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When people ask us about better brewing tips, getting the grind right is always at the top of our suggestion list. With that, we present to you a slew of tips and tricks to help you master the daily grind.

Think fresh.

Freshly ground coffee is unparalleled. The minute you grind your coffee it starts to oxidize and accelerate the aging process. Grind it within 15 minutes before you brew for the best results.

Burr is better.

In general, burr grinders are better than blade grinders. Blade grinders unevenly chop and shatter coffee beans, while burr grinders give you a more even grind which allows, in turn, for a better, more balanced brew. Having a larger range of particle sizes will lead to flavor of both under- AND over extraction. In a pinch, blade grinders work best if you give them a little cocktail shaker shimmy when grinding. But burr is best.

Dial it in.

Grind size affects the surface area of coffee that is exposed to water – we use the term “extraction” to describe this. Smaller particles will have more contact with water, and thus extract more quickly. The reverse is true, too. Basically, if you extract too much from the coffee (grind too fine or brew too long), the coffee may taste bitter and chalky, like aspirin. Extract too little (grind too coarse or too little brew time) and you’ll get sour flavors of vinegar with a lack of depth.

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Not blowing your mind? Adjust your grind!

We offer grind suggestions in our brew guides as a starting point – so when we say, the grind for your Chemex should be about as coarse as Kosher salt, that’s a good guide but may need some adjusting in grind and/or dose.  If you find your coffee is tasting too strong or bitter you may need to coarsen your grind or lower your dose. If it’s too weak, or watery, you might tighten your grind or increase your dose. Experiment away, and find what suits you best.

Man vs. Machine.

To start, we stand behind all of the equipment we sell in our shop and we’ve tried, tested and approved all of our grinders. That being said, there are pros and cons to both manual and electric grinders.

Hand grinders are a favorite around here because we are a bunch of rambling men and women. They are compact, durable and portable – great for camping or travel. But these babies are not for the feint of heart. They are a bit cheaper but what you save in money you spend in muscle and time. If you’re making coffee for a crowd or are a morning grump, do yourself a favor and go electric.

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We carry Baratza electric grinders because of their quality, consistency and solid customer support track record – the grinders are repairable and Baratza stocks all replacement parts. (Grinders, like all mechanical things, will eventually need upkeep and/or replacement parts.) Baratza even offers a grinder repair program which allows you to refurbish your grinder for a flat fee if you don’t want to do the work yourself. Click here for a breakdown of the Baratza grinder models.

And lastly, we’re here to help! If you have any questions about this or anything else, call us at (855) 711-3385, email us at info@stumptowncoffee.com, or tweet us @stumptowncoffee.

Take a peek at our brew videos for a better glimpse as to what your grinds should look IRL. Watch here.

Trying a new brew method can be little daunting. We’ve all been there and wondered, “Am I really doing this right?” Well, we’re here to help — and this time, in video! We are thrilled to release our latest work with our friends at Bon Appétit: Step-by-Step Brew Guide Videos! Happy brewing!

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On view August 2nd – September 30th
Opening Reception Sunday, August 3rd (4 – 6pm) 

Worlds is a series of paintings that I began working on in early February of this year. I set out in the end of winter to plant the seeds of a show focusing on positivity, transformation, and community. Here we are in August and everything is blooming all around us. It’s what everyone in Portland pines for in the rainy grey months. I feel that these paintings are a representation of that process. In this show are the artifacts of my own personal challenges, awakenings, and commitments to my path. All of my paintings are done with three brushes: a line brush, a fill brush, and a brush for washes. I like using brushes as opposed to pens because they are more versatile and create a more expressive line quality. I use india ink, water color, and gauche, on water color paper and seek out vintage wood frames for my work. I am currently in my thesis year in the Communication Design program at Pacific Northwest College of art.

Contact me through my website for art and design opportunities! zacharymarvick.com // zachymane @ instagram

- Zachary Marvick

 

For more information, please contact Wendy Swartz (wendy@stumptowncoffee.com)

Division Stumptown
4525 SE Division Street

Molten Mini

On view August 1st – September 29th
Opening Reception Sunday, August 17th (4 – 6pm) 

My work consists of simple geometric forms and ambiguous symbols created with traditional sign painting materials and technique. The process of gilding with precious metals, crushed glass smaltz and lettering enamel reflect on a culture increasingly dictated by shallow advertising and flashy surfaces. An anxiety inducing white noise is the result when our surroundings distort our definition of value and conflict with the natural world.

– Bradley Streeper

Smaltz Rock

For more information, please contact Wendy Swartz (wendy@stumptowncoffee.com)

Belmont Stumptown
3356 SE Belmont Street

CHRISTIANROGERS2On view July 2nd – August 1st, 2014
Closing reception Sunday, July 27th (4 – 6 pm)

Having a multifaceted approach to developing and making abstract images, Christian Rogers’ work is a visual response to the information he consumes daily via print, media and web. These reflections often manifest themselves into casualist-like, post-modern abstractions made from collaged Zerox prints, paint, glue and cardboard. Closer examination reveals works that are anything but informal and happenstantial. Like his life, Rogers’ art is a byproduct of mass digital consumption, critical observation, long reflection and a little bit of deception. ALL WAYS GO is his second solo exhibition at Stumptown’s Downtown location.

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Born and raised in North Portland, Christian Rogers continues to live and work in Portland. He received his BFA from Western Oregon University in 2010 and will be attending Hunter College for his MFA in the fall.

For more information, please contact may@stumptowncoffee.com.

Stumptown Coffee Roasters (Downtown)
128 SW Third Avenue, Portland, OR
M-F: 6am-6pm/S-S: 7am-6pm
503-295-6144

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Ryan Gonzales Johnson is a Roaster in our Brooklyn roast outpost. He put together a sick summer mix for us of songs and bands he’s discovered since moving to New York from Portland a year ago. It’s just right for a windows-down road trip or riding bikes through the hot summer streets.

What do you like to do when you’re not at work?

When not working, I’m parenting my 10-year-old daughter, family-ing with her and my wife, bicycling from here to there, drawing, looking for new music to get into, reading and exploring Buddhist spiritual practice.

Favorite things to eat right now in New York or LA? 

In New York, finding a legit burrito is hard so I’ve had to convert to heros.  But my current favorite thing is the cold vermicelli with spring roll at Hanoi in Park Slope.

Favorite corner of the city?

I live in South Slope, Brooklyn so I gotta represent, but people sleep on Gowanus.

What can you tell us about this mix?

I’ve been in New York a little over a year now (from Portland).  These are mostly bands/songs I’ve discovered since being here.  I like a lot of dark, brooding or synthy, goth/punk stuff so this is maybe an expression of my more pop sensibilities, what with it being summertime and all.  Add that to the cadence of the city vibe I find myself working from and that’s kinda where it’s at.

Thanks Ryan!