The website Wikihow has a good beginner’s guide to creating Latte Art, check it out! It helped me realize that one of my main problems has been how I heat the milk – I’m too focused on creating a nice layer of foam, which is the last thing you want when doing Latte Art.

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Now that you’ve brushed up on your Coffee Tasting Terms, here’s a quick guide to tasting – REALLY tasting, not just drinking – your favorite cup: Start by smelling it. Smell the grounds before brewing…smell the brewed coffee…think about it, what does it remind you of? Now, when you taste the coffee, slurp it to […]

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If you’re a coffee drinker, you’ve no doubt come across all sorts of colorful attempts to describe a particular coffee’s flavor. Here’s a guideline to help sort it all out, courtesy of Peet’s Coffee: Acidity Acidity is the liveliness in coffee. In everyday conversation, “acidity” may sound unappealing, but in coffee terms it’s actually a […]

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Certified Organically Grown: Refers to coffee beans that are grown and processed according to a rigorous set of guidelines that are monitored at each stage by an independent certifying agency. The guidelines specify the type of allowable inputs of organic fertilizers, integrated pest management, and other organic weed and fungus controls. Sustainable agriculture: A very […]

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Just about anyone can grow coffee plants in their homes…all it takes is a comfortable living environment, and lots of light (coffee plants don’t do too well in dim rooms, I speak from experience here!). Still, the results won’t be comparable to the towering coffee plants you may see on the side of the road […]

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