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...read more
This week, Scott Rao made espresso with filter papers above and below the coffee bed yielding over 25%. What's he playing at? If you follow Scott Rao’s series of daily coffee tips on Instagram, you’ll have seen one recent post where he describes using paper filters...read more
Decades of trial and error have shown that most people prefer espresso extracted between 85-95°C (A Illy and R Viana, 1995). For lighter roasted, special coffee, the range typically used is rather narrower - 90-95°C. Within that small range though, there are still...read more
A science professor told BH that with espresso, “in technical terms you have Forchheimer flows instead of good old Darcy flows”. What’s that? Keen readers of this series will remember Darcy’s law from our discussion of bed depth in espresso. Darcy’s law is an...read more
In our bi-weekly poll on the BH Facebook-group you asked us, "Can you please summarise Cafe Imports’ Water Activity Paper?", which is based on years of cupping and data logging by the influential green coffee importers. And we said, "Yes we can." Here is this week's...read more
Can You Please Summarise Cafe Imports’ Water Activity Paper In our bi-weekly poll on the BH Facebook-group you asked us, "Can you please summarise this impressive research paper", which is based on a huge amount of cupping and data logging by influential green...read more
Dose is one of the fundamental variables of any brew recipe, yet probably the one that is most often overlooked. Most of us probably tweak the grind size or yield very regularly, but always use the same dose. In fairness, this is often for a good reason — it makes...read more
Any time you’re reading about chemistry, you’re going to come across chemical formulae and equations. You might well remember these from high school chemistry, but if it feels like a distant memory then this refresher might be useful. This post goes out to the BH...read more
The Maillard ‘reaction’ is actually a whole series of chemical reactions that are crucial to creating the characteristic flavours and brown colour of roasted coffee and many other foods - including chocolate, toast, and grilled steak. The reactions are named after...read more
Does having flow restrictors in my machine mean I get the same flow rate regardless of where I have my pump pressure set to?
The short answer is: no. Flow and pressure are linked, so all other things being equal, increasing the pressure will increase the flow out of a restrictor. However, the physics around flow is complicated, especially when you start to factor in a coffee puck. First, we...read more
What is the difference (if any) between a mineral salt, a dissolved mineral, and a mineral ion? A salt, in chemistry, refers to any ionic compound (IUPAC, 1990). For example, table salt, sodium chloride, is an ionic compound composed of sodium...read more
Geisha, or Gesha, is a highly prized variety, with a distinctive jasmine aroma, and bright fruity acidity. These distinctive characteristics mean it has dominated coffee competitions, and become infamously expensive as a result. Geisha beans are often quite large and...read more
‘Seasoning’ of a group head refers to the practice of making one or more ‘sink shots’ after cleaning an espresso machine - that is, shots that are thrown away with no attempt to taste them. Advocates of seasoning claim that the first shots have an unpleasant metallic...read more
Coffee grounds are inherently slightly sticky. We rely on this fact during tamping to hold a puck together, and to create a good ‘seal’ between the edge of the puck and the basket. Unfortunately, this also means that coffee grinds can stick to tampers and tools, in...read more
Tldr: we found a statistical difference between using the OCD and finger distribution, and between palm tapping and finger distribution — but no significant difference between palm tapping and OCD. But we’re going to continue researching and have some cool ideas for the next experiment.read more
At the beginning of 2017 I posted my predictions and promises for the year. Here’s my report on how they stood up over the 12 months (ratings out of 10).read more
Here’s what I’m promising we’ll knock out of the park for 2018.read more
In August we posted a survey to the Barista Hustle Facebook group. Along with our community moderators, we were thinking how to be more active and intentional about fostering a community environment, one which every single human feels safe and comfortable participating in.read more
Coffee brewers— both professional and enthusiast— love to make things complicated. Complex multi-step brew recipes and brewing devices with some unique feature have become standard. Fancy new features on espresso or brewing machines are demanded without any evidence of their necessity (hello pressure profiling).read more
We aim to engage in meaningful, professional, friendly discussions surrounding coffee. A fundamental goal of Barista Hustle is to help the world make better coffee — and there is a lot that falls under that umbrella. So we want to talk about the deep and meaningful, the scientific and technical, the broader industry-wide topics, and the smaller individual level aspects. We want to talk about all the important stuff.
To enable these conversations to happen in a positive, respectful, and equitable manner, we have a few guidelines.read more
Two months ago I was embroiled in a twitter battle …read more
While extraction theory, EK alignment, and particle size distribution are all worthy topics of discussion here at Barista Hustle, these all mean nothing if you’ve not got a shop to experiment in. Jared Lawler gives us a fascinating view on the business side of coffee, with a solid list of points to consider.read more
Our Barista Hustle water recipe was and is a useful starting point for building water, giving you a good chance of success when brewing up coffee at home. For those willing to dive a little deeper, we can get far more specific.read more
There are two main types of coffee brewer – drip, and immersion. They each make coffee slightly differently, but one of them is far more efficient. Here’s why!
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