Tunisia is a small country and the coffee consumption is concentrated in urban areas. The Ministry of Commerce (OCT) is controlling the coffee import. The coffee is sold to the roasters at the same prices whatever it is: around 2€/kg.Read more
A few years ago, a lot of natural coffees were defined as fermented ones. Today, the cursor moved to accept more natural processes and therefore, natural coffees. Flavours are described as “complex” in opposition with “clean cup” for the coffees processed with the washed method.
Sign up to read more…
A few companies have developed hydrocarbon free jute bags. They use Rice Bran Oil (RBO) and the producers of these bags claim that less contamination occurs with RBO compared to JBO.Read more
In the 90s, about 20% of Brazil’s coffee production presented the so-called ‘Rio defect’, characterized by a strong off-flavour, often described as medicinal, phenolic, or iodine-like. Occasionally, this defect also occurs in coffees from other origins. Sign up to read more…Read more
Refractometers and the “Perfect Cup”
For the last episode of this small review of new techs related to coffee, I will try to consider the use of refractometers for the “Perfect Cup” preparation. Barista’s refractometers such as the VST and Atago are the most popular on the market. I will propose in a future post a scientific and statistical comparison between VST, Atago and the RE40D from Mettler-Toledo (professional laboratory refractometer).
Barista Drive System (BDS) from La Cimbali – Bluetooth communication This tool implemented by La Cimbali in some of theirRead more
I am not a «geek» or maybe a « coffeegeek » interested on coffee and how to prepare the best final productRead more
Cascara, meaning ‘skin’ or ‘husk’ in Spanish, is the outer peel of the coffee cherry (berry). In biological terms, we can say that cascara contains exocarp and mesocarp. The mesocarp contains a lot of pectins and small sugars while exocarp contains mostly polyphenols. It was for a long time a by-product of coffee production. Today, cascara has an added value as food and food ingredient.
The classic use of this by-product is infusion in hot water, but you can now find it as flour. It can then be used in flour blends to add colour, fibres and caffeine.
So, cascara is becoming popular and we expect in the next few years a big increase of its consumption. Why? Simply because Starbucks is launching a cascara latte. They will make cascara a trendy product.
Now, the most important part of this brief article:
How can I choose a safe cascara ?[Sign in to continue]Read more
The complexity of an espresso blend is something very important for the roaster. It is part of his “savoir faire”Read more