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How to Buy Roasted Coffee Beans Online

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:07:34 Europe/London

Anyone making the decision to buy roasted coffee beans online really should bear a few pointers in mind when doing so. After all, these are pretty precise products we’re talking about and the margin for error is somewhat slim to say the least.

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Top 10 Tips for choosing a wholesale coffee supplier

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:05:01 Europe/London

Finding the right wholesale coffee supplier is a very important and potentially tricky decision to make. Ultimately, your decision could give you at a massive advantage (or disadvantage) over your competitors.Read More
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How to Make the Perfect Cafetiere Coffee

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:04:17 Europe/London

It is indeed possible to make quite exceptionally gorgeous coffee using nothing more than a cafetiere that costs about 97% less than a machine. But if that’s the case, why is it that your own cafetiere coffee always comes out second-rate at best?

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Considering a Coffee Shop of Your Own? The Three Cornerstones of Success

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 13:00:34 Europe/London

There’s a very obvious reason why the idea of opening a coffee shop appeals to so many people – it looks like a pretty easy gig. It’s simply a case of understanding that it’s not quite as easy as it looks and that there are cornerstones to success in the industry.Read More

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Tuesday, 18 November 2014 12:55:52 Europe/London

In even the most lethargic of cafes you will usually find the staff have been well drilled into a routine of ‘back flushing’ the espresso machine. Whilst very commendable, I am yet to see the wide-spread removal of Porta-filters and baskets for cleaning.Read More
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Commercial Espresso Machines; Mid range Vs High End

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 12:54:36 Europe/London

Here at Smokey Barn we have been lucky enough to sport a top end Espresso machine (Sanremo Verona TCS) in the roastery for the past few years. In that time I have often wondered: 'Is the additional cost of this high end, all singing all dancing commercial espresso machine, really justified when directly compared to a cheaper mid range version?'.Read More
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Get a Grinder!

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 12:53:40 Europe/London

If you want to start drinking amazing coffee, then your fresh roasted beans must be ‘fresh ground’ too. I hate coffee snobbery, but having your own grinder is coffee basics. It’s the most important piece of equipment in your coffee making setup. A big shiny expensive espresso machine will only ever be as good as your grinder.Read More
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Tips For Pouring a rosetta

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 12:48:23 Europe/London

Frustrated by your lack of latte art skills? Well, today my friend, we're going to put that right. You have found THE definitive guide to latte art or specifically, pouring a rosetta. I'm going to break the pouring method down into a 'step by step' guide. Plus for each step, I'm going to hammer it home into your brain so that it becomes part of your muscle memory. 

All you have to do is watch, concentrate, practice, then show off.

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