What is Microlot Coffee?

What is Microlot coffee?

“Microlot” is the new buzzword that’s getting thrown around in the coffee industry left right and centre. So what exactly is and is not a microlot coffee? The best way to explain what microlot coffee is, is this apple orchard analogy. Imagine you have an orchard and most of the...

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How to Make a DIY Coffee Scrub at Home

With Valentines Day just around the corner, we’ve been thinking about ways to share the love with important people in our lives. Lately we’ve been realising how much of a difference actually using your hands and time makes. It’s one thing to give a gift and express love, but it’s another...

Can Coffee Really Prevent Alzheimers

Can Coffee Really Prevent Alzheimers?

A 2016 report from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee has discovered a link between coffee consumption and lower risks of Alzheimer’s, dementia and Parkinson’s disease. The report was based off the HALE study (Healthy Ageing: a Longitudinal study in Europe) discovered that moderate consumption of coffee (between 3 and...

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Are Australians Really Coffee Snobs?

I was recently informed by a friend travelling from the States that “Australia has the most ridiculous coffee culture she has ever encountered.” I was surprised, to be honest, I assumed that many European cities would be deeper into the great world of coffee than us, but then again we...

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Why the Kenya Kiaguthu is king of Specialty Coffee Beans

The new Kenyan Single origin coffee is a truly amazing coffee. It’s grown by the Kiaguthu Wet Mill, a member the Othaya Farmers’ Cooperative Society in Nyeri County. A world renowned coffee growing area, overlooking the commanding Mount Kenya at 1220-2300 metres above sea level and the home of 12,480...

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The Science of the Pour Over Coffee Method

Pour over coffee originated in 1908, invented by a German entrepreneur named Melitta Bentz. But the rise of French Press knocked it off its perch. But now a resurgence of interest in the Pour Over Method has hit, during the third wave of coffee. With the science-like precision, measurement and...

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3 Ridiculous Coffee Drinkers You Still Love (Mostly)

Yesterday a woman told me she just drank her first coffee in over four months. Red in the face she clutched her chest, swearing she was experiencing heart palpitations. Ridiculous, I thought, less concerned with her well being, than the urgent need to know what on earth prompted her to give up the elixir of...

What to Do with Used Coffee Grounds

5 Cool Uses for Used Coffee Grounds

Even if you’re not using crazy wasteful Nespresso or K-Cups, there is quite a large element of waste when making coffee. But before you fill up your bin with the used up grounds, here are a few ways you can re-use coffee grounds around the house.   Deodorise your fridge...

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5 Words That People Get Wrong About Coffee

Coffee has been around for a long time, try since the 11th Century in Ethiopia, but there are still words that people get wrong… “Expresso” Yes, it’s fast but it’s not an express coffee. Espresso (3 s’s) comes from the Italian word for “pressed out,” meaning the hot water is...

Whats Wrong With My Espresso

What’s wrong with my Espresso?

Sometimes an espresso shot just doesn’t come out right. It doesn’t matter if you’ve made it the exact same way a million times, sometimes it might come out bitter or sour, it might be thin and watery. But before you tear your hair out, here are a few little tips we...

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Colombia Geisha – The New Word on Geisha Coffee Beans

We’ve all heard about Panama Geisha, possibly the best coffee beans in the business, but Colombia Geisha is Panama’s cool younger sister, and she’s about to break onto the scene. Last seasons crop of Panama Geisha coffee beans have recently run out, and the coffee world has been scrambling for...

Bird Friendly Coffee What Does it Mean

Bird Friendly Coffee: What does it mean?

You may have seen the term bird-friendly coffee, and since it doesn’t mean that birds can drink it, what the heck does it mean? Coffee is known to prosper in high sun conditions, so there has been a huge trend of clear cutting and forest degradation on coffee growing lots....

Why Does Coffee Change from Region to Region

Why does the coffee keep changing from region to region?

Recently we had the pleasure of saying hello to the coffee beans from the San Juan del Rio Coco region in Nicaragua but sadly, bidding farewell to our Organic Guatemalan. And now, we are waving goodbye to Kenyan only to be replacing it with ANOTHER Kenyan. Why? Well, Kenya is...

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Coffee Freshness: What does it mean?

Coffee is extremely subjective. Therefore the idea of “freshness” is subjective. There are Sicilians who love the bitter taste of an over extracted cup. My dad appreciates the coffee that I make, but he loves a shot that is twice or thrice as long as I normally make it. He...

Coffee Storage in Humid Climates

Coffee Storage in Humid Climates

We send our beans all over Australia, to major cities and remote towns. One of the most common questions we get is how best to store coffee in this sub-tropical, humid country! In places like Arnhem Land where humidity often sits around 80%, coffee can absorb the moisture from the air...

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6 Coffee Drinkers I Find Both Amusing and Befuddling

It all started when I had a coffee shop in Sydney at one of the best places in the world: NIDA. The theoretical birthplace of some of Australia’s superstars. A place where you can mingle with the likes of Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush (Yes, I can drop names with the best...

5 Coffee Mistakes You're Probably making

Five Coffee Mistakes You’re Probably Making

I was pretty much a coffee rookie before starting here at CBD. I was prone to ordering a flat white purely for ease and I’m definitely guilty of having slurped down a Starbucks frozen monstrosity in the middle of Summer, only to be left slightly cooler but riding a sugar rush. But...

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The Pullman BigStep Tamper is here!

We’ve been using Pullman tampers for a while now and have no doubt that they’re the best in the biz. They make their tampers (and other espresso accessories) from the highest grade leather, steel and aluminium, meaning superb quality and a long lifespan. Based out of South Australia, they’ve been...

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A Champion AeroPress Recipe to Try at Home

The 2016 World AeroPress Championships have just wrapped up in Dublin, Ireland. Some really cool and inventive recipes always come out of the competition, and being the proud new(ish) owner of an AeroPress, we are keen to try out some technical methods! Out of the winning recipes, there’s one that...

Step Up Your Aeropress Game

3 Ways to Step up Your Aeropress Game

The Aeropress might seem like a straightforward way to brew a killer coffee. But did you know there are a few nifty things you can experiment with to spice things up in your morning cup? Filters Your standard Aeropress set comes with a pack of paper microfilters. They already yield a drip...

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The 10 Best Coffee Instagrams to Follow

When you love coffee as much as we do, you’ll want to live and breathe it every second of the day. So when we came across this awesome infographic about the best coffee Instagram accounts, we were stoked! Nothing better than an awesome feed filled with stunning latte art, beautiful photography...

Panama Geisha Coffee Beans

What makes Panama Geisha the gold standard for beans?

Panama Geisha beans are, quite possibly, the most sought after coffee beans in the world. So we’re pretty lucky to be able to supply these beans on our site. But if you’re thinking, “two hundred and sixty bucks is a little bit steep for a kilo of coffee beans, it...

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Why is everyone talking about the Aeropress?

In the age of excess (coffee culture included) is the Aeropress the answer we’ve been searching for? The days when the humble plunger pot was about all you needed to make your standard coffee at home are well and truly over. Coffee culture is booming and your average home barista...

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Coffee Habits: Men Vs Women

Who consumes more coffee per day? Who adds more sweeteners? Who would rather purchase from a barista than make their own at home? Find out below when we pit Mars vs Venus in an all out gender war over coffee. In my younger, more naive days, I might have thought...

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A Lesson every eCommerce store can learn from their customers

THE BLIND LAUNCH INTO SPACE When we first launched the website one of the biggest points of feedback was that our customers didn’t know what to buy. In fact, they didn’t even know where to start to buy. Ultimately, a lot were overwhelmed with the choice and didn’t buy! There...

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Trinity ONE: When Art Meets Industrial Design

Yesterday we had the great pleasure of catching up with Mark Folker from Trinity Coffee Co. to demo his prototype 3-in-1 Coffee machine the Trinity ONE. After a second attempt at a Kickstarter Campaign Mark was finally able to get some funds raised to start production of this brilliant amalgam of art and...

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5 things you didn’t know about coffee

There are lots of things that you probably didn’t know about coffee but here we’ve chosen our top 5. Enjoy. 1. Italy didn’t invent coffee In fact, it was a worldwide collaboration that brought this beverage to us. We can thank Ethiopia for the discovery of the coffee plant in the...

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5 Coffees that you probably didn’t know you could order

Everyone these days is used to ordering Macchiattos, Irish coffees and Affogatos (Ice cream with espresso poured over it – in case you have been living under a rock for the last 5 years), but have you heard of these coffees? 1. Espresso Romano A Romano is a short black coffee...

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Cinnibird: The #latteart pen for coffees

For those of you who are interested in cool accessories to complement your coffee art, then you’d be drooling at the idea of what the Cinnibird can do. The Cinnibird is essentially a pen to write/draw on top of your coffees – only, it doesn’t use ink, it uses spices....

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Why your brain has been lying to your tongue about coffee

  Like Miley above, we are always trying to search for new tastes. The problem is, our brain has been deceiving us about our tastes because of the myth that each area on the tongue is responsible for a taste sensation. For years I believed that the tongue had certain...

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How to make a great espresso at home everytime PART I

Understanding how flavour travels through the entire process of making espresso is important if you want to get the best taste from your homemade coffee. There are a lot of different myths about how to make the perfect coffee and I’ll give you my thoughts on these in this blog but, making coffee is...