The flat white in a classic in New Zealand and Australia. We love it because of its full, creamy body. Here it is in cocktail form.Read more "Recipe: The Flat White Martini"
When I went to Japan in August I found the coffee scene to be mostly rubbish iced coffees from thousands of vending machines dotted around the country. Alternatively you can get pretty identical dark roasted iced or hot coffee from any restaurant or cafe. It’s not great. There’s a few shining lights like ‘Flat White Cafe’ in […]Read more "Coffee Mastery: Bear Pond Espresso, Tokyo"
Good coffee seems have a fair bit of mystery surrounding it, so here’s my two cents.Read more "What makes ‘good’ coffee?"
For most of human existence the espresso martini was not a thing. So what a delight it must have been when in 1983, it was created.Read more "Everything Espresso Martini"
Cold brew coffee is a billion dollar industry in the USA and it’s still rapidly growing as a beverage both in cafe’s and in stores. In NZ, it is not. Yet. The roots of cold brew are an extension of third wave coffee. Where the third wave saw variety in brewing methods appear and attention given to […]Read more "The State of Cold Brew in New Zealand"
A zingy and refreshing, easy to make drink made from two handcrafted NZ products.Read more "Harpoon Iced Ginger Latte"
It was September, 2011. The idea for a coffee liqueur had come a few months before, but it was September 2011 that I started tinkering seriously. Well, more like obsessively. Moving from my personal kitchen to a commercial kitchen in Strictly Coffee on Bath St meant I could get high proof ethanol and actually test what […]Read more "Four years in."
Hot water is a wonderful thing: it draws many delicious compounds from coffee. It does so because water is a solvent and coffee has soluble compounds. Tweaking extraction variables to get the best brew is all in a normal days work for a coffee geek, so using water at ambient temperature seems counter-intuitive – it is […]Read more "Flavour formation and degradation in Cold Brew Coffee"
Photos of coffee in Colombia, from seed to cup.Read more "Coffee & Empanadas: Colombia in a nutshell"
There are many gadgets in the world of coffee. But it’s the humble French Press (also, more tragically known as ‘a coffee plunger’), that is a mainstay in homes around the world. It’s a simple device that allows you to create an excellent cup. The French press is undoubtedly an under-rated champion in the coffee kingdom. Here’s how to make the perfect French Press.Read more "Making the Perfect French Press"