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July 21, 2022

What is single-dose coffee grinding?

July 13, 2022

Umami flavours in coffee: What should you expect?

April 19, 2022

How can you make water perfect for brewing coffee?

November 23, 2021

Which filter coffee brewing method is best for you? Six years on

August 24, 2021

Enjoying great coffee while you’re travelling

July 26, 2022

How does agitation affect filter coffee brewing?

Whether in a coffee shop or at home, the ultimate goal with brewing filter coffee is to achieve even extraction. By doing so, you can get the right balance of flavours out of your coffee. However, there are a number of variables to consider when brewing filter coffee, including brew temperature, extraction ratio, and grind size. One extraction variable that can often be ignored is agitation.  Agitation is the process… read more

Whether in a coffee shop or at home, the ultimate goal with brewing filter coffee is to achieve even extraction. By doing so, you can get the right balance of flavours out of your coffee. However, there are a number… read more

August 13, 2020

Improving Your French Press Coffee Brewing

The French press (or cafetière) is one of the world’s oldest and most popular brewing devices. It’s affordable, easy to use, and generally quite consistent,...

August 6, 2020

Using The Right Grind Size For Your Brewing Method: An Experiment

Trained baristas know the importance of selecting the right grind size for different brewing methods. In fact, most coffee shops regularly recalibrate their grinders throughout...

July 30, 2020

How To Take Your Pour Over Brewing To The Next Level

Brewers should be curious and adventurous when making pour over coffee. For those already equipped with a scale, grinder, thermometer, stopwatch, and a few expert-approved...

May 12, 2020

Coffee grinders: What’s the difference between conical & flat burr grinders?

Coffee grinders are one of the most important pieces of coffee equipment you’ll own, whether you’re a café owner or a home brewer. A poor-quality...

July 9, 2019

What You Need to Brew Great Coffee On The Go

How do you get a good quality coffee when travelling? If you’re in a city, you may be able to stop by a specialty coffee...

January 25, 2019

Everything you need to know to brew great pour over coffee

Pour over coffee has been embraced by the specialty coffee scene in recent years and there is much discussion about the best techniques and tools...

January 4, 2019

Melitta, Chemex, & More: A History of Pour Over Coffee

Step into any specialty coffee shop and you’ll probably see at least one pour over coffee device. The V60 and Chemex have been around for...

October 11, 2018

How Does Elevation Affect Your Ideal Coffee Brew Temperature?

There’s so much to consider when brewing exceptional coffee: grind size, brew time, pulsing and water dispersal, brew temperature… and elevation? Yes, elevation. While some...

July 4, 2018

Testing Water in Pursuit of Excellent Coffee

As I watch the slow drip of my morning pour over, I like to tell myself that this coffee counts towards my daily intake of...

June 15, 2018

How Grind Size Can Help You Brew Better-Tasting Coffee

So, you want your coffee to taste even more delicious, sweet, and balanced. You want that incredible aroma and lingering aftertaste. And you want this...

May 16, 2018

Acidic Coffees: A Brew & Roast Guide

Acidity is a revered but contentious attribute in specialty coffee. Loved by third wave consumers and prized by competition judges, it’s also often a cause...

April 30, 2018

How to Increase or Reduce Coffee Acidity During Brewing

Coffee acidity is a divisive term in coffee brewing. For some, it signals sharp, sour flavours. For others, it’s a revered attribute of a high-quality...

March 2, 2018

Coffee Brew Ratios: What You Need to Know

Coffee, in its simplest form, is ground beans and water. What determines whether we get a complex, balanced and aromatic coffee or a sour or...

February 12, 2018

How to brew better coffee at home

So, you want to make better, more delicious, and more aromatic coffee? You’re in the right place. Learning how to brew better coffee doesn’t need...

January 22, 2018

Coffee Wars: Should You Drink Instant or Whole Bean?

Almost 50% of the world’s population prefers instant coffee to fresh, according to a 2014 Euromonitor report – and our love for soluble coffee is...

December 15, 2017

A Brewer’s Guide to Choosing a (Good) Coffee Grinder

Are you looking for an even better-tasting cup of coffee? Then maybe it’s time to invest in a new coffee grinder. But with all the...