Review of Fellow’s Duo

Before starting this review, let it be known that I love the Fellow products. They seem to represent a balance of industrial design and function, that always makes their products a thing of beauty. What is it? The Duo (or Duo Coffee Steeper as they call it) is an all in one brewer and pourer. Coffee grinds and water go in the top, you steep the coffee for a time, then turn the top, and the brewed coffee rushes down into the bottom part of the Duo, ready to be poured. With the grinds still left at the top. Does Read More …

Cross post: Chemex vs Brewista Smart Brew Comparison

Note – this is a cross post, since the review was done by Quaffee. With the Chemex now over 70 years old, it is a well established product, with its own unique nuances. Brewista added their own offering into the hourglass pour over fold, and call it the Brewista Smart Brew™. Obviously it is based on the Chemex. The Chemex is probably the most iconic all in one dripper (i.e. the drip and server are all in one). When moreflavour lent the Brewista Smart Brew™ recently we felt it was necessary to compare it the icon it seems to have Read More …

Java Maestro a review

Before we begin the review. please note that we were fortunate enough to be contacted by the local representative of Java Maestro to do a review. How this affects this review, final conclusions and subjectivity we cannot determine, but we felt we should put it out there. What is it? The Java Maestro is a cone shaped coffee dripper made from stainless stainless. Designed with a fine laser cut mesh, which is both its body and its function. What questions does it answer? Whenever a product is created, there is someone behind the idea. It is important to understand the Read More …

Ep13. Catching UP – London Coffee – Origin Trip

In this long awaited episode, by whom we know not. We catchup with Zane to see what he has been up to in the UK, what he enjoyed at London Coffee Fest (LCF). We also talk about Warren’s experiences at origin in Brazil and Colombia. We cover: What surprised Zane in LCF What impressed him What he was able to paly with Warren’s perspective and summary of coffee farms in Brazilian and Colombia And then back to Zane

Ep12. Cup-A-Long Cupping

Ever wanted to cup along with other people that are used to cupping? Well… that is what this episode is about, and it has 6 parts, that will be release one at a time: On your Marks First however you will need to order the coffees. We are fortunate to have Cape Coffee Beans on board to do the order fulfillment of the coffees. You can order them here: capecoffeebeans.co.za/coffeebrewmancecupping. OR click below and order now: Buy Coffee Brewmance Blind Cupping Bundle Get Set Then while you wait for your order to get to you take a listen to Part a, Read More …

Ep11. Mike MacDonald – Manual Brewing and CoE experience

Welcome to Episode 11 of Coffee Brewmance. Zane was man alone with this one. Enjoy the episode, remember it is recorded in town at Origin so there is a little background noise, some of these noises are reduced but not removed. In this Episode we talk to Mike about coffee, brewing and his experience as an observer judge to The Rwandan CoE. Some of things covered: Stealing coffee out of cooling trays, is it guilt free, or quality control? Why tiled fermentation tanks are preferred. Quick fire questions: When would he drink an Americano. SL28 or Geisha? African or South American? Federer or Clooney? Flat Read More …

Ep9. Cuth Bland – Learning about QGrade, Ethiopia and…tasting coffee.

What happens when you have had too many brewmances? Before we even start with introductions we get lost in discussion with Cuth, Zane and Warren, we then cover things like: QGrade Cupping coffee Tasting coffee Water Salt in you coffee The Lexicon Le Nez du Café Garden Peas and Cuccumber Terrior and Processing How to get Cuth to drink natural processed coffees How Zane got into coffee Who uses a tire iron with their coffee The ECX floor And much more in the just over 41 minutes of banter.

Ep 6. Phaedon Cape Coffee Beans online coffee

In this podcast we talk with Phaedon who runs CapeCoffeeBeans, an online coffee store. He describes his journey from buying his first burr grinder to purveying the finest roasts in the province. We get his perspective on brew methods, e-commerce, the local specialty scene and what he’d most like to find in his stocking at Christmas. Enjoy. Please rate us on iTunes / Stitcher and send comments. We are giving prizes away to those that do. Notes from a discussion with Phaedon From an entry level coffee burr grinder Phaedon’s love of coffee developed into what we know today as @CapeCoffeeBeans. Read More …

Ep 4. Zane: Barista Competitions – judging and benefits

With the Specialty Coffee Association of South Africa National Barista competition for 2015 about to happen this week and weekend in Durban, Zane talks about his experience with the competition, judging, competing, getting involved, or ignoring it totally. We chat generally about being a Barista (i.e. a person who brews and serves you coffee; and not Barrister’s who you contact when you are served with legal documents), and the competition. There is good info for those attending and watching the live streaming of the competition. Enjoy, with or without a diluted brew (listen further). Please rate us either in iTunes Read More …