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May 17, 2021

Grinding for espresso at home

Pulling café-quality espresso shots is a goal for home baristas all around the world. For many, however, choosing the right equipment is a key challenge. Without it, your espresso extraction will fall short time and time again. And while many consumers think that a high-end espresso machine can guarantee them delicious coffee, it isn't that simple. Without a good, consistent grinder in your home barista setup, you will struggle to… read more

Pulling café-quality espresso shots is a goal for home baristas all around the world. For many, however, choosing the right equipment is a key challenge. Without it, your espresso extraction will fall short time and time again. And while many… read more

July 21, 2016

Washed, Natural, Honey: Coffee Processing 101

Honey, dry, washed, pulped natural… do you ever look at your coffee packaging and wonder what on earth these mean? Or, perhaps more importantly, which...

July 14, 2016

Training to be a Q-Grader? You Need to Read our 5 Key Tips

You could say I inherited coffee along with my appearance. Yet that wasn’t enough to prepare me for Q-grader certification. I’m the fifth generation of...

July 12, 2016

How to Make Your Friends Love Specialty in 5 Steps

We all have the friend (or friends) who rolls their eyes when we spend ten minutes grinding and brewing our morning coffee. “But my instant...

April 26, 2016

How to Draw Coffee: A Step-by-Step Illustration Guide

There’s more to coffee art than just lattes. The taste, smell, and even look of a brew evoke emotions so, as a barista and illustrator,...

April 21, 2016

Origin Insight: Dissecting the Coffee Cherry in 2 VIDEOS

Ever wondered how your coffee grows? It may be called a “bean” but, actually, it’s a seed – and it grows inside a coffee cherry,...

February 10, 2016

The World Coffee Research Sensory Lexicon: It’s New, But Is It Finished?

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February 2, 2016

The S-Curve Roast Profile: Exploring Roasting Basics

Have you ever had a coffee that was roasted poorly? You know what I’m talking about – it has that bitter, smoky, and just plain...

February 1, 2016

Coffee Synesthesia: A Creative Multisensory Taste Perception

Coffee is a gift for all the senses and, when it comes to sight, we’re talking about more than just latte art. For some people,...

January 12, 2016

Coffee Haters Through The Ages: Historical Arguments Against Coffee

Imagine a world without coffee. It’s hard, right? There are coffee shops on every corner, machines in the office, adverts on the TV, to-go cups...

December 17, 2015

Ultimate Coffee Holiday Wishlist – Level 3: BIG SPENDER

Here it is in all of its holiday glory—the final chapter in our coffee geek gift saga. And these are the big ones! Feel free...

December 16, 2015

Ultimate Coffee Santa’s Wishlist – Level 2: Under the Tree

Did you miss us? We’re back, just like we promised—and with all of the stuff you or the coffee geek in your life wants needs...

December 11, 2015

Ultimate Coffee Holiday Wishlist – Level 1: Stocking Filler

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November 18, 2015

The Science Behind Coffee Acidity

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November 4, 2015

The Flat White & the Fake White: Can You Tell Them Apart?

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October 26, 2015

How Can Your Smartphone Improve Your Coffee Experience?

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October 12, 2015

5 Steps to Taking Eye-Popping #Coffee Photos

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