February 9, 2018

What Is Coffee? The 5 Faces of Our Favourite Drink

Coffee: it’s an intrinsic part of our world. For many people, it starts their day. It appears at business meetings and lunch breaks, first dates...

January 22, 2018

Coffee Wars: Should You Drink Instant or Whole Bean?

Almost 50% of the world’s population prefers instant coffee to fresh, according to a 2014 Euromonitor report – and our love for soluble coffee is...

January 16, 2018

Coffee Quality & M.A.S.L.: How Important Is Elevation REALLY?

Pick up any bag of artisanally roasted specialty coffee and have a look at the label. You’ll notice it tells you a few things: the...

January 10, 2018

The Latte Levy: Ludicrous or Long Overdue?

2.5 billion disposable cups are used every year in the UK – and that’s the conservative estimate. Of these, less than 1% are recycled. Enter...

November 3, 2017

A Home Roaster’s Dictionary, From First Crack to Silverskin

Few things are better than sipping on a delicious coffee that you roasted yourself. Becoming a home roaster allows you to explore the different types...

November 1, 2017

Puerto Rico’s Coffee Industry: 6 Weeks On From Maria

It is now six weeks since Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, and even though the newspapers headlines have mostly moved on, the island will continue...

October 25, 2017

A History of Chocolate Consumption Around The World

Chocolate hasn’t always been a sweet treat: over the past few millennia, it’s been a bitter brew, a spiced sacrificial drink, and a symbol of...

October 20, 2017

Dealing With Sexual Harassment & Assault in Coffee Shops

As our social media feeds fill up with women saying “me too”, as numerous celebrities are accused of sexual harassment and assault, and as the...

October 18, 2017

Café Recruitment: The Personality Traits of a Good Barista

A barista’s technical skills, from grinder calibration to recipe manipulation, are of critical importance – but we all know there’s more to being a barista...

September 27, 2017

Barista Hustle Milk Jug Should Improve Your Latte Art Symmetry

Fed up of pouring asymmetrical latte art, no matter how hard you focus? According to Barista Hustle, the problem isn’t you, it’s your milk jug...

September 11, 2017

Brazil International Coffee Week (SIC) Highlights Diversity of Brazil’s Coffees

There are few countries with more impact on the international coffee scene than Brazil, the world’s largest producer and exporter. And while it has a...

September 5, 2017

VOOM Smart Scale Aims to Make Extraction Easier for Home Baristas

Making great coffee requires two things: good dry coffee – by which we mean freshly and evenly ground, freshly roasted, high-quality beans – and good...

September 4, 2017

A Beginner’s Guide to Cacao & Chocolate Flavour Profiles

Eating fine chocolate is far more than a simple indulgence. It’s a complex sensory experience, filled with diverse tastes, aromas, and textures. From delicate floral...

September 1, 2017

Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood: The Coffee Dictionary – An Extract

Part of coffee’s beauty lies in its complexity. From the intricacies of coffee processing to the precise parameters of brewing, there are numerous details that...

August 30, 2017

Speakers Announced for Micro Coffee Festival: Brazil

It’s just a few weeks until the Perfect Daily Grind Micro Coffee Festival: Brazil, and we’re thrilled to announce our line-up of world-renowned speakers. Presenters...

August 25, 2017

The seven barista techniques you need to master

A great barista is a skilled technician: someone who understands the science of coffee-making, knows how to use multiple brewing devices and machines, and can...