Anna Brones

Anna Brones is a writer and the author of The Culinary Cyclist and Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break. She is also the founder of Foodie Underground. She can most often be found drinking coffee, riding her bike or exploring markets.
Wait, What Exactly Is a Flat White? And How Is It Different From a Latte?
Unless you work in specialty coffee — or come from or have spent time in New Zealand or Australia — I will bet that a few years ago, you had never heard of a flat white. Our friends Down Under have been drinking flat whites for years, but even within the coffee world there tends to be some confusion as to what “exactly” they really are.
Mar 12, 2024
4 Reasons Your Coffee Tastes Bitter
There’s nothing worse than pouring a big cup of coffee to go with your breakfast sandwich, bringing it to your lips, taking that first sweet drink, and realizing that it’s bitter as sin. Your cup of coffee should be a burst of good flavor, not an overpowering dose of bitterness. So why does it end up bitter? It’s interesting that coffee is often associated with bitterness.
Dec 10, 2022
What Is Siphon Coffee, and How Is It Made?
Have you had coffee from a siphon? While you may have seen siphon coffee makers popping up at more and more specialty coffee shops and retailers, the trend of vacuum coffee makers is nothing new. A siphon coffee maker brews coffee using two chambers where vapor pressure and gravity produce coffee. In fact the concept dates back to the mid 1800s, when people were in agreement that boiling their coffee killed the taste, and so were experimenting with vacuums and vapor pressure.
Oct 3, 2022
3 Common Mistakes People Make When Brewing French Press Coffee
While not everyone is a lover of the French press, it’s one of the most classic methods of brewing coffee, and if you do it right, it can produce a great cup. Want to perfect your morning French press? Avoid these three common mistakes and you’ll be sure to get the best brew every time. The beauty of a French press is in its simplicity — grind your coffee, add water, and go.
Sep 2, 2022
What Makes Espresso Different from Brewed Coffee?
Up until the last few years — when pour-over coffee started garnering cult status in the specialty coffee world, making filter coffee cool again — espresso had often been deemed by many as the “best” way to drink coffee. When it was introduced in the United States, a country where we had become used to drinking drip coffee, it was an entirely new way to experience coffee.
Dec 31, 2020
How Young Is Too Young to Drink Coffee?
Would you pour coffee into a sippy cup? Probably not. Culturally, childhood consumption of coffee is usually avoided — at least during the very early years. But as children grow older into adolescence, the world of lattes and macchiatos can be hard to resist. So, how young is too young? We asked a few experts to weigh in. As coffee shops become places where adolescents hang out and congregate, thinking about their caffeine consumption is increasingly important.
Sep 30, 2020
15 Gifts for the Coffee-Lover in Your Life
If you’re in the market for a coffee-lover gift, look no further. From limited-edition coffee to coffee brewers, there’s something for any kind of coffee-lover on this list. Because if you’re a good gift giver, you can probably expect a few good cups of coffee brewed for you in return. Here are 15 fun coffee-themed gifts for anyone with a love of a good cup of joe.
Aug 27, 2020
Why Does Airplane Coffee Taste So Bad?
No matter what kind of coffee drinker you are, I think we can all agree on the fact that airplane coffee generally falls into the category of “bad coffee.” Why is the coffee served in the air so terrible, and what can you do about it? The first place we usually check for low-quality coffee is with the beans. But in this case, the beans themselves aren’t necessarily the problem.
Jun 4, 2019
10 Coffee Instagram Accounts to Follow
Coffee and Instagram seem to be meant for each other. Even those who aren’t obsessed with coffee have probably posted a caffeinated photo or two at some point in their Instagram career. If you’re looking for visual coffee inspiration, here are 10 great coffee Instagram accounts to follow.
May 30, 2019
9 Blogs for Coffee Lovers
Is your daily dose of coffee just not enough for you? Are you looking for something a little extra? Perhaps some coffee education? Or the latest gossip in the coffee industry? Then a coffee blog just might be for you. If you’re a coffee lover, coffee geek, coffee nerd, or just someone looking for more information about coffee, here are my favorite online coffee resources. Brew a fresh batch and start reading.
May 30, 2019
10 Paris Food Secrets the Guidebooks Won’t Tell You About
If I were to guess which city had the most guidebooks written about it, my guess would be Paris. Paris is, after all, the city many romanticize, regardless of whether or not they have actually been there. There is a charm to Paris, a pull for many travelers — it’s a city full of quirks, mystery, hidden streets, and tucked-away gardens. But as a resident of Paris, I am here to tell you: the guidebooks don’t tell you everything.
May 24, 2019
What You Can Expect in a Coffee From Central or South America: Cocoa, Nuts, and Spice
Coffee is just coffee right? Hopefully you’ve been reading this column long enough to know the answer to that question! So what is it that makes coffee from Nicaragua different than one from Kenya? Today we’re going to talk about coffee from Central and South America, and what characteristics define the coffee from this region. Coffee growing regions exist around the world in more than 50 countries from Africa to Asia.
May 24, 2019
Say Coffee in 20 Languages
Whenever I travel, there are three things I always learn how to say in the local language: Hello. Thank you. That was delicious. Since food is such an excellent vehicle for experiencing a culture, and connecting with people, I’ve found that that last phrase always gets a big smile, no matter where I am. But of course, there’s another word that’s essential for the culinary traveler: coffee.
May 24, 2019
What Coffee Culture Is Like in Cuba
Coffee came to Cuba in the mid-1700s, and soon thereafter Cuba became a large coffee producer and exporter. In fact, coffee production has had such an impact on the Cuban landscape that the first coffee plantations now have a place on the UNESCO World Heritage list. As coffee production grew, the drink became part of the national identity; it’s no surprise that even those of us who have never been to Cuba have probably at least once or twice heard mention of a café cubano.
May 24, 2019
Cupcake Feminism: Is What We Bake a Matter of Gender?
Several years ago I read an article about “cupcake feminism.” I was intrigued. First, because of all the sweet treats out there, cupcakes are probably my least favorite (honestly, there are so many better baked goods out there, and I for one find the never-ending cupcake obsession to be exhausting). Second, because I wondered how cupcakes had any relationship to feminism. Could cupcakes really be the symbol of a new movement of feminists?
May 24, 2019
5 Breakfast Lessons I Learned from Scandinavia
For many of us, breakfast is rarely more than a cup of coffee or a piece of fruit while rushing out the door. That’s if we manage to eat anything at all: Over 31 million Americans regularly skip breakfast. There is research to back up both sides of the “To Eat or Not to Eat Breakfast” argument, but I think most of us share a wistfulness for a proper breakfast.
May 24, 2019
10 Words to Help You Order the Coffee You Want to Drink
A guy walks into a coffee shop and… In today’s age of coffee culture, finishing that sentence might be a little more difficult than it once was. Does he get an espresso? A cappuccino? A macchiato? A pour over? So many options, so little time. Do you get confused about the differences between all these many choices? Here’s a cheat sheet to ten of the most common coffee terms to help you order the coffee you want to drink. How about you?
May 2, 2019
5 Reasons Why Your Coffee Tastes Bad (And How to Fix It Next Time)
If you’re a coffee lover, then you look forward to that moment when you take your first morning sip of deep, dark goodness. Even when you’re sleepily going through every other motion, if you have that coffee cup in your hand, you know everything is going to be ok. So there’s nothing more disappointing than a bad cup of coffee, especially when you’ve been looking forward to it since the night before. Do you feel like your morning coffee just isn’t up to par?
May 2, 2019
5 Essential Tips for Serving Good Coffee to a Crowd
When you’re making coffee for yourself in the morning, your routine is simple. Serving coffee to a crowd, however, is a whole other story, with a few extra things to remember and the necessity of having the right tools at your disposal. Let’s be honest: coffee that has been sitting for an hour on the warmer of the coffee machine isn’t any good, which means the easy coffee machine option is out.
May 2, 2019
9 Surprising Things to Add to Your Coffee (Beyond Cream & Sugar)
While there are certainly coffee purists out there who advocate for black, black and black, there’s no denying that adding an extra ingredient to your cup once in a while provides for a fun change to your normal coffee routine. No, I’m not talking about cream and sugar. Here are nine more surprising additions for those looking for a way to give that cup of coffee a little extra flair.
May 2, 2019
What’s the Difference Between a Burr Grinder and Blade Grinder?
If you like coffee and you drink it regularly, or do any reading about coffee, you have probably heard mention of grinders — specifically burr versus blade grinders. Well today we’re here to talk about grinders, so if you’ve been wondering what a burr grinder is, or if you should get one, you’ve come to the right place.
May 2, 2019
Celebrate Solstice Like a Swede: A Guide to Swedish Midsummer
In Sweden, a country that’s cold and dark for much of the year, celebrating the sun is of the utmost importance. This is why the national holiday midsommar is a much awaited for affair. Midsommar is my favorite day of the year, and no matter where I am I make it a point to celebrate. Want to join in? Here’s a guide to celebrating Swedish Midsummer like a Swede.
May 2, 2019
5 Ways to Turn Your Iced Coffee (or Cold Brew) into a Fancy Cafe Drink
There are those who will tell you that putting milk and a sweetener in good coffee is practically sacrilegious. I agree. That being said, I do have one exception: fancy café drinks. Because come on, they’re tasty things, especially when they’re iced and you’re sipping one on warm spring or summer days.
May 2, 2019
15 Glorious Quotes About Your Favorite Drink: Coffee
Whether it’s a French press, a Bialetti or a latte, if you have a love for coffee, there’s a high chance that it’s a fierce love. An all consuming love. An “I can’t live without you” love. Sure, you may take a break every now and then, but once you’ve fallen in love with coffee, it’s hard to ever really commit to a long term separation.
May 2, 2019
Did You Know That Your Coffee Is (Probably) a Fermented Food? Learn How Coffee Is Made
While we may think a lot about what coffee we buy and how we brew it, most of us are pretty disconnected from the coffee production process. Coffee has become such an everyday item that we forget to even think about where it comes from and how it came to be, but in fact, the quality of a coffee is even more important than what you do with it when it finally reaches your kitchen. Today we’re going to take a look at coffee production, and how it goes from seed to cup.
May 1, 2019
5 Things to Know About Latte Art (Yes, There’s Latte Art in 3D!)
If you’re a lover of coffee drinks with milk, then it’s safe to assume that at some point you’ve been handed a cup, looked at the formation made by the combination of coffee and milk and thought to yourself, “how did they do that?” Here are a few facts about latte art that just might make you respect that cup even more. Recently I had my own chance to try my hand at doing latte art. Let’s put it this way: it’s not at all easy.
May 1, 2019
What Kind of Coffee Should I Make in My French Press?
A common question for people looking to jump into the world of French press is, “What kind of coffee should I brew?” Is there one right answer to this? Do some coffee beans taste better when brewed in the French press? To answer that let’s step back for a moment and ask: Why are so many people in love with the French press? Of course, French press coffee brewers are often beautiful objects. Be it glass or stainless steel, the French press always maintains a beautiful shape.
May 1, 2019
9 Coffee Prints for Lovers of (Almost) Every Kind of Brewing Method
The only thing better than a kitchen with freshly brewed coffee is a kitchen with a coffee print, and no matter what your brew preference is, there’s probably a poster for you. Here are nine creative prints that will brighten up any kitchen and remind anyone that visits how much you love your favorite drink. Life Begins After Coffee, $15.
May 1, 2019
5 Ways You Can Use Leftover Coffee Grounds Around the Home
If there’s one truth about coffee making, it’s this: You will always end up with used coffee grounds. A daily coffee habit can make for a lot of coffee debris by the end of the week. You may as well get something out of them. You know, aside from a carafe’s worth of coffee. Here are five ways to use coffee grounds around the home: For starters, using coffee grounds effectively has to do with how you brew.
May 1, 2019
Mastering the Art of After-Dinner Coffee
Serving up a big dinner sometime during the holiday season? While you may have your menu all planned out, have you thought about coffee yet? In some parts of the world (France and Italy, for example), not having coffee after a long, drawn-out meal would be unthinkable. And while even in those places there are people who will opt out of after-dinner coffee, you’re always offered a small black cup to round out your meal.
May 1, 2019
9 Books That Will Teach You About Coffee
To say that the world of coffee is a complex thing would be an understatement, which means we need some help in understanding it. From the history of coffee to perfect brew methods, there are some excellent resource books out there. For any coffee lover, here are some essential titles to put on your bookshelf. Understanding the world of coffee requires a little more knowledge than nailing the difference between a French press and a Bialetti.
May 1, 2019
9 Apps to Help You Drink Better Coffee
It’s no surprise that technology and coffee go hand in hand. While the act of brewing can be a very simple thing Technology can in fact help you to make better coffee. For all you tech and coffee lovers out there, here are nine different apps that are all coffee-related, from helping you make coffee to helping you find the best cafe wherever you are. 1.
May 1, 2019
How Important Is Water Temperature When Brewing Coffee?
If you’ve switched to manual brewing at home, you know that there are a few things to nail down in order to ensure a good cup. In this column, we have previously discussed the importance using freshly roasted beans, getting your grind right, and figuring out the right water to coffee ratio. All of these things are part of ensuring that you end up with the best cup possible.
May 1, 2019
What Actually Happens During Coffee Roasting?
While the coffee beans you buy and make your morning cup with are brown, they don’t start out that way. I’ve had many a person in the coffee industry tell me how shocked they are to realize how many people think coffee beans are just picked off the coffee tree as-is. So we’re here today to break down that myth, in case there are any of you who think someone just picks the beans and makes a cup.
May 1, 2019
So You Want to Train to Be a Barista? Here’s How
There are many ways to get into the coffee profession, from roaster to coffee journalist (yes, that exists!) to green coffee buyer. But probably the most common is becoming a barista. Of course, there was a time when getting a job in coffee was as easy as walking into a cafe, dropping off a resume, and giving a good smile. Oh how times have changed!
May 1, 2019
The Best Way to Store Coffee
There are a lot of questions when it comes to buying and storing coffee, but there’s an easy answer. In fact, the answer is much the same to buying fresh food: buy small amounts and buy regularly. While it may seem time-efficient to stock up on six months of coffee at a time, that isn’t doing your coffee beans any justice. But obviously we don’t go and buy fresh beans every other day, nor do most people consume coffee in those kinds of quantities.
May 1, 2019