What Are Naturally Processed Coffee Beans?

If you enjoy the delights of Third Wave coffee beans often, you’ll soon come across the phrase ‘naturally processed’ or ‘dry processed’ (both meaning the same thing) and wonder what on earth this means. So what’s the skinny? Well, naturally processed coffee beans are…

September 23, 2017

How Hot Should Your Water Be When You Make Coffee?

There are no instruction manuals for making coffee. No-one who tells you not to make coffee with scalding hot water because the coffee will burn. Nothing to tell you that if your water is too cold then your coffee will come out flat and…

September 23, 2017

What Is Crema? (How Do You Get It And Is It Desirable?)

Crema is a nice sounding Italian word that seems to get misused every time I see it. I’ve even seen instant coffees with the word ‘Crema’ on it just because it sounds better. What is crema? Crema is the thin layer of brown foam…

September 22, 2017

What’s The Difference Between Arabica And Robusta?

Two of the more exotic words to appear on your freshly brewed bag of coffee beans are Arabica and Robusta, and they are among the first things you should learn about if you’re starting to really get into coffee. But what do they mean?…

September 22, 2017

What Is The Third Wave Of Coffee?

Anyone who has been around the coffee game must have seen a shift in the last 20-30 years or so. This ‘shift’ in coffee shops, coffee roasters, and home brewing has changed so much about what we think about coffee and is referred to…

September 21, 2017

What Is Turkish Coffee?

I’m a mad coffee nut, so when I got the chance to spend a few days in Istanbul last year my thoughts immediately turned to coffee. Turkey has a rich an interesting history (just look at the gorgeous Hagia Sophia I visited just above)…

August 10, 2017

What Do Body And Clarity Mean In Coffee? (And How Are They Related?)

One of the most important things you can learn to help you appreciate coffee, but something that is frighteningly poorly understood, is the difference between body and clarity. I remembering not understanding this and finding it really hard to get a straight answer. Now…

August 9, 2017

What Is Siphon Coffee? (The Most Unique Method In Coffee?)

Siphon Coffee is a mysterious creature, made from a Siphon Coffee Maker – often referred to as a Vacuum Pot or a Vacuum Coffee Maker – an absolutely outrageous looking piece of kit. It is held in high regard by many in the know…

August 9, 2017