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The Espresso Compass

The Espresso Compass

The Espresso Compass is a little more complicated than the Brewed Coffee Compass. Last year I wrote a series on Espresso, culminating in a video showing the relationship between extraction, brew ratio, and the coffee control chart. If you’re on top of that, you’ll get...

A Wide Thought Distribution About Grinding

There’s a number of various grinding-related thoughts rolling around my head at the moment. They’re not fully formed (and possibly red-herrings, so look out!) but I thought I should put them out there. I don’t have any data to back them up, and I’m even sure they’re...

VST:WTF Part 3

The Coffee Control Chart This is the part of my presentation where Baristas lose focus and eyes glaze over. “Graphs? Numbers? I don’t need those. They’re scary. It’s all about the feels!” they say. Well perk up, because thoroughly understanding the coffee control...

VST:WTF Part 2

Now that I’ve covered what a refractometer is and how it works, it’s important to understand what it can and cannot do. There’s a lot of incorrect assumptions and opinions about these devices that I find myself constantly battling. Many baristas are understandably...

VST:WTF Part 1

VST:WTF? From time to time I present a lecture called ‘VST:WTF?’. It’s a two hour long foray into the science of measuring coffee with a refractometer. More than a thousand Baristas have sat through it, and now I’d like to share portions of the presentation with you...

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