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

The importance of freshly roasted coffee ....

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Freshly roasted small batch coffee is now more sought after than it ever has been, thanks to the third wave of coffee putting speciality coffee in the same realm as quality cigars, caviar, and wine. But why buy speciality coffee, or even just freshly roasted coffee, when the supermarket down the street sells big bags of coffee for less? First off, while those bags of coffee are popular, it’s not because the coffee inside tastes good, it’s because a lot of people either don’t know much about speciality coffee or don’t like coffee enough to tr  ...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

Coffee Cupping - what is it?

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Do you have to be a professional coffee sampler/tester to know all about coffee ? The ‘coffee cuppers’ seem to have all of it, over and above their usual coffee buying, judging and writing reviews. But you can also enjoy the flavors of awesome coffee, if you wish to. Coffee is judging is dont by the professional ‘cuppers’ through its many attributes, like smell, taste, flavor, body, acidity and several others. You can also simulate a professional set up with some simple arrangements. First, you must have an abundant supply of fresh, filtered w  ...read more

Coffee Makes You Frisky

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The legend goes that a goat herder from Ethiopia Kaldi, noticed his goats jumping around after eating the bright red cherries of a tree, on further examination and sampling himself he felt energized and exhilaration. So he took them to a local monastery where the monks disapproved of their use and through them in the fire, hence the aroma and cracking of the beans resulted in the for runner of what we enjoy today roasted coffee. find some great Ethiopian single origins HERE (http://kimberleycoffee.com.au/shop/coffee/coffeesingle-origin)   ...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

Cappuccino - How to make a great Cappuccino.....

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The taste of a good cappuccino is totally lip smacking and some times people just cannot start their day without a cup of cappuccino. Cappuccino is a rich, dark coffee whose recipe originated in Italy, and is traditionally consumed before lunch. The name cappuccino actually comes from the resemblance of its color to the robes of the monks of the Capuchin order. Cappuccino has a large volume of foam making it a light weight drink and less filling than other coffees. You take equal parts of steamed and frothed milk and espresso, with the milk on top of the espresso. Then yo  ...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

Fresh Coffee Beans - The Daily Grind

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Air is the enemy of fresh roasted coffee . Once air comes in contact with your coffee grinds, they begin to lose their flavor and oxidise . Coffee manufacturers vacuum seal their grinds and introduce nitrogen to keep them fresh while they sit on the shelves at the supermarket but once you break that seal, it’s all downhill from there. Buying whole coffee beans and grinding them yourself is a great way to ensure that your coffee remains as flavorful as possible. But do you know how to grind your coffee beans properly? Different types of coffee calls for different types of grinds  ...read more