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.

Blonde roast coffee beans on a white plate

What is a blonde roast?

Starbucks has popularized the term “blonde roast” in recent years. It’s a less misleading term for what used to be called “cinnamon roast” coffee.

Coffee farm panorama

Where does coffee come from?

Here’s what you need to know about coffee’s history, geography, biology, and the food systems that bring it to you.