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How to Use a Chemex

The Chemex coffeemaker makes it easy to brew great tasting pour over coffee at home. When paired with our Charleston Coffee Roasters coffee, the Chemex produces coffee that is smooth, clean, flavorful, and never bitter. Surprisingly, the Chemex coffeemaker has been around since 1941. Invented by Dr. Peter Schlumbohm PhD, the design has changed little […]

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Espresso Porter Glazed Pork Ribs

Our roasting facility for a long time was in the same building as the Palmetto Brewery in downtown Charleston. So it was a natural fit for us to team up to create a special beer featuring our coffee. After trying several roasts and different coffee beans, we settled on a Porter style beer that uses an Espresso […]

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Differences Between Single-Origin and Blends

At Charleston Coffee Roasters, we slowly roast all our coffees to order. We start with Specialty Grade Arabica beans (we never use robusta), which are carefully selected from farms around the globe. These farms maintain traditional, sustainable growing practices. We then hand roast slowly, in small batches (learn more about our roasting process here). Each […]

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How to Make Cold Brew Coffee at Home

One of the hottest trends in coffee right now is Cold Brew Coffee. Surely you have been seeing a lot more of it in coffee shops and in the refrigerator case of your local grocery store lately. But have you wondered what it is, and how it differs from your typical iced coffee? Here at […]

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Decoding Coffee Labels

If you have ever read a bag of coffee closely, you will see many different symbols, terms, and certifications printed all over it. As a consumer, it is hard to know what they all mean, and why they matter when you are buying coffee. At Charleston Coffee Roasters, we take all of these certifications and […]

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Coffee Facts from A-Z

Are you as obsessed with coffee as we are? How well do you know your coffee knowledge? Test yourself with our coffee facts from A-Z! AA Capital letters usually indicate the grade, or size of a bean, ie. Kenya AA. AA is Kenya’s highest grade involving large beans and a limit on the number of […]

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Honey Bourbon Coffee Cocktail

French press coffee has become quite a popular brewing method (learn how to do it here). It lends itself to a cup of coffee that is bold and thick in flavor, but smooth in taste. Innovative cocktail masters are now taking that same press technique, and applying it to craft cocktails. The layering and infusing […]

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How to Prepare the Best Tasting Cup of Coffee

Are you always in search of the perfect cup of coffee? Do you obsess over every detail related to your coffee: from buying the best beans, to taking the utmost care in its preparation, and even to how you store your coffee? So do we. At Charleston Coffee Roasters, our mission is to deliver the […]

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The Story Behind the Sea Turtle Logo

Every summer on the beaches of South Carolina, the home of Charleston Coffee Roasters, the loggerhead turtles return to nest year after year. It is a much-loved tradition, with scores of volunteers walking the beaches morning and night searching for nests of turtle eggs. Once a nest is found, it is secured so that they […]

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From the Bean to Your Cup

Coffee grows best in remote parts of the tropics, between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Tropic of Cancer. The ideal microclimate for coffee is volcanic soil at frost-free altitudes of 4,000–6,000 feet with moderate rainfall and plenty of sunshine. The coffee tree produces green cherries, which turn bright red as they ripen over a […]

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Coffee Balsamic Vinaigrette

Our coffees are not just for drinking alongside your favorite foods. The rich flavors that you experience when you taste coffee also make it an excellent ingredient to use in your cooking as well! This Coffee Balsamic Vinaigrette recipe is a great example of how coffee can add complexity and depth to something so simple […]

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Mexican Coffee Chocolate Avocado Mousse

Looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, but want a dessert that is pretty much guilt-free? Coffee chocolate avocado mousse is the answer! To give this dessert a decidedly south of the border taste, we used dark Mexican style chocolate paired with our organic Mexican single origin dark roast coffee. Mexican chocolate typically has a spicy […]

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Know Your Beans, Know Your Roast

Roasting is an art! Each type of coffee bean reaches its optimum flavor at a particular stage in the roasting process. The different size, shape, color and density of each type requires a specific application of heat and timing to unleash the full potential of a bean’s flavor. It’s the difference between a chef cooking […]

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How to Use a French Press

The French Press is one of the easiest methods to make great tasting coffee at home, and one of the least expensive in terms of equipment needed. You can brew a little or a lot at a time, and the process itself is very forgiving. For these reasons, we are big fans of the French […]

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Swiss Water Process of Decaffeination

We get it. Sometimes you want a great tasting cup of coffee, just minus the caffeine. Didn’t we say that we were obsessed with coffee? Well, we are proud to sell the best quality decaffeinated coffee available, using the SWISS WATER® Process. WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? The SWISS WATER Process is a 100% chemical free […]

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How to Grind Coffee

You obsess over every detail related to your coffee: from buying the best beans, to storing them properly, to even using filtered water at just the right temperature when brewing. But did you know that how you grind your coffee beans can be one of the most important steps when brewing? It’s not only important […]

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Sweet Potato Pecan Pancakes with Coffee Maple Syrup

Plain ol’ pancakes take on a decidedly Southern twist with the addition of sweet potato puree and chopped pecans added to the pancake batter. The sweet potato helps keep the pancakes moist and fluffy, and the pecans add a crunch to every bite. But why stop there? You know pancakes taste great with coffee, but […]

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Roasting Q & A with Chief Roaster Lowell Grosse

You could say that we are obsessed with coffee, and you’d be right! In order to produce the best cup of coffee, you have to start with the best beans. Then you have to carefully roast them to bring out their intrinsic flavor. At Charleston Coffee Roasters, we select the world’s best coffees and then […]

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Brief History of Coffee

The history of coffee is as rich as the brew itself! The first coffee plants are said to have come from the Horn of Africa on the shores of the Red Sea. Originally, coffee beans were taken as a food and not as a beverage. East African tribes would grind the coffee cherries together, mixing the […]

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