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Zihuatanejo, Mexico. Coastal Coffee. When people think of coffee from Mexico they think of Veracruz, Chiapas, Oaxaca or Puebla. They do not think of the western state of Guerrero. Those who do think of coffee from Guerrero think of the town of Atoyac, which is where almost all of the state's coffee comes to market. They do not think of the sleepy town of Zihuatanejo five hours north of Acapulco along Mexico's Costa Grande. Yet Zihua (affectionate abbreviation) is now one of my favorite places to go for coffee. In the Spring, and again in July I traveled down to meet with the Grupo de Trabajo Levya Mancilla - a farmer group with 26 members. Their farms overlook the Pacific ocean and beaches of  Zihuatanejo...

June 08, 2009
Category: in Skill-Building: Extraction
Coffee Tip of the Week: How ground is too ground? Coffee Grinding Guide, and Mastering the Blade Grinder Although we recommend a conical burr grinder over a whirly-blade grinder because of the burrs' ability to produce a much more consistent grind, know that blade grinders are usually less expensive and can still produce a quality grind if you follow a few simple tricks. For all types of grinds (coarse, medium, fine, etc), if using a blade grinder, we recommend grinding in short bursts of about 2 to 3 seconds each. Holding the lid firmly in place, shake the grinder a few times during the process to make sure beans grind evenly. The Course Grind is intended for use with press pots,...
Did you dig the Coffee Roasting tips in our bi-weekly newsletter "How to get the Best Brew for your Bean"? Well, here are the additional tips we promised! 1.      Get good beans, the coffee can only be as good as the beans that go into it. Don't settle for bargain brands - your stomach will thank you. 2.      Use cold, filtered water (any type of consumer-level filter is great). If you don't filter it, at least use clean water; coffee is only as good as the water you use. Do not use distilled water - only filtered, bottled, or spring water. 3.      Remove the used coffee and the filter immediately after brewing; if not, then the filter will continue to drip...
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