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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 18, 2019

How Temperature Can Impact Your Experience of Coffee

September 13, 2021

Customer service, coffee education & management: What does a head barista do?

Much like it will for a Head of Coffee, a head barista’s job description will naturally vary from company to company. Each coffee shop is different, and each has different roles within their barista team. This means that while a head barista can generally be described as a senior or managing member of the barista team, they often have responsibilities beyond that. This may stretch into training, education, or even… read more

Much like it will for a Head of Coffee, a head barista’s job description will naturally vary from company to company. Each coffee shop is different, and each has different roles within their barista team. This means that while a… read more

September 1, 2017

Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood: The Coffee Dictionary – An Extract

Part of coffee’s beauty lies in its complexity. From the intricacies of coffee processing to the precise parameters of brewing, there are numerous details that...

August 30, 2017

AeroPress Coffee Guide: How to Brew Different Flavor Profiles

What does your morning coffee taste like? With the AeroPress, that depends on your mood. One of the greatest things about this iconic device is...

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 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...

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...

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...

May 26, 2017

How to Brew Coffee at Home: A Guide For Beginners

So you love the coffee from your favorite coffee shop and want to recreate the same quality at home. Many beginners find this intimidating, but...

VIDEO: Scott Rao on Understanding Extraction, TDS & Refractometers

Extraction, TDS, refractometers – what does it all mean and why should you care? If you’re asking these questions, then you’re in luck: today, we’re...

May 1, 2017

6 Unmissable Products From SCA Global Coffee Expo 2017

Hundreds of stands. Thousands and thousands of attendees. Amazing coffee on every corner. Passionate coffee lovers, from producers to enthusiasts. A new US Barista Champion,...

April 22, 2017

Win Voice-Controlled Specialty Behmor Brew Kit at SCA

Imagine if you had your very own barista living in your kitchen. Because that’s the nearest comparison we can find to this third wave brewing...

April 20, 2017

SCA Launches 2-Year Research Into Fundamentals of Brewing Coffee

Brewing coffee’s about to get a lot more scientific. Yes, even more scientific than using refractometers and calculating tamping pressure. Because the SCA and UC...

April 19, 2017

Ground Control Batch Brewer “Dries” Grounds During Brewing

In 2016, Tetsu Kasuya won the World Brewers Cup with the 4–6 method: between pours, he allowed all the brew to drip through the coffee. And...

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...

March 13, 2017

Filter Coffee: What’s a VANDOLA & How Do You Brew With It?

The specialty coffee market has no shortage of brewing methods to choose from. There’s the Kalita Wave, the Hario V60, the Chemex, the AeroPress, the...