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How To Make Latte Art

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How To Make Latte Art

It’s official: latte art is hot, trendy, and popular.What exactly is this trend? Latte art is a method of preparing coffee by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso. This results in a pattern on the surface of the latte. Or, if you wish, you can create latte art by working in the microfoam of an espresso and drawing in the top foam.The result is judged by the difference in light and dark colors, its definition, and how crisp the edges of the design are.Not surprisingly, this type of art is difficult to create consistently. And, of course, it...

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What You Need to Know about Café Lingo

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What You Need to Know about Café Lingo

You can walk the walk, but can you talk the talk? Maybe you walk into a Starbucks needing a giant dose of caffeine, so you order a tall … only to receive the smallest cup they have.  Do you know the difference between a Trenta and a Grande? If not, you need to understand these terms so you can walk into any coffee shop and speak the lingo. Below we’ve got a mix of common – and not-so-common – café terms, perfect for wowing those friends who think they know everything there is to know about java. Try these on...

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10 Tips on What to Look for When Buying Coffee

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10 Tips on What to Look for When Buying Coffee

Coffee beans aren’t hard to find. They’re available at all the major supermarkets, gourmet stores, specialty shops, and cafés. The trouble when buying coffee is the wealth of choices – bags and bags of beans available for fresh roasting.  It can seem impossible to make the best choice. Here’s some inside knowledge to help you. Just follow these 10 top tips. Always buy freshly roasted coffee. No matter where you shop. Check the bottom of the bag for the date in a supermarket, or ask a salesperson about the roasting day. Most specialty shops will roast coffee daily. Trust your...

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The Surprising Science behind Coffee

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The Surprising Science behind Coffee

Clinical studies have found significant benefits related to coffee consumption – everything from cancer reversals to reduced stroke risk. Yet, at the same time, it is known that high consumption of caffeine, which is found in high amounts in coffee, can actually cause health issues. Let’s take a look at the surprising science behind coffee. How are these benefits possible? Is there something beyond caffeine at play here? Scientists and medical researchers appear to believe so.  While caffeine is a prime catalyst of the possible medical benefits, experts believe other ingredients are also involved. Why? Because some studies have found...

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How to Roast Premium Coffee

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How to Roast Premium Coffee

If you’ve never done it before, roasting your own coffee at home may seem like a daunting challenge. In actuality, though, it’s a fairly straightforward process. It’s just as easy as popping popcorn!  For the ambitious aficionado, here's a primer on how to make the greatest premium coffee you’ve ever tasted. Before you do anything else, you need to make sure that you have the necessary tools at your disposal. These include: kitchen scale timing device thermometer capable of reading up to 500 degrees F oven mitts metal colander airtight container with a one way valve large funnel paper and...

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