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Why Are Some Coffees Sweeter Than Others?

Bitter coffee? That’s a thing of the past. Now, specialty professionals and consumers alike want their morning coffee to have a hint of sweetness – and I’m not talking about one that comes from adding sugar or honey. We’ve finally woken up to just how sweet our favourite drink can be naturally. But why is coffee sweet? And, perhaps, most importantly, how can we roast and brew our beans to maximise it? I decided to do a little research to answer those questions. SEE ALSO: Coffee Science: What’s Acidity? How you roast coffee will affect its sweetness. Credit: Vigilante Coffee What Is Sweetness? A generally accepted definition of sweetness is that it’s the taste produced by a high sugar content in...

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What is Specialty Coffee?

By The Specialty Coffee Chronicle on March 17, 2017 By Ric Rhinehart When I first wrote this article in June of 2009, I identified the fragile chain of custody for specialty coffee and the collaborative work that is necessary to deliver a better coffee experience that can be measured. This remains true today, but it is important to note two other thoughts on the topic. First, the role of those in the value chain after the farmer. Do they merely preserve the inherent quality of the coffee, or is their job to enhance or improve on that quality? Increasingly, I think that at every step we are responsible for one or more of the following: the preservation, transformation, or revelation...

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What Happened at the Coolest Dinner Party Ever

Champagne, Caviar and Maestro Fresh Wes When Toronto Life announced it was putting together The Coolest Dinner Party Ever in partnership with Sonos the home sound system company, we knew that people would be excited. After all, the dinner was being prepared by Patrick Kriss and the team from Alo, the most coveted restaurant reservation in the city, Afrim Pristine from Cheese Boutique had signed up to do the cheese for the evening, and the whole event was being coordinated by Franco Stalteri of the CB Wine Program and the man behind Charlie’s Burgers, the legendary secret dinner party series. Patrick Kriss and the team from Alo plating What we didn’t expect was that hundreds of people would email us looking for...

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"How to drink coffee like a true Italian"

Came across this article this morning while enjoying a cortodo in our showroom before starting the days work.  Truly encompasses what Barocco is all about!  Have yourself a read...   How to drink coffee like a true Italian Tips & articles Brendan Sainsbury Lonely Planet Writer Visitors to Italy contemplating their first real cappuccino should remember that they’re in quasi-sacred territory. The Italians pretty much invented the way the rest of the world confects, serves and imbibes coffee, from the lingo (cappuccino, latte, macchiato) to the steam-driven espresso machine (first pioneered by Angelo Moriondo in Turin in 1884), to the stylish brands (Illy and Lavazza). If coffee has a spiritual home, this is it. Start the day with a cappuccino...

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