Profiled and awarded as a latte art guru, barista Ben Morrow’s heart beats to the work done by coffee farmers and to a pot of black filter coffee.
Rwandan coffee comes from small farms. Paulig’s Anna Vänskä and Marja Touri were charmed by the beauty and cleanness of Rwanda during their trip to learn about the country’s coffee production.
There are endless flavour notes to coffee. You can practise observing these through a coffee tasting technique called coffee cupping. Paulig’s chief taster describes how to get started.
Colombian family farms produce two coffee harvests a year. The impact of coffee bean origin can be detected in the flavour: beans grown in the south have citrus notes, those from the central area are fruity and herbal, while beans from the north have traces of nuts and chocolate.
For Lauri Pipinen and Julia Reinhard coffee is a job, hobby and passion. Both still try to make sure there's also more to life than coffee.
Paulig Chief Taster Marja Touri has noticed that consumers are demanding higher and higher quality in coffee. Paulig is determined to make sure that’s what they also get: if even a single batch was sent out to retail without quality assurance, Chief Taster Marja Touri wouldn’t be able to sleep at night.
Have you ever heard about glitter coffee? Well, I'm sure you know that sometimes it’s fun to act like a kid and play with your food or drinks, even though your parents probably told you not to. Edible glitter and food colors are a great and easy way of doing that with coffee. The only thing you need is your imagination and perhaps good music on the background.
Barista trainer Jori Korhonen evaluates every cup of coffee he prepares but does not pass judgement on cups made by others.
Helsinki’s speciality coffee scene has developed a lot during recent years and it has caught up Stockholm’s and Copenhagen’s vibrant coffee cultures. This Helsinki Café guide will help you to find good extractions in the capital of Finland. Note that this guide is focusing mainly on coffee :)
Coffee itself is a trend but what is happening around it during the year 2018? Will there be a new cold brew coffee? What is the role of barista in 2018? What’s the most exciting brewing method? As a barista, it is important to follow what’s going on in the coffee scene, we often are the ones to introduce the trends to the cafés and customers. What do you think is the most exciting coffee related trend this year? Here are my predictions for coffee trends in 2018.
Matt Perger is probably the biggest barista star in the world right now. He has won so many competitions that I won't even bother listing them here. Now he's pushing the quality aspect of coffee with his company Barista Hustle with e.g. designing the best possible cupping cups, tampers and milk pitchers. I had the pleasure to work with Matt Perger in a secret project few weeks ago, so of course I took the opportunity to sat down with him for a cup of coffee. Here's our discussion about coffee and life.
Coffee is a lifestyle and one way to showcase the love for coffee is coffee tattoos. By inking pictures of a coffee tree or a coffee cup, a true coffee lover tells others that I am serious about this, coffee is my passion. I had a cup of coffee with few coffee people who have inked coffee graphics on their skin and asked them to share the stories behind their coffee tattoos.
Vilnius Coffee Festival was a long weekend packed with way too many cups of coffee, loads of cuppings, many good conversations about good coffee, new innovative machines and of course the excitement of Lithuanian Barista, Cup Tasting and Latte Art Championships! It was my first time in Vilnius Coffee Festival and my expectations were high but even still I was pleasantly surprised!
Did you know that responsibility and sustainability are taken into account in every stage of the production chain of Paulig coffees? The barista can increase the value of coffee and promote the consumption of sustainable coffee by telling customers about coffee-related responsibility issues.
Sonja Björk Grant runs her own business called Kaffibrugghúsið – a multi-functional coffee company – in Reykjavik, Iceland. She has been involved with the World Barista Championships since 2000 and has influenced the development of the competition’s judging system.
Fi O’Brien and Casey Lalonde roast their coffee in the small town of Upton Scudamore in England. They source their coffee from female producers, cooperatives and those that work to support them. Their goal is to increase female empowerment throughout the chain from farmers to coffee drinkers.
Anne Lunell is one of the few women who have succeeded in the Swedish coffee championships. Since 2007, she has been running her Koppi roastery with her fiancée Charles Nystrand.
Asaki Abumi is a freelance journalist and photographer based in Oslo who writes about the Norwegian and Scandinavian coffee scene for multiple magazines in Japan.
For some of us coffee is so much more than just a cup of black liquid. For a young, talented barista and an artist Rusnė Stankevičiūtė, coffee is a source of inspiration. Her artwork is filled with coffee beans and hints from barista lifestyle.
Sustainability is one of our core values here at Barista Institute, we want coffee to both taste good but also be good for people and environment. Baristas are there to represent the whole value chain and we have an important role in communicating and executing the product in the best possible way.