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Evaluating Coffee: Cupping

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If you love coffee, you've probably heard the term "Cupping" --- it is the industry standard for measuring taste.   Here at Caffé Umbria there are three main reasons we cup our coffees: Consistency: Cupping allows us to determine the sensory differences between samples. Flavor Profile: cupping is the best tool to describe the flavors of a sample. Quality Control: Cupping helps us determine if a sample meets our quality standards. We have established protocols and procedures to keep variables to a minimum, ensuring consistency. For example: all samples are roasted to the same roast level and evaluated after 8 hours, or...

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Keep Cold Brew On Hand for Hot Summer Days

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Cold brew and iced coffee are not the same thing. Cold brew is never exposed to high temperatures during the brewing process. This creates a full body flavor that highlights the coffee profile and it's less acidic than traditionally brewed coffee, making cold brew naturally sweeter than an iced coffee. You can experiment serving it hot or cold to see how the flavor profile varies from hot brewed coffee.

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Father's Day Gift Guide for Dads Who Love Coffee

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Feeling stumped about what to get dad for Father's Day? If he likes coffee, we've got you covered! For the Creature of Habit If Dad knows what he likes and faithfully drinks his favorite coffee every morning, he will love a subscription to have a bag or two, ground to specification or whole bean, delivered every one, two, three or four weeks. All of our coffees are available as a subscription.   You can also get him one of our gift sets: a single or double bag of his favorite coffee(s), and one or two of our mugs. Buy Gift...

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Brewing the Perfect Cup of Coffee with the Hario V60

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Making single-serve coffee with the sleek and simple Hario V60 is a fun experience. Made in Japan of heat-proof glass, the ridges and cone shape allow for even extraction. Hario makes a variety of heat-proof glass coffee ware, but also makes laboratory glass and cookware.  Recipe and Brewing Instructions 25g of coffee ground just finer than regular drip grind 400g of water at 200 degrees F   Bring water to temperature & grind coffee Fold edge of paper filter, insert in cone, and pre-wet the paper filter Put coffee in the filter, and level with a quick shake Add 50 grams...

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Careers In Coffee: We're Hiring in Portland, Seattle & Chicago

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If you love coffee and like to share it with others, we look forward to meeting you! At Caffè Umbria, we take pride in all aspects of our business. From roasting and blending, to crafting the perfect cup of coffee, to our high service standards, we are focused on the details and mastery. If you think you would be a good fit, we encourage you to apply for one of our current job openings.   PORTLAND We have openings for baristas at our Pearl District Café and our downtown café, opening soon. To apply, see the job posting. SEATTLE We...

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