The Engaging History of London Coffee Houses

london coffee houses history

Today it’s time to talk about the history of London coffee houses, from the very beginning to how coffee has evolved until it’s reached the third wave coffee and beyond. The London speciality coffee wouldn’t be the same of today without all that happened since the 16th century. Before getting through today’s coffee industry, we need to give some background. Let’s get back to the History of London coffee houses. The History of London Coffee Houses 17th Century Great Britain has been associated mostly as a nation of tea drinkers. … Read more

Should you freeze your coffee?

why you can freeze your coffee

Today I walk you through one question: should you freeze your coffee? Well, it is not only about this, but also about why and how you decided to go for it. Alert: we are not going to talk about any pre-ground coffee or instant one but just about whole coffee beans. That is because (what we know so far) once we grind beans we have a small time available to use them. Just after 10-15 minutes, we have lost most of the volatile compounds that are responsible for getting the … Read more

A look into China coffee industry

china coffee industry

The Chinese country is mainly known for its production of tea which has quite a history. But despite its tea-drinking culture, China is in effect a coffee-producing country, now more than ever. Let’s have a look at its coffee history and the current situation of its coffee industry. China coffee history It may sound odd, but coffee in China was already introduced in the late 1800s when it was imported by a French missionary to Yunnan province. China Coffee didn’t get that far until the end of the second millennium … Read more

How Coronavirus is killing the coffee industry

coronavirus is killing coffee industry

Coronavirus, also called Covid 19, has spread globally since weeks now (from China to Europe, then Australia and USA) and coffee shops are facing the worst period ever in their history. THE CURRENT SITUATION IN UK The London government is going to forced non-essential businesses to shut down over the next few days as the coronavirus is spreading in the whole country. Coffee shops have just made their decisions ahead of any government guidelines; just on Monday 23 March, the giants of the coffee industry have made their first move … Read more

The Italian coffee culture

italian coffee culture

Today, I’m not (unfortunately) going to talk about speciality coffee-related topic but about the Italian coffee culture. How is the coffee drinking culture in Italy? Even if questionable, Italian people has its own coffee culture no matter how it works in the rest of the world. Italian Coffee Culture: A bit of history The Italian coffee history seems to begin around the 16th century in Venice where it was the port in which the green beans were firstly imported and, not surprisingly, Caffè Florian was one of the first coffee … Read more

9 WAYS TO USE LEFTOVER COFFEE

9 ways to reuse leftover coffee

We baristas, we normally make/brew coffee as our first task all day long. After every brew, we take out the exhausted coffee and we make sure to clean/empty everything ready to brew again. That’s what every one of us does to deliver the best service possible at each customer. What we don’t focus though, is the leftover coffee, the exhausted coffee that we throw away every single time. A large amount of this latter goes into the bin instead of making a positive impact on the environment. If you didn’t … Read more

Why is kopi luwak coffee so expensive?

kopi luwak coffee

There are more than a few words to explain why kopi luwak coffee is so expensive. To have a clearer idea we need to go back to the colonial period. A bit of history of Kopi Luwak coffee The history of the kopi luwak coffee is closely related at when Indonesia was colonised by the Dutch who first imported coffee plantations from the Yemen country. Back then, harvesting coffee was prohibited so Indonesian and local farmers were forced to find another solution. And here’s the Indonesian name “Kopi Luwak”: Kopi … Read more

THE CARBONIC MACERATION PROCESS

carbonic maceration process for coffee

Coffee and Carbonic Maceration Process We learn and steal a lot from the wine world. Coffee grows and is processed likewise wine, as both come from a fruit. We learned that a mix of variables needs to be at their highest to produce the most out of the cherries such as altitude, soil and climate. That’s what is called terroir. But not also this has a huge impact when producing outstanding coffee. Just after the handpicking phase, we have mastered a new way of processing coffee. Recently over the past … Read more

How to make delicious coffee cocktails

how to make coffee cocktails

You don’t need to be a bartender to make cocktails, especially if you make them at home or a party. And if you are a coffee lover you can make coffee cocktails too. You just need to be passionate about the art of mixing different spirits and ingredients with coffee, to highlight each one. How can we do that from scratch without any knowledge? Simply by following coffee cocktails recipes and by tasting them. I’m going to introduce some classic coffee-based cocktails recipes that are common over the world. But … Read more

How To Make The Perfect Italian Affogato Coffee?

affogato coffee

Introduction Over the years, Italian affogato coffee has been gaining popularity across the globe. It has since been added to many restaurant menus and depending on where you order it, you can find it under the dessert category or simply as a beverage. No matter how it’s called, you will enjoy every bit of the coffee by mixing it with melting gelato. It’s effortless to learn how to make an affogato coffee because you will only need a poor recipe to achieve a delicious result. Most of the Italian usually … Read more