The Role of the Barista

Those of us who have been involved in with specialty coffee for the last decade or so may have noticed a dramatic shift in the way we prepare our favourite beverage. Everything nowadays seems to be weighed, measured and quantified.  We use sophisticated refractometers and apps to log data, we weigh our coffee grounds to

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La Jacoba – The Revolutionary Coffee of Colombia

THE REVOLUTIONARY COFFEE OF COLOMBIA Talking coffee with Mauricio Velasquez is a bit like talking politics with Che Guevara; his passion for the organisation he represents is radical and unparalleled. Mauricio is, in many ways, a revolutionary of the coffee trade. A Colombian national, he has seen his fair share of instability and inequity. No

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Nicaragua Trip – The Farms and the Farmers – Part 4

After blindly cupping and scoring over 50 coffees at Las Segovias; Joe, Agim and I chose some coffees we thought would work really well as espresso. The first coffee we chose had an overwhelming honey aroma. It was really sweet and caramely. We all scored it around the 88 mark. This coffee was a small

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Strada – The Road to the Perfect Espresso

It has been a long journey for espresso machine manufacturer La Marzocco.  Since the early 20th century the Florence-based company has been producing exceptional coffee machines; more than a decade into the 21st century, they continue their legacy.  Those familiar with La Marzocco will recognise the names of some of their latest mechanical marvels: the

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Banisu Elementary School Project

Sales from Dimattina Coffee’s Prima Tazza blend have been funding community development projects in the coffee growing region around Wau in the Morobe province of Papua New Guinea from the beginning of 2008. By paying a premium on coffee produced in this region, which forms an important part of the Prima Tazza blend, Dimattina Coffee

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