WHAT COFFEE DO YOU WANT?

You think you want a coffee, but it’s a big world of coffee out there and your decision making facilities haven’t had the caffeine required to fire them up. Here’s your proxy coffee decider. Feel free to print out a copy to have on hand for when you’re second in line in the cafe queue […]

MYTHBUSTERS: JUDGING A COFFEE BY ITS CREMA

Do I start this off my saying that yes this is a myth up front or leave it as a big reveal at the end? I’ll leave it to the end. Build up the suspense first. Thick, golden crema is the stuff of magic. Wrong! Wait, I’m leaving judgement till later. No, it really is […]

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, […]

COFFEE OF THE MONTH: DR CONGO

In recent years DR Congo is re-emerging as a coffee origin.  This is the 3rd crop we have purchased in as many years and the region is showing us what it is capable of.  Many small cooperatives are now in action and working together to increase the quality of their coffee.  This coffee is from […]

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 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, […]

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 […]

FIRST WAVE COFFEE

You know of the third wave, right? Yeah, you’re on it. But did you see the first two that came through before it? The ones that set you up for the sweet ride you’re on now? Come, pick up your board and ride the silky golden coffee waves back in space time. Splash around for […]

Black Market Single Origins

  PNG TIMOR LESTE Bright Roast Waghi Valley Washed Lutlala Natural Yirgacheffe Kigibah estate sits in the stunning Waghi Valley of the Western Highlands surrounded by towering dark blue mountains. The estate is run by Bill Gardner, an Australian born, raised in PNG. As well as processing his coffee grown at Kigibah, Bill engages with […]

Sparkle: Our Special 2019 Christmas Coffee

Christmas is around the corner! This special time of year calls for a special coffee blend. We’ve matched two amazing honey-processed coffees. This stunning blend of Sumatra Kerinci and El Salvador Villa Galicia creates a juicy orange and peach-like acidity, rich flavours of chocolate, ripe berries, pinot & black berry. Drink black, with milk or […]

Why loving coffee may be part of who you are

Let’s be honest, we drink coffee because it’s just good. A new study suggests that enjoying that morning cuppa may be a part of your genetic make-up. That’s right. Your morning ritual of turning on the coffee machine may be thanks to our ancestors who have guzzled espresso before us. The study was conducted by […]