Research & Development

tamping technique

Why bad tamping technique could be holding back your espresso

Champion Italian barista Alessandro Galtieri speaks with Tanya Nanetti about the importance of espresso tamping and why only the best tamping technique will result in a satisfying brew... Read more
pre-workout coffee

Is “pre-workout coffee” a scam?

João Carvalho speaks with professional nutritionist Carolina Baliere to find out whether a cup of coffee can act as an effective pre-workout supplement... Read more
economics of coffee blends

Understanding the economics of coffee blends

As blends continue to rise in popularity in the specialty coffee sector, Jenna Gottlieb speaks with Origin’s head of coffee, Freda Yuan, and 2017 WBC Champion, Dale Harris, about their cost-saving benefits... Read more
coffee's astringency

The art of reducing astringency in coffee

Benedict Smith speaks with the Coffee Board of India’s quality specialist, Dr Ramya Mohan, about how baristas can harness the power of science to tackle astringent cups of coffee... Read more

Is there an ideal roast profile for superautomatic espresso machines?

Barista trainer at Cornico Coffee and SCA AST, Millie Gay, speaks with Tanya Nanetti about how the roast profile you use on a superautomatic coffee machine can make all the difference... Read more
light roast espresso

How to unlock the full potential of light roast espresso shots

Barista trainer Alex Slater shares how light roasted coffees require a fine-tuned approach to espresso brewing – and how good espresso machines can make all the difference... Read more
mineral content of water for coffee

How does the mineral content of water affect espresso?

Imogen Rose Phillips speaks with Water for Coffee author, Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood, and national sales manager at BWT, William Hinton, to analyse the relationship between water’s mineral content and the quality of espresso... Read more
paper filters for espresso

Paper filters for espresso: Are they really necessary?

Benedict Smith speaks with coffee expert Denis Sabou to find out more about why adding a paper filter to your portafilter basket could be the key to a better cup of coffee... Read more

Is solubility the key to a better cup of coffee?

Wageningen Food Safety Research scientist, Dr Anja Rahn, explains the importance of solubility when it comes to preparing the perfect cup of coffee... Read more
steaming plant-based milks

A barista champion’s guide to steaming plant-based milks

Anay Mridul speaks with 2018 UK Barista Champion, Josh Tarlo, about the popularity of plant-based milks and how baristas should be steaming them... Read more