Pour over coffee

A Complete Guide To Pour Over Coffee

As a coffee lover or expert brewer, you might have noticed the increasing buzz over pour over coffee, and you have probably been wondering what it is.

I remember watching in awe as my barista slowly poured water from a strange looking kettle with a long spout, into a bed of ground coffee placed in a little funnel-like device and I wondered why he was taking so much time to make a simple cup of coffee. He turned making a simple coffee into a ritual.

Impressed by the amount of time and finesse he used on this particular cup, I decided to look further into pour over coffee. When I took a sip of the coffee, I understood why it was clean and fresh – a revolution. Now I find myself brewing my coffee with my brand new pour over cone every other day at home. Continue reading Pour over coffee

A review of Pod coffee machines

When choosing a pod coffee maker there are so many to choose from. We would recommend taking a look at the various types of pods on offer and then choosing a machine based on that.

Personally we will always choose a ground coffee maker as there is more choice and you have great control over the amount of coffee in each shot and the tamping process, all of which influence the flavor. Continue reading A review of Pod coffee machines

Tamping coffee

Being able to pull perfect espresso shots is a skill every barista needs, but in order to pull such shots, one must perfect the art of tamping ground coffee in the portafilter.

Note that this article is mainly for those not using super-automatic espresso machines that do the grinding, tamping, and pulling, all in one button push. Continue reading Tamping coffee

Instant vs fresh coffee

While many coffee aficionados tend to stay away from instant coffee, it make up around 13% of all coffee consumed.

And with there being over 100 million daily coffee drinkers in the United States alone, that 13% is quite substantial.

Though, when comparing instant coffee to freshly ground and brewed coffee, there are tons of pros and cons. Continue reading Instant vs fresh coffee

How Instant coffee is produced

First invented in the 1770’s in Britain, instant coffee wasn’t able to easily be produced in mass quantities until much later in 1910, when the instant coffee business started to really take off.

There are two main ways that instant coffee is produced, the first uses dry hot air to absorb the moisture in the coffee, and the other uses a freeze drying process. Continue reading How Instant coffee is produced

Coffee Pod vs espresso machines

Brewing coffee nowadays is about as easy it gets, with machines able to brew and pull espresso shots just by inserting a pod and pushing a button. But how do these pod espresso machines compare to more traditional espresso machines, in which the user grinds and tamps the coffee beans?

Pod espresso machines, as the name suggests, use disposable plastic capsules that are full of coffee grounds to brew. Continue reading Coffee Pod vs espresso machines

Which bar pressure espresso machine

When shopping for an espresso machine, among the millions of features advertised is the bar pressure rating of the machine, meaning how much pressure is used to force the water through the coffee grounds in the portafilter.

Bars are a measurement of atmospheric pressure, so one bar of pressure is equal to the amount of natural pressure at sea level, meaning 10 bars is 10 times the amount of pressure at sea level. Continue reading Which bar pressure espresso machine

French press vs chemex

When comparing the French press and a Chemex, one of the only similarities between the two is the fact they both brew coffee. While their differences are substantial, their impact on the coffee world is just as much so.

Invented in the early 1900’s, the French press takes advantage of a full immersion style of brewing; meaning the coffee grounds and water are steeped together, as opposed to the water just passing through a bed of grounds. Continue reading French press vs chemex

Bean to cup or machine & separate grinder?

With all of the massive improvements in technology in the past 30 years, it’s bound to happen that some of this new technology would wind up in the coffee world.

Coffee nowadays is easier to brew that it ever has been, with users able to get coffee within a few moments of pushing a single button; thanks to a built in grinder in a bean to cup machine. But while machines like this are convenient, how do they stack up to a more traditional setup of a coffee maker, or espresso machine, coupled with a capable grinder? Continue reading Bean to cup or machine & separate grinder?

Thermoblock vs Heat exchanger

When looking for a home or commercial espresso machine, it’s best to find one that suits your needs.

And while a lot of the features that espresso machines offer can seem like complete jargon, understanding that jargon can be the difference between buying what you need and want, and buying something not suited for you. In this section, we’ll go over what thermoblocks are and how they work when compared to a heat exchanger and broiler configuration. Continue reading Thermoblock vs Heat exchanger

Bottomless portafilters

For anyone looking to up their espresso without spending a ton of money, a bottomless or naked portafilter is one of the best ways to do so.

A bottomless portafilter is essentially a normal portafilter, but without spouts, leaving the brew basket completely exposed.

While it might not seem very different, the lack of spouts actually has a greater impact on the espresso shots than one would think. Continue reading Bottomless portafilters

Coffee without a coffee maker

Camping coffee – cowboy coffee brewing!

Making coffee yourself while traveling, especially while camping, is no easy feat. Either you have to travel light to avoid paying extra fees at the airport, or you lack the electricity to use a standard coffee pot. In any situation, here are a few ways you can make coffee using a minimum amount of stuff.

First off, in all of these situations, the option of freshly ground of pre-ground coffee is up to you. If you are somewhere that does not have electricity, the Hario Skerton hand coffee grinder is a popular choice for many. Continue reading Coffee without a coffee maker

Indian filter coffee

Making Indian coffee

Indian filter coffee, as it is known, is the traditional coffee beverage of India. This beverage is great for relaxing after a long day, and unsurprisingly popular when you taste how smooth the final coffee is.

It is wonderfully simple to make and produces a very nice smooth tasting drink. Continue reading Indian filter coffee

Buying the best home espresso machine

When shopping for a home espresso machine, it is easy to feel bombarded by the numerous brands, functions, and styles of machines. Here are a few things to keep in mind while shopping!

For me, one of the main features I prefer is a manual/traditional steam wand, meaning that technique is needed to properly steam milk.

Continue reading Buying the best home espresso machine

Italian stove top Moka pot

Italian Moka pot Coffee maker

In 1933, an Italian man named Alfonso Bialetti designed the first stovetop espresso machine, dubbed the Bialetti Moka Express. During this time period, people in Italy only had one choice when it came to getting delicious espresso, and that was to go to a cafe.

The Moka pot revolutionized the way people in Italy consumed coffee, making it easily brewable in a home setting. Continue reading Italian stove top Moka pot

Wacaco Minpresso Review and guide

Have you ever been traveling or camping, and you crave the sweet flavor of espresso, but there is no cafe in sight?

The Wacaco Minipresso just might be the product for you. This portable and hand held espresso machine is simple to use, and produces very drinkable espresso shots.

Continue reading Wacaco Minpresso Review and guide

Making Turkish coffee

What is Turkish coffee.

Turkish coffee, sometimes known as Greek coffee, has quite the history. The Turkish coffee brewing method is unlike any other, not only is it a full immersion brewing method, but the coffee grounds stay in the cup you drink from.

There is an old saying that describes Turkish coffee, saying it should be, “black as hell, strong as death, and sweet as love,” meaning that the coffee should not have milk, it should be strong, but with an optional sweetness. Continue reading Making Turkish coffee

Avoiding sour or bitter coffee

If your coffee has a very sour or bitter taste it could be down to the following factors. So if you are struggling to work out why your coffee tastes bitter or sour, read on and take note.

However if you prefer lemons, vinegar, bitter greens and sour sweets then you can use this information to make your coffee even more bitter or sour!

Coffee is very much a matter of personal preference and taste. Some people appreciate a hint of bitterness in their coffee whereas others prefer a nice smooth taste. Our aim here is to help you to adjust your coffee making method to produce the taste you prefer. Continue reading Avoiding sour or bitter coffee

Guide to making good coffee

We often get asked how to make a good coffee. There is a wide variation on opinion as to what a good coffee actually is.

However there are some priorities that you should pay attention to if you are serious about the quality of your coffee.

For good coffee we recommend you focus on the following priorities (in order of importance)… Continue reading Guide to making good coffee

Siphon coffee makers

First made in the 1940’s, the vacuum, or siphon, coffee maker looks like it came straight from a chemistry set, and they pretty much are.

Siphon coffee makers come in several shapes and forms, but they are all fundamentally the same thing, and can range greatly in price, and aesthetic. Continue reading Siphon coffee makers

French Press

The French press (cafetiere) coffee maker has been around since the late 1950’s, and is touted as one of the best ways to get an extremely flavorful cup of coffee without any complicated steps.

Coffee connoisseurs across the globe declare the French press as their preferred method to brew coffee when they are doing tastings. Continue reading French Press