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July 14, 2022

How will sponsor changes affect future World Barista Championships?

June 30, 2022

How can coffee shops handle a busy rush?

June 14, 2022

How can baristas maximise water quality & consistency?

June 2, 2022

Introducing extract chilling in coffee

March 22, 2022

How can coffee professionals train for the Cup Tasters Championships?

August 10, 2022

How can competitors source coffee for the World Barista Championships?

The World Barista Championships (WBC) give coffee professionals from around the world a platform to showcase their expert knowledge and high-level skills. However, in order to do so successfully, a WBC competitor must first source a high-quality coffee that will stand out on the global stage. The Gesha variety has long been a firm choice of many competitors, but now more than ever, lesser-known arabica varieties and even other species… read more

The World Barista Championships (WBC) give coffee professionals from around the world a platform to showcase their expert knowledge and high-level skills. However, in order to do so successfully, a WBC competitor must first source a high-quality coffee that will… read more

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...

May 8, 2019

Gravimetric vs Timed Grinders: The Espresso Consistency Debate

The majority of high-end coffee grinders used for espresso dose by time, yet all official SCA standards are defined by weight. So, what’s the difference?...

April 4, 2019

Being Black in Specialty Coffee

Who do you picture when you think of a barista in specialty coffee? How about the average customer in a third wave coffee shop? Although...

March 7, 2019

Turn Your Coffee Job Into a Career

Do you love coffee enough to make it your career? There are countless different roles in the contemporary coffee industry, including roaster, buyer, barista, and...

March 1, 2019

How Ground Coffee Temperature Causes Uneven Espresso Extraction

Are you concerned about the 3ºC variation in the water temperature inside your espresso machine’s group head? Yes? Well, what if I told you that...

February 11, 2019

La Chumeca: A Specialty Coffee Cocktail Recipe

This cocktail is as specialty as it gets. Named after its key ingredient – coffee from the Tarrazú region in Costa Rica – this is...

February 8, 2019

Five Things You May Be Doing Wrong As a New Barista

Do you love coffee enough to train as a barista? Many people take their passion for coffee to a professional level with a barista apprenticeship....