Entries by Hannah Mercer A.S.T.

How to Taste Espresso For Quality

Baristas should taste the espresso they are serving every day.  If not – what are we serving our customers? How can we be confident we’re representing the hard work of the coffee supply chain if we haven’t tried the ‘spro? (and slamming back a shot for a caffeine rush mid-shift doesn’t count as tasting.)

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How I Became An SCA Barista Trainer And How It Kind Of Changed My Life

Do you suspect, beneath the surface of your everyday life, there brews a latent desire to know everything there is about coffee but you don’t know where to start? Keep reading, cause that’s what happened to me. I always want to know more about anything I’m involved with, so when I started working at a coffee shop, my interest lead me on a journey through the supply chain of coffee across the United States and all over the world. There is much still to learn, see and experience, and so many people to meet.

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Finding the Best Coffee Grinder for Home

People ask me all the time what’s one thing they can do to step up their coffee game in the morning. Once you go beyond buying high quality, fresh coffee, the answer is simple: buy your coffee whole bean and grind it fresh every morning. With that being said… there are hundreds of grinder options on the market, and choosing the right one for your lifestyle can be overwhelming. Here are a few questions, and suggestions, to help you find the right grinder for your morning brew.

French Press Brewing 101

A French Press is one of the easiest and most recognized manual brew methods. Since they come in a variety of sizes they can be perfect for making a personal cup, or a brew for six people to share. This is often described as a “set it and forget it” method – perfect for beginners or for people who want an easy way to experiment with brewing variables like time or coffee-to-water ratio. French Presses are characterized by their full body and heavy sediment in the finished cup.