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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

December 18, 2019

Managing Customer Expectations in Your Coffee Shop

December 17, 2019

How to Minimize Injury & Maximize Comfort Behind The Bar

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 grinder, it’s difficult to achieve even grind size distribution, which will in turn affect the quality of your extraction. But no matter how powerful your grinder is, cleaning and maintenance will be vital to making sure you get the best out of it. By regularly… read more

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 grinder, it’s difficult to achieve even grind size distribution, which will in turn affect the… read more

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....

February 6, 2019

What Should Your Cappuccino Milk Temperature Be?

Have you ever been served a cappuccino that is too hot to handle? Or received one that is lukewarm and unappetising? Or maybe you noticed...

January 15, 2019

Which Is The Best Non-Dairy Milk For Specialty Coffee?

There are many reasons to choose non-dairy milks and almost as many types to pick from. But which non-dairy milk is best for specialty coffee?...

December 24, 2018

World Champion Agnieszka Rojewska on The Barista’s Biggest Task

A specialty barista has a lot of responsibility. They are the hands that bring out the flavors of origin in every cup of coffee they...

December 21, 2018

Slow-Drip Martini: A Specialty Coffee Cocktail Recipe

Make a specialty coffee version of a classic this holiday season. The martini is a sophisticated and iconic cocktail that is the perfect option for...

December 17, 2018

Is Pre-Ground Coffee Ever Better Than Freshly Ground?

When you start to get into specialty coffee you learn a few golden rules. One is that you should always use freshly ground coffee and...

December 14, 2018

Why Does Milk Foam & How Does It Affect Your Coffee?

Cappuccinos, lattes, and flat whites all require textured milk. Without foamed milk we wouldn’t get that smooth mouthfeel and the rich body we enjoy. But...

December 6, 2018

The Perfect Daily Grind Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Part 2

How many gifts do you have left to buy? Don’t worry – we can help. Earlier this week, we highlighted several gift options, but maybe...

December 5, 2018

Mediterranean Love: A Specialty Coffee Cocktail Recipe

Cozy up with a rich and sophisticated specialty coffee cocktail after dinner. This warming drink is based on the carajillo, a Spanish combination of coffee...

December 3, 2018

The Perfect Daily Grind Holiday Gift Guide 2018: Part 1

The seasonal coffee drinks have been released and the decorations are up. We’re getting close to Christmas. But if you’re struggling with what to get...

November 30, 2018

What is a flat white & how is it different from a latte?

Flat whites have been on specialty coffee shop menus around the world for a while. But do you really know what one is? And what...