A Brief History of Coffee

By Tori Avery / 04.08.2013 Second only to oil, coffee is the most valuable legally traded commodity in the world. We love it, we rely on it, and we drink it in massive quantities. It is estimated that 2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day worldwide. New Yorkers are said to drink 7[…]

Coffee Shops as 18th-Century Hangouts

Creating a buzz. / Photo by davidabrahamovitch/Flickr By Dr. Adam J. Smith / 06.29.2015 Honorary Research Fellow University of Sheffield In any trendy coffee shop on the urban high street, you’re likely to see intimate groups of well-dressed (or fashionably scruffy) sophisticates. Perched on narrow wooden benches, they’ll be locked in conversation or poring over[…]

How to Use a Moka Pot

This video features a quick how-to guide with instructions on how to easily make Moka Pot coffee at home. Moka pot coffee is known for its dark, complex flavor, which works great as a substitute for espresso when making lattes and other coffee drinks at home. With as common as moka pots are in Europe,[…]

Six Things You Can Do with Coffee – After You’ve Finished Drinking It

Photo by Thomas Ricker, Creative Commons By Dr. Rhodri Jenkins / 10.29.2015 Postdoctoral Researcher in Biofuels University of Bath Many of us depend on coffee to fuel our early morning meetings, mid-afternoon slumps or all-night study sessions. These days, the words “coffee” and “fuel” are half-jokingly synonymous. More than 9m tonnes of the bean are[…]

Coffee with a Kick: ‘Black Insomnia’

04.05.2017 The International Food Information Council recommends a daily caffeine intake of 300 mg, while the FDA recommends 400 mg, but just one 12-ounce cup of Black Insomnia brew contains 702 mg of caffeine, which will definitely keep you up at night and may even cause some health problems. Black Insomnia Coffee was founded in 2016[…]

Coffee Shop Society in 17th Century London

Interior of a London Coffee-house; maid in white lace frontage behind canopied bar and manservant taking clay pipes from a chest, at centre, another servant pouring coffee, to right, group of men seated on benches with newspapers and cups, in background, fire with cauldron, various paintings and notices on wall, c.1690-1700 / British Museum, London[…]

A Coffee Cupping Glossary

Cupping takes place at many steps along the journey from crop to cup, in both the producing and consuming countries. To standardise the findings from these cupping sessions the following terms are used to describe the characteristics of the coffee. However you do not have to be a professional coffee taster to try and identify[…]

Seriously Elaborate, Steampunked Coffee Siphon

By Corey Doctorow / 12.07.2016 Diguo’s Luxury Royal Family Balance Syphon Coffee Maker is an amazingly elaborate coffee siphon, a brewing method dating to the 1830s which is said to produce “a delicate, tea-like cup of coffee,” albeit with the caveat that it is “quite persnickety.” I have owned some very expensive and beautiful coffee[…]

Brewing Turkish Coffee

Turkish coffee in Sirince. (Photo by jechstra, Creative Commons License) By Mark Prince Turkish coffee brewing is an intriguing and special method of making coffee that goes back to the 16th century, predating almost every other currently-used method of brewing a cup of java. It’s also surprisingly easy to do. Your biggest expense is a[…]

How to Brew Ice Drip Coffee

By Mark Prince During these dog days of summer, iced coffee seems to be the rage and there are few better theatrics for coffee brewing than the Japanese-styled iced coffee dripper tower that seem to be popping up in more and more cafes in North America. The good news is, you can bring this brewing[…]

Bean There, Roasted That

By Terry Montague When we drink our morning cup of coffee it is not necessary to know that the beans used in your brew have travelled from remote mountains, passing through exotic ports, before finally leaving a brown ring on your newspaper. They move through many lands and many hands and are subjected to various[…]

Using a Siphon Coffee Maker

By Mark Prince You may have never heard of siphon coffee making. Then again, you may have read about it in the New York Times and thought it was some $20,000 gizmo used by crazy coffee nerds in San Francisco. You may have heard of it under a plethora of other names – vacpots, vacuum[…]

The Milk Frothing Guide

By Aaron De Lazzer Why foam milk? Because everyone else is doing it? Because you can’t drink straight espresso all the time? Because without pouring latte art you feel strangely unfulfilled… ? No, milk is foamed and steamed for one reason and one reason alone, to enhance and elevate the sensory experience of coffee, and[…]

Coffee Roast Guide

Roasting is a heat process that turns coffee into the fragrant, dark brown beans we know and love. Why roast? Roasting brings out the aroma and flavor that is locked inside the green coffee beans. Beans are stored green, a state in which they can be kept without loss of quality or taste.  A green[…]

This Man Turned an Opium Field into a Sustainable Coffee Farm in Thailand

By Todd Reubold / 08.04.2016 Somsak Sriphumthong is on a caffeine-fueled mission. After years living and working abroad, the organic farmer and community leader returned to his native Thailand several years ago — during a time when the forests were being cleared for opium fields and rice plantations. Seeking a sustainable alternative, he started growing[…]

It’s All About that Roast

Roasting Coffee Let’s talk about the amazing process of roasting coffee beans, shall we? You see, coffee beans aren’t really coffee, as we know it until they are roasted. The make-up of the bean is the same, from its unique qualities to its caffeine content, but the flavor you taste in the cup isn’t available[…]

A Timeline and History of Coffee

The history of coffee… a simple timeline of events? I think not! No, the journey of coffee, my friends is so much more. It’s a swashbuckling adventure spanning a thousand years, filled with death-defying escapes, international intrigue and – oh yes! – torrid romance. From distant, tropical islands to the power centers of international trade,[…]

A Look at Burr Grinders

From Coffee Investigator Simply put, it’s a grinder with two slicing discs that are grooved. These discs can be moved closer together or father apart, all depending on how fine or coarse the grind needs to be (for your taste). While these slicing discs are more costly than the propeller grinders, they work slower and[…]

A Guide to Coffee Cupping

A word from Geoff Watts, Director of Coffee, Intelligenstia Coffee: I’m a firm believer that understanding is developed through the act of comparison. Learning to talk about the character of a coffee from a particular origin requires that one have some frame of reference, and if the goal is to figure out what makes a[…]

When, What, and How of Coffee Picking

Beautiful Ripe Yellow Catuai By Emily Haworth All the trials and tribulations of coffee picking are very fresh in my mind. In this column, I plan to share the When, What and How of coffee picking. The coffee picking season is the busiest time of all for a coffee farmer. It is a season of[…]

Proper Storage of Coffee Beans

For the best cup of coffee, start with quality beans and store them properly to maximize freshness and flavor. Keep beans airtight and cool Your beans’ greatest enemies are air, moisture, heat, and light. To preserve your beans’ fresh roasted flavor as long as possible, store them in an opaque, air-tight container at room temperature. Coffee beans[…]