New Coffee Drinkers Guide: Why Is Kona Coffee So Expensive?

kona coffee cherries

Kona coffee is named after the region where it’s grown – that is Kona, Hawaii, on the island of Hawaii, otherwise known as the Big Island. Like many coffees, Kona gets its distinctive flavor from the very delicate ecosystem in which it grows. It can literally not be grown anywhere else in the world. That’s … Read more

New Coffee Drinkers Guide: What Is A Long Black Coffee?

long black coffee

A long black coffee is a virtually nonexistent offering in American (and many European) coffee shops, and there’s a reason for that. It has an almost exact twin – the americano – which is the better-known drink of the two and the one you’re more likely to find on the menu of an American coffee … Read more

New Coffee Drinkers Guide: What Is A Ristretto?

espresso being made

When you order an espresso at most coffee shops, you’ll get a double shot. A double shot of espresso is a little more than 2 ounces of water passed through 14-20 grams of coffee in roughly 20-25 seconds. If you opt for a single shot, you’ll get roughly 1 ounce of water passed through 7 … Read more

New Coffee Drinkers Guide: Cortado vs Misto – What’s The Difference?

What’s on the drink menu at your local coffeeshop is only about a tenth of what a knowledgeable barista knows how to make. Being equally knowledgeable about your options can give you a far better experience. You might even find something you like better than the standard cappuccino or latte. Two often hidden coffeeshop menu … Read more

New Coffee Drinkers Guide: What Is A Long Shot Of Espresso?

A regular shot of espresso is roughly equivalent to 1 ounce of water passed through 7 grams of ground coffee. This is what is served standard in most coffee shops when you order a single shot of espresso. A long shot of espresso passes more water through the same grounds. Typically, a long shot uses … Read more

Our Travel Report: Coffee Tour of Brussels [Grand Place Area Coffee Shops]

Brussels, Belgium has a lot of famous foodstuffs. Belgian frites. Belgian waffles. And, of course, Belgian chocolate. While you don’t hear much about Belgian coffee (mostly because, like the rest of the world, Belgium just lifted their coffee culture from Italy), Brussels does have a vibrant coffee scene with plenty of worthwhile Bruxelles coffee shops … Read more

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