Author Archives: Alaister Jackson

Learn Coffee with Gwilym: #6 Cleaning the Machine

Improve your barista skills in 2015. We are releasing a new video every week. Don't miss it and subscribe today: http://europeancoffeetrip.com/gwilym #6 CLEANING THE MACHINE: Cleaning the espresso machine is not the most exciting topic but it has a huge influence on the taste of your espresso. This video looks at what to clean and how often. About the project: The knowledge of baristas is improving quickly but we need a strong foundation, if we get the basics right we will progress faster and better. The goal […]

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Learn Coffee with Gwilym: #5 Handling the Cup

Improve your barista skills in 2015. We are releasing a new video every week. Don't miss it and subscribe today: http://europeancoffeetrip.com/gwilym #5 HANDLING THE CUP: I am sure barista’s who took time to watch this series of videos are aware that handling the top of the cup and putting their fingers inside the cup is not acceptable but we made the video anyway, as a personal vent for our disappointment whenever we see it in cafes, websites and promotional material. About the project: The knowledge of baristas […]

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Learn Coffee with Gwilym: #4 Inserting Handle Into The Group

Improve your barista skills in 2015. We are releasing a new video every week. Don't miss it and subscribe today: http://europeancoffeetrip.com/gwilym #4 INSERTING HANDLE INTO THE GROUP: The journey of the coffee after tamping and before being brewed is never talked about but this journey is where mistakes are often made. The journey has to be quick but it also has to be done carefully, the video looks at flushing, inserting the portafilter and when to start the brewing process. About the project: The knowledge of baristas […]

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Learn Coffee with Gwilym: #3 Dosing Mistakes

Improve your barista skills in 2015. We are releasing a new video every week. Don't miss it and subscribe today: http://europeancoffeetrip.com/gwilym #3 DOSING MISTAKES: A major influence in the strength and flavour of espresso is the relationship between the amount dosed into the portafilter and the amount of water used to brew the espresso. Not being consistent with the amount dosed into the portafilter is a common dosing mistake and not knowing the amount of water used is a common brewing mistake, without this consistency and knowledge […]

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Learn Coffee with Gwilym: #2 Tamping Mistakes

Improve your barista skills in 2015. We are releasing a new video every week. Don't miss it and subscribe today: http://europeancoffeetrip.com/gwilym #2 TAMPING MISTAKES: The second video in our series looks at Tamping, an area of barista technique that has been over complicated and had far too much attention paid to it. Tamping is simply the applying of pressure to the coffee grinds to expel pockets of air and leave a level flat surface, the only requirements in achieving this are that you are consistent, quick, clean […]

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Learn Coffee with Gwilym: #1 Coffee Distribution

#1 COFFEE DISTRIBUTION: The first video is about the effective distribution of coffee from the grinder into the filter basket before tamping. To have a consistently even extraction without ‘channelling’ you need an effective and consistent technique for distributing the coffee evenly throughout the filter basket, leaving a flat and level surface before tamping. This video looks at what Distribution is and how to do it effectively and consistently. About the project: The knowledge of baristas is improving quickly but we need a strong foundation, if we […]

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How To Make Aeropress Coffee – The Winning Recipe (WAC 2016)

AEROPRESS MOVIE: A Documentary film by European Coffee Trip revealing the story of an iconic coffee maker. https://www.aeropressmovie.com https://www.facebook.com/aeropressmovie https://www.instagram.com/aeropressmovie Filip Kucharczyk is a founder of Cafe Targowa, co-founder of Czarny Deszcz coffee roasters. He is a barista and trainer but the most importantly he is the 2016 World Aeropress Champion. We met him in a historical building of Hala Targowa in Wroclaw, Poland where he revealed his winning Aeropress recipe so you can try it at home! Full interview with Filip: http://europeancoffeetrip.com/winning-aeropress-recipe-2016-filip-kucharczyk Cafe Targowa https://www.facebook.com/cafetargowa/ Czarny […]

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How To Make AEROPRESS Coffee – The Winning Recipe (WAC 2015)

How To Make AEROPRESS Coffee –The Winning AEROPRESS recipe made by World AEROPRESS Champion 2015, Lukas Zahradnik. Green Plantation | http://www.gpkava.sk/ The Winning recipe: http://europeancoffeetrip.com/how-to-make-aeropress-2015-champion/ Camera: Radek Nožička, Šimon Bednář Edit: Šimon Bednář About European Coffee Trip: European Coffee Trip is a project that wants to understand and explore the current state of the specialty coffee scene in Europe. Whilst traveling across Europe we will be taking pictures, shooting videos, and interviewing people in order to share our journey with as many of you as possible. You’ll […]

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The Art of Coffee Roasting

Could there be anything better than a hot, fresh brewed cup of coffee? As you open that can of pre-ground Maxwell House Coffee, did you even know that coffee comes in different roasts? Did you know that you can roast your own coffee beans at home? If you think that the aroma of your fresh ground coffee beans can’t be beat, get a home coffee roaster, you’ll be in Java Heaven. Roasting the coffee beans is what imparts flavor. Similar to the making of a fine wine […]

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How to Select a Coffee Roaster

If you have decided to roast your own coffee then your first port of call will be to consider how to select a coffee roaster that is right for you. This decision is probably one of the hardest coffee-related choices you’ll have to make – there’s nothing worse than buying the wrong kind of roaster for your needs. We’re going to be primarily looking at automated custom coffee bean roasters for the purposes of this article. But, it’s worth noting that you can roast your own coffee […]

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