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Consistency really matters about Coffee

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Consistency is one of my favourite coffee-related terms and it also sounds great, isn’t it? Consistency is the key and overlooking it, it’s a common mistake that most company does. It doesn’t matter if you are in the specialty business or in the chain one. I’m obviously a specialty coffee lover but what we (specialty coffee) should embrace is that consistency is a strong point of a chain; we can disagree with the quality of the product they serve, but we are pretty sure that we are going to taste … Read more

Specialty Coffee: what’s behind all this?

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I used to drink coffee just as a fuel so it wasn’t a good relationship at all. I used to make it with a moka pot adding sugar after brewed it to cover the unpleasant experience. Just after many years I realised what I was used to drink: a “first wave” coffee, hard to smell and lacking of good flavours. Mostly a burnt liquid (made especially with robusta beans) with hints of ash and leather and a bitter taste. At a certain point I questioned myself about what I was … Read more

The harmful role of pesticides and how to minimise their impact

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When we refer to pesticides we need to consider a wide range of substances like herbicides, fungicides and insecticides.Unfortunately, coffee is one of the most sprayed crop in the world. The majority of the studies say that up to 250 pounds of fertilizers are sprayed per every single acre of non-organic coffee. Roughly 90% of the coffee are non-organic. So basically, we need to use pesticides whenever we want to prevent or eliminate pests like insects, fungal diseases and many others. But what’s the difference between organic and non-organic coffee? … Read more

Coffee countries are in jeopardy. What’s the coffee industry up to?

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I have always believed that we make our own destiny. By better understanding the impact we human beings have on nature, we need to learn the impact we are already causing on climate change. What threatens the production of coffee? Deforesting, farming and burning fossil release carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. By doing that, we are rising the global temperature causing the so-called phenomenon “greenhouse effect”, a natural process in which the Earth’s surface is getting warmer by the gases that are trapped into the atmosphere. The increase in temperature … Read more

The evolution of the coffee waves

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Coffee comes in waves. Waves are like trends, a step to do to keep up with the evolution. Actually, coffee started before any of these trends; in the 15th centuries coffee became famous in the coffee houses of the middle east and after a couple of centuries it was popular in Europe as well. The first wave The first wave of coffee brought coffee to the people and not only anymore for the rich one. It’s just something needed to wake up in the morning; a black, burnt and bitter … Read more

Instant Coffee – Can it be your new Best Friend?

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Coffee! I love it and who does not? Every day I wake up in the morning, the first thing I look for is a cup of coffee. My day seems to be incomplete without it. A cup of coffee just makes us feel fresh and get going. Many of you guys like coffee, some of you love it and a few of you cannot live without it. But how many of you have ever tried to get it to know more about your favourite beverage. Nobody? No worries. Just find … Read more

Why we should avoid take away cups

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The demand of any reusable cup that are plastic free is increasing a lot in London, especially in the last few months. When we talk about reusable cups, we refer to any take away cups made by glass, bamboo, cork, china etc. etc. But why people are avoiding plastic cups? Plastic cups are harmful cause they contain Bisphenol A or BPA. About BPA BPA is a chemical that we can’t avoid completely: found in nature, we breath it naturally but it’s mostly found in most of the disposable cups such … Read more

The decaffeination of the coffee beans

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In 1820, a German chemist called Friedlieb Ferdinand Runge, discovered how to extract the caffeine from the coffee beans. Then, in 1905, the German Ludwig Roselius invented the first process for decaffeinating coffee. His method used benzene, a highly flammable liquid that nowadays is been replaced with non-toxic solvent. Is it safe to drink decaf coffee? The decaffeination process usually removes 97 to 99% percent of caffeine from the beans. When roasted, the beans lost any chemical residual (they are volatile compound) that still could be inside. About the Process … Read more

The impact of water on coffee taste

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Planting, harvesting, processing, exporting, roasting, grinding, brewing. These are some of these steps that we need to stick with if we want to obtain a cup of coffee. But when it comes to quality, people often overlooked the part played by the water. Water has to be considered one of the elements that will affect the most our cup of coffee, no matter if you have the best beans or the best equipment in the world. We do have to truly care about the impact of water on coffee cause … Read more

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 require warning labels on coffee for causing cancer or birth defects. The acrylamide is one of the approximately 900 chemicals … Read more