Dear Coffee Roaster, it’s not you, it’s me

coffee bags

I’m the first to admit I like to play the field. With so many roasters, blends, origins, and roasting styles available, I can’t imagine limiting myself to the same coffee, day after day, no matter how good it is. Even though I’m thoroughly enjoying the beans I have right now, I probably won’t buy another bag. I’m eager to find out what’s next.

How about you? Do you stand by your favourite coffee blend or do you prefer to mix things up?

Kryptonite for coffee grinders

piece of concrete in bag of coffee

This little blighter stowed away and travelled to Australia in a bag of coffee from Colombia. If I had not seen this tiny piece of concrete, smaller than a coffee bean, it would have easily cracked the ceramic burrs in my Porlex grinder. 99.9% of the time coffee companies will catch foreign material in a de-stoner before it can make it into bags of roasted coffee destined for customers’ kitchens. It’s still worth keeping an eye out for stowaways in your coffee through. Your grinder will thank you.

ROK Versus Bad Beans

Rok espresso maker and ROK grinder versus bad beans

A well-made espresso is photogenic and I often share pictures of my brews on social media. Admittedly, it’s easier to pull nice looking shots of espresso on the ROK espresso maker when you use super-fresh, high-quality beans. A more budget-conscious coffee drinker who buys less fancy beans from the local supermarket may end up producing coffee that’s not as photogenic (for what it’s worth) as the ones I put up on Instagram. I’m often asked by ROK users why their espresso doesn’t look like mine. It’s probably a bit short-sighted of me to just encourage folks to buy better beans, but that’s often my first response. Obviously, it’s not only about the beans, but also method and equipment play a big part.

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Camp Coffee: Cafflano Klassic

Cafflano Klassic coffee maker outdoors

There’s nothing like getting out of the house or office and making coffee in the great outdoors. This is especially true on a sunny Winter day, after a string of cold, gloomy days here in Melbourne, Australia.

This week I took the Cafflano Klassic and gave it the camp coffee treatment. I’m always interested in whether a portable coffee maker is any good once you take it out of the kitchen and try to use it in the wild.

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Espresso Anywhere – Take your coffee off the grid

Our talented mate, Scott, has put together another unplugged coffee masterpiece. Check out this video of Scott and his family doing the off-the-grid, unplugged coffee thing, the way it’s meant to be done. Pack up your coffee kit and get out in the world. You’ll see cameos from the ROK espresso maker, Handpresso, Minipresso and a Porlex grinder.