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The Story of The First Barista, Ever.

The Story of The First Barista, Ever.

Johanna Duncan

By definition, a barista is someone who serves coffee; but what we understand nowadays as barista involves more than serving coffee. There are world-wide competitions bringing together some of the best in the world because we understand that it is a profession rooted in a professionalism and dedication comparable to that of Olympic athletes. Baristas study the beans, decide on how fine or coarse the grinding should be, then discern the type of brewing and its corresponding water to coffee ratio, and when you think it is all done, the serving in itself is an instagrammable show.  We can all serve...

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Mind-blowing Facts About Coffee

Mind-blowing Facts About Coffee

Johanna Duncan

The more you know, the more you realize how little you know. Coffee has been around for so long and it has made a significant impact in so many cultures that its legacy and importance is vast enough to keep us forever intrigued.  Here is a list of the 16 most fascinating facts about coffee. The darker the roast, the lower caffeine content.  Light roast coffee has a higher caffeine content, so if you are drinking coffee for energy purposes, pick the lighter over darker roasts.    Finns consume 27.5 pounds of coffee per year According to the International Coffee...

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A Simple Guide to Become a Coffee Taster

A Simple Guide to Become a Coffee Taster

Johanna Duncan

Good news my friends! If you’d like to become an avid coffee taster you neither need extensive academic education nor complicated equipment, all you need is practice. By taking your time to consciously pay attention to the different aromas and taste of coffee you will start to notice the sometimes subtle and sometimes not so subtle tones and flavors of coffee. It is a physical and mental exercise (some would add emotional to that list), and just like all exercises, you need as much practice and exposure as possible in order to get better and better at it.  People become...

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Vietnamese Coffee: The Sweetest Coffee in the World

Vietnamese Coffee: The Sweetest Coffee in the World

Johanna Duncan

Cubans sweet their espressos with raw sugar cane and yet, the sweetest coffee is still the Vietnamese coffee. I still remember the first time I tried it. I was at a Vietnamese restaurant with my dad and as I ordered it he said to me “You won’t sleep again.” He was right and it was worth it.  Coffee arrived in Vietnam in the 19th century. French missionaries introduced the bean to the Vietnamese fertile soil and coffee has been growing in the country ever since. Nonetheless, coffee was not an important crop until the 80s and 90s when it played...

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How to Roast Coffee at Home

How to Roast Coffee at Home

Johanna Duncan

Not too long ago, it was common practice to buy coffee beans raw and roast them at home. Why did we stop this? There’s many reasons; one of them is simply that as a society we have become more practical, and after WWII there was a boost on kitchen gadgets. Some have remained such as the microwave, the coffeemaker, the electric blender, and many others have gone extinct (or almost extinct) such as the electric can opener and the retractable stove. Practicality is truly the deal breaker here, because roasting coffee at home is no matter for the faint hearted....

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The Surprising Benefits of a Coffee Bath

The Surprising Benefits of a Coffee Bath

Johanna Duncan

I know, I know, the question is quite odd and daring. But there are plenty of benefits to drenching yourself in coffee, so why wouldn’t we look into it? Cleopatra was known to bathe in milk, its tradition for some royals to bathe in wine, most spa treatments are based on herbs somewhat similar to brewing tea, so why wouldn’t we try coffee?   Coffee is high in antioxidants, which are crucial to balance free radicals in our bodies. In simpler words, coffee helps improve cellular health. Coffee is also an anti-inflammatory, which is crucial to improve blood circulation in...

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