As any barista trainer will tell you, one of the most difficult barista skills to master is tamping. Sure, it looks easy enough. You just take the tamper and press down. But even the slightest inconsistency in your tamp will have an adverse effect on your shot. But new tamper from German manufacturers Mahlgut aims to change that….
Archives for January 2016
There’s a quiet revolution happening in American coffee shops. Once a bastion of subpar pastries and cellophane wrapped snacks, a new wave of cafés are giving food the same care and attention as their coffee. It’s hard to find a better example of a coffee shop with a next level baked goods than Columbus, Ohio’s Fox in the Snow Café….
We all have a friend who takes their coffee a little too seriously. If you read this website regularly you might be that friend. Who are we kidding? We are too. If you are, be prepared to take a well-deserved ribbing from Buzzfeed, the same news organization that brought us groundbreaking journalism like “The 38 Most Awkward Cats of 2015.” Consider “When Your Friend is a Coffee Snob” a reminder to keep drinking good coffee without being a jerk about it.
At the end of Vincent Minelli’s classic musical Meet Me in St. Louis, the Smith family looks out over the 1904 World’s Fair and remarks “To think it’s in our hometown.” Today, St. Louis baristas can observe the local coffee scene and come to the same conclusion. Momentum is as strong as the the mighty Mississippi river and one of the companies at the heart of this caffeinated renaissance is Blueprint Coffee….