Coffee Nerd: How to Have Your Coffee and Drink It Too

By Ruth Brown

Coffee hasn't ever been better--or cooler!

Ever ask yourself what is going into making the precise cup of espresso? there is extra to it than you're thinking that, and a brand new breed of espresso nerds has reworked the inexpensive, gritty sludge your mom and dad drink into the best meals development round, with an obsessive dedication to sourcing, roasting, and instruction that has taken the drink to scrumptious new heights.

Coffee Nerd information the background in the back of the beans and is helping you navigate the fascinating and infrequently intimidating new wave of espresso. From discovering imprecise eastern brewing gear to recipes and methods for brewing awesome espresso at domestic, you are going to raise your geek cred--and find a complete new international of espresso possibilities.

Whether you're looking to refine your French-press recipe or simply cannot continue to exist a morning with no hand made latte, this booklet is certain to stimulate you as you pore over the artwork of getting ready an exceptionally tender cup of coffee.

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You know what happened next. Many other specialty roasters and coffee shops got caught up in the chain-store coffee juggernaut themselves—expanding rapidly, bringing in flavored drinks, focusing less on quality and freshness—and a number were actually bought out by Starbucks in the end. But many also stayed true to their original ideals. ETHICAL CONSIDERATIONS The second-wave of coffee also coincided with increased awareness amongst both roasters and consumers about where their coffee was actually coming from—and I don’t mean “Colombia” or “from a farm. ” The 1980s and ’90s were rough on all of us—I was wearing Hypercolor overalls, for instance—but they were particularly tough on coffee-producing countries. There was the debt crisis and civil war in Latin America, famine in Ethiopia, and genocide in Rwanda, and the Asian financial crisis hit Indonesia hard. Then to make matters worse, wholesale coffee prices plummeted in the late ’80s, bottoming out around the mid-’90s, and devastating small coffee farmers and their communities. At the same time, much of the Western world started waking up to the fact that their sneakers were being made by children in third-world sweatshops. Movements like fair trade, which had been growing since the 1960s, gained more mainstream awareness, while more environmentally focused certifications also appeared. Many second-wavers—all too aware that the people growing their coffee were having a rough time of it—got enthusiastically on board with these programs. Others were dragged kicking and screaming—after sustained pressure from activists, Starbucks started offering some fair trade coffee in 2000. IN DEFENSE OF THE CORPORATE COFFEE CHAIN I felt slightly dirty even typing that, but it is important to understand the massive impact Starbucks and its ilk had on this country—for worse and better. These guys made coffee and coffee houses cool again. Obviously many foodies and granola types were already down with specialty coffee and espresso, but big chain joints made coffee something teenagers actually wanted to drink. They introduced espresso and espresso drinks (even if slightly warped variations thereof) to Nowhere, Wyoming. And when some people there discovered those things, they went looking for better versions elsewhere. They got people who’d never paid more than fifty cents for a cup of coffee to shell out $4. They also helped cement the barista as an important player in the coffee game—the skills of the person preparing your coffee started to become as important as those of the person roasting it. And plenty of people who began their careers wearing a green apron and pushing buttons on semi-automatic espresso machines have gone on to become excellent baristas elsewhere. All this helped pave the way for the next generation of coffee mavericks, who would take roasting and espresso to new heights. Third-Wave Just as the ubiquity of craptastic coffee in the first-wave period drove the pioneers of the specialty movement to shake things up, a new crop of coffee geeks eventually started to push back against the avalanche of coffee-flavored milk shakes flooding the industry.

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