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  • World Tour: Turkey

    World Tour: Turkey

    As we continue to look at how different cultures connect over coffee, this week, we’re highlighting another country with a proud and longstanding coffee tradition – Turkey! Coffee was introduced to Turkey in 1555 when it was brought to Istanbul by Syrian traders. Initially known as the “the milk of chess players and thinkers,” coffee quickly spread through much of Turkish society. Coffee became a drink central to political and social interaction, at home and in the countless coffeehouses which sprang up across the country.  Often considered the first of their kind worldwide, these coffeehouses became integral to Turkish social...

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  • At the Intersection of Art, Chemistry, and Rich Design Tradition - the Hario V-60

    At the Intersection of Art, Chemistry, and Rich Design Tradition - the Hario V-60

    Of all the brew styles, the Hario V-60 is a source of constant intrigue and experimentation. The endless variety of materials - classic ceramic, heat proof glass, plastic, and the universally coveted copper - all have their advantages and quirks, and make this brew style fiercely personal. A brief history of Hario - Hario started out exclusively producing home and lab-grade glass materials. After years of research and testing, Hario successfully produced environmentally-friendly heatproof glass, made completely from natural materials. Hario has since pioneered and perfected two of the most iconic brewers in modern coffee lore: the Siphon, and the...

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  • World Tour: Ethiopia

    World Tour: Ethiopia

    At Propeller, we believe that coffee brings people and cultures closer together. Over the next few weeks, we will share a few of our favourite coffee traditions from around the world to highlight the ways in which coffee brings us together as both a local and global coffee community.  We think an appropriate place to start this blog series is in Ethiopia - the commonly agreed to birthplace of coffee. According to Ethiopian legend, a goat herder named Kaldi (or Khalid) discovered coffee when he noticed his goats bouncing around energetically after eating cherries off of a tree. Intrigued by...

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  • Moka Pots on display at Propeller Specialty Coffee Roasters, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    How to Hack your Moka Pot

    (Scroll down to the bottom of this post for our brew guide!)  The Moka Pot, in all of its elegance and sophisticated design, is still shrouded in mystery as a coffee brewing method. In recent years, it has taken a back seat to modern “third wave” style brewers that we’ve come to be spoiled by in our kitchens and favourite cafes. After years of avoiding building up a collection of coffee implements at home, I received a Moka Pot as a gift, and my collection has since spiraled beyond my control. Although not as subtle as modern brew methods, nor...

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