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The beginner's guide to Lungo

The beginner's guide to Lungo

A coffee shop favourite, this espresso-based drink is a staple among caffeine-seekers both at home and on the move. Sometimes known as lungo espresso, long shot, or café allongé, lungos are definitely worth trying at least once in your life and in this guide we’ll give you the full rundown on what a lungo is, how it differs from other cafe menu items, and even how to make it. What is a lungo? Lungo, meaning “long” in Italian in its most basic sense, is an espresso made with more water than usual (contrary to a ristretto, which is brewed with...

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The ultimate guide to cupping coffee at home

The ultimate guide to cupping coffee at home

Coffee can produce endless flavour notes and while most people can quickly tell some coffees apart, when you enter the world of specialty coffee and are introduced to more nuanced and sophisticated coffee profiles, practice - and a lot of coffee drinking - is key to learning how to experience coffee to its fullest. Coffee cupping is how coffee is tasted by producers and buyers around the world to check the quality of a batch of coffee. In cupping, coffees are scored for aspects such as cleanness, sweetness, acidity, mouthfeel and aftertaste.Coffee cupping can be a relatively complex process, resembling...

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The ultimate guide to Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

The ultimate guide to Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee

There are many premium coffees in the world and exciting bean varieties that produce distinguished coffee cups, but one that stands out as a one-of-a-kind, rare, and highly sought after is the Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee. This exquisite tasting coffee has a lot to its name and we’ll cover everything you need to know about it in this guide. What is Jamaican blue mountain coffee? Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee is coffee grown specifically in the legally defined Blue Mountain region in Jamaica, covering the parishes of Portland, St. Andrew, and St. Thomas. With elevations of up to 7,500 feet above...

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How to make iced americano

How to make iced americano

Not every coffee drinker is a fan of intense espressos, ristrettos, or lungos. An americano is a perfect option for those looking to transition from lighter coffees to espresso or those who want exactly something in between. Put it simply, an americano is a diluted espresso and it can be transformed into a refreshing and delicious cup of coffee for summer days. Keep reading to learn how to make an iced americano. What is an iced americano? An iced americano coffee is made of espresso shots topped with cold water to create a light layer of crema, then served over...

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