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December 21, 2021

WBC 2021: Reflecting on how coffee producing countries took centre stage

November 24, 2021

Cleaning and maintaining your coffee grinder

September 13, 2021

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

June 24, 2021

How are super-automatic espresso machines evolving?

October 8, 2020

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

January 11, 2022

Does the World Barista Championship need to change?

The World Barista Championship (WBC) is a competition that promotes excellence in coffee and recognises the barista profession on an international scale. It is a successful event which is popular across the sector. However, many in the coffee industry maintain that it is in need of a refresh. Accessibility, inclusiveness, and transparency are three key issues that have been flagged by critics in recent years. To learn more about the… read more

The World Barista Championship (WBC) is a competition that promotes excellence in coffee and recognises the barista profession on an international scale. It is a successful event which is popular across the sector. However, many in the coffee industry maintain… read more

August 28, 2015

The Barista Solution to Dosing & Wastage Issues

Whether you make espresso at home or in a café, dosing can give you multiple headaches. The Espresso Corp’s ‘Coffee Catcha’ is designed to help...

August 21, 2015

Pimped Out: 4 Mods Your Mid-Range Espresso Machine Needs Right Now

We’d all love a high-end machine, but for most coffee aficionados, it’s only a dream. How many of us can afford a Strada, after all?...

August 20, 2015

Is Espresso & Tonic a Match Made in Heaven or Hell?

A coppery-coloured espresso suspended over a transparent, bubbly bed of tonic water—it’s easy to see the appeal. Stumptown Coffee, one of the pioneers of the...

August 19, 2015

Your barista career: 7 rules for workplace success

We all want to be the best barista possible. The question is, how do we do that? Is it a case of the longer you...

August 18, 2015

Pressure Profiling: The Key to Perfect Extraction

With all the excitement that takes place when new grinders reach the market, specialty coffee’s previous poster child—pressure profiling—seems to have been forgotten. However, with...

August 17, 2015

Kalita Wave: The Story & Brewing Guide

Kalita Who? The Wave is another offering from Kalita Co., the family-owned Japanese company which has been making coffee equipment since the 1950s. The Wave’s...

August 14, 2015

Hydrosols: How to Make Brewing Water as Aromatic as Perfume

Imagine this for a moment: Someone hands you a glass of clear water. You lift it to take a sip, but as your nose hovers...

August 7, 2015

How to get crystal clear coffee without filter paper!

I have a confession to make: I HATE using filter paper. It clogs frustratingly fast, it’s expensive, it’s a single-use item, and half the time...

August 3, 2015

A Smoked Rosemary Macchiato? The Role of the S. American Barista

Jervis, one of La Floresta’s many trendy cafes La Floresta is Quito’s version of your favourite only-locals-know-about-it neighbourhood: a combination of trendy restaurants and Quiteño...

July 30, 2015

Step-by-Step Guide to Milk Texturing & Latte Art Pouring Techniques

Most baristas I encounter want to run before they can walk when it comes to latte art. They think attempting to pour something pretty with poorly textured...

July 22, 2015

Hario V60: The History & Brewing Guide

They say the soul of the perfect cup of coffee is in the brew, and the V60 dripper really does make a beautiful brew. So what...

July 21, 2015

The World Latte Art Championship: What Does It Take to Compete?

South Africa is a relative newbie to latte art. While in the U.S. it emerged in the nineties, it’s only in the last few years that...

July 13, 2015

How to Prepare for the World Barista Championship

Only a few months ago, I experienced one of the biggest highlights of my coffee career: competing in the 2015 World Barista Championship in Seattle....

July 8, 2015

Spressa Mezzo: An Automated Hands-Free AeroPress

All AeroPress lovers are sure to have their fair share of pressing woes. In particular, there’s the pain and frustration of watching the seconds tick...

July 2, 2015

Barista-Certified Rules for Dialing In A Coffee Grinder

If you’ve spent time in a coffee shop, chances are you’ve overheard a barista mention dialing in a coffee grinder. This refers to the process...

July 1, 2015

The Kaffeologie S: Do You Need This AeroPress Filter?

Who doesn’t love the flexibility of the AeroPress? You can fine-tune every variable and achieve consistent results time and again. To further enhance this experience,...