Coffee beans are seeds that grow inside of a coffee cherry. We usually only use beans from the cherry but actually a lot of the taste of the coffee comes from the fruit. During recent year or so, the coffee world has realized that we are able to use the fruit as well. I think we’re on a verge of a real game changer.
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?
How to brew good coffee? This is the most common question that I get asked when I tell people what I do for living. So I decided to make a blog series where I go through different aspects of brewing good coffee. Let’s start with the fundamentals. These three things are always important when brewing good coffee, whether we are talking about filter coffee, espresso or traditional pot coffee.
Coffee is a very complex and multidimensional thing and just like in human relationships, you must really get to know it before you can understand it. There are a lot of things that affect the taste of your coffee, and I wanted to tell you shortly about some of those things. So sit back, relax and start deepening your relationship with coffee.
Coffee beans from African countries are my favourite. What triggered me when I first tried African coffee beans, was that the coffee did not taste like coffee at all. Africa, more specifically East Africa, produces some of the world’s most distinctive coffees characterised by vivid floral, fruit, and wine tones with rich acidity. All in all, African coffee beans are packed with taste! I encourage everyone to start exploring and enjoying African coffees because of their wide taste profile.
Processing coffee so separating the coffee cherry’s fruit flesh and skin from the coffee beans is one of the most crucial aspects of farming coffee. How to coffee is processed can have a dramatic effect on the resulting cup and nowadays roasters and baristas are concentrating on coffee processing to describe the coffee. Also, lately it has become more and more popular that the farmers have started to experiment with new coffee processing methods such as anaerobic fermentation. Let’s go through the most common coffee processing methods.
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.
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.
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!
Have you seen people using their own coffee brewing water in coffee competitions? Have you wondered how to make your own brewing water? It's pretty easy and affordable to make your own coffee brewing water. Let's see how easy it is to make your own coffee brewing water!
Filter coffee makers come in different shapes and sizes and now there's a new kid in the block; Ratio Six. Ratio Six by Ratio Coffee promises modern brewing techniques without any big hassle so that you can concentrate on enjoying your cup of delicious filter coffee. Let's see if Ratio Six can keep its promises and what is Ratio Six all about!
Freezing coffee beans for storage has been a controversial topic in the coffee industry in the past but lately freezing beans have been seen as a good idea. Why is freezing coffee beans good idea and how should you do the freezing? Does freezing the coffee beans really make your coffee taste even better?
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.
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.
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.