Coffee and Health: debunking the harmful myths

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Coffee is the second consumed drink in the world after water with millions and millions of cups of coffee served every day. It’s always been into the eye of the storm for its harmful effects (blamed for causing many diseases), even after thousands and thousands of scientific proofs. Acrylamide and more… about the Cons Last March, a judge of a California Superior court, came down with a ruling that may …

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8 differences between arabica and robusta coffee

8 difference between arabica and robusta coffee

The shape of the bean: arabica bean is oval with a sinuous groove; robusta bean is more circular with a straight groove; arabica is also lighter in color than robusta; The chromosomes: arabica has 44 chromosomes, robusta has 22; Pollination: arabica plant is a self-pollinating plant that means that there will be less mutations and variations because it will not be affected by a combination of genetic factors; robusta plant, …

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Coffee Producing Countries – Panama Geisha

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Whether you like it or not (why wouldn’t you?) Panama is the land of coffee, the heaven of coffee. Panama is a country that produces quality over quantity (with less than 1% market share) and it’s up to date on farming and processing techniques from the picking to the processing (wet processing stations and dry mills) as well as transportation. Panama Production Panama produces mostly arabica beans which grow in …

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La Marzocco Strada AV coffee machine review

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Founded in 1927, La Marzocco is one of the world leaders in producing of top-of-the-range espresso machines. La Marzocco is constantly focused with the needs of the market with a view to the future. Today I’m reviewing La Marzocco Strada AV (automatic volumetric) that was launched in 2016. La Marzocco Strada AV takes its name from a group of baristas that worked with the company to design this model. This …

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Which type of coffee grinding burrs are better and how they affect the quality?

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Which kind of grinding burrs are better? How can we choose between flat or conical burrs? There is often a lack of knowledge when we hear people talking about this topic: most of the time people don’t think they need to know about what’s inside a grinder. Whether we like it or not, we are in the final stage of the supply chain so if we don’t care about it, …

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The Basics of Coffee Extraction

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Whatever method of coffee extraction we use, coffee needs a solvent. Water, in fact, is one of the best solvents that we have in nature especially for its chemical properties: it’s super attractive with hydrophilic substances, substances that have molecules that can absorb water. The better way to extract the molecules inside of a coffee’s beans is to make as more contact surface as possible to let the water get …

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Kieni coffee: The Coffee Collective’s roastery

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I am really proud to review one of the greatest coffee roasteries that is currently making its mark during these years since 2007. We are talking about The Coffee Collective, a Denmark company owned by some of the highest profile persons within the Denmark coffee industry. We are reviewing Kieni, a Kenyan coffee from Nyeri region. Kieni is a washed Kenyan coffee variety SL28/SL34: these varieties are known for their …

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Coffee Producing Countries – Uganda

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We are starting today with this post about Uganda my blog section about coffee producers and manufactures around the world. Uganda has been known firstly for the production of Robusta: around the year of 1860, Uganda could already boast Robusta plants within its territories (this kind of bean grew already spontaneity before it was imported from Ethiopya). Uganda is one of the coffee producers that is growing faster between the …

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Nuova Simonelli Mythos One grinder review

Simonelli Mythos One

In 2015 Nuova Simonelli, in collaboration with a team of internationally renowned baristas, developed a completely revolutionary coffee grinder that has totally changed the concept of grinding within the coffee industry. The Mythos One Clima Pro, the name the manufacturer has chosen for this grinder, is a combination of design, high performance and ease of use. It supports super-resistant 75mm burrs (steel, covered with titanium) and an innovative Clima Pro …

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Edido – My Review of the Barn’s coffee

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We recently tried Edido from The Barn (one of my favourite roaster). Edido is an Ethiopian washed coffee that grows in the Aricha area of Yirgacheffe. We tried it as an espresso (double shot of course!). This heirloom varietal grows at an altitude of 1900-2100 meters and after two days of fermentation, the beans are sun-dried on raised beds in the sun for approximately two weeks. The flavour is tropical …

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