Coffee Hunters - Yellow Caturra - Flores Indo

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Yellow Caturra While on our Coffee Hunt we came across something quite special – that got me very excited. Well, we came across some magic beans and will be back as soon as can. Like other roasters, we visit the beaten road to coffee plantations and co-ops. However, we are searching also well off the beaten roaster track. To give you a bit of a teaser – I will start with a coffee we cannot get. The other beans we found just as exciting may stay a secret for the time being. Flores - Yellow Caturra History Flores Yellow Caturra is a rar  ...read more

The health benefits of cold brew coffee

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Brewed coffee, especially cold brew, is loaded with stuff that is beneficial to one’s health, including caffeine. Ever since coffee has been consumed, its health benefits have helped millions of people, from helping them wake up to getting much-needed antioxidants. Caffeine, which is present in just about all forms of coffee, except decaf of course, works wonders for the human body when consumed responsibly. Aside from keeping people awake, caffeine stimulates the nervous system, and make people feel more alert and focused. About 11 years ago, a study done by “T  ...read more

2017 Coffee Trends

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2017 Coffee Trends From Plantation to Cup The humble coffee bean travels the long journey from grower to bean selector, roaster to café and barista to the cup of every discerning coffee drinker. 2017 will continue to be a growth year for specialty coffee (http://kimberleycoffee.com.au/) and all the players will become more spotlit as the consumer seek more information about their favourite drink, such as origin, growing methods and certifications. With this demand for information, all in the chain of creation to service will keep the up flow of information ch  ...read more

Cold Brew - how to make a great Cold Brew at home.

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The Heat is on! So, what’s all the fuss about? Cold brew has lower acidity than coffee made with hot water, which means the flavor profile is slightly different, and less bitter. Fans also swear it has a smoother, slightly sweeter flavor than coffee made with hot water. Another bonus for caffeine junkies? It is more concentrated than hot-brewed coffee. Wondering how to make cold brew coffee yourself? We’re here to tell you, it couldn’t be easier which—bonus!—will be a huge money-saver. How to Make Cold Brew Coffee in the BOD Cold Brew system in 3 E  ...read more

The making of a great Irish Coffee

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The Port of Foyne was a busy air traffic point between Europe and United States in the 1930s and 1940s, carrying a diverse range of people from refugees and Royal members. It was the winter of 1934, the flight from Foyne left to New York in extremely bad weather that eventually caused the flight to return. Chef Joe Sheridan working at the restaurant in the terminal building offered tired passengers the coffee drink mixed with a quality Irish whiskey. One American passenger asked if that's Brazilian coffee, and the chef answered, "that's Irish coffee." In 1952 Jack Koeppler, owner of Bu  ...read more

Put a Tiger in your tank with Tiger Mountain™ India

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Put a Tiger in your tank with Tiger Mountain™ India Tiger Mountain is part of the Direct Connect Coffee program - run by Australian Coffee importers H Bennett - who donate money from each green bag sold to save the endangered tigers of India..... Tasting Notes Its great being involved in this great industry discovering new beans and blending new award winning Coffee - So I am going to share some of my discoveries with you all through this Blog. Today I am talking about ------- One of the best single origin coffees on the market today and very hard to get. A shade  ...read more

Direct Connect Coffee - Colombia Fairtrade Organic

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Kimberley Coffee Company - Direct Connect Coffee Program Prides itself on sourcing the very best sustainable coffee in the World. Then roasting in small batches and express delivering to your door. Kimberley Coffee's new Direct Connect Coffee Program we are taking it a step closer to the farmer and his community. we have done this with our new Colombian Coffee Colombian SR Micro Lot La Jacoba (http://www.kimberleycoffee.com.au/shop/coffee/coffeesingle-origin/columbian-fairtrade-organic-sr-micro-lot-la-jacoba) The back story of this amazing must try coffee ASPROUNI  ...read more

Why is specialty coffee so special?

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A good cup of coffee is like fine wine and good quality cigars. There are various different types of coffee beans and these determine the flavors that the blend presents for the coffee roaster and then coffee connoisseur. My many years immersed in the wine, food and coffee industries has taught me a lot about flavours, aromas, textures, palate. Many coffee roasters blend a combination of the lower cost Robusta beans with the more expensive Arabica gourmet beans. The Arabica beans have a finer aroma, a richer flavor and more body than the less expensive Robusta beans. However a so   ...read more

What is Specialty Coffee?

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Do you love your coffee? Can you go a day without a cup of your favorite drink? Coffee as we know it today is much different than when it was first discovered and has changed dramatically over the last 15 years. These days there are so many varieties of specialty coffee that it is difficult to choose a favorite one. So What Exactly Is Specialty Coffee? A cup of specialty coffee is a relatively new idea to Australia and the for that matter the world. Specialty coffee is usually only made from top quality Arabica beans, which are the coffee beans with the fullest flavors. The general  ...read more

Espresso Martini

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With the popularity of Cafe's is it any wonder that the Espresso Martini has become popular as well most night clubs and bars have it on there menu's? Sometimes called the espressotini, this drink is a perfect blend of coffee and alcohol. If you’re looking for a buzz that picks you up while relaxing you at the same time, then it's time that you asked your bartender for an Espresso Martini. So what is an Espresso Martini? Well, that depends on who you ask. There are so many variations of this drink out there that there isn't a generally accepted recipe. The only consistent i  ...read more