HOW DOES WATER PRESSURE AFFECT ESPRESSOS?

Did you know that pressure does things to other things? It does! It turns coal into diamonds. It turns beers with friends into tequila shots. And it turns coffee into espressos! Pressure is great! We are constantly exerting and experiencing some form of force. We are at the same time being pulled down by gravity, […]

ROUTINE AND HIDDEN TREASURE

It’s Tuesday (for narrative purposes). You know this because Marg is wearing her puffy sleeved chequered blouse, tapered ankle length slacks in emerald green and New Balance sneakers. You know her name is Marg because you’ve heard “Thanks Marg, your skim cap is ready!” at least 398 times. She’s a newbie. Though she is unaware, […]

HOW DOES WATER TEMPERATURE AFFECT ESPRESSO?

Water is a somewhat necessary part of our existence, and unless you eat coffee your beans straight out of the bag, it’s a necessary part of a coffee’s existence. It’s a complex topic, very scientific, definitely getting into some high brow coffee snobbery with chemical equations and variables and such and so forth, so we’ll […]

HOW DOES WATER TEMPERATURE AFFECT YOUR ESPRESSO?

Water is a somewhat necessary part of our existence, and unless you eat coffee your beans straight out of the bag, it’s a necessary part of a coffee’s existence. It’s a complex topic, very scientific, definitely getting into some high brow coffee snobbery with chemical equations and variables and such and so forth, so we’ll […]

HOW DOES WATER PRESSURE AFFECT YOUR ESPRESSOS?

Did you know that pressure does things to other things? It does! It turns coal into diamonds. It turns beers with friends into tequila shots. And it turns coffee into espressos! Pressure is great! We are constantly exerting and experiencing some form of force. We are at the same time being pulled down by gravity, […]

CAFE IDENTITIES: THE BEACH SIDE BAKERY/CAFE

You’re going camping. Not hard core, hike three days in and out mountain bring your own everything or you will surely die type camping, but a ‘pack the surfboards, bikes and an esky we’re heading to the beach’ type camping. And let’s just say you’re not going to be making your own coffee (though you […]

DOSING CHAMBER OF SECRETS

You know that recipes are important, nay, crucial to making consistent coffees across time and space (i.e. time after time, and the space between you and the customer or fellow barista you are trying to communicate how to make this spectacular coffee. Yes, that was a stretch.) Let’s get a bit more into the nitty […]

WHY USE A RECIPE?

Yesterday I made some cherry shortbread cookies. I had a recipe but didn’t follow it, rather just eye-balled this, approximated that. They tasted okay (it being about 50% sugar and 50% butter and all), but I didn’t measure the cherries, got a bit overzealous and voila! A gloopy, pink blob of a cookie. Not the […]

THE COMPOST POST

At a cafe I worked at a while back, we had a beautiful regular named Pat who, in exchange for our used coffee grounds, would bake us banana bread. She would thank us profusely for our generosity which we graciously accepted. Along with the banana bread. Pat loved her garden and would use the spent […]

Life After Pro with Kate Shore

What happens after you take one of our barista courses? We chatted to Kate Shore, who trained in our Pro course with us, and has found an awesome barista gig! Where are you currently working? The Pie and Grind Bakehouse in Fairlight. 2. What coffee and equipment do you work with? I’m working with Campos […]

The optimal time of day you should be drinking coffee

Can’t seem to shake yourself out of that foggy morning haze until you sip your cup of early morning coffee? Perhaps it’s the first thing you do when you wake up in the morning, or part of your re-energising mid-afternoon routine to kick that 3pm-itis (we feel you). Scientific research has been done to figure […]