Category Archives: Being Barista

SEED TO CUP BARISTA ADVENTURE!! Peru 2010

Twelve world-class baristas were transported from the comfort of their urban retail coffee shops to spend a week living on a small, family-owned coffee farm on the edge of the Amazon basin in northern Peru. There was no electricity. No … Continue reading

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Espresso, Ristretto, Espresso, Ristretto.

So this may be kind of an old conversation for the folk in the States but I have been dragged into this conversation many times since I have been back in Australia. Particularly when I order an espresso and I … Continue reading

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Guinness World Record: Most espressos made in 1 hour

This past month, at the London Coffee Festival, the London Belle Baristas’ team broke the Guinness World Record for producing the most espressos made in one hour.  Using 31 commercial espresso machines (La Marzocco’s included) they produced 12,005 espressos at … Continue reading

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Grinding to order – without clumps

Grinding to order has two advantages:  firstly the coffee is fresh, secondly there is minimal waste.  To achieve this we are mostly using standard doser or doserless grinders with digital timers – either factory fitted, or hacked in afterwards.  No … Continue reading

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Coffee Brewing Control Chart

The graph above is what’s called a “Brewing Control Chart”, the key to making whatever coffee you’re using taste as good as possible (and not to mention getting all the flavor you’re paying for into the pot).  It may look … Continue reading

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The Chemex Brewer by Intelligentsia

This is the first in a series of instructional videos by Intelligentsia Coffee to enable everyone to prepare excellent coffee in their own home. In this video we feature the Chemex Brewer and the music of Mucca Pazza (mucca-pazza.org). Enjoy, … Continue reading

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Milk to Perfection

Graeme Stewart had worked, learning his craft, in a busy family owned coffee shop. A dedicated student of all things ‘cafe culture’, he became fascinated by the growth in latte art and the wonderful patterns that could be produced on … Continue reading

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Five heart tulip. Latte Art.

   

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Brewers Cup in Hollywood, CA.

  Eton Tsuno of Coffee Savants Consulting demonstrates the art of drip coffee at the 2011 United States Barista Championships (USBC), Brewers Cup in Hollywood, CA. This is footage from Day 1 of competition. Eton demonstrates the simplicity of drip … Continue reading

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What is specialty coffee?

  The term “specialty coffee” refers to the highest-quality green coffee beans roasted to their greatest flavor potential by true craftspeople and then it is brewed to well-established standards. Specialty coffee is not defined by a brewing method, such as … Continue reading

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