Five Amazing Espresso Coffees – These might Be the Best Beans for Espresso

Espresso shotWhat if I told you I found the best beans for espresso? Would you believe me? Don’t believe me and don’t believe anybody for that matter. Not that I can’t recommend you some fantastic espresso blends. But when you have a few great choices, you can’t choose one blend over the other. All are great in their way, and you will probably like them all. Coffee taste, like wine, is subjective. It depends on the person who drinks it and their mood at that time.

Regardless of the subjective side of espresso tasting, there are a few objective things to consider when evaluating some espresso beans.

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Breville BES980XL Oracle – Espresso Machine Review

Breville Bes980xl Oracle Review

Breville Oracle is Not a Super-Automatic

The price tag of the Breville BES980XL Oracle is within the range of super automatic espresso machines, yet the Oracle is just a semiautomatic machine. Well, not exactly a semiautomatic either, but this is where it got me. You’ll see why in a bit.

Breville’s marketing team was inspired when they named its high end espresso machine “Oracle”. Yes, this machine has all the brewing answers espresso lovers were looking for. It seems a bit steep for a machine that doesn’t qualify as a super-automatic.

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Kopi Luwak Is the Most Expensive Coffee – Is Civet Coffee Worth the Price?

Civet coffee or kopi luwak is the most expensive coffee in the world. Why is it so expensive, many people ask? Is it all the same no matter where you buy it? The short answer is: Genuine kopi luwak is rare. There is a limited amount of genuine kopi luwak, and that drives the price up. Unscrupulous entrepreneurs though, have found ways to produce more civet coffee. We will show you how to minimize the risk of getting fake kopi luwak, and get the best quality beans. Foraging for civet coffee

What Is Kopi Luwak?

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Peaberry Coffee – Is It Really Worth the Price?

Peaberry Coffee - Kona If you have heard of peaberry coffee, you may have wondered what it is and why it is so expensive. Peaberries have a rather interesting origin, and a complicated harvesting method.

Can you bake a pie with peaberries? No, but the coffee brewed with peaberry coffee beans is delicious. Want to learn more? Read on.

What is Peaberry Coffee?

Peaberry vs regular coffee beansPeaberries are developing in a coffee cherry where one of the beans fails. Some people think this is a mutation. The coffee cherry normally contains two pits. The two coffee beans are flat on the interior side and round on the outer side.

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Dutch Cold Brew Coffee – What Is it and How to Make it?

Dutch Cold Brew Coffee on the street in Taiwan

Thanks to the innovations of baristas, the world of coffee is ever-evolving. We are always trying to find the best way to preserve and enhance the delicate flavors of coffee beans to create the perfect brew—but this isn’t new. Centuries before Starbucks, about three hundred years ago, the Dutch discovered a way to brew coffee that creates quite possibly the finest coffee taste to date, and it’s making a quick comeback. The Dutch might have forgotten the method, but the Japanese and the Koreans developed the method and transformed it into art.

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The Combination Coffee Espresso Machine – A Guide and Reviews

The new hype in the home coffee brewing is the combination coffee espresso machine. If you’ve ever been mesmerized by the motions of your barista behind the counter while you waited on your latte, you’re not alone. There is a certain meditative quality to espresso drinks: brew the espresso, steam the milk, pour the espresso, pour the milk, wipe off the steam wand, flush the wand, repeat. Baristas are passionate for a reason. Coffee is a lifestyle.Combination Coffee Espresso Machine Now, you don’t have to fill out an application to your local coffee shop to experience the bliss of being a barista.… Read more

Single Origin Coffee Beans – Why Are they Better?

You may have heard the term “single origin” being used by your favorite barista while they’re whipping up your creamy cappuccino, and you might not have paid much mind to it. But what does it mean? And should you care? The coffee industry has become increasingly complex as more and more baristas are taking their passion and experimenting with it, and discovering new ways to brew. But what does this mean for your morning cup of joe? Would buying single origin coffee make your cup better, or just more expensive?

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Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters – Artisan, on Demand Roaster

I met Chris Curtis online on Twitter, where he was promoting his coffee roasting business. He said that his company roasts on demand, because they want to ensure the best and the freshest coffee on the market. I got some coffee beans from him, and I absolutely loved them.

Espresso Shot and Sesame Snaps

Chris’s company, Blue Ridge Coffee Crafters is based in Charlottesville, Virginia, but they ship coffee everywhere in North America. They have some of my favorite beans, which made me curious to try them. They roast Ethiopian Yirgacheffe, Brazilian Cerrado, Sumatra, and a pleasant surprise for me, their Colombian Supremo, which I didn’t try before.… Read more

How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home, and Why Do It

How to Roast Coffee Beans at Home I love home coffee roasting, and I’d do it on a regular basis, if I had the time. But time for me is the most expensive commodity, so I need to manage it carefully. Because of that, I have to rely on coffee roasters for my brewing needs. Anyway, I needed some specially roasted beans for my cold brew concoction, and no roasters seemed to have anything close to my needs. I dusted off my coffee roasting skills, and proceeded with the task at hand.

Why Roast Coffee at Home?

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Best Coffee for Cold Brew – How To Choose the Best Coffee Beans for Cold Brew

Toddy Cold Brew Coffee SystemI just roasted a batch of what I like to call “the best beans for cold brew”. I like to roast my own beans, but I rarely have enough time for this. I usually find what I need at the local roasters around home, or on Internet. This time, however, I wanted something special, so I took the time to roast myself. Total success. I am not going to discuss roasting here, I will only show you how to pick a great coffee for your cold brew, and I’ll do a couple short reviews for beans that I tried before.

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Coffee Hurts My Stomach – How to Deal with Stomach Pain from Coffee

Coffee Hurts my StomachMany people get stomach pain from drinking coffee, and they think there is nothing to be done. Some stop drinking coffee completely, some lower the consumption, and some will just suffer in silence. The reality is that you don’t have to suffer; there are a few ways to minimize the impact of caffeine on your stomach.

The most efficient ways to avoid stomach pain, while enjoying a decent cup of joe, are low acid beans, decaf, (or half decaf), milk addition, selective brew type, and specific roast levels. There are three other simple tips to avoid coffee related stomach aches.

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SCAA Certified Coffee Makers – The best Tasting coffee Makers

Drip Coffee in Paper Cup with lidThere is a price to get one of the 7 SCAA certified coffee makers, but if you are a perfectionist, and your coffee means for you more than the daily fix of caffeine, the price is worth it. Making a great cup of coffee requires precision. Drip coffee can taste great even if it’s made at home. You just need to have the right coffee brewer. You probably asked yourself why the coffee at Dunkin Donuts tastes better than the one you brew at home. Although there are stories about them using great beans, different than the ones they sell for you to take home, this is only part of the story.… Read more

Coffee: From Seed To Cup

World Coffee Consumption InfographicAs a commodity, coffee is bought, traded and consumed all over the world. In fact, it is the second most traded commodity in the world after oil. The process of producing coffee is quite complex which results in the coffee production being one of the most labour intensive industries in the world. Each coffee harvest changes from year to year. It is safe to say that the journey of the coffee bean is a long and adventurous one! From growing to harvesting, processing to roasting right down to brewing, each step of the process is highly variable and differs hugely from country to country.

Coffee is mainly produced in tropical and subtropical countries like Colombia, Ethiopia and Brazil usually no more than 1,000 miles from the equator and will grow at altitudes between sea level and 7,000 feet. In order to produce the finest coffee possible, attention to detail is vital for each process. The international coffee supply chain is a multifaceted trade network and there are several steps that must be taken to turn the coffee bean of the seasonal fruit into a consumable (and tasty!) product. But where does it go from there? Espresso Works has created this infographic that looks at each step of the coffee process.

Coffee from Seed to Cup Infographic

The Journey of Coffee Infographic

Best Home Espresso Grinder – Rancilio Rocky vs Baratza Vario vs Gaggia MDF

Best Home Coffee Grinders Compared

Baratza Vario Large Closeup
Choosing a home espresso grinder for your daily brewing needs is not that complicated. If your budget is flexible, and you are trying to get the best bang for your buck, you might be stuck in a dilemma. We hope we can make it easier for you by showing what features are important in a grinder, and how having or missing these features can affect your espresso shot.

If you are looking to buy a new coffee grinder, you must already know the most trusted names in the industry.

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Funny Coffee Mugs – The Best Humorous Coffee Mugs

Toilet shaped coffee mugLooking for funny coffee mugs? We have a pretty decent collection. You can even buy them online, if you want one for yourself or to give it to someone dear.Yeah, that morning cup of coffee is best when sipped slowly with the loved ones, from a funny coffee mug. The funny mug that you give to your coworker will be the attraction of the office for the next couple of months. “Ha, ha, that’s so funny!” Sure, I love the “Best Dad” or “Best Mom” mugs, but I love even more one that says: “Not entirely myself right now, I need to finish my coffee.”

This collection of humorous coffee mugs had circulated for days via email, and has made our mornings brighter.

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