With new caffeinated drinks being invented all around today, knowing the right words to explain and talk about yours is no small task. The difference between a macchiato and latte comes all the way from Italy. Macchiato means ‘stained’ or ‘marked’. Latte means ‘milk’. Combinations of each phrase creates a confusing roster of orders. ㅤ […]More
Coffee beans come from two plant families: robusta and arabica. From lower heights, the former coffee can grow in many places. While arabica comes from specific settings, its counterpart is durable. In fragile living conditions, arabica becomes acidic and produces less caffeine. ㅤ Robusta beans go a lot farther: doubled caffeine content but halved amounts […]More
When the weather warms, a hot cup of joe can be too much. Iced coffee is a refreshing alternative, but as it melts, it makes a pretty watery drink. And so, the most recently popularized chilled caffeine is cold brew coffee. ㅤ Also called cold water extraction or pressing, no heat is needed for a […]More
Coffee Bean Fermentation: What is it?
Fermentation is one of the newest trends in coffee bean processing. After removing the cherry, a layer called mucilage is left. Fermentation uses this to change coffee flavor before anything else! ㅤ Fermentation: How does it work? The sugar in mucilage is broken down into simpler substances. Either aerobic, with oxygen, or anaerobic, without oxygen, […]More
Eye on Coffee: What are Coffee Eyes?
The term is used to describe certain drinks with a few variations. The name is rumored to come from flights across the USA overnight: so exhausting, you show up with red eyes. Starbucks originally included this as a secret menu beverage. Now, there are many different ones around the country like dead and black eye. […]More
Coffee Cupping: What is it?
For quality control and learning about products, experts guide cuppings. They taste for identifying flavors, notes, or even origin countries. Consistency is crucial in giving each cup an equal chance. This comes from good preparation. A cupping session gives a clear opinion on each coffee. To do a cupping, focus on aspects like: Tasters combine […]More
Its the early 1940s and Joe Sheridan made a new drink to wake up travelers at what is now Shannon Airport. When asked what it was, he replied, Irish coffee. He explained how to make it, and birthed a delicious alcoholic caffeinated dessert. ㅤ Irish Coffee Ingredients In how to make Irish Coffee, traditional methods […]More
What is green coffee
As a coffee drinker, you might not know what goes into your cup from start to finish. In reality, everything from the plant to roast influences the final product. ㅤ What are green coffee beans? Raw coffee beans, sometimes improperly roasted, are green beans. These are the unprocessed coffee beans immediately inside the coffee plant’s […]More
Coffee plants come in many different varieties under the scientific genus coffea. Not all make it into our caffeinated beverages. Most well-known are Arabica and Robusta. Some lesser-known strains like Liberica and Excelsa exist in smaller batches as local specialties. Strains grow through various conditions in parts of Africa, Asia, and South America which change […]More
Crema on Espresso
When hot water pushes through coffee, it makes crema: a layer of foam on the top of an espresso. Its sought-after aroma separates a good espresso from any drip coffee. You can learn to read your crema color and thickness to better understand your coffee.More