What is there in the cup, when you wander around Oslo checking out the trendy coffee shops, enjoying a cupping with legendary Tim Wendelboe and visit Kaffikaze, the Norwegian version of Coffee Festival?
Coffee has dozens of flavors. In order to pull the coffee flavors out correctly it is essential to find a good roast profile as well as to pick the perfectly matching brewing method and the great brew recipe. Not to forget about water we use for brewing. Coffee flavor wheel is an excellent tool to explain the flavor sensation.
There are many variables along our way to the perfect cup. When preparing drip coffee, we cannot ignore the role of basket shape. The question is: cone shaped of flat bottom? Or does it matter?
If you choose a brewing method and device that require filtering, you have basically three options: paper, metal and cloth. The most common option for filtering is filter papers. Filter papers come in different shapes, sizes and colour but what makes a good filter paper? Now let’s take a deeper look at the filter papers!
What is agitation and why we need it when brewing coffee? Is agitation a barista’s key to success? Can we make a brew without? If you are aiming to consistent extraction (and why wouldn’t you!), agitation is one of your tools to be the captain and not the co-pilot of the upcoming brews.
“A course and test for brewing coffee? Even a child can do that!” Well, not exactly if we are aiming for a high quality cup. Let me walk you through what we do on SCA Brewing Foundation course.