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Course – The Decision Tree

Course – The Decision Tree

A critical view on climate impact in the coffee industry Barista Hustle has commenced work on a free course that helps baristas and cafe owners make informed decisions about how to operate in a world beset by climate change. We acknowledge that our industry has a...

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A Few Minutes Of Foam

A Few Minutes Of Foam

If you leave a latte for a few minutes on the countertop, sometimes the foam starts to break up — but sometimes it doesn’t. Why? No matter how long you’ve been slinging shots, sometimes a latte will go bubbly after pouring. If you’ve ever had to remake a coffee...

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Wheels of Steel

Wheels of Steel

The pros and cons of stainless steel, copper, and brass when it comes to boilers, portafilters and blocks. Call me a nerd, but I vividly remember the first time I used a machine made with all stainless steel. The coffee tasted vibrant and clean, and the salesperson...

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Course – The Decision Tree

Course – The Decision Tree

A critical view on climate impact in the coffee industry Barista Hustle has commenced work on a free course that helps baristas and cafe owners make informed decisions about how to operate in a world beset by climate change. We acknowledge that our industry has a...

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Aroma and Aftertaste

Aroma and Aftertaste

Aftertaste, in coffee, refers to the tastes and aromas left in the mouth after swallowing. Compared to other drinks, coffee flavours hang around for a long time: the aftertaste of an espresso can last up to 15 minutes.

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Espresso Headspace

Espresso Headspace

In in our recent poll on the Barista Hustle FB forum, you asked us to research this topic: Why do they say you need a penny worth of headspace between the coffee puck and the shower screen?  Received wisdom in coffee says that if you put a nickel, or a penny, on top...

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The Coffee Footprint Analyzer

The Coffee Footprint Analyzer

Barista Hustle has commenced work on a free course that helps baristas and cafe owners make informed decisions about how to operate in a world beset by climate change. We acknowledge that our industry has a history of colonialism, exploitation, and green washing. The...

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Course – The Decision Tree

Course – The Decision Tree

A critical view on climate impact in the coffee industry Barista Hustle has commenced work on a free course that helps baristas and cafe owners make informed decisions about how to operate in a world beset by climate change. We acknowledge that our industry has a...

read more
Course – The Decision Tree

Course – The Decision Tree

A critical view on climate impact in the coffee industry Barista Hustle has commenced work on a free course that helps baristas and cafe owners make informed decisions about how to operate in a world beset by climate change. We acknowledge that our industry has a...

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Temperature’s Hidden Effect

Temperature’s Hidden Effect

Brewing temperature affects the flow rate of espresso in unexpected ways, thanks to dissolved gases. In our most recent instalment of the Advanced Espresso course, we discussed a surprising finding in the scientific literature: that increasing the brew temperature...

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Coffee Grinder RPM

Coffee Grinder RPM

How does it change the performance? In the last few years, a small number of grinders have hit the market that boast an adjustable grinding speed. The best known of these are Lynn Weber’s EG-1, Victoria Arduino’s Mythos 2, and most recently Ceado’s Hero E37Z. The...

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Changing Grinder Burrs

Changing Grinder Burrs

How can I tell when it's time? If you’re looking at your grinder, asking yourself this question, then it’s probably time to change them. While grinder manufacturers may claim that their burrs can grind hundreds and sometimes thousands of kilos of coffee, the truth is...

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Cinnamongate

Cinnamongate

“It tastes exactly like a cinnamon bun. You have to try it.” Coffees often don’t entirely live up to their description, but this was different — a coffee with an instantly recognisable flavour of warm, sweet, cinnamon, like nothing I’d tasted before. I had joined the...

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Why do espresso shots run faster?

Why do espresso shots run faster?

When I use super fresh coffee... It is a truth universally acknowledged that the gases trapped in fresh coffee create bubbles in espresso, which slows down the flow and reduces extraction. This explains why shots from older coffee run faster, or need a finer grind...

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What can we use to remineralise water?

What can we use to remineralise water?

Apart from bicarb and epsom salts... A few months ago we released an updated version of our water recipes designed to allow you to easily target any hardness and alkalinity level you want, using two simple solutions  — without having to do any complex maths. Since...

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If a coffee doesn’t form a crust in a cupping…

If a coffee doesn’t form a crust in a cupping…

Does this mean it’s underdeveloped? Anyone who’s cupped very light roasted coffee, whether from a Nordic-style roaster, or perhaps from a sample roast, will have experienced this: it sometimes doesn’t form a crust in a cupping. When this happens on the cupping table,...

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Sugars in Natural Processing

Sugars in Natural Processing

In natural processing, do sugars travel from the mucilage into the bean? Naturally processed coffees are typically sweeter and more full-bodied than washed coffees, and often have distinctive fruity flavours. It seems intuitive that the sweetness, body, and...

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Fluidised Beds

Fluidised Beds

In our latest poll on the BH Facebook Group, you asked us to check this out: 'If flow goes in much faster than it comes out, then you have the potential to create a fluidised bed. Where does that leave espresso?' Here's what we found out ... This question follows on...

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Steel, Glass, Ceramic?

Steel, Glass, Ceramic?

What's the most temperature-stable material to use when brewing? The short answer is: plastic cones are best. They absorb heat from the brew water less quickly, absorb less heat overall, and lose that heat to the air more slowly. This conclusion may seem disturbing to...

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What’s the Best Sprayhead Design?

What’s the Best Sprayhead Design?

Is it better to have as many holes as possible in your spray head; hardly any to make more agitation; or somewhere in between? To achieve even extraction in batch brewing, it’s important to get all the grounds evenly wetted — meaning exposed to the same amount of...

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DIY Water Recipes Redux

DIY Water Recipes Redux

A couple of years ago, we published a method for making your own water recipes, using concentrated mineral solutions, diluted with deionised water, to make a range of waters with different hardness and alkalinity. This post updates this, with new recipes that allow...

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If not Channelling, Then What?

If not Channelling, Then What?

"Professor Abbott told us he doesn’t really believe channelling occurs in espresso (except in drastic cases). So if not channelling, then what?" Only a few weeks ago we were telling you that over-extraction isn’t really a thing, and that it’s all caused by...

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Fines Migration

Fines Migration

You asked us to look into this topic, “In espresso, fines migration may not be as much of a thing as we thought.” Here’s what we found.  Fines are the smallest particles created when you grind coffee. Depending on who you’re talking to, they might be defined as any...

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Is it Better to Sieve out Particles Smaller than 400μm?

Is it Better to Sieve out Particles Smaller than 400μm?

Or is it better just to leave them in, when brewing filter coffee? Back in 2012, our very own Matt Perger won the World Brewers Cup, using a 250μm sieve to remove fines. This created a more even extraction, which allowed him to extract higher without getting dry and...

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