Russia has traditionally a strong tea culture, but now we are seeing an impressive coffee boom. Coffee is becoming one of the features of contemporary urban life.
It was several months ago that the World Barista Championship 2017 was held in Seoul. However, many countries are already running national championships to determine who will win the right to represent them at the 2018 World Barista Championship, which is taking place in June in Amsterdam.
Have you ever thought how to make a perfect cup of coffee over fire outdoors. We gave outdoors coffee brewing a go and really loved the flavor of open fire coffee. Here are the best tips how to make coffee outdoors over fire.
Portugal’s vibrant capital Lisbon or Lisboa as the locals call it, is a perfect holiday destination for those who love coffee. There are plenty of fantastic, creative coffee shops and many of them also roast coffee. Baristas are very happy to tell you about their products plus the coffee is super tasty.
Our sourcing manger Anna Vänskä (read here more about Anna and her passion about coffee) introduced me to a pretty new brewing equipment called Vandola. It really caught my eye because it’s really pretty and doesn’t look technical at all which is somewhat fresh in the coffee scene where all the novelties normally have lots of shiny parts and technical details. Vandola is made out of clay and it looks like something out of ancient times. Sooo what there is not to like?
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.
We love coffee a LOT but there is always a bit of a quirky feeling about the waste left over from our favorite beverage. It is degradable so that is one solution but would there be something else to use it for. There is a theory that people around the world get the same ideas simultaneously, so I figured out that probably other people are struggling with this as well. I found a few very clever companies using coffee grounds for new products. Here are my favorites and don’t hesitate to comment below if you find something even more fascinating.
Yet another day in the office? Well not quite! I went to London Coffee Festival and it was a blast of novelties, art, coffee experiments, latte art and lots of fun. Here are some the things that caught my eye during the festival. If you're looking for coffee events around the world, make sure to check what's on from our Coffee Calendar!
We have had some experiments regarding used coffee grounds. There was a project in Baltics where it was converted into electricity and of course there are all the face masks and scrubs lots of ladies out there have tried out.
Goat Gina is something that many of you probably have came across in social media or at least I have. I really liked to multi functionality of Gina and the design is also pretty amazing. The manufacturer has done quite nice marketing and I just had to order one of these babies for us to try out. So let’s begin the testing.
For many of us Instragram is a place to relax and to browse to find new and cool stuff. But for baristas and coffee lovers it can also be place to learn new skills and connect with like-minded people. There is quite a lot of accounts that collect and share pic about certain subject, from those ones one can find lots new account to follow. Bur for me at least following the accounts is also way to show support the people who actually made the content so prefer to check out the whole feed and prefer to follow individual account instead of collections account.
Aeropress has been around already since 2004 and it has become quite popular in the past ten years among the barista community. There is even few cafes concentrating in using only Aeropress as their premium coffee maker. And let’s face it, it's a super easy to use, clean and it’s very durable. There is already quite a lot of add-ons to Aeropress such as grinders, filters and now an espresso maker. And it's a called Prismo.
I visited the city for the first time years ago and totally fell in love with, well, everything. Since I have visited regularly. It's a stunning mixture of history and modern, rough street corners next super posh high street shops and of course interesting coffee scene. Russia has been traditionally more tea then coffee country, and when 94% of people drink tea you could say it still is pretty tea concentrated nation.
For many of us word barista is very closely related to coffee but I feel there is much more to know if one really wants to be a great barista. We have talked a lot about milk, water and spices used in recipes and coffee brewing. But one thing we should talk a lot more is tea. Tea culture is something we should bring to next level in our coffee shops as there is more and more people bouncing between these two beautiful drinks.