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December 18, 2019

Managing Customer Expectations in Your Coffee Shop

December 17, 2019

How to Minimize Injury & Maximize Comfort Behind The Bar

November 18, 2019

How Temperature Can Impact Your Experience of Coffee

November 1, 2019

A Coffee Shop Owner's Guide to Handling Food & Dairy Allergies

September 20, 2019

How to Adjust Espresso Extraction & Create New Recipes

October 8, 2020

Supporting Baristas Through Covid-19: Cafés, Customers & Companies

Covid-19 has affected everyone across the coffee supply chain, from producers through to baristas. More than 90% of cafés around the world have had to close their doors at some point. And while the impact for some coffee shops has been manageable, for many, the sudden loss of business has been devastating.  Unfortunately, as much as this affects coffee shops, it also affects the people who work in them, too.… read more

Covid-19 has affected everyone across the coffee supply chain, from producers through to baristas. More than 90% of cafés around the world have had to close their doors at some point. And while the impact for some coffee shops has… read more

September 27, 2017

Barista Hustle Milk Jug Should Improve Your Latte Art Symmetry

Fed up of pouring asymmetrical latte art, no matter how hard you focus? According to Barista Hustle, the problem isn’t you, it’s your milk jug...

September 25, 2017

Coffee guide: what is body & how do I brew & roast for it?

Body: what actually is it? Coffee-lovers like to talk about it and we include it on cupping forms. But do we know what body really...

September 13, 2017

Niche Zero Grinder Offers Almost Zero Retention

Niche Zero is a new coffee grinder that’s designed to disrupt the prosumer market – and it may well succeed. It offers professional-quality grinding at...

August 9, 2017

Brewing Methods Compared: How Should You Make Coffee at Home?

Looking for a new coffee brewing device? You’ve got a lot to choose from. And every single one will produce a different coffee taste, not...

July 11, 2017

What’s The Difference Between Espresso And Filter Coffee?

Coffee’s not just coffee any more. Specialty shops have completely changed the way we view and taste our cup of Joe. We’ve discovered a myriad...

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...

June 14, 2017

A WBC Finalist’s Advice For Buying a New Espresso Machine

Buying a new espresso machine is rarely an easy decision. It’s an important investment, and you want the best possible equipment for you and your...

June 8, 2017

How Does Pressure Affect Espresso Quality?

What makes a perfect espresso, well, an espresso? Pressure. Sure, there’s also the crema, the size of the drink, and the concentrated nature of the...

May 12, 2017

Puqpress: Valuable Barista Tool or Trendy Gimmick?

Tamping: a small act, but one that can affect espresso extraction, work flow, and even barista health. Training staff to all achieve the same tamp, while...

January 11, 2017

Introducing The Mathematical Formula for Espresso Extraction

We can measure extraction in the final product. We know what impact, broadly speaking, longer and shorter extractions will have on an espresso shot. But...

December 29, 2016

Why You Should Consider Offering Single Shots

Double shots are so common in specialty coffee, that many cafés have removed the option by using double baskets with naked portafilters. But I believe...

December 5, 2016

Does Latte Art Make Your Coffee Better – Or Worse?

Imagine going to a third wave coffee shop, ordering a flat white, and receiving a perfectly extracted, delicious flat white… without latte art. World gone...

November 21, 2016

Rethinking Coffee in Italy, The Capital of Espressos

How do you stand out in the capital of espressos? By offering specialty-grade ones. Because in a place where a quick espresso is a way...

June 15, 2016

Espresso Baskets and Their Effects on Extraction

Espresso baskets: they’re small but mighty. And so, despite their critical impact on extraction, they’re often overlooked. It was little more than half a decade...

April 19, 2016

A short history of the Italian espresso

Espressos are the base of every non-filter coffee. It’s the purest form of the drink and is key to understanding Italian coffee culture. In addition...

March 31, 2016

Espresso Machine Mods: 4 Reasons to Use a Naked Portafilter

The naked portafilter is an increasingly popular espresso machine mod in the specialty world. But why? And does it actually make a difference to your...