How to pull the perfect shot of espresso

Pulling the perfect shot of espresso is something most baristas are chasing. Jack Simpson tells us his approach... Read more

Winning a barista championship is just the beginning

South African Barista Champion, Winston Thomas, talks about life after the lights go down on the competition stage, and how winning a barista championship is just the beginning... Read more

Coffee roasters need to band together for the future of the industry

Coffee roasters have a crucial role to play in the future of sustainability in the industry. Dale Harris believes that collaboration across supply chains and between businesses will be essential... Read more

Why establishing a clear & logical system for coffee quality is so important

Head of coffee at Caravan Coffee Roasters, Andrea Otte, talks about her approach to creating a coffee quality program... Read more

How to maintain excellence when scaling a specialty coffee brand

Founder and CEO of WatchHouse, Roland Horne, tells us about his personal and professional experiences growing a specialty coffee brand.. Read more

Judging coffee competitions can be challenging – but it’s incredibly rewarding

One of the things that I've taken from judging coffee competitions is admiration – I now treasure the opportunity to witness some of the world's best baristas at work... Read more

Specialty coffee can be a force for real, concrete change

Traditionally, impact in specialty coffee was primarily focused on ensuring fair wages and working conditions for farmers at the origin of coffee production. While these initiatives were a crucial starting point, consumers now demand impact at home as well... Read more

Competing is a personal journey – staying authentic is the key to success

Competing is one of the best ways to grow as a coffee professional and as an individual. But growth comes with putting yourself outside of your comfort zone – and that’s exactly what competitions do... Read more
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In the coffee industry, sustainability is about to get serious

Former café owner and senior manager at Redemption Roasters, Ben Mitchell, discusses why a new wave of regulations and changing consumer behaviour are about to shake up the coffee industry forever. .. Read more
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Italy is still the most innovative country in the world for coffee

The CEO of Elektra Coffee, Alessio Pezzoni, explains how a small town in Italy has been at the heart of some of the most astonishing innovations in espresso for nearly 80 years... Read more