• All I Know About Coffee,  Coffee

    Are You Sure You Want A Strong Coffee?

    “I like my coffee strong”… I’m sorry to say this, but what you’re saying and what you mean, doesn’t match up. Let me explain… After learning about the way coffee grows (catch up here and here) and how it’s processed (also, here), you now know that there is a lot of time, energy and effort behind a single coffee bean. I’ve also mentioned that each coffee tastes differently according to its country of origin, varietal, process method…  However, there is yet another variant in the coffee equation. When the coffee bean is shipped to caffeine consuming countries, we obtain what is called “green coffee”. If you were to brew this…

  • All I Know About Coffee,  Coffee

    How Does A Coffee Bean Arrive To Your Cup?

    Last two post were the origins of coffee and its family. Now I’m going to tell you how it actually became the full grown bean that you grind and make coffee with. There are several processes and each coffee farm will do it their way. However, there are three main processes that make it easier for everyone in the coffee industry to understand what we’re talking about. Natural (dry):  This involves leaving the entire coffee cherry to dry in the sun, allowing it to draw in all the flavours of the fruit. In order for the coffee cherries not to spoil, they are raked and turned throughout the day and…

  • All I Know About Coffee,  Coffee

    What’s behind a coffee bean?

    I was not into gardening until I came across a coffee bean. To be honest, I was the type that would buy grounded coffee and added a couple of spoons of sugar. I am not proud of it, but I didn’t know any better. Because I’ve worked with coffee for the past 2 years, and I’ve come to love it, I want to talk about it. Some people who know (or not) about coffee often talk about the notes, and the flavour and the aroma… It all sounds super fancy and posh and almost feels like they are talking about wine. That’s because they are actually similar in that sense.…

  • All I Know About Coffee,  Coffee

    Did you know coffee is actually a fruit?

    Many people start their day with a cup of coffee. I know I do. But few people stop and think what they are actually consuming. Granted that we just want our caffeine fix, so where the coffee is from won’t be the first thought that comes to mind. Maybe this article inspires you so that when your coffee machine is brewing that liquid goodness, you will give a thought to the producers that make your morning coffee possible. Coffee comes from a plant from Ethiopia. The origin plant is known as Coffea. From this plant there are two important species for the commercial use: arabica and robusta. Arabica trees produce…

  • Coffee,  Coffee Shops Around the World

    Coffee of the Day: London

    I discovered the huge world of coffee accidentally while working in London. I am aware of how many more coffee shops there are in London, but these are the ones I enjoyed in my time in London. Taylor Street Baristas Bank, Monument, St. Paul’s, Chancery Lane, New Street, Shoreditch, Mayfair, Canary Wharf I started working in specialty coffee in this Aussie coffee company, so they taught me almost everything I know about coffee. They have a very high level of knowledge and they train people really well. They have 4 different profiles of coffee that they roast, as well as a decaf coffee option and a house espresso which is…

  • Coffee,  Coffee Shops Around the World

    Coffee Of The Day: Madrid

    Ever since I started working in coffee, I have become that annoying friend who will only have a coffee in a specialty coffee shop. These are the ones I like the most in Madrid. Toma Café Calle de la Palma, 49, 28004 Madrid (Malasaña) It was the first specialty coffee shop in Madrid. I had the opportunity and privilege of working with the owners and it was a dream. They take a lot of care of each coffee they roast, as well as of the customers and the decor in both places they own. Boconó C/ de Embajadores 3, 28012, Madrid, España. (Lavapiés) A small coffee shop with simple yet cute…

  • Coffee,  Coffee Shops Around the World

    Coffee Of The Day: Taipei

    Like the coffee snob that I am, here is the result of the coffee tourism I did in Taipei. Coffee Sweet No. 3, Alley 20, Lane 33, Section 1, Zhongshan North Road, Zhongshan District, Taipei City, 10491 I don’t know if it was my sleepy face, a jet lag effect, or the fact that Taiwanese people are just nice, but even though they did not have English menu, the waitress asked me “black” or “white”, I replied “flat white?” and she smiled and told me to sit. To be honest, when they brought me the coffee I was a bit unimpressed because it did not have latte art on top.…