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How to do a leaf design on a flat white

Latte art: the beautiful designs made in espresso beverages that highlight the contrast between the white milk, and the dark espresso. The trend started around the 1980’s and 1990’s, and latte art has been a growing trend in the professional cafe business, and home barista. The chances are, if you frequently go to a cafe,…
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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.

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.

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…
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Corto Shot

Corto shots (often synonymous with Ristretto) can be used as the basis for many other drinks but also work quite well drunk straight as an Espresso shot. Here are the methods and tips on making a good Corto shot.

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…
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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…
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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…
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Cortissimo shot

Cortissimo shots are used as the base for many other drinks particularly the flat white and Cortado but work well in other coffee options if you prefer a stronger taste and less caffeine. Here are the methods and tips on making a good Cortissimo shot.

Ristretto Shot

Ristretto shots (literally restricted) can be used as the basis for many other drinks but also work quite well when drunk as an Espresso shot. Here are the methods and tips on making a good Ristretto shot.

Espresso shot

Espresso shots are used as the basis for many other drinks including Americano, Cappuccino and Latte. Some prefer a double shot. An espresso shot is the amount of coffee used to brew an Espresso which is a very small, intense coffee drink.

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…
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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,…
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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…
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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.

Caffeine

People usually associate drinking coffee with the caffeine hit you get. It is used to keep people alert and awake or to help get people going in the morning.

Best coffee grinders

When making coffee, one of the essentials is making sure the coffee is ground to fit the brewing method. To start off, there are three types of grinders that most people use: a blade grinder, a conical burr grinder, and a flat burr grinder.

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,…
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