Cortado vs Cubano: What’s The Difference?

closeup making espresso

So, you’ve just walked into a new coffeeshop and see some espresso drinks in the menu that you’ve not seen, nor tasted, before. What do you do? Should you try the cortado or the Cubano coffee? How do you know which one you will like the taste of more? And most importantly, how do these … Read more

Dark Coffee vs Light Coffee

The main difference coffee drinkers notice when comparing light and dark roasts of coffee  is the flavor. Even when made from the same bean, a lightly-roasted coffee tastes completely different than a darkly-roasted coffee. While the taste may be the most important and most notable difference between dark and light roasts, though, it’s not the … Read more

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

Ideal Coffee Temperature (Brew and Serve Temps)

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Nothing spoils a great cup of coffee more than a tepid temperature or a scald so hot it takes off half your mouth skin before you can swallow it. Coffee, like most hot drinks, is a straight-up Goldilocks situation. It simply tastes better when it’s “just right.” What is the right temperature for coffee, though? … Read more

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

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

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

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

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