New Zealand, at the far side of the world, is the furthest place one could travel from Nordics or Baltics. And it really deserves a visit. Top-quality coffee, magnificent wine, excellent food, wondrous nature and its European-like feeling is perfect for a travel and coffee enthusiast.
In June, SCA’s World of Coffee event brought together coffee community all over the world. One of Europe’s biggest coffee events was organized this year in Budapest, Hungary.
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.
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!
During the last decade, coffee culture in Russia has changed gradually, which has affected not only Moscow and Saint Petersburg but also the provinces. Numbers of brew bars and craft coffee shops have appeared all over the country, followed by a growing interest in a high-quality cup of coffee.
Let’s take a little coffee trip to Nizhny Novgorod, one of the oldest Russian cities, located at the confluence of Russia’s two main rivers: the Oka and the Volga!
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.
Filter coffee is making a comeback, but this time the method is pour over rather than traditional coffee brewer.
There are endless flavour notes to coffee. You can practise observing these through a coffee tasting technique called coffee cupping. Paulig’s chief taster describes how to get started.
Cold brew coffee is a cool and refreshing drink for the summer.
The latest trend to sweep across the café world is freakshakes – the insanely indulgent mega-milkshakes that apparently originate from Australia. See the video in the end of this post!
Learn how to make cold brew coffee by using Toddy. How to video & instruction how to prepare the coolest coffee drink!
There is a saying in Finnish “cleanliness is half of the meal”. I know it doesn’t make any sense in English but the message is important. Cleaning your espresso machine might the most boring part of being a barista but it is really important. You are not able to get great tasting espresso if you don't clean your espresso machine properly and daily! Let's check how to clean your espresso machine.
Are you new to milk steaming or are struggling with milk steaming to create the perfect micro foam? Steaming milk with seem hard at the start but milk steaming is easy and simple once you master few basic tips. Here are our tips how to steam the perfect milk and create microfoam.
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.
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.
How to pair coffee with food? What is the Flavour Wheel? The barista is the sommelier of the coffee world whose most important tool is the sense of taste. Utilising the sense of taste helps create coffee and food flavour pairings you can recommend for an even more pleasant customer experience.
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.
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.
What happens in SCA Barista Skills Professional course? Couple months ago I completed the SCA Barista Skills Module with its' last level: Professional. I spent three days in Amsterdam geeking the hell out of coffee, water and milk. My trainers were Onna and Florian from Stooker Coffee Roasting Co. This is what we did during the two training days and exam day.