Getting Started on Coffee Bean Roasting

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Last week we wrote about the ancient tradition of reading one’s future from the coffee grounds left after drinking a Turkish coffee. This week we look at what is involved with roasting coffee beans, something we haven’t covered before on our site and pleased we can bring you some new material about a process we will be doing more of ourselves in the future.

Roasting coffee takes the raw green coffee bean to another level, gearing it up for grinding and brewing before you can finally take a sip of this popular morning beverage. Preparing coffee beans for roasting requires being well-informed with the process of roasting and what tools or equipment should be used.


Vision in a Cup: Know Your Future From a Cup of Turkish coffee

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After drinking Turkish coffee, it is customary to predict the future of the person who drank it by interpreting the shapes and images formed by the coffee grounds left inside the cup. This is quite an odd practice, but definitely a fascinating one. In reality, it is actually a widespread tradition in the Middle East and North Africa. Read further to know how to read Turkish coffee.


The Whole Bean Advantage

Different coffee styles call for different kinds of coffee grinds. This is why Gaggia coffee beans are ideally bought whole. With whole bean coffee and a good coffee grinder, you can opt to mill the beans coarsely for French Press or extremely fine for a Turkish style coffee, or somewhere in between.


Looking for Cappuccino Coffee Pods?

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Cappuccino K cups are the new coffee craze. This came about as an answer to coffee lovers’ passion for instant and hot beverages, thanks to big coffee store chains!


Choosing the Best Coffee Grinders

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Freshly ground coffee is superior compared to conventional instant coffee mixes. Brewed from ground and roasted coffee beans and then freeze-dried, instant coffee is subject to a lot of heat and chemical processes in order to be soluble in hot water. When it comes to taste, aroma and flavor, freshly ground coffee wins because it prevents oxidation that gives coffees a stale taste. However, not all ground coffees are the same. The manner in which each coffee bean is grounded affects the coffee’s taste and consistency (fine powder, coarse powder, etc). Know the different kinds of coffee grinders to see what suits you best.


Chai Tea and Caffeine

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Do you regularly drink chai tea? Have you ever wondered if it contained caffeine or not? Welcome to the chai and its caffeine guide. Let us take a look at chai tea’s caffeine content in its every cup and discover the benefits that chai tea drinkers can experience with its special herbal formula and components.


Turks, Coffee, and Words: Sharing Turkish Coffee Proverb Sayings

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Turkey’s favorite caffeinated beverage, which the world coined as Turkish coffee (Turk kahvesi) or Arabic coffee in some regions of the Middle East, is not only a simple drink to satisfy one’s coffee urges; it has been a part of history and a way of life. There are symbolisms and a number of sayings written, shared about and inspired by the preparation, taste and manner of consuming this hot beverage.


What’s In Your Coffee? The Ingredients in Turkish Coffee Revealed

Turkish coffee is the distinct way of preparing coffee from the Turks and the Arab regions.  It is believed to have originated way back in the 16th century. The process involves patiently boiling the coffee powder in water, unfiltered, for a couple of times until froth forms on top. Other than a highly-reliable coffee grinder and a cezve or a copper or stainless steel pot specially made for Turkish coffee that has a wide base, narrow neck and a long handle, most tools needed for this brew were somewhat simple: a wooden stirrer, heat source or stove, and a cup. At the same time, Turkish coffee ingredients are not complex. Despite the simplicity of ingredients, the resultant concoction gives off a very interesting taste: intense yet pleasant.

Brew It Your Way: How To Make Your Own Recipe for Turkish Coffee

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Most people enjoy coffee in shops, with baristas preparing their choice of drink as they relax on their chairs while the aroma of brewing coffee captures the senses. The same is true with people who Turkish coffee. It is evident that the natives and foreigners enjoy this hot beverage as coffee shops selling Turkish coffee in Istanbul, the largest city in Turkey, are just everywhere. However, you don’t always need a Turk barista to prepare this for you, or fly to Istanbul to enjoy a cup. You can actually make one at the convenience of your own kitchen.


Drinking It the Turkish Way: How to Drink Turkish Coffee

Coffee drinkers and lovers will definitely be thrilled to try this very interesting hot beverage hailed from Turkey and the Arab regions. Presenting, Turkish coffee or Türk kahvesi. No, Turkish coffee is not a kind of coffee bean farmed in the region nor does it refer to how much milk or sugar you like your coffee to have. The term actually refers to the special yet simple preparation of the coffee, grinding the beans finely and boiling them in a pot without filtering.