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Enjoy the latest news and
trends from the coffee world

Enjoy the latest news and  trends from the coffee world

Coffee Tourism - Coffee Lounge

Exploring North America’s Coffee Cultures

Coffee has come a long way since it landed on American soil in the 17th century. Over the centuries, coffee in America has surpassed tea in popularity, accompanied travelers into the western frontier, and spawned entire subcultures across the continent. It's undeniable that coffee has become a cultural touchpoint in our society and has even played a role in shaping how our cities look today. From bodegas to specialty shops, here are some of the diverse coffee scenes in North America.
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Coffee Tourism – Around the World In 80 Roasts

Our morning cup always comes with a story. From coffee farms to local roasters, the flavors of coffee are products of its incredible journey. However, how often do we think about coffee's origins when grabbing a latte?

Similar to the farm-to-table movement, some coffee drinkers want to go directly to the source. Today's global network of farmers, roasters, and microclimates has led to a boom in what is known as coffee tourism. Travelers can now interact with coffee personally through visits to coffee plantations, tastings, and meeting small-scale farmers. By doing so, enthusiasts gain greater insight into what makes a cappuccino, Turkish coffee, or doppio espresso uniquely delicious.
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Not All Plant Milks Are Created Equal

Many coffee drinkers are steering away from dairy milk for dietary or ethical reasons. However, plant milks are not the straightforward alternatives that some may think. The market for plant-based milks is constantly innovating, but one should first consider what coffee pairings work best with their vegan products. Soy, cashew, almond, and coconut milks tend to pair better with bright and floral light roasts, while oat milk’s neutral taste makes it a great option for all coffees.
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The Rise of Quality Coffee, At Home

The Rise of Quality Coffee, At Home

Enjoying skillfully crafted coffee no longer requires a trip to your local coffee shop. There is a cultural shift from having espresso out-of-home to in-home, reflected in a 53% increase in coffee machine sales since 2020. De'Longhi's automatic coffee and espresso machines are engineered to coordinate multiple brewing variables and create your perfect cup of coffee at the touch of a button. Within 3 to 6 months, your average weekly expense at cafés could ultimately pay for a new machine.
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Coffee Sweetener: A Guide

Sugar and coffee have a shared history of being expensive imports from European colonies and trade posts. However, people have been mixing these two ingredients together for centuries, with many coffee drinkers today searching for new alternatives to flavoring their cup. Today’s coffee sweetener options include natural ingredients like honey and spices, and manufactured alternatives like sugar alcohols. But similar to other mix-ins like milk, coffee sweetener can drastically alter the drinking experience
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How To Grind Coffee Beans Like a True Barista

Making barista-quality coffee at home begins with achieving the correct grind density with your coffee grinder. Nail the perfect cup each time by matching your grounds with your brewing method, understanding what coffee grounds your machine uses, and mastering your machinery’s settings for optimal results. Although learning how to grind coffee comes with practice, you can also make the experience easier by using one of De'Longhi's machines with integrated coffee grinders.
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Yes, The Grind Of Your Coffee Beans Matters

Like other adjustable factors in coffee brewing, ground density can affect taste. Key things to consider when adjusting your coffee grinder are brewing method, roast, and bean origin. Brewing methods that involve high heat and pressure for short extraction times call for finer grounds. Other methods involving lower pressure and longer brewing times require a coarser grind. Lighter roasts can be ground finer, while dark roasts work better as coarse grounds. If you’re shopping for a coffee grinder, we recommend a burr grinder as found in De'Longhi Bean to Cup coffee machines.
 
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Coffee In Secondary Locations in the House

When choosing a spot in your home for your coffee station, it all comes down to your personal needs and making it a functional component of your home. Coffee stations should minimize the back-and-forth from the kitchen to living spaces while protecting your equipment, showcasing your machinery, and enhancing the coffee experience during special occasions and everyday life at home. Enjoying a fresh coffee no longer has to be reserved for coffee shops or your kitchen counter. 
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About Coffee Storage

Your coffee beans undergo a long journey from farm to kitchen counter, but there is one key factor that is crucial to quality control: coffee storage. Whether you’re handling whole roasted beans or ground coffee, you should always keep your coffee away from oxygen, heat, sunlight, and humidity. Store coffee in airtight containers for better-preserved quality, and place it somewhere with limited exposure to external elements. 
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Get caffeinated with a tropical taste

Caramel, nuts, and dark chocolate are just some of the characteristic flavors found floating in a classic cup of joe. Yet coffee has the potential to pack alternative nuances, embodying acidity and tropical fragrances like mango, citrus, papaya, and pineapple–no syrup necessary. 
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A guide for Coffee Cupping

What does a coffee taste like? Although taste has always been subjective and each person is entitled to their own interpretation and description, industry experts rely on a tool that homologates a common terminology that can help them describe the nuances present in a cup beyond any individual bias. It is also a bridge that brings experts and enthusiasts closer together by adding vocabulary to aromatic notes.: Meet the Coffee Taster's Flavor Wheel
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Frothing non-dairy milk

Milk has always been the ideal mixer for coffee. It also influences the cup profile, adding complexity and surfaces nuances that simply take the coffee cup to new horizons. But with the increased offer of alternative drinks in the world - the enhancements increase the possible nuances even more - but frothing them using the same principles as cow's milk will not necessarily do the trick.
 
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