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If you make coffee at home, you could be throwing away a valuable source of natural fertiliser. Here’s how to put your coffee waste to work in the garden – as pest control, an effective ingredient in compost or a delicacy for worms.
The process to become an accredited Q Grader is challenging and difficult, so much so that the average pass rate is only around 25%. Throughout the world there are approximately 5000 Q Graders in 58 countries, with only 87 based in Australia.
According to legend, the forest-covered mountains surrounding Choche are the birthplace of coffee. In the homes around Choche coffee is prepared and served three times a day in an intricate ceremony steeped in tradition and religious significance.
We all know it – Australian summers can be unbearably hot. So where should you keep your coffee to protect it from the heat?
The Cup of Excellence program has improved the business of coffee along the entire chain, but how did it start and how does it work?
It’s hard to beat a classic iced latte in summer, but we’ve pulled together a few unique ideas that suit different brew methods and coffees.
Before espresso macchiato and caramel lattes, this story of the discovery of coffee begins with, of all things, a goatherd.
Grown in the rich volcanic soil of the Nyambene Hills on the eastern slopes of Mt Kenya, the Iriga is a sweet and smooth coffee, with caramel aromas, chocolate flavours and a fresh but soft orange acidity
The goal of natural processing is to create a sweet, smooth and complex coffees with lots of body.
“Specialty” is a term we often hear in the coffee industry, but the definition can vary depending on the context in which it’s used.
The Colombia Giraldo has a socially and environmentally sustainable production, as well as a sweet and creamy taste, medium body and clean finish.
After water, tea is still the second most consumed beverage in the world. So let’s learn more about it!
Papakuchi is sustainably grown in the fertile soils of Kodagu (Coorg), India and features notes of chocolate, creme brulee and red apple.
Sumatra is a beautiful place to grow coffee but not such an easy place to dry coffee, which is why the locals devised Giling Basah – a unique coffee processing method.
Lake Tawar beans are processed in a way unique to Indonesia, resulting in signature characteristics of full body, dense aromatics and low acidity.
Here at Merlo, we spend a lot of time talking about ‘fresh espresso’. But what exactly does that mean and why does it matter?
This coffee comes from the historic Shiwanda Estate in Mbeya, Tanzania and has notes of dark chocolate, apricot, golden syrup.
If you’re looking for a great cocktail to share with friends, a Merlo Coffee espresso martini is the best way to start your night!
From Finca La Hermosa in the Acatenango region of Guatemala, this coffee is notable for its creamy body, chocolate aroma and sweet orange flavour.
They say necessity is the mother of invention, and Australians like to pride ourselves on our ingenuity. This is the story of how a group of Queenslanders revolutionised coffee harvesting.
These coffee beans from New South Wales’ Scenic Rim has a sweet, medium body with a chocolate aroma and a warm, lingering finish.
If you are entertaining at home, there are a few key things to consider when selecting a coffee brewing method for your guests.
Here’s a set of easy criteria to evaluate coffee like a pro.
This Cup of Excellence winning coffee harks from a privately owned farm in the heart of Colombia that has been perfecting coffee beans for over 20 years.
What is the difference between Cold Press coffee, Cold Drip coffee and Cold Brew coffee? Learn more from John, our expert roaster.
Coffee can be affected by a lot of variants, so here’s our top tips to keep your coffee fresh.
Bourbon is one of the major coffee varietals and it has a long and strange history.
Thanks to its ideal growing conditions and climate, the Burundi Mukerwa exhibits a clean, delicate flavour with a well- balanced body and acidity.
Just like a wine tasting, coffee cupping is a formal tasting technique developed to identify specific flavours, qualities and faults.
This coffee is distinctively full-bodied, with notes of toffee and milk chocolate, and a smooth, velvety vanilla finish, giving it a harmonising profile.
Once a coffee cherry is harvested, there is one more pivotal step before it is sent to us to roast.
Harking from Minas Gerais, Brazil, this bean will satisfy the taste of the most demanding and discriminating consumers in the world.
Learn how to brew a pure, smooth tasting coffee with a Chemex – one of the best designed products in modern times.
Use our handy tasting glossary to learn a few key terms to look for when evaluating the flavours of your beans.
Once a coffee cherry ripens, there is only a ten day window in which they can be harvested, often painstakingly done by hand.
This premium AA bean is rich in flavour, with a deep, wine-like acidity and pleasant aroma in its bold profile.
The flavour in your coffee actually starts with the coffee cherry.
A superb coffee from Costa Rica’s Three Sisters Estate, named after the owner’s three beautiful daughters Yenixa, Jocelyn and Yerlin.
Don’t suffer through bad coffee. Keep your machine clean to guarantee great tasting coffee cup after cup.
Like any other job, deciding to become a home barista comes with responsibilities, and cleaning your coffee machine is the biggest one.
Just like your car needs regular servicing, it’s very important to undertake a regular deep clean of your coffee machine so that it stays in fine working order.
To make every cup of coffee from your machine a winner, you need to make sure your machine is in tip-top condition.
Simply designed, the Hario V60 filter coffee-maker is ideal for preparing a quick and simple coffee for one without the fuss!
Learn how to get grit free coffee with minimal bitterness by using this total immersion brewing technique.
The syphon may look like a bit of a science experiment, but it delivers a certain theatre to your coffee experience and has exceptional brewing results.
There are a number of internationally recognised standards that coffee beans need to meet for export.
Part of learning to make great coffee at home is being able to steam your milk perfectly for latte and cappuccinos. Learn how in six easy steps!
The plunger is a simple way to prepare coffee at home and requires no extra filtration – the device does it for you.
This traditional Italian brewing method uses steam pressure to create a strong brew, similar to espresso.
Investing in a grinder at home will ensure you get the best out of your freshly roasted coffee beans.
Just like picking up your fruit and vegetables from the farmers market, the coffee you buy should be as fresh as it gets.
As the appreciation of good coffee grows, so too does the popularity of home espresso machines.
As one of the world’s favourite beverages, it’s understandable that there is a sizeable bank of research on the possible health benefits of drinking coffee.
This isn’t just an exceptional bean, the Hands of Hope project supports foster care homes in Indonesia.