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Brew Ratios Explained

Brew Ratios Explained

Coffee brewing is a chemically complex process. When coffee beans are ground and combined with water, hundreds of compounds are released and extracted, combining to create a beverage with layers of flavor. Underpinning this complexity is a deceptively simple set of inputs, most notably grind size and brew ratio. Grind size is a fascinating topic which we will dive into in another post soon, but for this post, we’re going to explore coffee brew ratios. Brew ratios are a crucial element of coffee preparation, and today we’re going to focus on what brew ratios are, how they affect the sensory...


Thermoblock vs. Boiler Espresso Machines

Thermoblock vs. Boiler Espresso Machines

When it comes to brewing espresso precision and consistency is key. Once you’ve dialed in the ratios and temperatures that you think best suit your equipment and desired brew method, you want to know that you can keep replicating them.

Among the variables to be controlled for is brewing temp. Too cool and the shot you pull will be weak and underdeveloped, too hot and you risk over-extracting the beans and bringing forward less pleasant notes. Just how well you’ll be able to control your water temperature and the types of drinks you can make comes down to the type of...


Centri Wholesale Program

Centri Wholesale Program

As a coffee roasting company, we operate primarily as wholesalers; that is, we sell the coffee we roast to restaurants, cafes, hotels, and other establishments which want to drink and serve tasty coffee. Because this is such a big part of our business, we thought it might be useful to describe how we view wholesaling at Centri. This post will describe our philosophy on wholesale, the services we are able to provide, as well as our ongoing approach to serving and supporting our wholesale partners. Our hope is that in digging into wholesale, we can provide insight into our business...


Mistobox Partnership Announcement

Mistobox Partnership Announcement

We’ve got exciting news and we can’t hold back any longer. As of mid-October, we are now on MistoBox! Some of you might remember the subscription coffee company from their 2013 appearance on NBC’s Shark Tank where Mark Cuban became an investor. Since then, they’ve grown into one of the premier choices for specialty coffee-lovers looking for a steady supply of high-quality beans.

MistoBox started with its co-founders, Samantha Meis and Connor Riley, meeting while studying abroad in Barcelona. The two then conceived the idea for the company as part of a school project at the University of Arizona. A...


Third Wave Coffee

Third Wave Coffee

Third Wave Coffee, know it or not, it’s a movement that’s responsible for why you’re using some of your perfectly good time reading a coffee blog and it’s likely responsible for producing your favorite coffee. But, before we spoil the fun by telling you what it is, let’s delve a bit into the two waves that proceeded it and what makes the Third Wave so special.

First wave coffee is started in the mid-1800’s and continued up until the 1960’s. It was an era marked by preground coffee brewed in batches using a drip percolation method. Mass-market brands such as...