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Have you got a nose for coffee?
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Have you got a nose for coffee?
Want to take the coffee challenge?
Want to take the coffee challenge?
Want to take the coffee challenge?
Need some #coffeeporn in your life?
Need some #coffeeporn in your life?
Need some #coffeeporn in your life?

Challenge #8: It’s mac time

If you’ve tried the "Add a drop" challenge, then the idea of ordering two espressos to compare an contrast should be something familiar. Here we go again, except this time it is not a drop of water that you should add but a drop of milk. Back when I first started reviewing cafes, ordering a macchiato was how I would rank the cafe. It turns out that a mac is…

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Balance can be sexy

Using balance as a theme for today’s #coffeeporn I’ve taken 3 examples of how balance can be used to make a great looking coffee. The first pic shows how symmetry can be used in a free flowing balanced design, filling the cup and guiding the eye. The second relies more on the contrast of the background and the balanced formation of the objects placed up front. The final image is…

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Challenge #7: Uwaki (cheat on your regular)

One of the easiest way to expand your coffee experience is to venture outside the bounds of your comfortable usual cafes, and to visit somewhere new. As such, this challenge is to visit a different cafe for each coffee you have, avoiding your usual hangouts of course. When choosing your new cafes, be sure to think about what it is that attracts you to one cafe or another. Is it…

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Challenge #6: Add a drop

When trying to expand on the experience you can get from your coffee, whether brewing it or simply consuming it, much comes down to managing variables and then adjusting only one or two at a time. As an introduction to what a small change can make, this challenge requires that you order 2 espressos (I’d recommend that you go for a single origin coffee), and am then to make the…

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Who me…?? A coffee snob??

Sitting in a cafe yesterday I was having a great conversation about coffee (as I seem to do quite often) with the owner of the cafe, and in an offhand comment I mentioned that I wish less people drank flat whites, lattes and cappuccinos, as I wished that they had a better opportunity to actually taste the coffee. At which point I was put in my place by the barista who told me that “they are totally separate drinks”. He of course was absolutely correct. Where as I see milk and sugar (not to mention the syrups some people are…

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Focusing more on the coffee than just the coffee

Thankfully sexy coffee is not all about the latte art. Sometimes it is more about the focus of the shot, or even the warmth of the cup. And then in some cases, the subject offers much more of a story. While I think all three of these pics are a great addition to the Sexy Coffee gallery, but the “4 seasons of coffee” posted by @bryanschiele is particularly stunning.

Challenge #5: Ethiopian Coffee

Back when I started working in a cafe (this was a while ago), when someone mentioned a regional coffee, there were generally a set of fixed characteristics that went along with that coffee. Much like a Yirgacheffe coffee is expected to be floral, these expectations are increasingly being broken and remade. So this challenge is more of an opportunity for exploration. Seek out an Ethiopian single origin (it is very much in season right now) and give it a try. Better yet find a couple and compare and contrast. I would recommend that you at least include a yirgacheffe and…

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Sexy coffee can be the speed, the method or the design

While latte art takes the majority of the focus when it comes to good looking … there is certainly a lot more to be seen than yet another tulip. The new additions to my Sexy Coffee gallery is a little different to the others posted so far. The Acaia coffee scale paired with the full immersion pour over shows simplistic elegance in form and function (on a side note, now they have an Android version I might need to get one). As for the “Slosetta” I love the relaxed feeling expressed in the lack of clutter and complexity. Then finally…

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Sydney Trains Coffee Map

As a challenge to myself I decided to find a great cafe for every single train station along the Sydney trains network. The result of that was a map.... which as a pure image I found less than useful.... but as an app.... well that's a different story. This app (for iPhone and Android) lists 186 cafes that I recommend all over Sydney. For less than the cost of a cup of coffee, you can support my efforts and perhaps convince me to do an expanded one for all of Sydney (not just the train network).