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.

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Coffee Grinders. Choosing The Right One For You

...Not all coffee grinders are made equal. You have blade grinders which slice the coffee - not recommended as they don’t produce consistent grounds, and then you have burr grinders...

SL28 & SL34 Coffee Varietals. Why They're So Popular

...The ‘SL’ name is derived from the Scott Laboratories research programme that was operating in Kenya in the 1920’s and 30’s...The original and most sought-after SL variety that was discovered...