For coffee lovers only | A Couple Cooks Podcast Episode 16

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Coffee fanatics unite! This episode is dedicated especially to that enchanting morning elixir. We demonstrate our best quick-and-easy coffee-making method on the air, and share a favorite coffee-centric dessert. Plus, a visit to indie Indy coffee roaster couple Blue Mind Roasters and a special giveaway.


How to Make Coffee with an Aeropress


Toasted almond mocha affogato

Mocha almond fudge vegan ice cream

Peppermint ice cream and hot chocolate affogato


Local craft coffee at Blue Mind Roasting

The inspiration for the business name? Alexi Murdoch’s song: Blue Mind.


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    April 13, 2016 at 9:17 am

    Wonderful article and interesting tips on coffee making…Thanks a bunch

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    Doug Fellegy
    April 13, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Yes! Love your ideas here!

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    Nina at
    April 13, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Can’t wait to try an Aeropress! Seems like a great Mothers Day gift!!!

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    April 13, 2016 at 9:49 am

    On Sundays I wake up early before my kids and enjoy a hot cup of coffee…usually while reading blogs!

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    Rachael Mathews
    April 13, 2016 at 10:04 am

    One of my most memorable coffee experiences was a cup of espresso outside, at a cafe across the street from our hotel, when my husband and I were visiting Prague. It was a cool (but not cold) morning, and the coffee was the definition of perfection – bold, smooth, aromatic, and comforting. Been trying to recreate it ever since!

    Very curious about the aeropress! Love dabbling in different brewing methods! Great post!

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    Joe Shoemaker
    April 13, 2016 at 10:09 am

    From one coffee snob to another…great work! I need to have you to my place for a cup…or three. ;)

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    Laura Sessions
    April 13, 2016 at 10:28 am

    I am looking forward to trying an aero press! I love coffee and look forward to this new method. I have a cup every morning while it’s quiet in my home before my kids wake up! One of my favorite parts of the day!

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    Brittany | Words Like Honeycomb
    April 13, 2016 at 10:36 am

    I am used to the French press, so I would definitely love to try the aero press…it looks fun to use :)

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    Maisie Greene
    April 13, 2016 at 10:45 am

    That was great. We’ve been trying to master our coffee game for a while. I’m really interested in trying this. If heard of them and been eyeing one for awhile.
    My best coffee experience was going home from college and I sat out early one morning with my mom on her back yard looking at the garden and drinking a cup from the French press she had just made and feeling so happy to be home and in her presence.

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    April 13, 2016 at 11:03 am

    I love the idea of trying new ways to drink coffee! Thanks for the opportunity!

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    Kristin Roberts
    April 13, 2016 at 11:09 am

    Nice job! I am fascinated and looking forward to stepping up my coffee game. I would love to to try the aero press!

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    April 13, 2016 at 11:10 am

    Love hearing about other coffee drinkers’ routines!

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    April 13, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Love the slow process of making coffee in the Chemex. So nice.

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    April 13, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Great episode! Lots of inspiration for a fellow blossoming coffee snob and it was interesting to learn about the aeropress!

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    Eileen Dagenhart
    April 13, 2016 at 11:45 am

    My morning begins around 7:30 am eastern time. Can’t wait for my organic coffee dark roast 2 cups then at 3pm usually decaf . Love the down time to sip and read my fb pages. Thanks for all the great info I gleaned .

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    April 13, 2016 at 11:57 am

    Enjoyed the podcast, guys. It was nice to actually hear your voices. It will add another dimension to your blog posts for me. Now I will actually HEAR you when I read. Gives me a better feel for who you are. Cool.

    Not sure what my “best” coffee experience has been, but it was a great pleasure for me to find a little, cozy coffee shop -called Panacea – tucked away in a small mountain town (Waynesville, North Carolina) that roasts their own beans in small batches, much like Blue Mind. I stumbled in one day, drawn by the smell of roasting coffee, and it immediately became “home base” for me to do my morning coffee and journal ritual. I even felt so at-home there that I eventually began to bring some of my creative work and set up at a table on the patio during slow hours. And…..MMMM, that dark roast coffee, with just a splash of half and half, to take the edge off and add richness to the smoky tones…MMMM!

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    April 13, 2016 at 12:12 pm

    I’ve had some great coffee experiences, but my first affogato experience was within the past year and it was AMAZING. Ice cream + espresso = Yes.

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    April 13, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    To me, coffee is one of the greatest pleasures on Earth. Probably my most memorable experience was when I went to New Orleans and made a trip to Cafe Du Monde. There I had cafe au lait with beignets, and it was divine.

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    April 13, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    My New Year’s resolution was to up my coffee game. Thanks for the informative episode!

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    April 13, 2016 at 2:08 pm

    My favorite coffee experience is roasting a small batch and brewing in my French Press Pot. Amazing!!!

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    Chris Whonsetler
    April 13, 2016 at 3:07 pm

    Thanks for sharing your experiences with coffee, my fav is also Guatemalan (Ethiopian is a very close second)! My best experience was traveling down to central Guatemala and drinking freshly grown/roasted coffee straight from a friends farm :)

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    Elise Gahan
    April 13, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    The best cup of coffee I think I have had was in Chicago at Bow Truss. So smooth and delicious!! I live in Bloomington and LOVE Hopscotch here too!

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    Sara @ Cake Over Steak
    April 13, 2016 at 3:25 pm

    Loved this ep! I think my uncle kind of got me hooked on coffee (or I should say espresso, actually) when I was kind of young by ordering me a cappuccino at his local coffee shop. I got hooked on espresso as soon as I stepped foot in Rome in college, because drinking an espresso was the first thing I did. I’m still not a black coffee drinker, but I’m fascinated by all of this third wave coffee stuff.

    Question – which hand grinder do you guys use?

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    April 13, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    My favorite coffee experience is a cold coffee concentrate made by New Orleans Coffee Company called CoolBrew. It’s absolutely delicious and it’s so hot in New Orleans I can’t drink hot coffee during the summer without almost melting. I think the experience of sitting at Café Du Monde, drinking coffee, and eating beignets is a quintessential New Orleans experience, but I don’t actually care for their coffee.

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    April 13, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I was never into coffee until I went to Ethiopia last year and was introduced to how wonderful it can taste, especially when the beans are roasted and ground right in front of you. Ever since then, I have been on a quest to find something that comes close to what I had over there, but without much luck. Would love to see how the Aeropress measures up!!

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    April 13, 2016 at 6:03 pm

    My best coffee experience was when I tride french press for the first time. My mind was blown!

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    Janet T
    April 13, 2016 at 7:04 pm

    I feel my best coffee moment is starting each and every new day with a cup,

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    April 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm

    My favorite coffee moment was the first time I really nailed a roast on my moddified popcorn popper. It had lovely body, a blueberry aroma, with a great dark chocolate finish. I love this little bean.

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    Barbara McCrary
    April 13, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Love visiting NY and finding a quaint little coffee shop. Nothing beats it!

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    Emma Blanche
    April 13, 2016 at 11:49 pm

    One of my favorite coffee experiences was trying Turkish coffee for the first time! Trying coffee roasts and techniques from all over the world is a joy.

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    April 14, 2016 at 9:05 am

    A really good cup of coffee is like a warm hug….(written as I drink my new favorite which is a spoonful of Coconut Coffee (CAcafe) and a little half and half to French Roast.) I need to try the Aeropress!!

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    Joanna Grabarek
    April 14, 2016 at 9:41 am

    Enjoying a cup of coffee on the front porch (morning or evening) is my favorite! Oh, and Sumatra from AG Coffeehouse :)

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    April 14, 2016 at 11:57 am

    For me, anytime the Chicago weather is warm, meeting up with a friend for coffee and sitting outside is the best thing. Also the donut shops here all have great coffee like Dark Matter or Heritage – can’t beat it.

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    Caitlin R
    April 14, 2016 at 6:45 pm

    My favorite coffee moment is every weekend when I can slowly enjoy my brew, instead of gulping it as I do during the work week. I would love to have an aeropress!!

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    manda overturf
    April 14, 2016 at 8:00 pm

    Many of my first dates with my hubby were at coffee shops.

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    April 14, 2016 at 10:32 pm

    We’re French press people as a rule. But I love pour over! We are big fans of small batch roasted coffee and we try a lot of different roasts. There is even a good roasting community in Toledo, Ohio. This is a great podcast! I love it!! yayy third wave coffee like fine wine!

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    April 15, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    Like you, the best coffee I ever had was in Europe, Belgium specifically. Probably because I was used to drinking drip coffee and over there when I ordered a coffee they’d serve up an Americano. And nobody takes it to go.

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    April 15, 2016 at 9:29 pm

    My best coffee experience was many years ago when at a buffet in Atlantic City. They had the most delicious coffee I had ever had before (or since then). I don’t know what brand it was or how it was brewed, but it was just really good.

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    Andrew Minion
    April 15, 2016 at 9:31 pm

    My best coffee experience: a friend gave me some solar-roasted coffee—slow and low temperature. That made the best cup of coffee I’ve ever had.

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    April 18, 2016 at 12:19 am

    Coffee is so comforting in the morning. It reminds me of the precious time I had at home with my mom before anyone else was awake. It felt as if we shared something special. It still is the best coffee to me whenever I visit her.

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    Natalia M
    April 18, 2016 at 10:42 am

    It’s really hard for me to pick one great coffee experience, because simply I can’t live without my coffee. I do make sure that everyday I is a good coffee experience, my everyday starts with a pour over, it’s my daily ritual. Coffee is one of those things that I can’t imagine cutting out, and the only thing I always justify splurging on. I’m lucky that one of the best coffee roasters in the country is right in my city, Madcap Coffee in Grand Rapids. Each unique coffee variety is roasted to perfection that brings out the unique flavors, no two coffees are alike. What makes it even better is that it’s sourced directly from farmers, who are paid well for their hard work, so I feel even better knowing that I’m supporting some hard workers. The odd time I enjoy going out on a coffee date with my husband, but most of the time I look forward to brewing my own cup every morning (or two in a chemex.) My husband and I now both have grinders, tea kettles, and pour overs in our offices, to make sure we have great coffee experience everyday. I have yet to try an aeropress, maybe that’s what will change my life forever. Who knows.

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    April 19, 2016 at 10:21 am

    My little brother gave my a Chemex for Christmas years ago, and I love that I think of him every time I use it. It’s a part of my coffee ritual that reminds me to be grateful!

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    April 19, 2016 at 4:31 pm

    I love starting the morning with coffee. We have two little ones and no matter how tired I am, I make a point of getting up early before they wake up so I can savor a cup of coffee in quietness. It is a wonderful way to start the day!

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    Robert Pope
    April 20, 2016 at 1:32 am

    Wonderful Podcast, I think I will become regular listener!

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    April 21, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Were a military family and coffee is a staple in our house – loved the podcast and would love to give the aeropress a try!

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    April 21, 2016 at 11:37 am

    My most memorable coffee experience is when my brother got his hands on his first espresso machine and we put together a soy latte. It wasn’t good (AT ALL haha), but we worked so hard on it. spilled a ton, did not know how to work the grinder, but most importantly, had so much fun!

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    M Bustillo
    April 21, 2016 at 11:42 am

    Can’t beat home made cold brew on summer mornings before heading to lab (I’m a grad student) – so easy to roll out of bed and pour a mason jar full :)

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    April 21, 2016 at 11:43 am

    My most memorable coffee experience was this past fall when I visited Lassen National Park in California with some friends. We sleepily stumbled outside of our tent to discover the most incredible view of the mountains. There was nothing better than a steaming mug of camp coffee to make that morning even more amazing.

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    April 21, 2016 at 11:45 am

    I love a good almond latte with a little vanilla. Can’t beat that to start the day each morning

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    April 21, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    My best coffee experience had to be at this little cafe in Baltimore. It was so good, and so unassuming. Living in San Francisco, there’s a lot of hype behind coffee shops, but none have been as good as that little cafe.

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    Molly Herbolsheimer
    April 21, 2016 at 12:45 pm

    My favorite coffee moment happens every Thursday morning during Donut Day. Each Thursday my kids and I pick out donuts and sharing them with friends while drinking coffee together and talking about life and chasing toddlers with frosting covered faces.

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    April 21, 2016 at 1:29 pm

    My best experience was just walking in San Francisco and randomly finding a little coffee shop.

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    Rebecca Nudelman
    April 21, 2016 at 4:50 pm

    My best coffee experience was walking into my friend’s roasting shop near a university track in Tamsui, Taiwan. Gary, the owner, has lived in the apartments above the shop since 1976 and after breaking his finger caused him to step away from his job as a surgeon in the ER, he developed a deep love for coffee. Him and his wife invested a lot of their savings into the highest quality imported raw beans, roasters and espresso machines around the world and he does everything himself by hand in the shop. Their place is a place to sit around and drink pourovers together and the only cost for the coffee is good conversation. They are hat passionate about sharing good coffee with the community. So not only is the coffee the best quality roasted coffee in the area, but the company and conversation is always passionate and welcoming. Coffee is meant to be savored and shared!!

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    April 22, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    My best coffee experience was learning how to drink coffee while studying abroad in Madrid. Since then, I have been trying to find coffee to match that feeling I got every time I got a cup while there. Any suggestions?

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    April 23, 2016 at 11:40 am

    Because of you and your podcast, I now own an AeroPress. I recently needed to eliminate caffeine from my diet and I needed a separate coffee making system from my caffeine consuming husband. I had bought a very simple system, but the end result was not ideal. Walking down the coffee aisle at our local food co op, I saw the AeroPress. Sold. I love your podcasts and the recent, “coffee lovers only”, was perfect timing.
    I made my very first cup this morning. The directions in the box were a bit confusing, so I went back to the podcast and show notes for some expert advice. Wala, perfect cup of coffee. Thanks!

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