Barista Hustle

The Great Distribution Debate: Results

January 25, 2018

The Great Distribution Debate: Results

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.

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Keep it Simple

September 01, 2017

Keep it Simple

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).

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The Great Distribution Tool Debate

August 04, 2017

The Great Distribution Tool Debate

Two months ago I was embroiled in a twitter battle ...

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DIY Extraction Tasting

January 30, 2017

DIY Extraction Tasting

Help develop your palate by trying this simple experiment that will allow you to taste differences in extractions side by side 

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Espresso Compass

January 24, 2016

The Espresso Compass

The Espresso Compass is a little more complicated than the Brewed Coffee Compass.

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November 08, 2015

Temperature Equilibrium Calculator

A calculator for espresso equilibrium temperature

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November 01, 2015

Temperature Equilibrium In Espresso

How important is precise machine temperature control on a busy bar?

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Post Polish Tilt

October 17, 2015

Please Don't Polish When You Tamp

Why we don't recommending spinning when tamping

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Tamping Pressure / Grind Density

October 04, 2015

How Hard Should You Tamp?

Tamping for espresso is riddled with an incredible amount of folk-knowledge

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Nutation - an apology

September 20, 2015

Nutation: An Apology

Back in the 2013 World Barista Championships, I used a tamping style called ‘nutation’ for all of my espressos - this is why I don’t recommend it.

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How to Distribute by Tapping

September 07, 2015

How To Distribute By Tapping

Breaking down espresso distribution technique.

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August 31, 2015

10 Questions & Answers With Matt

To celebrate 10,000 subscribers, Matt did a live Q&A.

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August 09, 2015

Espresso Recipes: Putting It All Together

The finale of our series on Espresso Recipes

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Espresso Recipes: Time

August 03, 2015

Espresso Recipes: Time

Time is the third variable in our espresso equation, and the last one that you should be manipulating.

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Espresso Recipes: Understanding Yield

July 27, 2015

Espresso Recipes: Understanding Yield

Yield is a compromise between extraction & strength. More of one comes at the expense of the other. If you’re ever frustrated by espresso, this may be why

 

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Espresso Recipes: Measuring Yield

July 06, 2015

Espresso Recipes: Measuring Yield

After Strength, the 2nd step to every good espresso recipe is yield. Yield is the amount of espresso in the cup after extraction. It’s measured by weight though—definitely not volume.

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Espresso Recipes: Strength

June 29, 2015

Espresso Recipes: Strength

In this continuation of our Espresso Recipes series, we break down one of the most oft-misunderstood concepts in espresso: Strength.

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Espresso Recipes: Analyzing Dose

June 21, 2015

Espresso Recipes: Analyzing Dose

Hold your espresso dose steady, unless you want to make more or less coffee.

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Does Latte Art Make Coffee Taste Worse?

May 17, 2015

Does Latte Art Make Coffee Taste Worse?

What if the act of pouring a beautiful design on the top of a milky beverage actually reduced the quality of flavour?

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For a Good Puck

May 10, 2015

For a Good Puck

You can stop worrying about sloppy, soggy, watery pucks because there’s nothing wrong!

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A Guide to the DIY Extraction Tasting

May 03, 2015

A Guide to the DIY Extraction Tasting

A guide to conducting the Barista Hustle espresso extraction experiment.

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April 12, 2015

To Blend or Not to Blend

An exploration of the 'dark art' of blending coffee.

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Distribution Test Results

April 05, 2015

Distribution Test Results

Testing distribution methods for espresso is turning out be quite a journey. This post is another step toward understanding what’s actually going on between the grinder and espresso machine

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Distribution for Espresso

March 22, 2015

Distributing for Espresso

Distribution and the portafilter. Discussing different methods

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