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.
Working as a barista means being a true crafts(wo)man! What if the daily routines turn the passion into pain preventing the barista from working and maybe even changing the career?
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.
There are many variables along our way to the perfect cup. When preparing drip coffee, we cannot ignore the role of basket shape. The question is: cone shaped of flat bottom? Or does it matter?
Why some of the coffee shops don't seem to be successful in all the customers and some of them are left without any? How to get people to visit your location and come back over and over again? What makes a successful coffee shop? A successful coffee shop doesn't just happen and there are many reasons behind a successful coffee shop.
If you choose a brewing method and device that require filtering, you have basically three options: paper, metal and cloth. The most common option for filtering is filter papers. Filter papers come in different shapes, sizes and colour but what makes a good filter paper? Now let’s take a deeper look at the filter papers!
What is agitation and why we need it when brewing coffee? Is agitation a barista’s key to success? Can we make a brew without? If you are aiming to consistent extraction (and why wouldn’t you!), agitation is one of your tools to be the captain and not the co-pilot of the upcoming brews.