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Who discovered coffee?

Before espresso macchiato and caramel lattes, this story of the discovery of coffee begins with, of all things, a goat herder.

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What is cascara?

The cherries of the coffee tree can be brewed into tea, syrup and even used in cocktails.

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Colombia Diofanor

We have a rare opportunity to taste distinctly different flavours in three lots of coffee from the same trees.

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Coffee Protein Balls recipe

Easy, quick and healthy, these tasty treats combine the pick-me-up of espresso with protein for the ultimate pre-workout.

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Zuri: Creating the blend

Our ‘beautiful’ new blend is here, but what did it take to make it a reality?

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Trip to Origin – Colombia

Our Head of Operations, Simon, recently travelled to Colombia to meet with the growers and see for ourselves exactly what makes Colombia such a giant of the coffee world.

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Brew Guide: Cold Press

Want to make clean, full-flavoured cold press coffee at home? We’ll show you how…

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The Role of the Cooperative

Small farming communities in D.R. Congo are working together, against the odds, to create a new industry and a way […]

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How is coffee decaffeinated?

What process do green beans have to go through to be classed as decaffeinated coffee and are all “decafs” created equal? Get the downlow on decaf here.

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The Path to Becoming a Q Grader

What does it take to achieve the highest certification within the coffee industry – Q Grader? Just ask Merlo’s own Simon Brooks.

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Merlo’s 4 Best Iced Coffee recipes

It’s hard to beat a classic iced latte, but we’ve got a few different ideas to try at home that […]

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Profile: Kenya Iriga

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

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Profile: Colombia Giraldo

The Colombia Giraldo has a socially and environmentally sustainable production, as well as a sweet and creamy taste, medium body and clean finish.

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What is the Maillard Reaction?

Learn more about the Maillard Reaction, named after Louis-Camille Maillard, the chemist who first described the process over 100 years ago.

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Profile: Guatemala Finca La Hermosa

From Finca La Hermosa in the Acatenango region of Guatemala, this coffee is notable for its creamy body, chocolate aroma and sweet orange flavour.

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Profile: Australian Mountain Top

These coffee beans from New South Wales’ Scenic Rim has a sweet, medium body with a chocolate aroma and a warm, lingering finish.

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Making coffee when entertaining

If you are entertaining at home, there are a few key things to consider when selecting a coffee brewing method for your guests.

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Coffee tasting tips

Here’s a set of easy criteria to evaluate coffee like a pro.

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Profile: Colombian Lucitania

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.

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What is cold press coffee?

What is the difference between Cold Press coffee, Cold Drip coffee and Cold Brew coffee? Learn more from John, our expert roaster.

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What happens in the roaster?

From the warm up phase, to the end of a full dark roast – what really happens to beans in a coffee roaster?

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The best way to store your coffee

Coffee can be affected by a lot of variants, so here’s our top tips to keep your coffee fresh.

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Profile: Burundi Mukerwa

Thanks to its ideal growing conditions and climate, the Burundi Mukerwa exhibits a clean, delicate flavour with a well- balanced body and acidity.

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The art of cupping

Just like a wine tasting, coffee cupping is a formal tasting technique developed to identify specific flavours, qualities and faults.

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Profile: Guatemalan Santa Felisa Estate

This coffee is distinctively full-bodied, with notes of toffee and milk chocolate, and a smooth, velvety vanilla finish, giving it a harmonising profile.

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Bad coffee: grind vs dose

When your coffee is running poorly and tasting strange it is usually one of two culprits.

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Coffee processing methods

Once a coffee cherry is harvested, there is one more pivotal step before it is sent to us to roast.

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Profile: Andrade Brothers Estate

Harking from Minas Gerais, Brazil, this bean will satisfy the taste of the most demanding and discriminating consumers in the world.

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Brew guide: Chemex

Learn how to brew a pure, smooth tasting coffee with a Chemex – one of the best designed products in modern times.

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Your coffee tasting glossary

Use our handy tasting glossary to learn a few key terms to look for when evaluating the flavours of your beans.

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Harvesting coffee cherries

Once a coffee cherry ripens, there is only a ten day window in which they can be harvested, often painstakingly done by hand.

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How to descale / deep clean your espresso machine

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.

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The Merlo Roasting Process

The secret to Merlo Coffee’s rich balanced flavour is the roasting profile that our roasting team strictly follow.

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Brew guide: Hario V60

Simply designed, the Hario V60 filter coffee-maker is ideal for preparing a quick and simple coffee for one without the fuss!

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Brew guide: AeroPress

Learn how to get grit free coffee with minimal bitterness by using this total immersion brewing technique.

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Brew guide: Syphon

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.

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Perfectly steamed milk

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!

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Brew guide: Plunger

The plunger is a simple way to prepare coffee at home and requires no extra filtration – the device does it for you.

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Brew guide: Stovetop

This traditional Italian brewing method uses steam pressure to create a strong brew, similar to espresso.

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Why fresh espresso?

Just like picking up your fruit and vegetables from the farmers market, the coffee you buy should be as fresh as it gets.

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Brew guide: Espresso Machine

As the appreciation of good coffee grows, so too does the popularity of home espresso machines.