Caffeine Crawl

A Recap of Caffeine Crawl 2017! by Steve Willingham

Yesterday, we got to participate in our second Caffeine Crawl! You can read about last year's crawl here. We had a blast teaching people a couple of aeropress recipes, one for black coffee and one for an "espresso" for an iced honey lavender latte

We wanted to show that making a good coffee is about having simple repeatable routines, even if you aren't ready to spend money on the nicest equipment. With this in mind, we eliminated the scales, fancy kettles, etc. Here's the recipe:

AEROPRESS COFFEE RECIPE

  1. Bring water to a boil and set it aside
  2. Place filter in the filter holder
  3. Screw the filter holder into the aeropress
  4. Pour some hot water through the filter to rinse
  5. Set your aeropress on your favorite mug
  6. Pour 16g (or one heaping scoop) ground coffee into the aeropress
  7. Pour 225g water (or fill between the 3 and 4 markings) into the aeropress
  8. After 1 minute, put the plunger into the aeropress and gently press
  9. Unscrew the filter holder and press the coffee into the trash for easy cleanup
  10. Drink some coffee

To make our espresso-like coffee, we used half the water, filling only to the number two, which allowed us to create a syrupy, concentrated shot that can stand up in milk and balance out the honey lavender syrup for a delicious iced latte. 

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They're so easy to use, and this is only one of a million recipes to make awesome coffee with an aeropress. It can be as easy or as challenging as you'd like. We definitely believe that the more precise you can be, the better and more consistent your coffee will be, so if you're interested in the tools to perfect your recipe, check out our shop.

Thanks to everyone who came out to the Crawl. Can't wait to do it again next year!

Caffeine Crawl by Steve Willingham

Saturday we got to participate in our very first Caffeine Crawl presented by The Lab in Kansas City.  I've personally been a big fan of the event since they started four years ago, and we were all super excited to be a part of it. In all, about a hundred people came to Clarity just to talk coffee with us.

If you've never heard of the Caffeine Crawl, the basic premise is this: you buy a ticket and travel the city with a group to a half dozen coffee and tea shops, receiving caffeine and goodies along the way along with some information about the shop you're visiting. You might be traveling by car if you're visiting some of our friends in Norman or Edmond, or you may be biking if you're just sticking around the city.

Shops that were visited include Gray Owl, Second Wind, Syrup, Cuppies and Joe, Elemental, Junction, Mariposa, t an urban teahouse, Evoke, White Bison, and Compass.

We took the opportunity to introduce four groups of crawlers to Clarity and our brewing philosophy by making everyone a Chemex. We guided them through the brewing process, and what it takes to dial a coffee's extraction into the right taste. We tried an over extracted coffee using very finely ground coffee, an under extracted coffee using coarsely ground coffee, and one that's exactly the way we've been enjoying it here in the shop. The discussion was outstanding, with lots of audience participation and smiling faces.

Afterwards, we all headed over to Coffee Slingers for a party and, because why not, a latte art competition.

For a more thorough recap, check out this post from the Lab.