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Recent Articles

July 26, 2021

Looking out for barista wellbeing after Covid-19

Across the coffee supply chain, there are certain actors which are more vulnerable to instability in the industry. While there is rightly a focus on coffee producers, at the consuming end of the supply chain, the barista job role can also be highly susceptible to uncertainty and insecurity. For some, the Covid-19 pandemic has exacerbated this issue, leading to financial uncertainty. It has also been difficult for those who have… read more

Across the coffee supply chain, there are certain actors which are more vulnerable to instability in the industry. While there is rightly a focus on coffee producers, at the consuming end of the supply chain, the barista job role can… read more

July 26, 2021

Looking out for barista wellbeing after Covid-19

Across the coffee supply chain, there are certain actors which are more vulnerable to instability in the industry. While there is rightly a focus on...

November 24, 2021

Cleaning and maintaining your coffee grinder

It’s no understatement to say that the grinder is one of the most important pieces of equipment in any coffee brewing setup. Without a high-quality...

September 13, 2021

Customer service, coffee education & management: What does a head barista do?

Much like it will for a Head of Coffee, a head barista’s job description will naturally vary from company to company. Each coffee shop is...

June 24, 2021

How are super-automatic espresso machines evolving?

Also referred to as “fully-automatic” or “bean-to-cup” machines, super-automatic espresso machines or “super-autos” can grind, tamp, and brew coffee for the user. Some models even...

October 8, 2020

Supporting Baristas Through Covid-19: Cafés, Customers & Companies

Covid-19 has affected everyone across the coffee supply chain, from producers through to baristas. More than 90% of cafés around the world have had to...

December 18, 2019

Managing Customer Expectations in Your Coffee Shop

To run a specialty coffee shop, you need an experienced and passionate team of staff members at your side. However, your success will depend on...

December 17, 2019

How to Minimize Injury & Maximize Comfort Behind The Bar

Spending hours on your feet, interacting with customers, operating machines, and preparing drinks are just some of the tasks that baristas complete daily. There’s a...

November 18, 2019

How Temperature Can Impact Your Experience of Coffee

Have you ever been enjoying a hot cup of coffee, but noticed that once it starts to cool, the flavours and aromas seem to change? ...

November 1, 2019

A Coffee Shop Owner’s Guide to Handling Food & Dairy Allergies

Everything from almond milk to nut brownies can trigger severe reactions in allergy sufferers. If your coffee shop isn’t prepared for this, it could lead...

September 20, 2019

How to Adjust Espresso Extraction & Create New Recipes

The extraction of your new single origin espresso is off: what do you do? Adjust the dose? Grind size? Water temperature? Or perhaps it’s about...

August 7, 2019

What’s Next? Career Development Options For Baristas

Being a barista can be fascinating and rewarding. It can also be demanding and is often low paid. Many baristas see the job as a...

August 2, 2019

How Much & Why Do You Tip Your Barista?

Depending on where you are and where you’re from, tipping can be something that you don’t think twice about or a slightly awkward and confusing...

July 30, 2019

Pressure Profiles, Pulsing & The 3 Phases of Espresso Extraction

Espresso extraction might be quick, but it’s not simple. Both chemically and physically, there’s a lot going on inside that coffee puck when you pull...

July 25, 2019

Pura Vida: A Specialty Coffee Cocktail Recipe

This cocktail was the winner of the BARista Night Cold Brew Cocktail Throw Down, which was held at Grato in West Palm Beach in 2017....

July 5, 2019

How to Include Non-Dairy Milks in Your Coffee Shop Menu

Plant-based milks are more popular than ever before, with worldwide sales projected to exceed US $34 billion by 2024. But each non-dairy milk has a...

May 22, 2019

A Barista’s Guide to a Successful Work Shift

Are you a new barista unsure of how to manage your shift? Or an experienced barista who sometimes finds things getting disorganised behind the bar?...

May 10, 2019

Dialing In The Dollars: Tips For Serving a High-Value Coffee

It’s half an hour before the shop opens. You’re getting ready to dial in, staring down this bag of coffee that, after weeks and possibly...