All posts by Magda Walczak

espresso beans

Espresso beans vs coffee beans

What is the difference between coffee beans and espresso beans? If you go to your local grocery store you’ll see both espresso beans and coffee beans and you probably don’t give it much thought – you just buy the right beans for the right method. I know I do. But on every occasion that I’ve bought roasted beans from a coffee shop or roaster, the roaster recommended the appropriate beans for the various brewing methods without referring to “espresso beans” per se. I don’t know why it didn’t occur to me to ask about the difference until now…

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Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Water Kettle for Pour Over Coffee

Pour over brewing kettles – go electric or stovetop?

I love a good pour over coffee. I’m still working on my technique, but with good beans you can’t mess up too much. As with other types of brewing coffee, pour over requires a few pieces of equipment. One of those is a kettle with a long, thin neck (or spout), often called a gooseneck. When choosing a kettle, do you go the electric route or stove top?

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Instant coffee powder

What is instant coffee? Is it even real coffee?

There are many ways to brew coffee (all of which we hope to cover on this site), but the fastest way to get a hot cup of coffee is to drink an instant coffee. I can feel your distaste now – “Instant coffee’s not real coffee!” I get it. Instant coffee is not for purists, but don’t dismiss it right away if you haven’t tried it. It can actually be pretty tasty!

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Single Origin Coffee Roasters Surry Hills

Best coffee shops in Sydney, Australia

If you’ve never visited Australia, if you think of it, coffee probably isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. If you have been to Australia, you know that it has some of the best coffee in the world, if not the best. Coffee shops are on every block, restaurants all employ trained baristas and even McDonald’s serves a decent cappuccino. Yeah, I was surprised too.

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Rwanda coffee beans

Best coffee in Krakow, Poland

I grew up in Poland, but as life would have it, I haven’t been back in nearly ten years. A few months ago I had the pleasure of spending a week in Krakow, Poland, for work. Boy, has this place changed! I absolutely loved it all – the food, the scenery, the people. But what I loved the most was the coffee. In fact, it was in Krakow that I had the best pour-over coffee I’ve ever had, anywhere in the world.

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Temperfect coffee mug

The perfect coffee mug is here!

The problem with coffee mugs is that they either keep the coffee too hot or they let it get too cold. That’s the problem that the Temperfect Mug has solved.  Dean Verhoeven & Logan Maxwell have figured out a way to not only get your coffee to the right temperature for drinking, but they’ve designed their coffee mug in a way that keeps the coffee at that perfect temperature for a long time. Brilliant!

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