Understanding the Magnificent Coffee Bean

There are probably a hundred of different coffee beans regarding their roast level, aromatic attributes, caffeine level, origin and price. One of the very few variables they share is that they need to be ground if you want to make a cup of coffee out of them. Should you be into percolator made rich, strong…

A Primer on Roasting Coffee

Each and every day millions of cups of coffee and espresso drinks are served to coffee fanatics whom may not think twice about the origins of the coffee beans used to produce those drinks. How did the beans come to be and what part of the world did they come from, and how did they…

Review of the 2009 Lavazza Calendar

Lavazza coffee beans are just one facet of this Italian coffee company’s product line. Ever since 1993, a Lavazza calendar has been put out which features a stylized showcase of the culture of both Italy and coffee. The calendar is a wall calendar, so those who purchase it are, in a way, purchasing unique artwork…

Home Roasting Coffee Beans

Home roasting is the process of roasting green coffee beans in a small quantity for your personal consumption. People have actually been roasting their own coffee for centuries and prior to 1914 it was quite common. Home roasting became a thing of the past for most when commercial roasters became commonplace and the convenience of…

History of Coffee: Part V – Speciality Coffee

With the large multi-national coffee companies focused purely on coffee as a commodity rather then a drink to be savoured, it allowed a new sector to emerge in the coffee industry: Speciality Coffee. Speciality coffee was nothing new, rather the opposite; it stripped coffee making back down to the grass roots: pure arabica beans, roasted…