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

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

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

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

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

Organic Coffee Preserving The World One Cup At A Time

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Many people wonder what organic coffee is all about. How does it differ from regular coffee? Is the extra cost worth it? These may be some of the questions that you think about when you hear or read the words "organic coffee." Here are some facts that you should know about organic coffee. Organic coffee is not really a new idea. Organic coffee farming is actually the original way to grow coffee. Consider it as part of the trend of going back to the old ways. People are beginning to realise that perhaps the older methods and traditional ways are better than the newer and  ...read more