An Introduction to Coffee: Espresso

An Introduction to Coffee: Espresso

What is Espresso? In 1884 a man by the name of Angelo Moriondo introduced a machine that changed the way the world made coffee. This Italian inventor created a machine which rapidly extracted coffee using finely ground coffee beans, pressure, and hot water. The result was a full-bodied, concentrated 1oz shot of coffee we know as espresso. This process of coffee brewing is an essential for coffee houses. Espresso is the base for many coffee house favorites such as the cappuccino, latte, macchiato and americano. Any coffee can be used to pull espresso, both blends to single-origin. A darker roast tends...


An Introduction to Coffee: Caffeine

An Introduction to Coffee: Caffeine

Coffee can, on occasion, earn a negative perception because of its association with caffeine. On the other hand, coffee is quite often perceived as an essential part of the day because of the caffeine. So, what’s the deal with the caffeine in coffee? Is it really a valuable part of your morning grind, or not—what are the pros and cons?  The Science of Caffeine  One of the main qualities attributed to the popularity of the brew according to Lani Kingston, author of How to Make Coffee: The Science Behind the Bean, is caffeine’s ability to encourage the production of epinephrine,...


An Introduction to Coffee: What you need to know about Single Origin and Blends

An Introduction to Coffee: What you need to know about Single Origin and Blends

If you’re not a coffee afficianato or a barista you may not be familiar with coffee lingo. And that can make choosing your coffee a bit overwhelming to say the least. Walk into any grocery store and you will likely find an entire aisle devoted to the brew. Coffee consumers today are flooded with choices. Single origin or blend? Fair trade or organic—or both? Fruity and bright, or full bodied. Why are there so many choices? What is the difference? Single Origin…why does my coffee have such a long name?  If you opt for a single origin bean you may...


A Reformation History of Coffee

A Reformation History of Coffee

This year marks the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. On October 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed a document containing 95 thesis to the Wittenberg Castle church door. These thesis started a reformation and set free the Gospel. Sadly, however, Luther was unable to enjoy a cup of coffee while writing his beautiful thesis or translating the Bible into German. The beverage did not arrive in Germany until 1670, only a short time after Luther’s lifetime.  By the early 1700’s coffee houses throughout Germany began to emerge, serving up the new brew. In 1735 a German composer by the name of Johann...


What a Coffee Bloom Says About Your Beans

What a Coffee Bloom Says About Your Beans

If you’ve ever used a brewing method such as a pour-over or aeropress, you may be familiar with the term coffee bloom. But, what exactly is a bloom—what is happening to the coffee during this stage of the brewing process?  A coffee bloom is simply the release of excess carbon dioxide. The bloom occurs in the first initial introduction of the hot water to the freshly ground beans.  But to understand the importance of this, let’s back up.  After coffee beans are roasted, they begin to slowly emit carbon dioxide. This is a result of the gas becoming trapped inside...