ROUTINE AND HIDDEN TREASURE

It’s Tuesday (for narrative purposes). You know this because Marg is wearing her puffy sleeved chequered blouse, tapered ankle length slacks in emerald green and New Balance sneakers. You know her name is Marg because you’ve heard “Thanks Marg, your skim cap is ready!” at least 398 times. She’s a newbie. Though she is unaware, […]

HOW DOES WATER PRESSURE AFFECT ESPRESSOS?

Did you know that pressure does things to other things? It does! It turns coal into diamonds. It turns beers with friends into tequila shots. And it turns coffee into espressos! Pressure is great! We are constantly exerting and experiencing some form of force. We are at the same time being pulled down by gravity, […]

Why use a recipe?

Yesterday I made some cherry shortbread cookies. I had a recipe but didn’t follow it, rather just eye-balled this, approximated that. They tasted okay (it being about 50% sugar and 50% butter and all), but I didn’t measure the cherries, got a bit overzealous and voila! A gloopy, pink blob of a cookie. Not the […]

DOSING CHAMBER OF SECRETS

You know that recipes are important, nay, crucial to making consistent coffees across time and space (i.e. time after time, and the space between you and the customer or fellow barista you are trying to communicate how to make this spectacular coffee. Yes, that was a stretch.) Let’s get a bit more into the nitty […]