Something in the water

Something in the water

With over 90% of your coffee being water, getting good quality H2O has got to be worth a bit of effort Image – Tyler Nix / Unsplash Fresh beans? Check. Grinder? Check. Scales? Check. Aeropress, French Press, piston or pump? Got it. You’re all set to be a domestic...

Get crazy with kombucha

The world of kombucha is one with multiple layers, fervent disciples, hidden gems and, above all, many, many ways to ferment tea. But rather than revering it as mystical or exotic, it’s important to treat this wonderful beverage as part of the real world (and...
Something in the water

Chocolate and espresso pavlova

An indulgent Christmas dessert that could easily grace a dinner table at any time of year.By Safia Shakarchi This year I’m giving coffee centre stage on the Christmas dessert table. I firmly believe coffee shouldn’t just be an afterthought to accompany dessert, it...
Something in the water

Coffee aid for Timor-Leste

The specialty coffee world is pulling out the stops to help our troubled neighbours in Timor-Leste Image – Reynold Atagoran / Getty Images At the beginning of April, tropical cyclone Seroja swept through the island nation of Timor-Leste (T-L), destroying property and...
WTF is the Maillard reaction?

WTF is the Maillard reaction?

It’s just one of the elements you need to know about if you’re going to roast coffee successfully, as Edgaras Juška explains When our ancestors discovered fire, and someone had the bright idea of throwing food on it, our expectations of aroma and flavour were changed...

High coffee food pairings

Safia Shakarchi revamps high tea for the modern day by losing the cucumber sandwiches and adding coffee (and more)Photography Bentley Creative In early 19th century Britain, the advent of gas lighting allowed dinner to be served later – but this technological...