Drift Magazine covers coffee culture city by city. It landed at an important time in specialty coffee’s rise. It was the point when coffee many consumers were feeling coffee was too exclusive. Drift provided a glance into the coffee culture of one city at a time. It addresses specialty and non-specialty coffee traditions of the cities it covers.
Cities covered in the past include Tokyo, New York City, Havana, Melbourne, Mexico City, and Stockholm. Our favorite features often cover the bodegas or coffee stands that have been serving coffee for over four decades. The magazine gives a glance into the lives of coffee professionals we know from Sprudge, as well, but the features usually cover something more unique to that person’s history in a city rather than their international coffee clout.
We try to identify places in St. Louis using the same spirit, but often those beyond coffee, in our blog series titled STLxBPC. It’s hard to do this in an online format as beautifully as Drift Magazine does it covering coffee, yet we can hope. The large format, heavy paper, and beautiful photography make Drift a joy just to hold.
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This enjoyable read brings the curious coffee consumer into the modern era of coffee through a series of short lessons, or “rules.” It is written by the founders of Sprudge.com and offers their keen insight into the industry along with plenty of their quirky humor. This is an enjoyable read for coffee novice to coffee lover. It is easy to read, illustrated beautifully, and will make you enjoy or brew coffee even more than you do now.
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Geography has contributed to the regional personality and the taste characteristics of the coffee grown in Nariño. The steep mountains and deep canyons of the Andes mountain range move through this region. The section that moves through Nariño is know for its beauty and extremes. The steep, craggy mountains and canyons provided both a natural barrier for the Incan Empire from invaders from the north and also influenced the distinct flavor of coffee grown in this region.
Nariño is located in southwest of Colombia along the border with Ecuador. In the south of Colombia, the Andes are know as the Nudo de Los Pastos. The mountains have provided seclusion to Nariño that has allowed the cultures of the region to maintain their heritage and customs, such as the old language, Quiche, and a unique wood crafting style.
The geography of this region also contributes to the unique coffee taste of Nariño. To begin with, Nariño is near the equator, which provides predictable and intense sunlight. The mountains of Nariño are also very high and steep. This altitude would prevent some growing regions from producing coffee due to freezing, but Nariño is able to prevent freezing due to the thermal transitions that occur in the evenings. During the day the sun is able to reach deep into the mountains due to the latitude. The craggy mountains and canyons absorb the sun’s heat throughout the day. In the evening, the heat, stored up in valley below, rises to prevent freezing. This unique dynamic, high altitudes, and a temperature range that supports slow and even development encourages higher sugar content development and sweet acidity.
Team taste notes: orange cream, juicy body, dark chocolate, nutty, brown sugar, caramel, baking spice
Home espresso is one of the hardest brewing methods for us to support. Most home machines that will pull good espresso are so expensive that it’s hard to justify the expense vs. visiting your local quality cafe. The Rok gives us a refreshing alternative. Using simple, smart design and tools that most coffee geeks already have (decent burr grinder, hot water kettle, digital scale), it’s now possible to make great espresso at home. The 14g basket holds enough coffee to make a decent size shot (25-35g out) that can taste great.
This is a useful gooseneck kettle that can be used for brewing coffee, tea, and more. Its base allows you to set the exact temperature for heating the water. Once achieved, the temperature can be held as long as you’d like. This is a fairly large capacity kettle, heating up to 1.7L of water at a time.
We’ve used these scales in our home kitchens for years. They are durable and affordable. Perfect for portioning beans, measuring your hand pours, or making pro cookies. Available in royal blue and chrome.