All posts tagged: aeropress

Humans of coffee: Matt Kenny

Who is Matt Kenny? Part-time barista, full-time over thinker, wannabe photographer, currently living and working in Cambridge. Slightly awkward and introverted coffee lover who can regularly be found in the city’s many cafes (my Instagram @_mattpk is testament to this). What is your best childhood memory? Spending time with my grandmother as a small child, eating toast in her front room and holding her hand as we walked through the vast parks in Harrogate. She has since passed, but my interest in toast and long walks has not. I do miss her and her sense of humour dearly. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I’d love the chance to go back to university again. I often feel there’s a lot of pressure to go into higher education at a certain point in your life, rather than when you are actually prepared. I certainly wasn’t ready or in the right place, and while I got the grade I wanted, I don’t feel I made the most out of …

How does an Aeropress champion brew an Aeropress?

Dan Erasmus runs one of the latest and most exciting additions to the Johannesburg speciality coffee scene, Firebird. And he won the 2013 South Africa Aeropress championship with this recipe. Ingredients: Coffee: Long Miles Coffee Gaharo Hill Peaberry Coffee dose: 17.5g Coffee grind: medium-coarse Water weight: 220g Water temperature: 94 degrees celsius 1.  Bloom for 25 seconds.   2.  Fill to 220g. 3.  Steep for one minute.   4.  Then stir, put on filter cap, flip, and slowly press. Champion tip: let it cool a lot before drinking it, the flavour will be much more intense and the sweetness will grow. Photography by Creative Wei

How does a barista champion brew an Aeropress?

Ishan Natalie has been a friend of @manmakecoffee for a while now. He is a 3 time South Africa Barista Champion, a 2 time Africa Barista Champion, the South Africa Aeropress Champion 2012 & a Humans of Coffee alumnus. And this is his Aeropress recipe. Coffee: Ozone Coffee‘s Burundi, Munyinya Hill by Long Miles Coffee Method: inverted Grind: medium Coffee weight: 15g Water weight: 220g Pre-infusion: 50g water, 35 seconds Action: swirl, fill water to 220g Action: place cap, release air pocket & flip Action: press & extract Result: juicy, bright, sweet & fruity Enjoy! For more, follow Ishan on Instagram at @dodgybarista. The cover image of Ishan competing at the World Barista Championship in Seattle was taken by Pavel Zhdanov.

What is Speciality Coffee?

To this question, one cannot merely state what it is, but rather comment on what their individual perspective is to this illusive question. This question was recently asked by good friend and special friend of the coffee community, Ben Carlson, during a gathering and presentation on the work he and his family are doing in Burundi to share these amazing coffees with the world. Of course, the initial discussion around this question was surrounded around the grading aspect of the delicious and wonderful cherry and bean. Beans are graded due to the uniformity of size, shape, colour, density, and defects/ taints. But I don’t believe in this being the sole definition of what ‘speciality’ is. I refer back to my 2015 World Barista Championship presentation. I pushed back on who defines what is speciality, and how it’s decided. For me, to an extent, I don’t believe that only a buyer/ ‘green bean grader’ can solely define that. I went to the WBC with a coffee from Adam Overton, of Gesha Village Coffee Estate in Ethiopia. …

Humans of coffee: Winston Thomas

Who is Winston Thomas? Winston Thomas is a god serving, people loving, coffee consuming individual. I live in Strand, a small town outside the greater Cape Town. What is your best childhood memory? My family used to own a house right by the sea at a place called Buffelsjagsbaai or also known as “Buffelsjag.” We’d go there every long weekend and for holidays every year. Most of my favourite childhood memories took place here. Playing sport with my brother, fishing, snorkelling, running around the beach etc. I remember my father taking myself, my brother and a few friends to a little bay where fishing boats would go out. Each with a mini fishing rod in hand we’d walk through knee high water to a spot of rocks and catch fish called “harders.” The house no longer exists. It was built right behind a sand dune and over the years the dune eventually moved over the house. There was nothing we could do about it, a natural disaster so to speak. So I like to think …

Humans of coffee: Greg Mucci

There’s a backstory here I have to tell. My Instagram account is a busy one. I get hundreds of submissions every day from folks who want to be featured. They mostly submit shots of coffee. But every so often someone will tag a really great shot of a barista at work. And when I post those they get a fair amount of likes.   Three weeks ago I posted this shot by Boston based photographer, Julie Ciollo. It’s not the first time I featured her work – she’s an very talented photographer. All the photography for this blog post is by Julie, for example. Check out her out on Instagram. The shot is of her friend, barista, Greg Mucci. And my Instagram lit up. This shot got so much attention. In fact, more attention than any other barista shot I had posted. 3,056 likes. 53 comments. Here are some:   Clearly my followers wanted to know more. So through the magic of social media, within 24 hours Greg and I were talking about his story, his …

Humans of coffee: Wayne Oberholzer

Who is Wayne Oberholzer? I like to think of myself as being loyal… Almost to a fault. I get confused with this man mountain of a human who is almost unapproachable. When this couldn’t be furthest from the truth. I have a passion for learning new things, and I am constantly looking to understand stuff outside of my field. I love flavours and the exploration of flavours. Understanding what makes flavours and flavour combinations tick. I have 70 Dives to my name an advance Free-diving license. A pilots license. A Motorbike License, 3 National coffee titles and a passion for travel. What is your best childhood memory? I have too many really to nail down just one. As a child we would travel to Mauritius a lot. Went to the US twice, including Disney world and New York. As a young aspiring Pilot and lover of Top Gun, I was super fortunate enough to have been to Pensacola and got to see the Blue Angels all lined up and ready to go. But probably the …

Humans of coffee: Karabo Mashishi

Who is Karabo Mashishi? I am a young creative person born and raised in Soweto. My environment has highly influenced the kind of person I am. I’m very passionate about style, motoring and design in that order. Apparently I’m a hipster but it’s just who I am. I’m a denimhead, that loves the artisanal movement that is growing in South Africa. What is your best childhood memory? It has be the inquisitive child I was, I remember asking my dad about cars and luckily for me he always knew the answers to the never ending questions. If you had a chance for a “do-over” in life, what would you do differently? I would probably put all my focus into design, clothing design to be specific. But I am a believer in things happening for a reason so my journey has taken this turn for a specific reason, i’ll find out in the end I guess. What do you feel most proud of? I’m proud of the Self-Discovery journey I’ve been on, I feel like I’ve …

My Top 5 Travel Tips

I travel a bit. For Work (and pleasure, of course). And stay in hotels. I’ve been doing it for a while now. And have picked up a few tricks along the way to make my trips as comfortable as possible. I want to share some of those with you now. 1.  Don’t fly the airline, fly the loyalty program Do the research and find out which airlines belong to which loyalty programs. Then stay under that umbrella. I fly SAA whenever I can. SAA belongs to the Star Alliance program. So when I can’t fly SAA, I’ll fly with one of the partner airlines. For one simple reason: miles. Life is expensive. Might as well get something for free. I have enough air miles today for a great overseas holiday with the wife this year. 2.  Forget taxis, get a driver Truth be told, I think this makes most sense in Africa (where most of my travel is to these days). Reliable, safe, formal taxies are stupidly expensive. I’ve done the math and have saved …