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Recent Articles

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

June 23, 2015

Bonmac Dripper: The History & Brewing Guide

The History of Bonmac With so many filter brewing devices on the market today it’s often hard to keep up with them all. Depending on...

June 22, 2015

Coffee at Music Festivals: Camping Survival Guide

Music festival-goers and coffee lovers have a lot in common. They’re both really passionate about something most people don’t take too seriously, they share a...

June 18, 2015

Swiss Gold (Frieling Coffee for One KF300) – Story & Brewing Guide

What is the Swiss Gold filter? The elegant and classy Coffee for One Swiss Gold Filter was developed by Frieling USA Inc in collaboration with...

June 5, 2015

Extraction wars: Espresso vs ristretto

Espressos, lattes, flat whites, Americanos, long blacks… Just when you think you know and understand the differences between all these drinks, you hear someone ahead...

May 28, 2015

Chemex – The History & Brewing Guide

The History Behind the Fancy Design Who says that a chemist can’t get involved in designing coffee brewing methods? The Chemex is a classic and...

May 4, 2015

To Be (a Barista) or Not to Be? That Is the Question

If you missed the introduction article to this series last week, I discussed how I would explore coffee shop cultures and factors that motivate coffee business decisions....

April 19, 2015

What Makes a Quality Tamper? Pullman Tamper Review

Whether you are planning on making espresso at home or you are opening up a business, there are many items you must take seriously as...

March 22, 2015

Barista Review of Acaia Pearl Brewing Scale

The Acaia Pearl Brewing Scale had a humble beginning as a Kickstarter campaign reaching $42, 458 of its $30, 000 funding goal back in December, 2013....


How to Make an AeroPress Iced Latte

Love the refreshing, caffeinated hit of an iced latte, but don’t have an espresso machine? Not to worry, with an AeroPress, you can make one...

March 19, 2015

2015 NZ AeroPress Championship Winning Recipe

On the 14th Feb 2015, the PDG’s newest coffee correspondent, D. Wang, headed to Ozone Coffee Roasters in New Plymouth, North Island for New Zealand’s first...

March 15, 2015

Costa Rican Reto Barista: An Innovative Barista Competition

This year, the 7th annual “Reto Barista”, an alternative competition created in Costa Rica by 2010 National Champion Manuel Dinarte, will be occurring. For the...

February 1, 2015

How To Make Japanese Iced Coffee

Even though it’s getting colder outside I still love to drink iced coffee.  The days of waiting tirelessly for that fresh pot of coffee to...

January 25, 2015

Hidenori Izaki, The 2014 WBC Champion: What We Learnt

A Motivational Shot from Hidenori Our coffee correspondent, F. Solano met with the 2014 World Barista Champion, Hidenori Izaki in his return visit to Costa...

January 20, 2015

Why Grind Coffee Fresh Every Time? Burr or Blade?

First things first…why bother grinding fresh coffee every time instead of just buying it pre-ground? It’s fresher –  whole beans have a much lower surface-to-air ratio...


How To Pull a God Shot at Home

Contrary to popular belief, its possible to make an exquisite espresso at home without a professional barista level machine. There’s no need splash-out on a La Marzocco....


Tips to Make the Perfect AeroPress Brew

Why (Aero)Press? 1. It’s scientifically slick – AeroPress creates a vacuum and uses air pressure to force water through the grinds & extract more flavour. 2....