Grinding for espresso at home

Pulling café-quality espresso shots is a goal for home baristas all around the world. For many, however, choosing the right equipment is a key challenge. Without it, your espresso extraction will fall short time and time again. And while many consumers think that a high-end espresso machine can guarantee…

What is excelsa coffee?

Discovered in Africa at the turn of the 20th century, excelsa coffee is a unique, resilient, and productive species, despite its minimal presence in the global coffee market. Little information about how much of it is traded, roasted, or brewed is available, since it moves only in very small…

The evolution of the Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel

The Specialty Coffee Association (SCA)’s Coffee Taster’s Flavor Wheel is arguably one of the most iconic resources in the coffee industry. The poster adorns the walls of cupping labs worldwide and has become a backdrop for most professional coffee training courses. Originally published in 1995, the wheel has been…

Why are some coffee beans harder to grind than others?

There are many things brewers should consider when grinding coffee, including origin, roast profile, processing method, and brew method. Each should inform just how coarse or fine your coffee should be for optimal extraction. Each bean behaves slightly differently when it is ground, for a number of reasons. Some…

CBD and coffee: Exploring a new market

Cannabidiol, or CBD for short, has slowly but surely slipped into the global market, a range of products, and our social media feeds. Experts now expect this US $390 million industry to be worth billions within just a few years.  For many, CBD products offer pain relief and a…

Exploring Malawi as a coffee origin

Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa with a population of more 19 million people. Its economy is largely driven by agriculture, which supports some 90% of the country’s rural population. Malawi’s main agricultural exports in 2018 were raw tobacco (valued at US $694 million) and tea (US…

A guide to fluid bed coffee roasters

Today, drum roasters are the most popular machine for professional coffee roasters around the world. However, in the past few decades, some manufacturers have started looking away from drum roasters in favour of an alternative model.  The fluid bed roaster has technically been around since the 1970s, but has…