one point or another? I certainly do... The implication being that finding the right balance could mean achieving happiness.

    Wouldn’t that be grand?

  • The History of Coffee

    There are a few legends that surround the origins of coffee. One such legend dates coffee back to the early 15th-century in the region of Kaffa Ethiopia. It was said that a goat herder named Kaldi discovered coffee after observing his goats becoming excited when eating the beans from a specific plant. Another tale...
  • Brain Boosting Breakfast

    If you are short on time and need your coffee and breakfast to go, give this KETO friendly recipe a try.