All posts tagged: starbucks

Here’s the best advice if you’re thinking about getting into speciality coffee

I had a serious bout of cabin fever a few nights back. I needed to get out. So I grabbed my camera and laptop and headed to a coffee shop. The plan was to blog. When I ordered a cappuccino the barista asked me if I’d like to try their festive season blend. And after describing it to me I asked him if a cappuccino was the best way to appreciate the work that went into it. His eyes lit up and he asked if he could prepare it in a chemex. He was super excited about the idea. I listened carefully as he described each step in the brewing process. Why he was wetting the filter paper. Why he chose the grind size he did. Why he let the coffee bloom. Why the pour was a slow, circular exercise. Why he was watching the timer. And why he really appreciated me giving him the chance to brew me a chemex. We tasted the coffee together. He complimented my slurp. We talked about the tasting …

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: Ishan Natalie

Who is Ishan Natalie? Ishan Natalie is just a simple guy, often misunderstood and from humble beginnings. I owe who I am, not only as a person, but a professional mainly to my dad. He too started with hard and humble beginnings. He grew up with a very strict father who owned a few Fruit & Veg outlets. He walked to school and back every day for a distance of what would take us 15 minutes to drive and spent all of his personal time working at my grandfather’s business, loading and offloading trucks with goods, being a shop assistant and carting excessive loads of fresh produce at the market between the selling agents and our trucks. My dad, like his dad, brought me up the same way, but I think I had it a lot easier due to more available resources. I didn’t have to walk that distance to school, only approximately 4-5kms haha. But I was made to work in my dad’s business exactly as he did growing up. As a teenager and …

How to order your favorite coffee from any coffeeshop

Isabel Jones is a wife, barista and blogger. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, now living in in Lake Charles, Louisiana, she has a wonderfully funny husband and a dog named Doge. And she was kind enough to share this post with us. Coffee has blown up! Anywhere you go you can guarantee there will be a coffee shop, but you can’t guarantee you will be able to recite an order and get the same drink every time. Coffee has so many origins and so many traditions, and there was never really a big meeting where all the big coffee lords decided on a standard for all coffee shops to follow. I mean, there’s no way you can walk into any old coffee shop, order the macchiato and expect the same thing every time. This is why I want to give you a barista’s guide to getting exactly what you want from any coffee shop! The basics This is a good place to start. Generally, any drink you order stems from the four basic drink recipes. Once you know these, …