Ever heard of Kopi Joss? It is charcoal coffee and yes it is a thing. To be more specific, it is placing a hot piece of charcoal into a cup of black coffee. I heard about the combination of charcoal and coffee but never thought much about it until I started seeing charcoal lattes … [Read more...] about What is Kopi Joss?
Exploring the World of Coffee
I had the opportunity to try Chiapas coffee the other day. I’ve had Mexican coffee before. It was from Oaxaca. I recall that it was crazy good. The person that brewed it for me was from Oaxaca and he made it very strong. He told me it was how they made it back home. He also told … [Read more...] about Chiapas Coffee
I got into a dispute with one of my coworkers over the economics of coffee a few months ago. He did not understand why someone (he meant me) would spend so much on coffee. “Coffee shouldn’t be so much,” he said. “It’s just coffee.” I tried to explain that coffee is gourmet … [Read more...] about The Economics of Coffee
Coffee pairing is the ability to match coffee with certain foods in order to enhance the dining experience. Yes, coffee can be paired with a lot of other types of foods, not just pastries. A good example of this is the salty and starchy American style breakfast, which consists of … [Read more...] about A Simple Guide to Coffee Pairing
Coffee mugs are an absolutely vital piece of equipment for any coffee lover. A wizard has his wand. The cowboy has his horse. Every writer has a pen. A coffee lover has a coffee mug. I would venture to say that all coffee lovers have at least one favorite mug that they use. I … [Read more...] about Coffee Mugs
The coffee taster’s flavor wheel is used to describe what coffee tastes like. The coffee taste profile is an important element in judging a cup of coffee. The flavors help determine the quality of the coffee. For example, if a cup of Ethiopian coffee falls under “petroleum” on … [Read more...] about A Simple Guide to Coffee Flavors
Every coffee lover I’ve met has a list of their favorite coffees. This should come as no surprise. There are so many varieties of coffees that it is easy to formulate a list. Columbia, Indonesia, Guatemala, Brazil, Ethiopia all have coffee growing regions and processing methods … [Read more...] about Top Five Favorite Coffees
I was recently asked to name my top three favorite coffees. Sumatra coffee is number one on my list. I have been a fan of Sumatra coffee for years. It is best serve as a dark roast but is also delicious as a medium-dark roast. I find this coffee to be elegant, fierce, and very … [Read more...] about Sumatra Coffee
There has been some confusion over what a café macchiato is. This has become particular confusing in North America due to the Starbucks caramel macchiato. The caramel macchiato is a successful drink. As such, other coffee chains have created similar concoctions under the name … [Read more...] about What is a Cafe Macchiato?
I’ve had many conversations about the quality of Starbucks. Ironically, most of these conversations occurred inside a Starbucks. There are people that are unhappy with the quality of Starbucks coffee. But I wouldn’t go so far as to say that they suck. It’s true that I’m not happy … [Read more...] about Does Starbucks Suck?