When you are searching for the perfect cup of coffee at home, there are a few tips which can help.
If at the end of these your coffee hasn’t improved to something which you can call a spectacular cup, the only other alternative is to sign up for training, however, most of what you learn there is what you will find below.
How To Be A Great At-Home Barista!
Keeping Your Tools Clean
Coffee beans contain oils which can stick to your coffee pots and equipment. If these aren't washed after each use, the oil will remain, and this oil will affect the taste of your next pot of coffee. Machines which aren’t cleaned on a regular basis will begin introducing a burned taste to each pot of coffee which follows.
Taking Your Coffee to Another Level
This might seem stranger than everything else. You are aiming to make a perfect cup of coffee, and the last thing you learn is to flavor it with spices.
A lot of places use syrups. However this is basically sugar, so it is best forgotten. You can, however, use a piece of dark chocolate or topping it with whipped topping and sprinkling it with ground nutmeg or a crowd favorite, cinnamon.
Another way to raise the level of your coffee is by steaming your milk. You can easily purchase a home milk frother, or you can easily find a method by using the microwave.
A great cup of coffee can be in anyone’s grasp without spending a fortune on equipment. It is much better to save the money and use it for a better quality coffee bean.
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Fair trade coffee is certified fair trade according to organizations like the Fair Trade Federation, a non-profit organization that audits goods like coffee, cocoa and tea from point of origin to point of sale against fair trade criteria (see below for deets). Fair trade organizations are actively engaged in supporting sustainable environmental farming practices. Today, fair trade benefits more than 1.2 million farming families in 70 developing countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. How cool is that?
Fair trade products have to meet a strong set of standards set by the organizations, standards you and I might take for granted in the USA. These include:
Currently, there are four (4) membership organizations and five (5) fair trade certifiers that follow these 10 principles of fair trade.
Now that you are familiar with fair trade, here are 10 certified fair-trade coffees you gotta try!
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