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Transform Your Kitchen Into Your Favorite Cafe With These Coffee-Making Tips

November 26, 2014 1:02 pm

Rather than shelling out $5 for that morning latte, wouldn’t you prefer to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee right from the comfort of your own home? If you don’t think it’s possible to make barista-quality coffee with your own tools, these informative tips will show you how.

Start with great coffee.
You can splurge on high-quality coffee beans and still save money by making it at home. Instead of choosing whichever medium roast is on sale at the supermarket, do a bit of research. Find a local roaster or a supermarket that sells freshly roasted beans. Once you find the perfect batch, purchase only a week’s worth at a time and store it in a sealed container to ensure its freshness.

Use a manual coffeemaker.
Rather than spending big bucks on a high-tech coffeemaker, use a manual French press or pour-over drip brew pot. Not only do these cost less than the fancy alternatives, they also allow you to brew your coffee with precision.

Grind your beans at home.
Instead of using the grocery store grinder, invest in a good burr coffee grinder, which crushes whole beans into uniformly sized pieces. This enables water to run evenly through the grounds and produce a more even cup.

Use a standardized scoop.
Most experts recommend using two tablespoons of coffee per eight-ounce cup, so start with this amount. You can always adjust the amount to fit your unique preferences.

How to Brew Coffee [National Coffee Association]
How to Make Really Good Coffee [Scientific American]
Coffee: The Basics [Coffee FAQ]

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Happy Thanksgiving!

November 26, 2014 12:02 pm

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Crawfish Shack Seafood: Cajun Classics With A Twist

November 19, 2014 1:03 pm

Crawfish Shack Seafood chef and owner Hieu Pham fuses the influences of classic Vietnamese cuisine with those of classic Southern fare to create an inventive menu that's earned a number of fans in Atlanta.

Don’t get us wrong, this isn’t fusion cuisine; the po’ boy would probably pass muster in New Orleans, but the remoulade has a spicy Vietnamese food influence, and the nuoc mia—freshly squeezed sugar cane—is an alternative to sweet tea. The eclectic mix of flavors has won the restaurant a number of local fans!

Check the Crawfish Shack Seafood website for hours, menus, and more information.

Crawfish Shack Seafood
4337 Buford Highway
Atlanta, GA 30341
(404) 329-1610

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