Does Tamping Matter?
Tamping is a personal, essential part of making coffee—or is it? We find out.
Can Lasers Change The Way We Make Cold Brew?
Lasers are objectively awesome. But they might also help us make cold brew in a zap.
Please Push No More: New Wave Tampers
A new crop of tampers is changing how baristas make espresso.
Coffee Basics: Understanding Extraction Variables
Using water to extract the parts of the coffee seed that we want to drink.
For The Love of Decaf: A Glimpse Into the Rise of Decaffeinated Specialty Coffee
People have consumed coffee for its stimulating effect since the beginning. Legend has it that Kaldi, a goat herder in Ethiopia, discovered coffee cherries when he noticed how energetic his goats were after eating…
Managing Multiple Water Sources: Why The Water You Use To Brew Matters
Creating consistency across regional water differences.
The Art of the Perfect Affogato
With summer around the corner, affogatos are the perfect seasonal addition to your menu and a fun way to explore creative pairings of coffee and ice cream.
Move Smart: Four Ways To Improve Barista Ergonomics
Defining and preventing threats to barista wellness.
Does Freshness Matter? — What We Talk About When We Talk About Freshness in Coffee
We're taught that a coffee's flavor is directly related to its age. Let's re-examine the idea of freshness in coffee and our responsibility to old or aged-out coffees.
Turkish Coffee Revisited
Although dozens of nationalities claim a coffee culture centered around a cezve or ibrik, the concentrated, unfiltered brew is perhaps best known as Turkish coffee, and a growing number of specialty coffee professionals are…