How Coffee Prices Changed Over The Years – Statistics of Coffee Costs

How Coffee Prices Changed Over The Years – Statistics of Coffee Costs

When I was just starting out as a barista and heard how little coffee farm workers make, I wondered how the prices for coffee can be so high, when producers get so little. Granted, there are a lot of things going on behind the scenes. From the planting and harvesting, to roasting, packaging, brewing, and…

5 Ways to Remove Calcium Deposits From Your Coffee Maker (ByeBye to Hard Water Buildup) 

5 Ways to Remove Calcium Deposits From Your Coffee Maker (ByeBye to Hard Water Buildup) 

If you’ve owned your coffee maker for a long time now, then chances are, you’ve encountered those annoying white flakes in your machine.  These are undesirable calcium deposits, infamously known for wreaking havoc on the taste of your coffee beans and potentially depreciating the health value too. Having owned different coffee machines before even becoming…

What is Coffee Blooming & 6 Reasons Why It’s A Game-Changer for Your Brew

What is Coffee Blooming & 6 Reasons Why It’s A Game-Changer for Your Brew

One of the tricks that I always recommend to budding baristas is to bloom their coffee. In my experience, this simple step can really be a game-changer in pour-over coffee brewing. But it’s important to ask: Is coffee blooming really necessary? If you have any doubts about this extra effort for your daily coffee, let…

How to Prevent Espresso Channeling & Achieve The Perfect Espresso Extraction

How to Prevent Espresso Channeling & Achieve The Perfect Espresso Extraction

Have you ever wondered why your homemade espresso doesn’t quite taste up to the mark? Having made countless espresso shots, I know full well how espresso channeling is a common complaint among beginners and home baristas. It may be a headscratcher, but my years making coffee have given me the knowledge to identify and fix espresso…

What is Keurig Sickness? Symptoms, Causes, & How to Prevent It

What is Keurig Sickness? Symptoms, Causes, & How to Prevent It

As a barista, I can’t stress enough how important it is to clean your brewing equipment properly. Not only does this keep your coffee delicious and maintain your machine’s tip-top shape, but not doing so can also lead to some health concerns, such as the notorious Keurig sickness. If you’re suspicious about your coffee making you…

Can You Use a Nespresso Pod Twice or More? The Truth About Your Capsules

When my friends chat me up about owning a Nespresso machine, they hit me with two common concerns: the hefty price tag and resulting waste. The usual query then comes in: Can you use a Nespresso pod twice? If these capsules can be reused, both the pricing and sustainability issues are resolved after all. So…

What is The Best Type of Water to Brew Coffee? Not What You Think!

What is The Best Type of Water to Brew Coffee? Not What You Think!

I fondly think back to my early days in brewing, including mistakes that turned into lessons. I remember looking down on my daily brew, feeling that something was missing even though I followed the variables to a tee. Then it hit me: I wasn’t using the best type of water for coffee. Water is as…

Espresso Dosing Guide: How Many Grams of Coffee Do You Really Need?

Espresso Dosing Guide: How Many Grams of Coffee Do You Really Need?

I’ve been pulling espresso shots for years now, and I’ve found that one of the most important parts of this process is getting the espresso dosing right. Even if you got the other variables correct, such as the grind size and tamping technique, making an error on your dose could still leave you with a…