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Berg Wu crowned 2016 World Barista Champion

World Barista Championship

Taiwan’s Berg Wu was crowned the 2016 World Barista Champion at the World of Coffee Show in Dublin, emerging victorious ahead of 61 competitors over four days in the Irish capital.

Wu received a Nuova Simonelli Musica espresso machine, his choice of Mahlkonig EK43 or K30 Bario AIR grinder, a nine day tip to Brazil with Ally Coffee, a trip to Swiss Water’s decaffeination plant in Vancouver, Canada, a $500 gift voucher from Espresso Supply and a cover story in Barista Magazine.

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How To Tamp Coffee – Barista Tips

How to tamp coffee

Tamping coffee is an integral step in making quality coffee, the only issue is how to go about tamping correctly!

Before we begin, you might not know why tamping coffee is so important.

It’s important to understand that water flows around the coffee in the group handle during the brewing process, if too compact, the coffee will not be extracted well, if under-compacted then we can end up with a watery cup.

So as masters of coffee, we have decided to show you how to tamp coffee correctly!

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Coffee stops working after 3 days bad sleep

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Coffee stops working after just 3 days of bad sleep according to a study by experts at the Walker Reed Army Institute of Research over in the US.

The study has found that after having multiple nights of interrupted, or poor amounts of sleep, the caffeine boosting effect of our favourite energy boosting hot drink are hugely diminished.

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Fika: The Swedish coffee break

The Scandinavian nations are some of the world’s largest coffee drinkers, with coffee being an essential in a Swede’s everyday life.

You might have heard Fika mentioned a few times, maybe on TV or read somewhere online (case in point!) and are wondering, what the heck is ‘fika’?

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Why deconstructed coffee is awesome

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We think that the Melbourne cafe that has served the deconstructed coffee has received a lot of negative attention for their creation, and we’ve had a think, it shouldn’t really be dismissed, it should be lauded!

Firstly, we are defending the coffee for it’s merits, and there are quite a few, not least because it’s another way to enjoy our favourite drink.

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Chewable coffee – a retro-future caffeine fix

Go Cubes - chewable coffee

Is the traditional coffee in a cup under threat?

Chewable coffee is one of the latest crowd-funded efforts to make getting your caffeine fix that little bit ‘easier’ and more ‘convenient’.

After a successful IndieGogo campaign, Go Cubes, the chewy, gummy coffee in a cube format gained $61,000 to create a new form of our favourite drink.

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Speciality coffee: Oliva Kishero’s farm coffee

Gumutindo Coffee Co-op micro-lot coffee

Oliva Kishero is one of a growing number of women farmers who are creating some of the finest coffee available in the world today. 

With many of the traditional farms being male-dominated, we are proud to offer this exceptional East African coffee, that not only helps the region but the women of Uganda who are proving that they are equals, and in this case offer better coffee than that of their male counterparts.

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UEFA European Championship 2016 – Group F and their coffee

Euro 2016 - Group F

The final group to take to the European stage in France this summer, but no less important, Portugal, Iceland, Austria and Hungary will be vying for a place in the latter stages of the tournament much like any of the other teams.

But one of the smaller nations within this group consumes 9kg of coffee per person each year! That means every person drinks at least 2 cups per person, per day! Which to be fair doesn’t sound too much…

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UEFA European Championship 2016 – Group E and their coffee

Euro 2016 - Group E

We’ve reached Group E and so far we’ve worked out that for the most part, Europe loves coffee, and the variations of coffee from nation to nation has been quite pronounced.

But any group with Italy in surely is going to win? The fathers of modern coffee, pioneers in all things espresso, the Italians must be the nation to beat in the coffee stakes?

They aren’t too bad at football either!

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