Grinding for espresso at home

Pulling café-quality espresso shots is a goal for home baristas all around the world. For many, however, choosing the right equipment is a key challenge. Without it, your espresso extraction will fall short time and time again. And while many consumers think that a high-end espresso machine can guarantee them…

What is excelsa coffee?

Discovered in Africa at the turn of the 20th century, excelsa coffee is a unique, resilient, and productive species, despite its minimal presence in the global coffee market. Little information about how much of it is traded, roasted, or brewed is available, since it moves only in very small quantities. …

Exploring Malawi as a coffee origin

Malawi is a landlocked country in southeast Africa with a population of more 19 million people. Its economy is largely driven by agriculture, which supports some 90% of the country’s rural population. Malawi’s main agricultural exports in 2018 were raw tobacco (valued at US $694 million) and tea (US $89.9…

A guide to fluid bed coffee roasters

Today, drum roasters are the most popular machine for professional coffee roasters around the world. However, in the past few decades, some manufacturers have started looking away from drum roasters in favour of an alternative model.  The fluid bed roaster has technically been around since the 1970s, but has become…