Fundamentals

The Fundamentals section of GUSTATORY's Journal & School aims to arm you with additional knowledge to help you get the most from your coffee - or any other beverage that we may cover - as much as explore other general topics and reads we share. By understanding any quality drinks' journey and how they may have been prepared for your consumption, our editors hope we can help you to appreciate every sip just that bit more. We’ll provide you with a glossary of coffee terms, brew guides, overviews of differing roast profiles, as well as talk you through the bean-to-cup process, and more; and these are just for coffee, let alone considering other beverage types.

Simple Hacks For Better Espresso Coffees At Home

..Espresso coffees are a notoriously tricky brewing method to master. There are so many variables and even the smallest changes can make or break your shot, making espressos often challenging to consistently perfect. Here we share some simple espresso coffee hacks and processes that may seem so simple, but are...

Quality Teas. What's The Differences?

...Rather surprisingly, all teas - white, green, oolong, Pu'erh, herbal and black - are made using leaves of the same plant species. Whilst there are a number of varietals of the Camellia sinensis plant, as well as a range of climates, topographies and soils in which it is grown, the...

Coffee Buying Guide (Part 2) - Understanding Coffee Bags

...The world of speciality coffee, where there’s so much terminology, so many definitions, and so many descriptors that you often won’t come across when purchasing any other type of food or drink product...

Coffee Buying Guide (Part 1) - Freshness

...If you’re just getting into coffee in a serious way then it’s important to understand the role freshness plays in coffee beans and how such a factor can be misleading, especially when shopping for coffee at the supermarkets or large stores...

Dialling In Your Espresso Coffee: Grind Size

...Here we’re focussing on espresso coffee, which is arguably the fiddliest brew method to get right with grind size being one of the most crucial determining factors - amongst other things of course. However, if you get the grind size right then you’re most of the way there...

Pre-Warming Your Coffee Cup, But Why?

...Why does it really matter if the cup is pre-warmed? Well, you can certainly be forgiven for asking this question and here we’re going to pull back the veil as to why this is a good practice to get into...

Freezing Coffee To Be Fresher For Longer

...How can you make your beans themselves last longer and retain all that lovely flavour? Well there are plenty of theories out there and plenty of ‘hacks’ but we’re going to wade through all the conjecture and provide you with the definitive answer. The simple answer is freeze them...

Sage Espresso Machines. Perfect For Beginners

...Espresso machines, especially those found at coffee shops can cost thousands, even tens of thousands of pounds and that’s simply not practical for the everyday person looking to make a nice latte at home. This is where Sage comes in....