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I’ve had a head full of coffee the last few weeks. As I learned in Cartel’s Seed to Cup classes, you don’t need a lot of money to learn how to brew a good cup. I’ve invested in a grinder and French press. From there, it’s practice and learning technique. For pointers, the baristas left us with a list of free and inexpensive resources. Here’s a short list of recommendations from Cartel’s barista extrodinaire, Jen, to get started.

Online Guides are Free.
Try guides from micro-roasteries like Stumptown Coffee, Ritual Roasters, Barismo, and Counter Culture Coffee.

Connect with Experts on their Blogs
Verve Coffee Roasters has a blog that has good information mixed with an unfiltered character. James Hoffman is a renown barista who discusses techniques, trends and events. He is currently on hiatus, but there is plenty of info in his older posts.

There’s an App for That
Download the Intelligentsia Coffee app for the iPhone for a convenient way to get tips while you brew.

Join the Club

If you’ve really got the coffee bug, become a member of the Specialty Coffee Association of America. You’ll get resources and discounts on events around the country.

Also, some video from the class to enjoy while you sip your coffee.

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  1. I love coffee from a French Press. That, espresso and the pour-over are my favorites.