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Staff Picks: New Year, New Brew

Mix it up in the new year — starting with your coffee routine.

by Kayla Baird | January 04, 2022

We love discovering new coffees at home as much as you do! So, we’re letting you in on Team Trade’s current favorites with our weekly series, Staff Picks.

The new year is a time to refresh. With a daily routine like coffee, that could be trying a new brew method or even a technique within that method to bring out better, or different, results.

These are my favorite brewers, how I use them, and some of the delicious coffees I’m pairing with them this year.

Origami Dripper + Passenger Montecarlos Pacamara

I can’t say enough good things about my Origami dripper, or Passenger Coffee's Pacamara from El Salvador. It’s deep candy bar sweetness really shines through when brewing with the Origami, while having a soft and silky body.

Ingredients:

  • 16 grams coffee
  • 240 grams water

Intructions:

  1. In the first 30 seconds, pour 30 grams of water
  2. At :30, pour up to 140 grams water by 1:00
  3. At 1:15, pour up to 240 grams water by 1:45
  4. Brew should finish at 2:00

Brewing tip: Use a Kalita Wave filter to enhance sweetness.

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Passenger Montecarlos Pacamara ($32.10)

AeroPress + Steady State Gore Kone

Steady State has got to be one of my favorite new roasters on the platform, and their Gore Kone is a standout – and I’ve been privileged enough to try some really tasty coffees. Gore Kone is peachy sweet with a hint of lime zest and fresh floral aromas.

I find the Aeropress highlights different aspects of this coffee, depending on how I choose to brew it.

Trade's AeroPress Recipe

Brewing tip: Use a Fellow Prismo instead of a traditional Aeropress filter for a cleaner, more dynamic cup.

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Steady State Gore Kone ($22.95)

Kalita Wave + Caffe Vita Costa Rica La Esperanza

Caffe Vita does a great job of balancing this coffee's deep caramel-like sweetness with refreshing citrus and delicate apple notes. It's super complex and expressive, yet very approachable! My favorite way to drink this coffee has been with a Kalita wave, which is one of the most versatile brew methods out there.

Ingredients:

  • 25 grams coffee
  • 400 grams water

Instructions:

  1. Quickly pour 60 grams of water
  2. At :30, pour up to 200 grams water by 1:00
  3. At 1:15, pour up to 300 grams water by 2:00
  4. At 2:15 pour up to 400 grams water by 3:00
  5. Brew should finish by 3:30

Brewing tip: Brew this coffee slightly coarser to make the key lime acidity pop!

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Caffe Vita Costa Rica La Esperanza($23.55)

Moka Pot + Common Voice Perennial Decaf

I’ll admit – I have a giant Moka Pot that I’ve never used and a bag of pre-ground decaf that I was experimenting with. It happened to be ground perfectly for use in a Moka pot and has been such a nice pick me up in the evenings when it gets a little darker, and I want coffee, but don’t want the extra caffeine.

The Moka Pot is a perfect way to enjoy this coffee from Common Voice, bringing out a gentle lemon acidity, milk chocolate, and honey notes, all wrapped up in a dense and creamy body.

Trade's Moka Pot Recipe

Brewing tip: Add hot water in the lower chamber to lessen the boiling time and chances of overextraction.

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Common Voice Perennial Decaf ($19.45)