Just a few months ago, I had one of the biggest highlights of my coffee career. Participating in the Lithuanian Barista championship I won the second place in the competition.
The third annual Helsinki Coffee Festival will be held from April 21 to 23 at Kaapelitehdas. It’s a three day event bursting with coffee lovers and everything around coffee. If you work with coffee or are even slightly interested in it, Helsinki Coffee Festival is for you. These big events can sometimes feel somewhat frightening to beginners in the coffee world, so here are 5 tips of what to do and expect when you enter the festival.
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.
I had the pleasure of chatting with The Barn Berlin’s roaster Jessica Greene. She has worked for 4.5 years at The Barn, which is regarded as one of the most advanced roasteries in the world.
Pairing wine and food has been done for centuries. Fine dining restaurants have specific persons, usually called sommeliers, doing that job so why wouldn’t cafés do the same thing?
Last time we focused on the fundamentals of coffee brewing. This time we will concentrate on different coffee brewing methods! I’m, as a Finn, a big fan of filter coffee. Many think that coffee is just a way to survive through your day, kind of fuel for the body but I think it’s really complex and interesting thing to experiment with. So many wonderful and clear tastes!
Let’s get really geeky for a moment and talk about coffee brewing recipes. I’ll will be talking about filter coffee brewing recipes this time, but same things concern espresso to some extent.
Latte art is quite often the most attractive thing for a new barista, and latte art is an excellent gateway to the exciting world of coffee. Latte art easy to start with, but to master latte art patterns, you need a lot practice and determination. Here are my tips that helped me to improve my latte art a few years ago!
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 :)
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.
Barista's struggle with plant based milks is real. How to master all of them when the fact is that all plant based milks behave differently with coffee, especially when used in espresso based drinks? The only way is to try: test them and taste them. And that is exactly what I did! Here are my notes, I hope you will find them useful.
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!
It comes as a surprise for many that Finnish people consume the most coffee in the world per capita with our 10 kg consumption per person yearly. Though, Finland isn’t known for its coffee culture even though it is deeply rooted into our culture. Let’s see what Finnish coffee culture is like.
Syphon brewer is probably the most exciting way to brew coffee. Syphon brewing involves fire or halogen beam heater, vacuum effect and fancy looking lab equipment which all make so exciting. Syphon brewer, invented in Germany in the early 19th century, is a full immersion brewer which leads to full-bodied and full-flavoured cups. Brewing coffee with syphon can be a little tricky so let’s see the steps how to brew coffee with syphon.
Is your friend or a loved one a coffee nerd and you would like to buy him/her something coffee related for a Christmas Gift but don’t know what to buy? Here is my guide for the best Christmas gifts for a coffee nerd!
Omni-roasting has been booming among coffee roasteries during past five years. What does omni-roasting mean? How do you omni-roast? What is the difference between traditional and omni-roast? Let's answer these questions!
I participated in Brewer Cup 2020 Finnish Nationals and I wanted to share how I prepared and trained for the Brewers Cup 2020. Read my tips how to prepare Brewers Cup coffee, roasting, water, brewing and presentation.
In my previous blog I wrote about how to prepare for national barista championships and now I'm going to tell you my competition in 2020 did go. I participated in Brewers Cup 2020 - Finnish nationals that where held in March, 2020.
Iced coffee is often overlooked and it's a great way to brew cold coffee at home. Iced coffee is also probably the fastest way to brew cold and refreshing coffee drink at home as you don't need 16 hours of brewing like in cold brew or an espresso machine like in iced latte. In iced coffee a part of the brewing water is replaced with ice placed in the decanter and the coffee otherwise brewed like pour over filter coffee. Let's dig deeper into iced coffee!
Rosetta is probably the easiest and hardest latte art pattern to pour as it's easy to get started with but hard to master. Here is my guide how to pour a latte art rosetta pattern and what to consider when pouring the rosetta.