• What is Rooibos?

    What is Rooibos?
    What is Rooibos? Rooibos (Red Bush or Red tea - although it is not a tisane, so not really a ‘tea’) The standard way to say Rooibos in the USA is "Roy-boss." If you get a bit of an Afrikans accent, then you can say – "Rrrrrooo-ee-boss." Rooibos (Aspalathus linearis) is a member of the legume family [odd huh?] and only grows in the...
  • Modulating Espresso

    Modulating Espresso
    In my previous blog post ‘A Pretty Good Shot’, I gave new baristas an idea of how to get in the ballpark with their espresso. In this blog, I am giving pointers on knocking espresso out of the park! If you are new to espresso, you may want to read my previous article first. This blog is intended for those who have undergone barista training or...
  • How to Adjust Coffee Strength

    How to Adjust Coffee Strength
    I am often asked how strong our coffee should be brewed or how much should be put into a brewing device. I wish I had an easier answer like, “1 cup,” but unfortunately the issue is a little more complex than that. In this blog I will help you discover how to answer this question for yourself. Now, let’s get started!
  • Brewing Coffee at Home !

    Brewing Coffee at Home !
    Too often, I sell a bag of coffee to someone, only to have them come back and let me know that it doesn’t taste as good as it does when I prepare it for them. I get questions like: “Why doesn’t my coffee taste as good at home?” “How do I know if I am making my coffee too strong or too weak?” and...
  • ‘A Pretty Good Shot’

    ‘A Pretty Good Shot’
    ‘A Pretty Good Shot’ Home Espresso Tips to Beginners Home espresso machines offer inexpensive drinks without leaving the house or office. Once your have got your espresso machine up and running you will undoubtedly want to start pulling shots, but for someone who has not prepared espresso in the past this can be a daunting task. Professional baristas at high-end cafes undergo hours of...
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