1. 5 Coffee Machines for Every Modern Home

    5 Coffee Machines for Every Modern Home

    People often say the kitchen is the heart of a home. And if you love coffee, it’s essential to choose the right coffee machine to make your kitchen an even more agreeable living space. No matter the size or style of your kitchen, we have suggestions on which statement coffee machine to pick. Conveniently enjoy access to delicious, homemade coffee, which you can share with your family and friends whenever they come over. Check out our top recommendations below based on your kitchen type.

    Small Kitchen, No Problem

    [caption id="attachment_20045" align="alignnone" width="1999"]a coffee machine placed on a kitchen countertop Compact, stylish, and functional - the Dedica Style is perfect for small kitchens, saving space for other kitchen equipments. Photo from De’Longhi.[/caption] Got a small kitchen? It doesn’t mean having to write off having a coffee machine. Your kitchen real estate is precious, so you’ll want a compact but high-performance machine. Check out the Dedica Style—it’s a pump espresso machine that is only 15cm wide, yet it packs a punch. Pump espresso machines work by using an electronic pump to drive right-temperature water through the brew chamber and into a bed of coffee. With an electronic pump, you can expect consistent 15 bar pressure that gives you an espresso with a rich aroma and nut-coloured crema on top. Perfection.
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  2. 9 Ways to Be a More Eco-Friendly Coffee Drinker

    9 Ways to Be a More Eco-Friendly Coffee Drinker

    In celebration of the 51st anniversary of Earth Day, let’s take small steps toward becoming a more sustainable coffee drinker to ensure our coffee cup stays full well into the future.

    Here are 9 easy ways to get started:

    Support Responsible Growers

    Take a closer look at the label on your coffee beans as it tells you all you need to know about its origins.

    If you want peace of mind knowing that your coffee beans were sustainably grown or ethically sourced, look for certifications such as Fair Trade Certified, USDA Organic, and Rainforest Alliance.

    Purchasing coffee beans like these help enterprises dedicated to supporting sustainable agriculture and fair working conditions.

    By choosing organic coffee, for instance, you are consuming chemical-free coffee that’s made by farmers who focus on the use of renewable resources.

    Go Local

    Delicious artisan brews, a homely atmosphere, and an economic boost for the local community – there are plenty of great reasons to support your local independent coffee shop.

    Think of the environmental impact of your regular coffee spot, too. After all, a small local business like a coffee shop is likely to have a smaller carbon footprint than larger chains.

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  3. 3 Great Reasons to Support Your Local Coffee Shop

    3 Great Reasons to Support Your Local Coffee Shop

    Do you have a favourite local independent coffee shop? Perhaps it’s located near to where you live, close to your office, or handily placed near the school where you drop off your kids each morning.

    You might use it as a quick early pitstop or treat it as a remote workspace for a leisurely afternoon session on your laptop. Some local coffee shops are so popular they attract customers miles out of their way to indulge in their quality brew.

    As independent businesses, the local coffee shop doesn’t enjoy the large financial safety net of the big chains. These small operators can’t spend big amounts of money on advertising or marketing, so they tend to rely on word of mouth to attract new customers. With that in mind – and as fellow fans of the coffee bean – we think they deserve some special attention.

    So let’s look at 3 great reasons why you should support your local coffee shop….

    1. They make great coffee!

    baristas serving coffee to customers over the counter
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  4. Coffee Bean Bucket List: 5 Coffee Beans You Must Try

    Coffee Bean Bucket List: 5 Coffee Beans You Must Try

    When you first started drinking coffee, you probably didn’t care about where your coffee came from or what it specifically tasted like – you just needed a jolt of caffeine in order to properly wake up in the morning. But if you’ve grown to become a serious coffee fan, you’d realise there’s actually a lot happening behind the scenes before your coffee reaches your tastebuds: anything from the variety of the coffee plant and where it’s grown to how recently the beans were roasted and how they’re brewed can influence its taste. True coffee lovers can attest to the fact that all no two coffee bean varieties are alike, so understanding what you’re looking for can go a long way towards helping you find the perfect one to suit your taste. If you’re looking to widen your coffee-drinking horizons, here are five coffee beans you should definitely try:

    Ethiopia Yirgacheffe

    [caption id="attachment_6823" align="alignnone" width="1600"]coffee cherries of different colours growing on a coffee plant Every year, coffee cherries are harvested during the dry season when they are bright red, glossy and firm. Photo by Clint McKoy[/caption] Based on coffee lore, Ethiopia is said to be the birthplace of the coffee bean. So you know you’re in for a treat, but this is especially the case if your coffee beans are sourced from Yirgacheffe. This small town in the country’s southern reaches is famous for consistently producing some of the best coffee in the world. Yirgacheffe beans are traditionally wet-processed (i.e., the fruit – or coffee cherry – is washed off the green coffee bean soon after picking), lending it a br
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