We Like It Strong and Hot

    We mean our coffee, naturally.

    French Press
    Café 45140
    With no paper filters to absorb the essential oils, this popular method delivers a deep, dark, full-bodied brew. We recommend this three-way: French press + French roast + French toast at Chefs Tami Whitfield and Joe Kirchmayer’s adorable café along the Loveland Bike Trail. • 123 Railroad Ave., Loveland, (513) 748-5500 

    Vietnamese
    Pho Lang Thang
    Using a custom roast—Saigon Phin Daklak—from their own line (Lang Thang Coffee & Tea Company), grounds are carefully packed into a special filter and set over a cup filled with a tablespoon of sweetened condensed milk. The result is powerful, sweet, and thick. Equally great iced. • 114 W. Elder St., Findlay Market, (513) 376-9177

    Espresso
    Rohs Street Café
    Great espresso starts with great beans; attentive baristas keep it consistent. Espresso Monte Cristo roasted by La Terza Roasterie (in Northside) produces one of the finest shots in the city with notes of chocolate, berry, and hazelnut—and absolutely no bitterness. • 245 W. McMillan St., Clifton, rohsstreetcafe.com

    The Pour Over
    1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab
    A smidge over an ounce (30 grams) of Tazza Mia coffee is suspended in a ceramic funnel placed over a cup; 11.5 ounces (325 grams) of 203-degree water is slowly poured over it by hand for a 12-ounce cup of robust, rich joe. This precision takes time (about five minutes or more per cup) but it’s worth it. • 1215 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 429-5745

    Photograph by Anna Knott

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