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  • Sustainability in the Coffee Industry

    Sustainability in the Coffee Industry

    The worlds unrelenting demand for coffee is no surprise with Australia importing roughly 80,000 tonnes of coffee beans each year. A majority of these beans are provided by the thousands of coffee farmers around the world, some whose families have been in the business for generations. The massive scale, complexity and saturation of the coffee supply chain has not only had a negative impact on the environment. Up until recently, coffee farmers have not seen their fair share of the profits.  Efforts such as the Fairtrade movement and Rainforest Alliance have been established to mitigate the gap in revenue between...

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  • What are the Best Non-dairy Alternatives for Your Coffee?

    What are the Best Non-dairy Alternatives for Your Coffee?

    It is widely documented that milk was first added to coffee in the mid-1600s in Vienna coffee houses and other regions in Europe. This addition was inspired by the Chinese adding milk to their tea during the Quing dynasty and grew in popularity until becoming a staple in today’s coffee. Despite modern coffee’s affinity with milk and the popularity of today’s flat white and cappuccino, it is estimated that around 70% of the global population is actually lactose intolerant. It is extremely rare to find a modern café in Australia that does not offer alternative milk options for their customers....

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  • Could Your Espresso Coffee Taste Better?

    Could Your Espresso Coffee Taste Better?

    Enjoying your perfect morning coffee is a blessing, but the devil is undoubtedly in the details. Whether you are a café barista or an avid home brewer making their morning espresso, understanding the particulars of ‘dialling in’ coffee is essential to achieving a balanced, flavourful start to your day. Dose The dose refers to the amount of ground coffee which fill the espresso basket, be tamped and have water pressed through. The amount of ground coffee required for an ideal espresso shot varies based on the particulars of the selected coffee blend but generally, bigger dose = bigger yield (yield...

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  • Coffee - The Espresso

    Coffee - The Espresso

    From Tiramisu to gelato, the versatility of coffee has no doubt spurned its universal appeal over the centuries. The same can be said about coffee’s numerous brewing methods, each with a different focus, flavour profile and intensity. The espresso shot is arguably one of the most popular methods of coffee brewing with cafes often forking tens of thousands of dollars to land the right espresso machine. Patented by Italian Angelo Moriondo, the espresso is made using a machine powered pump which pushes pressurised water through ground coffee. One of the most versatile methods of brewing, the intricacies of creating the...

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  • The Importance of Packaging for Roasted Coffee Beans

    The Importance of Packaging for Roasted Coffee Beans

    From the green seed of the coffee cherry to the roasted beans that are ground and pressed into your morning espresso, dedicated coffee roasters are purposeful, patient, and precise in their approach to roasting. There are a myriad of carefully considered factors that affect the taste and quality of roasted coffee. These factors can range from the altitude of the coffee plant and soil characteristics to the temperature and method of roasting. This meticulous, controlled process undertaken in the pursuit of flavour and quality reveals the importance of preserving this flavour after the roasting. Roasted coffee beans release CO2 gas...

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  • Did you know that coffee is one of the important protectors of health?

    Did you know that coffee is one of the important protectors of health?

    Dr. Sanjiv Chopra explains in the above video that coffee drinkers have lower levels of liver enzymes in the blood. When somebody has elevated levels of liver enzymes AST & ALT, its almost always indicative of liver disease. The observation in a study was that people who drank coffee had lower levels of AST & ALT. 

    A study in Gastroenterology journal also showed that people who drank two cups of regular coffee a day, had a 50% reduction in hospitalization and mortality in chronic liver disease.

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