10 espresso myths

Let’s take a look at some commonly held myths about espresso and put some facts out there. 1. What is the crema, and why is it so obsessed over? Crema is the lighter cascading portion of an espresso shot, that slowly dissipates the longer the shot sits. Crema is responsible for a ton of the […]

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 […]

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 […]

Cleaning a drip coffee maker

Drip coffee makers come in all shapes and styles; from inexpensive models up to models up in the hundreds of dollars. One thing these different machines have in common though, is that they need to be descaled and deep cleaned every so often to ensure the quality of coffee is always high. If a coffee […]

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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Effects of Humidity on stored coffee

Keeping coffee beans and grounds fresh is imperative to the overall flavor yielded by the desired brewer, meaning that fresh coffee is usually the best. One of the biggest threats to all kinds of coffee is humidity. When it comes to green coffee beans, too little humidity will cause the beans to dry out too […]

Hand vs electric grinders

The process of grinding coffee beans is pretty essential to brewing. The only type of coffee I know of that does not use ground beans, is a type made for cupping. There are tons of different ways to grind coffee, such as an electric grinder, hand grinder, or even mashing the beans between a couple […]

History of Coffee

Coffee is a drink that has been around for a long time, since about 850 A.D or so, actually. Starting from humble beginnings, coffee has throughout the years has become a commodity that touches base with oil. The first documented case of coffee consumption comes from the goat herder, Kaldi, in 850 A.D in what […]

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 […]

Coffee canisters and containers

Coffee is expensive, especially good coffee. While it may not cost as much as a diamond ring, or put a hole in your wallet equivalent to filling the gas tank of a Hummer, everyone wants to have their coffee beans last as long as possible. Storing coffee is not as difficult as it may seem, […]

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.

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 […]

Kopi Tubruk coffee

Making Indonesian Kopi Tubruk In Indonesia, a drink called Kopi Tubruk is among one of the most consumed coffee beverages. This drink is similar to Turkish coffee, in the sense that the coffee grounds are left in the cup after the brewing process has been completed.

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 […]

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.

Coffee Tasting

Here is a step by step guide to drinking coffee! To fully appreciate the coffee and assess it quality an expert will adopt a methodical approach and some of this method will allow you to fully appreciate every sip of coffee you take. Coffee tasting, or cupping as it also goes by, is the art […]

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 […]

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 […]

Compare coffee types

Many people get confused with popular coffees so we are going to take a look at the most common ones people compare and see the differences in our coffee 1 vs coffee 2 guide. Because coffees can have similar names or due to unfamiliarity it can be confusing so hopefully this simple pocket guide will […]

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 […]

Most expensive coffees in the world.

In most hobbies, there are entry level products, mid level products, and higher end products. With fountain pen collecting, some pens cost only a couple dollars, while some can cost a few thousand dollars. Coffee is very similar in this sense, meaning that there is inexpensive coffee that is widely available, and there is some […]

Frothing milk for coffee

Foamed or frothed milk is a crucial part of some espresso based drinks, such as lattes and cappuccinos, seeing how it is often the only other ingredient involved. While just about all coffee shops steam their milk using an espresso machine, there are a few ways to do it at home that can yield steamed milk […]

Cleaning Espresso makers

Espresso machines are the heart and soul of the professional and home cafe world. But, much like cars, espresso machines of all makes and models require preventative maintenance to be done on them to ensure their lifespan. Be it the tiny steam powered espresso machine that can be purchased at any supermarket, or the kind […]