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Coffee: From Seed to Cup

A great guy Phil La Rosa who works with Espresso Works in Perth, Australia sent me this and I thought it was fantastic…Worthy of a post. These guys specialise in the maintenance and sales of the finest coffee machines and associated products in Australia. As part of their work they enjoy keeping up to date with content relating to the coffee industry. I found that we have a common goal.  At Espresso Works, they pride themselves in not only supplying some of the finest espresso machines in the world but also providing superior customer service to match their high quality products. They supply leading brands such as…

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Cold Brew Chemistry

Cold Brew Chemistry How a coffee bean is roasted, ground and brewed makes a huge difference in how the final drink tastes, smells, and feels in your mouth. However, the brew method – Hot or Cold is probably the most important contribution a coffee drinker can make to that final, sweet, sweet taste of coffee. Depending on personal preferences, coffee can be brewed hot or cold with temperature and time being the main variables —: Variables:   HOT COLD Roast Medium – Dark Light – Medium Grind Fine (depends on extraction) Coarse Temperature 92-96 degrees Room temperature or cold water…

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“Nordic” style roasting & the ‘Hipster-doofus’

I recently read a chain of discussion around roasting styles that I found really interesting – “Nordic” style roasting vs underdeveloped roasting”. This touches on a trend in roasting which involves the lighter style of roasting that we see in some café’s. It is said about this style, that the coffee has barely left the first crack, that the last phase can last for about 1.5 to 2 minutes.  For some reason, this is a trendy thing with the ‘hipster-doofus’ crowd (not my words). ‘Nordic’ style would be around “light-Medium” or “city”. We at Cirelli Coffee tend to roast around “Medium-High”….

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Hot tips to brewing your perfect coffee

THE CIRELLI BREW GUIDE We commonly get questions about how much coffee to use.  With all the different devices, this can get confusing and slightly complicated.  For some it’s a territory they’d like to avoid.  So, we’ve put in the hard yards for you and come up with this neat little brewing guide.  It’s made for you to print off and stick on your bar or place into your purse or wallet. But before you start there are some HOT tips to keep in mind. Grind on demand before you brew. Find your grind. A finer grind means more surface…

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Coffee Beverages to tantalize your tastebuds!!!

To celebrate International Coffee Day yesterday, I came come up with ‘Side-by-side’ diagrams of a few common espresso drinks.  This is only a basic line-up for the start-up barista’s.  Even though its a standard line-up you can see we have so many options. We have an array of coffee beans that come from all over the globe, a handful of specialized ways to brew a regular cup of coffee, and enough options of espresso drinks to keep you well caffeinated. This new coffee culture only means good things for us all.  To help you with your favorite brew I’ve come up…

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Not all milks are created equal…Milk Chemistry

Let’s talk about milk… This is one area I did not really know a lot about.  What I found out was that there was more to this white liquid than cows and udders. We all know the micro-foam in milk is really important to a great cup of coffee. But how and what makes this? Why can you only steam milk to a particular temperature? Why does it get sweeter when heated and then drop off if you over heat? For me these were really interesting questions that I had to look into. I found there are a range of…

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Coffee Cupping Process

Cupping and Cupping Forms Cupping and cupping forms are widely used in the roasting industry.   There has been a lot written about cupping forms and how to capture a particular coffee’s taste attributes. Let me tell you, it’s not always that easy!!! I’ve been lucky in a way, given most of what I do is self-taught I haven’t been tainted by any good or bad practices.  So when I tackled the design of the cupping form for Cirelli Coffee Roasting Co Pty Ltd I did a lot of research and comparisons. Whilst the form appears quite detailed I’ve tried to…

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