Nespresso CitiZ machine on a very clean countertop

How to clean your Nespresso machine

Regular cleaning and descaling of your Nespresso machine is a must. Not only will this result in a better tasting cup of coffee, it will also lengthen the life of your machine.

Patrons outside a caffe in Turin, Italy

Your guide to Italian coffee culture

Italian coffee culture remains mired in tradition, and unflinchingly set in its ways. The ideal that coffee is a staple in Italian life and should remain affordable means little has changed.

Sidewalk tables and chairs outside a Caffe Nero espresso bar in London

Your guide to British coffee culture

British coffee culture is much less hampered by tradition than it is elsewhere in Europe. This has allowed them to ride current trends and more deftly adapt to a changing landscape, placing them at the forefront of the artisanal coffee revolution in Europe.

A shiny glass Chemex sitting on a kitchen counter

A guide to cleaning your Chemex

As cool as it looks, the Chemex’s hourglass shape can make it challenging to clean. Here are some tips to keep that glass sparking.

Smoke rises from freshly roasted coffee beans

How to degas freshly roasted coffee

Fresh is best, right? Well, fresh is good, but with coffee you need to give a little time after roasting to let carbon dioxide escape.

Split image of a cup of espresso on the left and a regular cup of coffee on the right.

The difference between espresso and coffee

Espresso and what we think of as ‘regular’ coffee differ in the way they’re made. Each brew has a distinct preparation method that influences its flavors.

A macchiato from Stumptown Coffee Roasters

What is a macchiato?

The Italian word macchiato means “stained” or “marked.” This could mean an espresso stained with just a touch of milk, or milk stained with just a touch of espresso.

Daisy del Carmen Reyes of San Carlos II Cooperative checks out a plant loaded with mature coffee beans in Oscicala, Morazan, El Salvador.

The types of coffee beans you should know about

Four types of coffee beans are currently sold on the world markets: Arabica, Robusta, Liberica, and Excelsa. Bright Arabica is the coffee that’s used most. Hearty Robusta is also popular.

Trying to choose between latte and mocha

What separates a latte from a mocha

If you’re the type who usually sticks with a straight cup of coffee, those fancy drinks may all look the same to you. Here’s how you tell a latte from a mocha.

A sack of coffee beans stamped with the word Java

Why is coffee called java?

When the colonial Dutch decided to cultivate their own coffee, they chose a tiny island in what is now Indonesia.

Espresso in a white ceramic cup

Learn how to drink espresso the Italian way

For millions of people, the word espresso signifies little more than an extra boost of caffeine. That’s a shame, as it is one of the purest and most flavorful coffee experiences you can have.