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What Is Third Wave Coffee? A Practical Definition

What Is Third Wave Coffee? A Practical Definition

For some people, there are three waves of coffee. Each of these waves, like other historical metaphors, does its best to encapsulate a complicated history of ideas, events, and societal behaviours. And also like other metaphors, it’s not perfect in the way it does this. Yet, “third wave coffee” has become an incredibly important label in the world of coffee today. Whether you’re using the term to describe a certain type of beverage, a bag of beans, or a whole culture, movement and period of coffee history, it’s something worth spending a few moments thinking about (perhaps over a cup of...

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Jim Kersey
Colombian Coffee Beans - What Makes Them So Special?

Colombian Coffee Beans - What Makes Them So Special?

Colombia’s reputation for producing high-quality arabica coffee beans is formidable. This is partly thanks to the sheer volume the country has exported globally, as well as some incredibly effective branding by the Colombian Coffee Growers Federation (FNC), responsible for establishing the famous Juan Valdez trademark — an iconic symbol of Colombian coffee internationally. Yet, while these are important aspects of the country’s coffee heritage, they don't convey why Colombian coffee beans are so special. To understand the true value of coffee produced in this part of the world, you first need to consider the amazing environmental and climate conditions to be...

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Jim Kersey
Understanding Different Coffee Roasts - A Beginner’s Guide

Understanding Different Coffee Roasts - A Beginner’s Guide

You might already know that coffee roasting matters to the notes you taste in the cup, but did you know why? Does dark mean bitter? Does light mean fruity? Is medium roast a safe “middle ground”? The truth is, far more than just the final colour of the beans, the degree to which coffee is roasted has a huge influence on everything from acidity and bitterness levels to the way the aroma rises from whatever wonderful brew you find yourself gazing on. So while knowing why a dark roast is different to a light roast might not change your mind on...

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