Top Brew

Welcome to the online home of Top Brew, hosted by Joe Darnell and Eric Rauch.

In their weekly coffee discussion, Eric Rauch and Joe Darnell plunge into the depths of the world’s favorite bevereage. It’s all about recipes and brewing techniques, roasting beans to perfection, counter culture, and the fun we have together over a hot cup of joe.

Welcome to the online home of Top Brew, hosted by Joe Darnell and Eric Rauch.

In their weekly coffee discussion, Eric Rauch and Joe Darnell plunge into the depths of the world’s favorite bevereage. It’s all about recipes and brewing techniques, roasting beans to perfection, counter culture, and the fun we have together over a hot cup of joe.

Syringe for Elephants
Ep. 66 May. 27 33m 34s

Joe and Eric discuss Joe’s visit at Counter Culture Coffee of Atlanta, and what a coffee tasting is like. Afterwards, they talk about the influence their coffee tastes have made on their peers; how friends and coworkers responded to craft coffee.

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Part of a Balanced Breakfast
Ep. 64 May. 13 30m 06s

Eric and Joe discuss JAB Holding Company taking ownership of Krispy Kreme, what a ‘balanced breakfast’ consists of, and review Joe’s new Baratza Encore conical burr grinder. How does it compare to the popular Bodum Bistro he used for the last two years? What does Eric think of the Baratza Virtuoso? Listen and find out.

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Ripe for the Hobbyists
Ep. 63 Apr. 28 35m 01s

Steve Agocs turned coffee into a delicious hobby. At KCCoffeeGeek.com, he reviews many of the latest specialty coffees. Steve shares his brewing ritual, describes his tools, and sheds light on his approach to the world’s favorite beverage.

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Add Its Voice to the Symphony
Ep. 62 Apr. 15 31m 24s

This week on the show, Eric and I discuss ‘The South - Home of Many a Great Soft Drink Company’. We also talked about white vs. green tea and taste test Counter Culture Coffee’s specialty grade Justina Ramos Bolivian coffee. Also, we want to give a huge shout out to Condesa Coffee. Thanks for the great coffeehouse experience!

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In this episode, we discuss why coffee sometimes upsets your stomach and what you can do to prevent it. Afterward, we review all-American gas station coffee from the local RaceTrac (which might upset your stomach for altogether different reasons.

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Hidden Meaning in Every Mug
Ep. 60 Mar. 16 44m 20s

Joe is joined by our special guest, Aaron Dowd, known as ‘The Podcast Dude’ of the Seanwes Network. Aaron recently adopted the AeroPress, but it’s probably not what you're thinking. He uses a blender for mixing in butter and milk, 8 O'Clock coffee beans, and drinks 5+ cups a day. We debate low-cost beans, French press versus AeroPress, additives that can make you crash, the dangers of cold brew and much more.

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Coffee and Computers
Ep. 59 Mar. 9 38m 15s

What's lost on a generation that grows up with Keurig coffee? How do Starbucks professionals perform cupping at headquarters? What's in a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee?

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What Happens in Oz
Ep. 58 Mar. 2 40m 55s

The guys go back to first things: their very own brewing rituals. Joe likes AeroPress, Eric likes Hario V60. And between the two, there’s a dozen other tools they use to perfect their handmade beverages each day. Learn all about their fussy — and sometimes not-so fussy — coffee setups.

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Pursue Your Coffee Passion
Ep. 57 Feb. 24 28m 40s

Eric and Joe discuss Eric’s huge career change, discovering your coffee passion later in life, Eric’s new 1,000 lb. coffee roaster, and where to setup a roasting facility.

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Invited to the Wedding
Ep. 56 Feb. 17 30m 36s

Joe welcomes our special guest, JT Manning from Moscow, Idaho, a former Starbucks’ barista. JT shares details about work life behind the counter, learning about craft coffee, the makeup of his home brewing ritual, and his general opinion of the Starbucks’ barista work experience.

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