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

Kenya AA Single Origin Coffee

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Hi All, Kenya AA coffee, just has to be one of the best single origin coffee's we have come across the season. This coffee which is grown at elevations of 1600 to 2,600 mt. Kenya's location to Ethiopia the birth place of coffee lends its self to some amazing opportunities in the coffee space, and Kenya AA doesn't disappoint. The Kenya AA (http://kimberleycoffee.com.au/shop/coffee/coffeesingle-origin/kenya-aa-kagunyu-organic-micro-lot) gourmet coffee beans are grown on volcanic soils and are wet-processed; the beans are harvested, and removed from the bright red cherries, and w  ...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

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

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

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

Steaming in with espresso machine tips.

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So what exactly is espresso coffee? An espresso coffee is sold at the café in a small cup and is an extremely strong cup of coffee. Espresso is used in making café latte, cappuccino and café mocha. Espresso is made in the espresso machine by forcing about two ounces of hot water through tightly packed finely ground espresso coffee. The resulting liquid is a deep brown color with a slight froth on top. Espresso makers differ in the water temperatures, the fineness of the espresso coffee, the pressure with which the water is pressed through the coffee and how tightly th  ...read more

Tips For Buying A Great Espresso Maker

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Most people who love specialty coffee drinks eventually purchase an espresso maker. With a good one, you can make all your favourite drinks in the comfort of your own kitchen and try out a new recipe or two. Since this is a large investment, you should spend some time learning about these machines before you buy. Learn about the features available and then read some reviews to find the best machine for your home. Common Types of Espresso Maker Manual Espresso Makers Manual machines require you to do all the work. You measure and grind the beans, tamp the grounds and brew the coff  ...read more