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How We Really Drink Our Coffee - Brewing Secrets Revealed with Chris Deferio of Keys to the Shop

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In this episode Kenneth sits down with Chris Deferio, coffee consultant and host of the popular Keys To The Shop Podcast to reveal a few brewing secrets and share their go-to drinks. 
This episode is packed with tips and tricks coffee geeks and beginners alike will love. They also explain how to enjoy the best coffee while traveling.  


  • Being able to make exactly the kind of coffee you like is a wonderful way to start the day. You are 100% in control before the events of the day overtake you. 
  • Grind your coffee the night before, you won't wake anyone up and it'll still taste great. 
  • Pay attention to how the filter sits in the brewer throughout the brew process. Chris explains how to stop it sticking to the bottom of the brewer. 
  • Using natural products that have been sustainably sourced produces good results. 
  • You don't need expensive equipment to brew well, but it is worth investing in those items that you find improves your results. 
  • Don´t be a coffee snob. Explore. If it is bad, it will make you appreciate good coffee even more.   

‘For my go-to espresso, I do about 18 grams, and it's almost a one for one shot. ´
‘You're going to probably make that coffee better on average yourself more often than a barista will.’
‘You just want that cup of coffee to touch your soul.’   

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At Umble Coffee, we only roast specialty-grade arabica coffee from around the world with cupping scores 84 and above. Don’t sabotage yourself in pursuing your goals - drink coffee that tastes better and is better for you. No crash, great taste, and better long-term health benefits. That’s Umble Coffee. 

As a coffee lover, physician, chemical engineer, serial entrepreneur, competitive runner, writer, and family man, Kenneth knows what it’s like to push yourself to achieve goals very few accomplish. He’s one of the best specialty coffee roasters in the United States as he’s a multi-year US Coffee Roasters’ Competition Finalist. He created Umble Coffee Co with the belief that, if sourced and roasted right, coffee can taste phenomenal and be good for you. 

“Life’s too short to drink bad coffee.” 

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