The Espresso Compass

The Espresso Compass is a little more complicated than the Brewed Coffee Compass. Last year I wrote a series on Espresso, culminating in a video showing the relationship between extraction, brew ratio, and the coffee control chart. If you’re on top of that, you’ll get...

The Coffee Compass

The Brewed Coffee Compass is very simple to use: Brew a coffee. Taste it. If you experience any negative flavours, find them on the map (left). Those flavours are now the center of the compass (right).  Find the direction you need to travel in order to get back in the...

VST,WTF Part 3

The Coffee Control Chart   This is the part of my presentation where Baristas lose focus and eyes glaze over. “Graphs? Numbers? I don’t need those. They’re scary. It’s all about the feels!” they say. Well perk up, because thoroughly understanding the coffee...

VST:WTF Part 2

Now that I’ve covered what a refractometer is and how it works, it’s important to understand what it can and cannot do. There’s a lot of incorrect assumptions and opinions about these devices that I find myself constantly battling. Many baristas are understandably...