How to Spot Coffee Bean Defects and How They Change Taste

How to Spot Coffee Bean Defects and How They Change Taste

Like many beginner coffee roasters, I learned about the origins of beans and their characteristic flavours. I knew nothing about bean defects or how they affect the final taste of the roasted coffee in the cup. I never really knew if the beans had defects from growing, harvesting, processing or ...

3 Great Coffee Roasters Under $550 – and Why They’re the Best

3 Great Coffee Roasters Under $550 – and Why They’re the Best

$550 seems to be the price point where serious coffee roasters usually enter the market. There’s a good reason for this. While there are a few very good roasters available in the lower price brackets at $300 and even $150, manufacturers have usually made compromises to keep the price down. In the $550 price range ...

Which are the Best Coffee Roasters Under $300?

Which are the Best Coffee Roasters Under $300?

Once again we experience the price floor in good coffee roasting machines where prosumer units usually begin around $1000 or higher. My research into coffee roasters under $300 found only two really viable solutions in this price range and both have some compromises. One is the Kaldi Manual Home Coffee Roaster, is a ...

The Best Japanese Pour-over Drip Coffee Makers

The Best Japanese Pour-over Drip Coffee Makers

When I first started to really care about the coffee I drank a number of years ago, I thought good coffee was only about the roasted beans. I never really focused much on the brewing methods.  I came to realize that the flavor of good, well roasted coffee beans is enhanced by careful brewing. My good friend John knows ...

The Best Japanese Coffee Makers for your Home

The Best Japanese Coffee Makers for your Home

The Japanese are renowned for there attention to detail. When you experience a lovingly crafted bonsai tree or meticulously made sushi up close you will know what I mean. This attention to detail is also evident in Japanese coffee makers. In the West the preparation of coffee the not front and centre as it is in ...

The Ultimate Guide to Coffee Culture Around the World

The Ultimate Guide to Coffee Culture Around the World

The role of coffee in people’s lives varies from the functional to the ritualistic and is a strong enabler of social gatherings around the world .  Coffee also plays an essential role in the economies of so many countries. In this article I’m going to stick to how it’s prepared; roasted, brewed, served and enjoyed. ...

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