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November 3, 2020

How Does Your Dripper Material Affect Your Pour Over Coffee?

October 2, 2020

Which Type Of Home Coffee Machine Is Right For You?

September 10, 2020

What’s The Difference Between Americano And Filter Coffee?

September 8, 2020

How Have Hand Grinders Evolved?

August 20, 2020

Enjoying Coffee While Going Back To Work

May 10, 2021

Why are some coffee beans harder to grind than others?

There are many things brewers should consider when grinding coffee, including origin, roast profile, processing method, and brew method. Each should inform just how coarse or fine your coffee should be for optimal extraction. Each bean behaves slightly differently when it is ground, for a number of reasons. Some beans are more difficult to grind by hand, while others might take longer in automatic grinders, for instance. To understand more… read more

There are many things brewers should consider when grinding coffee, including origin, roast profile, processing method, and brew method. Each should inform just how coarse or fine your coffee should be for optimal extraction. Each bean behaves slightly differently when… read more

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...

November 17, 2017

Brew Guide: How Does Pulse Pouring Affect Extraction?

If you want the best possible coffee, you can’t overlook the importance of your drink’s biggest ingredient: water. Temperature, quality, chemical composition, distribution method… it...

August 16, 2017

What Is Agitation & How Does It Make My Filter Coffee Better?

Filter coffee is great, isn’t it? The calming drip of the brew, the elegance of the pour-over process, and the coffee itself – a smooth...

August 8, 2017

The Great Paper Coffee Filters Debate: Bleached vs Unbleached

Coffee filters: they’re small, humble, and critical for great-tasting coffee. But if you – like the majority of coffee brewers – use paper filters, should...

August 4, 2017

Brew Guide: What Are The 3 Phases of Drip Coffee Brewing?

The ability to control coffee extraction is both one of the best, and one of the trickiest, things about drip brewing. There are so many...

June 28, 2017

Coffee Extraction & Other Key Brewing Concepts

Home preparation is one of the amazing things about coffee. If you drink it at home, you’re probably doing a little work, like grinding beans...

April 19, 2017

Effective Experimentation Methods for Coffee People

Curiosity is among my favorite human instincts. It drives innovation, encourages thinking outside the box, and is spurred by such a simple question that even...

March 31, 2017

Coffee 101: Extraction & The “Strong Coffee” Myth

We’ve all heard someone say “I like my coffee strong” – and maybe we’ve even said it ourselves. But what we mean by this, and...

July 25, 2016

Immersion Cold Brew Recipes: 4 Things You Need to Consider

Cold brew = ground coffee + cold water + a lot of time. Right? Wrong! There’s a lot more to this drink than just that....

January 1, 2016

Coffee tools to buy if you’re visiting Japan

Going to Japan? Its combination of the modern and traditional is famous, yet it’s not just Kinkakuji Temple and Shibuya crossing that make it worth...

June 25, 2015

Surviving College: A Cost Effective Brew Kit for Students

So you’ve just started your tertiary studies, moved out of home and suddenly you realise that coffee is not so much an occasional treat but,...