New York City, the city that never sleeps. A city where 8,5 million people speak 300 different languages. In NYC, within 5 districts there are over 1,700 coffee shops – and 272 of them are Starbucks.
To become an Authorized SCA Trainer (AST) you need to know a lot about coffee. Here’s some basic info about AST and my experience from a two-day AST course.
Costa Rica is a Central American country that is almost the same size as Estonia in terms of area, but has four times the population. While the crops ideally suited to the Estonian climate are carrot, beet and turnips, in Costa Rica it’s bananas, melons and coffee. In this blog post I discuss how coffee is grown in Costa Rica and what I saw and experienced on my travels.
World of Coffee, the ’Oscar Gala’ in the coffee world, was held this year in Amsterdam, from 21-23 of June. While most of Estonians celebrated Midsummer day - made camp fires, barbecued and enjoyed the longest night of the year - I took part of World of Coffee, where the World Barista Championship competition took place this year. I saw and discovered new coffee trends and machines, new origins, varieties and listened to lectures on various different subjects.
At the end of October, Paulig launched a coffee grounds campaign in Estonia. In 25 days we collected 4.4 tons of used coffee grounds, thanks to the companies and citizens who joined the project. The energy company Nelja Energia produced over 2,000 kWh of bioenergy from coffee grounds at their biogas plant. With that green energy we covered the energy needs of five households in SOS Children's Village for one month.
From May to June, I took a journey from bean to cup in Kenya. I spent two weeks in Nyeri county and two weeks in Embu county. I had an opportunity to do all activities what is possible in coffee world – Meet with coffee farmers and their stories, help farmers on the field, pick berries, wash coffee, grade and sort coffee. What I saw, learned and experienced, you can see on my photos with descriptions.
From May to June, I spent 4 weeks in Kenya at coffee farms and I had a chance to meet about 15 coffee farmers. Listen their stories, get an overview what are the risks and challenges for coffee farmers. How they live every day, what their homes and farms look like. What makes a coffee farmer happy, what are the hopes and expectations of a coffee farmer. In the following interview, you can read the thoughts of an young coffee farmer David from Kenya.
Have you ever wondered what happens in a coffee farm before the beans are roasted by a coffee roastery? Coffee farms come in different sizes and all have different methods of farming and processing but here is one example from Kenya where I visited early 2019.
As usual, Vilnius Coffee Festival 2020 was held in March and was hosted by LOFTAS. Vilnius Coffee Festival 2020, the three-day event offered everything that was right for a decent coffee festival - lots of different coffees, a variety of barista competitions, coffee lectures and workshops. In the following article I will highlight the best moments in Vilnius Coffee Festival 2020.
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.
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.
London Coffee Festival 2018 gathered over 30 000 coffee geeks together to see, feel and taste what is going on in UK's coffee scene. The annual event has become a must-go event for the coffee professionals in Europe. London Coffee Festival is the place to spot the latest coffee trends and sense the vibes in the specialty coffee industry.
Helsinki Coffee Festival 2018 was a get-together of Finnish roasteries and a celebration of specialty coffee. Focus was on highlighting roasteries’ coffee products and in coffee competitions.
Learn how to make cold brew coffee by using Toddy. How to video & instruction how to prepare the coolest coffee drink!
In the beginning of the year it is time to predict what is happening in the coffee scene during the year 2019. What will be the biggest coffee trend in 2019? Here are my predictions for the coffee trends in 2019.
Cold brew is fun because it works perfectly in many different coffee recipes. Cold brew coffee is strong and that gives flexibility to mix it with various flavours. Here's some inspiration for your summery cold brew drinks!
The biggest coffee event in Finland, Helsinki Coffee Festival was organised fifth time. The event promises to be the biggest pop-up café and largest coffee store in Finland - and that's what it surely is.