Coffee Origins, Growing, Roasting, Blending & Cupping
African & Arabian Coffee Tasting Notes
Africa and Arabia produce a wide range of coffee favor profiles. From Bugishu to Yirgacheffe, this guide covers the aromas and tastes of Africa and Arabia's many coffees.
Bird Safe / Shade Grown Coffee
What is shade-grown coffee and how is it safer for birds?
Coffee Aroma Chemistry
There's a science behind the aromas in a cup of coffee. Learn about the two mechanisms by which people smell coffee and the volatile compounds responsible for coffee's many aromas.
Which chemical compounds make coffee bitter? How can you reduce the bitterness in coffee?
Coffee Cupping Basics - How to Taste Coffee
Coffee cupping helps you develop your palate and select your ideal coffees. Here's how to do it like a pro.
Coffee From Seed to Cup
According to the National Coffee Association, there are ten steps that transform coffee from seed to cuppa. These are those steps.
Learn about the Brazilian method for harvesting coffee.
Coffee Harvesting & Treatment
Learn how coffee is harvested, and the difference between "wet processing" coffee and "dry processing" coffee.
Coffee Roast Types - Light, Medium, Dark
Coffee roasts range from light (such as Cinnamon Roast) to Medium (such as Breakfast Roasts) to dark (such as French Roast). Know the differences with this guide from The National Coffee Association.
Learn about the botanical differences between Coffea Robusta and Coffea Arabica, as well as the growing conditions required for each species.
Coffee varietals each have a different appearance and flavor. Learn about coffee varietals, such as Bourbon, Typica, Catimor and Blue Mountain.
Fair Trade Coffee
Learn about the certification, production, prices and popularity of Fair Trade coffee.
How Coffee is Decaffeinated
Imbibe Magazine explains the three processes by which coffee is decaffeinated: chemical processing, water processing and carbon dioxide processing.
How to Pull Espresso Shots
Every espresso machine is different and there's quite a bit of controversy over the "best" way to pull a shot. However, there are some basics that can help you sharpen your espresso-pulling skills and pull great shots.
How to Roast Coffee at Home
Learn to roast green coffee beans into your desired roast level with this guide to roasting coffee with a home coffee roasting machine.
How to Tamp Espresso Like a Pro
In this article, Imbibe Magazine explains the nuances to tamping espresso grounds before extracting a shot. Notes include tips on how to hold your wrist when tamping and how to "polish" the grounds when tamping (and why you might consider skipping the step altogether).
How to Taste Coffee Like the Pros
Professional coffee cupping is both an art and a science. Once left to the pros, it has now spread to coffee shops across the country as a means of educating consumers about their beans. Wired Magazine explains how to cup coffee with the best of them.
Learn what differentiates organic coffee from conventional coffee.
The Coffee Plant
Learn about the plant behind the drink, including its species, development and parts.
Harar is one of the world's most famous coffee-producing regions, and is noted for its distinctive style of coffee. Learn more about this fascinating coffee origin and the coffees it produces.
The Origin of Coffee
Learn more about the fascinating myths and history surrounding the origins of coffee both in Ethiopia and in Yemen.
French Roast Coffee
French roast coffee is one of the darkest roasts out there. Learn more about this special coffee roast, including what makes it unique and what it tastes like.
Whether you're a regular coffee buyer or a home roaster, knowing the coffee roasts can be incredibly useful to you. Learn all the major coffee roasts, including dark roast, French roast, cinnamon roast and more, with this guide to coffee roasts.