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The art of espresso

Espresso, invented in Italy in order to serve commuters rushing to catch trains, is now enjoyed around the world.  While many enjoy espresso sitting at a favourite neighborhood cafe, you can easily prepare it at home when armed with a basic understanding of espresso-brewing techniques. Take a look at our step by step guide on how to craft, brew, and drink the perfect shot of expresso.


Perfecting the French Press

Over the years, the French press has undergone several design modifications. The first coffee press, made in France, was a rudimentary version of the modern press: a metal or cheesecloth screen fitted to a rod that users would press into a pot of hot water and coffee grounds. The coffee press was patented by Milanese designer Attilio Calimani in 1929. Since then the french press has become a staple in most coffee lovers' cabinets, check out our guide on how to perfect your next french press of Secret Sip coffee beans.

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The Pour Over

The start of the pour over brewing technique began with Amalie Auguste Melitta Bentz finding that the percolator coffee she was used to came with the dreaded taste of over extraction and bitterness. Not wanting these bad flavours to hinder the drink she held so dear, she began to experiment with different brewing methods. She concluded that blotting paper (now transformed into coffee filters) from her son's school book worked best due to porous, yet super absorbent features that it had. She took a brass pot punctured with a nail, put the blotting paper on top and began to brew. What came out was a perfectly clean cup, with the bitterness gone. by 1908 a patent was acquired and she began selling the pour over brewers under the names Melitta to the public. check out our guide for pour over coffee that would even make auguste proud.