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

Coffee - Understand What Caffeine Does To Us And Why We Have Decaf

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I’m no different from any other Australian; I love a good coffee after I wake up. In fact, I adore grinding my coffee fresh and putting it through my home espresso machine. I also crave the flavour even after having had dinner. Unfortunately, dependent on your body, your reaction to the caffeine will vary. This can mean the difference between a cup of coffee at night or a sleepless night of tossing and turning. I personally cannot drink coffee before bedtime because I am sensitive to the affects of caffeine. I can’t even drink soft drinks containing caffeine, before  ...read more

Coffee Down The Columbian Way

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If you're a coffee drinker you have heard of, and probably tried, a cup of Columbian. Bland, sometimes adequate, and sold everywhere. But that's predominately coffee shop or supermarket store coffee. Would you criticize the fine food of a four star restaurant by comparing it to a cheap diner before you've tasted both? Like any major producer, Columbia does generate a lot of very average beans. If you're willing to look a little deeper within that huge output you will find some great gems. By contrast to Brazil, which dry-processes most of its coffee berries, almost all Colu  ...read more

Coffee Is It Good for Your Health?

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If you are a coffee drinker, you no doubt have asked yourself how much coffee is it safe for you to consume on a daily basis. This is not surprising since so much has been blamed on coffee. Heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, you name it. At one time or another, coffee has been made to blame. Here's a new question that you may have never asked yourself: is coffee ever good for you? The answer may surprise you. Here is a statistic to ponder: did you know that there are over 160 million coffee drinkers in the United States alone? In terms of consumption in 2013, the average   ...read more