Wait, What Exactly Is a Flat White? And How Is It Different From a Latte?Skills
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.
Coffee Cake Tip: Two Loaf Pans = One Baking DishSkills
We have a favorite sour cream-pecan coffee cake that is made in a loaf pan, as so many breakfast breads and coffee cakes are. It makes two loaf pans, specifically. But we only have one loaf pan, and we needed to bake the whole batch of batter quickly for a crowd.The solution? A 9×13 baking dish. The batter that fills two loaf pans is perfect for one baking dish.
I Tried the TikTok Starbucks Carrot Cake Latte Hack — Here’s My Honest ReviewSkills
Try this hack for turning your morning coffee into a sweet spring staple!
5 Flavorful Ways to Season Bacon With SpicesSkills
I think we can all agree that bacon is pretty irresistible as is. That crispy, crunchy texture and smoky flavor can liven up breakfast plates and add an extra oomph to salads and sandwiches. Which is precisely why it’s time to up the ante on your next batch of bacon with the help of a few rich, sweet, spicy, and savory upgrades. Even though it doesn’t necessarily come with a mild flavor, bacon is a total blank canvas.
4 Reasons Your Coffee Tastes BitterSkills
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.
Don’t Have Espresso Powder? Try These Substitutes.Skills
Espresso powder and instant espresso provide nuanced flavors in rich, chocolatey baked goods. Learn the best swaps here.
What Is Coffee Milk, and Why Should You Try It?Skills
If you believe blended coffee frappes are totally irresistible, coffee milk will be right up your alley.
What Is Siphon Coffee, and How Is It Made?Skills
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
What Coffee-Brewing Method Makes the Best-Tasting Cup?Skills
It was also the fastest method!
Sep 14, 2022
3 Common Mistakes People Make When Brewing French Press CoffeeSkills
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's the Difference Between Cold Brew and Iced Coffee?Skills
Plus, how to make each at home.
Jul 16, 2022
What’s the Difference Between Café au Lait, Cappuccino, Latté, and Macchiato?Skills
Whether we’re headed across campus for class or into the office for work, chances are that most of us have a travel mug of something caffeinated in our hands. According to the National Coffee Association, Americans drink an estimated 517 million cups of coffee per day, and 43 percent of those cups are either lattes, cappuccinos, or macchiatos. That means nearly half of all coffee consumed in the United States involves some variation of coffee + milk + foam.
Jul 11, 2022
My Winter Morning Coffee Ritual: Preheat the Mug to Keep Coffee HotSkills
If you’re anything like me, the emergence from bed in the morning is propelled by the thought of that first cup of coffee, steaming hot, that warms your hands and gets the day perked up. Here’s a little habit I’ve fallen into lately to make that first cup of coffee stay hotter longer. We keep our kitchen pretty chilly in the wintertime, and I was noticing that my coffee mug felt positively frosty when I pulled it out of the drawer.
May 12, 2022
What Exactly Is Espresso? And How Is It Different from Coffee?Skills
It's time to learn more about that drink you love so much.
Apr 19, 2022
For the Best Iced Coffee, Take a Tip From the BarSkills
Its the easiest and most delicious way to shake up your morning routine.
Aug 26, 2021
The Newbie Guide to Brewing a Better Cup of CoffeeSkills
Want to really master coffee at home? Start here.
May 11, 2021
The Secret to Fluffy Diner-Style Eggs Is Actually a Coffee ToolSkills
How my 11-year old discovered that our coffee frother was the secret to soft, fluffy eggs.
May 12, 2021
What Is Espresso Powder & How Do You Use It?Skills
Here's everything you need to know about espresso powder — what it actually is, how to use it, and what to use if you don't have any on hand!
Mar 5, 2021
The Not-So-Secret Ingredient to Ina’s Best-Ever Chocolate Cake
Baking Tips From The Kitchn
The recipe includes the usual suspects (flour, sugar, eggs, butter, cocoa powder), but there's one extra ingredient in both the cake and the frosting.
Jan 14, 2021
What Makes Espresso Different from Brewed Coffee?Skills
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
Five Reasons I Drink Decaf Coffee Now That I’m a MotherSkills
I used to be a caffeine junkie. Any lull in my day called for a cup of coffee (or three). I once felt actual rage at a friend’s island house, far from a grocery store or coffee shop, because the only available caffeine was in the form of a full sugar soda, and I couldn’t handle the sugar. I was near tears in a restaurant with my children when I realized the only diet soda they served was also caffeine free. And by “near tears,” I mean that I wanted to kill someone.
Sep 30, 2020
How Young Is Too Young to Drink Coffee?Skills
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
The Refreshing, Lightly Floral Ingredient That Makes Iced Coffee So Much Better
Ingredient Intelligence
Plus three other ways to use it to amp up your drinks.
Sep 3, 2020
We Tested 6 Methods for Making Iced Coffee at Home and Found the Very Best One
Skills Showdown
Surprisingly, it wasn't cold brew!
Aug 25, 2020
This $4 Ingredient Is the Secret to the Very Best Chocolate Desserts
Taste Makers
You need this in your pantry.
Feb 11, 2020
The One Product That’ll Forever Change Your Cold BrewSkills
This is about to save you so much time!
Jun 13, 2019
Quick Tip: How to Get the Best Chocolate FlavorSkills
If you’re making something chocolaty – crinkle cookies, chocolate mousse, brownies, fudge – and really want to turn up the chocolate flavor, there’s a simple trick you can use with just about any recipe. Do you know the secret ingredient?It’s espresso! A shot or two of straight espresso or a few tablespoons of very dark coffee along with the liquids in your recipe have the effect of enhancing the chocolate without adding much discernible coffee flavor.
Jun 4, 2019
How To Etch a Personalized MugSkills
I’m going to level with you and let you in on an important crafting secret. While you might see easy DIYs making the rounds on Pinterest, a lot of them don’t always work. One in particular? That idea to use a Sharpie or a paint pen to personalize a mug. While it might be tempting to draw something onto a mug for your favorite coworker or your kid’s teacher, it’s incredibly difficult to have it last for the long haul.
May 30, 2019
10 Coffee Instagram Accounts to FollowSkills
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 LoversSkills
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
Your Coffee Needs This Yemeni Spice BlendSkills
Spice up your morning with this Yemeni spice blend.
May 30, 2019
7 Important Tips for Better Cold Brew CoffeeSkills
Make your next batch your best batch.
May 27, 2019
If You Eat Your Vegetables, You Won’t Have to Drink This Terrible New Broccoli CoffeeSkills
We really need to eat more vegetables. The vast majority of us are not eating as many vegetables as we should be, and most of us know it too. The obvious answer to the problem would be to cook one of the many delicious vegetable-heavy recipes out there more often. But that’s not working, and because of that we now live in a world in which broccoli coffee exists.
May 24, 2019
The Surprising Secret Ingredient in Greek Coffee FrappésSkills
I’ll admit it, I was a bit of a coffee snob. So it never occurred to me that instant coffee might actually, actually be the secret of some of the best coffee drinks on the planet. While working on my cookbook (and culinary guide to Queens), I learned that instant coffee was the secret to making Greek frappés. Hailed as the national coffee of Greece, the frappé is a frothy concoction of coffee granulates and water, made foamy thanks to a frappé machine.
May 24, 2019
Ree Drummond’s Super-Smart Method for Make-Ahead Cold Brew CoffeeSkills
If adults could still earn merit badges — and I think we should be able to — I would have every award for drinking absurd quantities of coffee. I am an expert at acquiring coffee and getting it into my body. In my town, I know the gas station with a two-for-one deal and when the hipster coffee shop gives free refills, and I never miss a Double Star day.
May 24, 2019
Dark Magic: Can a Cup of Coffee Tell Your Future?Skills
When I was little, I was obsessed with knowing my future. What would I become? How tall would I be? Where would I live? Who would I marry? My parents indulged my curiosity by allowing me to go to fortune tellers, buy crystal balls, and borrow books from the library on how to read palms. My father told me that when I was old enough to drink coffee, I could have a Kafedzou read my future. He explained to me that a Kafedzou is a Greek woman who knows how to read your fortune in a coffee cup.
May 24, 2019
Make Better Cold Brew by Avoiding These 5 PitfallsSkills
Because your morning cup should be delicious.
May 7, 2019
Food Science: How is Instant Coffee Made?Skills
Instant coffee starts off as, well, coffee! But how does it get from freshly-brewed cuppa to powdery flake? Therein lies the science…There are actually two methods for making instant coffee. In the first, liquid coffee is sprayed in a fine mist through very hot, very dry air. By the time the coffee droplets land, they have dried into a powder.The second method is freeze-drying, where the liquid is forced from the frozen coffee through chemical sublimation.
May 3, 2019
Why You Should Have Your First Cup of Coffee a Little Later in the MorningSkills
Here’s an interesting tidbit of food science I ran across this week and thought was worth sharing with you. Even if you’re a coffee-lover, as I am, the caffeine jolt that first cup provides is admittedly as important as Fair Trade sourcing and the range of berry and floral notes. But science tells us that, while you may rush to the coffee pot (or pour over station) first thing in the morning, it’s better to wait. Here’s why.
May 2, 2019
5 Reasons Why Your Coffee Tastes Bad (And How to Fix It Next Time)Skills
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 CrowdSkills
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
5 Ways to Turn Your Iced Coffee (or Cold Brew) into a Fancy Cafe DrinkSkills
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: CoffeeSkills
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 MadeSkills
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!)Skills
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?Skills
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 MethodSkills
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
Mastering the Art of After-Dinner CoffeeSkills
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 CoffeeSkills
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
Kick Your Caffeine Habit with These 4 Coffee SubstitutesSkills
First thing in the morning, I am nothing without my steaming hot mug of coffee. Truth be told, you’d have to pry it out of my hands to get me to give it up! However, I have a one mug-a-day limit — any more caffeine throughout the day starts messing with my mood and sleep, and the acid isn’t so great for my tummy either. When I want the warm, comforting sensation of a cup of coffee without the acid and caffeine, I reach for one of these four substitutes instead.
May 1, 2019
9 Apps to Help You Drink Better CoffeeSkills
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?Skills
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?Skills
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 HowSkills
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 CoffeeSkills
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
7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About CoffeeSkills
As a drink that so many of us love, it’s easy to geek out on coffee. But what do you really know about your favorite drink? Here are seven facts about coffee that maybe weren’t on your radar, and you can now use as party trivia. Because of your body’s natural clock (aka the circadian clock), you naturally produce cortisol — a hormone linked to alertness — when you wake up.
May 1, 2019
8 Things Your Barista Wishes You Knew About CoffeeSkills
Certainly some baristas come off as more pretentious than others, but at the end of the day, it’s because they are passionate about what they do, and they don’t always get the respect that they deserve. Neither do their drinks. With that in mind, here are eight things your barista may wish you knew about coffee. If you order a triple macchiato with a raspberry shot and extra foam, your barista probably isn’t going to flinch. But inside they just may be screaming.
May 1, 2019
Why Do We Drink Coffee at Breakfast?Skills
Many of us associate coffee with mornings. It’s the thing that we need to kickstart the day. But it has been shown that the best time to drink coffee isn’t even right when you get up. Because of the chemistry in your brain, it’s actually a few hours later, when the coffee gives you its full effects. So, why did we even start drinking coffee in the morning?
May 1, 2019
Yes, Coffee Naps Really Work. Here’s Why.Skills
I, like many children, hated naps. I remember being put to bed after lunch, only to lie in bed and listen for the calming sound of my mother pouring coffee beans into the grinder, this the holy moment of her day when she was child-free and had a moment to herself. I was so attuned to the sound of those beans falling into the grinder that one time, when she poured some M&Ms into a glass bowl, I apparently shouted from my bedroom, “What are you eating?” I was a precocious (obnoxious?
May 1, 2019
7 Savory Ways to Add Coffee to Your DinnerSkills
As an ingredient, coffee is most relegated to the sweet category. (Who doesn’t love a good tiramisu?) But coffee is versatile; it’s just as good in savory dishes as sweet ones. Certainly you can make an espresso to drink after dinner, but why not also bring coffee onto your dinner plate? Here are seven ways to incorporate coffee into your evening meal. Need a little pre-dinner appetizer? Use brewed coffee to make these coffee crackers, which pair well with aged cheese.
May 1, 2019
10 Coffee Subscriptions that Let You Have Coffee Beans Delivered to Your DoorSkills
There are many things you can do to ensure you brew a good cup of coffee at home, but the essential is, of course, to start with great beans, and great beans should be fresh beans. But not all of us live within close proximity to a roaster, and even if we do, there might be other roasters we want to try out. For that, there are coffee subscriptions. With the rise of specialty coffee culture, nowadays there are many different subscription services.
May 1, 2019
A Coffee Buyer Has the Most Glamorous (and Toughest) Job in the Coffee WorldSkills
What does a coffee buyer do? This might seem like a silly question to ask. “Buy coffee,” is the easy, most obvious answer. But in the coffee world, a green coffee buyer’s role is complex and multifaceted. Green coffee buyers are the ones who travel to origin countries to source coffees — “green coffee” to be precise, as it’s the coffee which hasn’t been roasted yet.
May 1, 2019
Who Invented the Aeropress?Skills
I remember my first time using an Aeropress. It was about eight or so years ago, and my roommate Laura, a ceramicist, had one. She used it every morning on top one of her beautiful handmade mugs, frothed some warm milk on the side, and ended up with a simple homemade latte every single morning. I thought it was magic. Fast forward to this year, when I went to my first ever Aeropress championships.
May 1, 2019
Does Cold Brew Coffee Have More Caffeine than Hot Coffee?Skills
You know what’s great about this time of year? It’s cold brew coffee season. Easy to drink and addictively refreshing, it’s no surprise that cold brew has become a summer drink of choice for many. Cold brew is different from traditional iced coffee — which is just hot brewed coffee poured over ice — in that it’s made by mixing coffee grounds and cold water and letting it sit for a much longer extraction time.
May 1, 2019
Coffee and Tonic Water Just May Be Your New Favorite Summer DrinkSkills
There’s only one thing better than iced coffee: iced coffee with bubbles. When it’s hot out, who doesn’t want a caffeinated, fizzy drink? What kind of bubbles are we talking about? Tonic water, of course. While tonic and coffee might seem odd together, it’s a combination that has risen to popularity in the specialty coffee world, providing a refreshing, caffeinated kick to drinkers in search for something different than just a regular cup of coffee or espresso.
May 1, 2019
Why Microwaving Cold Coffee Makes Coffee-Lovers ScreamSkills
You got distracted earlier this morning and left your precious mug of coffee to sit out for a few hours — now it’s cold, but you’d like to reheat it. Is microwaving the way to go? Ask around, and the answer is usually a resounding “no.” But why? When we are talking about reheating a cup of coffee in the microwave, the first concern is the level of freshness, which is going to affect taste.
May 1, 2019