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

Creating awesome Latte Art

Here we have some great examples of Latte art or coffee art.

These designs are made by getting the milk to the right micro foamed pour consistency and wiggling the milk into the coffee.

It takes practice both to get the milk right and to develop the correct pour and

flow technique.

Generally you’ll start to pour from high up to mix the milk and create a smooth light brown canvas. Then moving the jug from side to side and across the cup create the veins (this is quite a slow precise movement) then stream the milk up the middle to create the center vein.

The popular leaf design takes around 70 attempts before you get a feel for it and can do it consistently. Continue reading Creating awesome Latte Art

Roasting coffee beans

Coffee roasting is a massive part of drinking coffee. In fact, it is almost impossible to drink or make coffee from unroasted green beans, as they are as hard as rocks after they are initially dried by the farmers.

The coffee roasting process can take years to master, and involves a large amount patience and skill, as roasting even a couple second longer could ruin the coffee beans, or even set them on fire. Continue reading Roasting coffee beans

Revvivare shot

Revvivare shots get their name from the Italian word Ravvivare meaning to revive. It was popularized in the UK and has quickly gained popularity through Europe and into Australia and New Zealand. It is essentially a double Cortissimo shot with a caffeine hit making it an ideal morning coffee.

Here are the methods and tips on making a good Revvivare shot.

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Lungo Shot

Lungo shots are an alternative to the Americano, which is a shot of espresso topped up with hot water. The Lungo is a long full cup extraction through the ground coffee and can taste quite bitter and contains lots of caffeine.

Without realising it many beginners use their pod machines at home and pull a full cup from one pod creating a Lungo shot.

Here are the methods and tips on making a good Lungo shot
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Robusta vs Arabica

Differences between Arabica & Robusta beans

It is not really hard to choose, but they both offer something different. It is common for both Arabica and Robusta varieties of beans to be blended after separate roasting to create a controlled flavour and experience.

Purists will always favour Arabica. Robusta is rarely chosen as a favourite but there are many that prefer the blended Arabica/Robusta with a respective ratio of 80/20 being the most popular. Continue reading Robusta vs Arabica

Best Espresso machines

Espresso machines can be some of the most complicated coffee brewing contraptions, and easily some of the most expensive, some costing over $20,000 for commercial level machines.

But, not all machines are created equally; many more expensive models come with a ton of bonus features, such as a milk thermometer inside of the steam arm, bean hoppers than can hold 5 pounds of beans and have a built in coffee grinder, and hot water ejection for certain drinks. Continue reading Best Espresso machines

Types of Coffee

Have you ever entered a cafe with friends, and had no real clue as to what everything on the menu was?

When still walking through the doorway to the mythical land of coffee, almost everyone feels this sort of confusion.

Today’s goal is to make you feel as comfortable as possible when it comes to the various coffee beverages. Continue reading Types of Coffee

What is the cold brew method

Within recent years, cold brew coffee has built quite the reputation in the casual coffee scene, and even the more enthusiastic coffee drinkers.

But what exactly is this “cold brew”?

Cold brew is the name given to coffee that is made with either room temperature or chilled water, and steeped for a duration of time. Continue reading What is the cold brew method

Best grinds for each brew method

With every coffee making contraption, be it a French press or the traditional coffee machine that is in the break room of offices across the world.

It is important to find the best grind size for the type of coffee you’re making. Too fine of a grind, and the coffee can be extremely over extracted, but too coarse, and it will lack key flavors. Continue reading Best grinds for each brew method