What is a Flat White?

A flat white is a coffee drink made with espresso, steamed milk, and microfoam. Microfoam is steamed milk that has been lightly infused with air, which produces smooth, velvety milk with tiny air bubbles. When adequately prepared, the air bubbles should hardly be visible to the coffee consumer. The key to a successful flat white … Read more

Best Coffee Creamers

Coffee creamer is an excellent alternative to milk or half-and-half if you don’t like to take your morning coffee black. As well as whitening your coffee, it adds creamy texture, sweetness, and even additional flavors. Coffee creamer is also a good option for anyone who is lactose intolerant. You do have to be wary of … Read more

10 Minutes with Maurizio Giuli: Part One

We chat with Maurizio Giuli, a longtime executive at Simonelli Group, about his lifelong commitment to the coffee world, and the well-being of the baristas who make it possible. BY SARAH ALLENBARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE Photos courtesy of Maurizio Giuli While Maurizio Giuli’s is a familiar face at all the biggest coffee conferences throughout the world, … Read more

What is Ristretto Shot?

Ristretto is an intense shot of espresso served black. You make ristretto the same way you make an espresso: with an espresso machine. But the volume is smaller than a typical espresso. A ristretto shot has a volume of 15 to 20 mL, while espresso is 25 to 35 mL, but you make both with … Read more

10 Minutes ith Maurizio Giuli: Part Two

We finish our interview with longtime coffee professional and Simonelli Group team member Maurizio Giuli by discussing the progression of barista culture and his fascination with coffee research. BY SARAH ALLENBARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE Photos courtesy of Maurizio Giuli From the editor: Yesterday, we began learning more about Simonelli Group executive Maurizio Giuli, and how he … Read more

The Complete 2022 US Coffee Competitions Schedule

After a two-year hiatus, the US Coffee Championships are returning to action this week in Boston, Massachusetts. Taking place as part of Expo, the Specialty Coffee Association’s trade show in the United States, the slate of events at this year’s USCC will be one of the biggest ever with a sum total six national championships … Read more

What is Mocha?

Mocha is a latte flavored with chocolate. It can also be called a cafe mocha, mocha latteor a mochaccino. It keeps the traditional latte ratio of one-third espresso and two-thirds steamed milk, plus a thin layer of milk foam, but adds a dose of chocolate syrup. Often a mocha will be topped with whipped cream … Read more

Navigating Coffee Social Events as a Sober Individual

In advance of Expo and the inevitable parties, one industry leader in recovery offers support for folks struggling with addiction BY NOAH NAMOWICZSPECIAL TO BARISTA MAGAZINE Editor’s note: As the Specialty Coffee Expo approaches, many people are looking forward to reuniting with other coffee folks. In addition to a busy trade show floor and competition … Read more

The Hottest New Coffee Gear Debuting At SCA Expo 2022

For the coffee gear junkie, Expo weekend is pretty much a high holiday. Over the course of the three days inside the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, new and reimagined products from some of the biggest names in coffee will be making their official debut, leaving the gadget-inclined salivating at the sight of the latest … Read more

I-Roast 2 Coffee Roasting Guide

So you bought an iRoast2 and your roasts are coming out too dark or too light, or feel the flavor could be better. Maybe you are generally happy, but think you could get more from the iRoast 2. Or maybe you just want to see how others use theirs. Hopefully we can give you some … Read more