• 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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