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The 5 Essentials for Every Coffee Enthusiast

Congratulations! If you are here it is likely because you have finally decided to elevate your coffee game. Coffee is a huge part of your life, whether you wake up to a warm cup or enjoy some over a conversation with a friend. Whatever your relationship with coffee may be, you are certainly embarking on a worthwhile journey. When you can make a deeper connection with your coffee, you are bound to get more than just a caffeine rush, and instead, you are opening yourself up to a one of a kind experience that you created for yourself!

Now we certainly understand that creating these one of a kind experiences isn’t always easy. There’s a lot that goes into making a great cup of coffee. From finding consciously sourced, specialty beans to discovering the perfect in-home brewing set-up, we understand that it isn’t always intuitive. Lucky for you, we have put together a list of the top 5 things you need to get started on your way to beautiful mornings!!

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French Press

French pressed coffee is perhaps the easiest, oldest and most enjoyable ways to brew coffee manually. We especially love this method because the outcome is a heavy, dense and bold cup of coffee, that is comforting and easy to enjoy. With a brew time of around 4 minutes, it is convenient to use every day, in-fact it is probably quicker than waiting for an entire pot to brew in a drip coffee maker, not to mention that you are getting a much better extraction of the coffee bean. If that wasn’t enough, the beautiful and traditional design is the perfect accent piece your kitchen needs!!

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Burr Grinder

Getting the perfect grind size can be a challenge. A lot of store bought coffees come grinded or give you the option to grind in-store but ideally you want to grind your beans on a daily basis. This is because once the bean is grinded, it is exposed to oxygen and immediately starts to lose its flavor and aroma. A manual burr grinder is the perfect solution. Small enough to fit in any kitchen and affordable enough to fit any budget, a manual burr grinder is the easiest way to make the biggest return on investment when it comes to your coffee setup!

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Weigh Scale

When it comes to crafting the perfect cup of coffee, the devil is certainly in the details. No matter the brewing method you choose, you will absolutely benefit from a scale/timer. Having a good scale will allow you to be more precise with your coffee to water ratio and the built in timer will make sure you are not over extracting your cup. Some people like to approximate their measurements, and that's fine too, but if you are looking for consistency and repeatability, a scale/timer is an absolute must!!

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That perfect mug

Nothing makes your coffee experience better than that perfect mug! Mugs come in all shapes and sizes but we have a few favorites that we love. Double-walled, glass mugs are great because they’re transparent, which means you can enjoy the beautiful coffee color as you sip. In addition, these mugs are insulated, keeping your coffee warmer for longer. Investing in a set of premium mugs will really set your coffee game apart.

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Specialty Coffee

Last and most important is finding the perfect coffee beans!! Some people spend years before they can find beans that they enjoy. At Virtuous Coffee, we are passionate about making the world’s best coffee more accessible. We work closely with coffee importers to identify the best specialty coffees. It is important to us that you find an origin that you enjoy, so we make it easy for you by classifying our offerings into three regions: Central Americas, South Americas, and East Africas. All of our beans are craft roasted, which means each batch is purposefully roasted to highlight the most interesting flavors in the beans. We encourage you to taste the world through coffee. Get started with Virtuous Coffee for as little as $7!!