The world’s most expensive coffee comes from… poop

The world’s most expensive coffee comes from… poop

The world’s most expensive coffee comes from… poop Have you ever heard of the palm civet? It is a small nocturnal mammal native to tropical Asia which we, fooled Westerners, would take for a cat crossed with a badger and a panther. If you’re holding a cup of coffee, you might want to drink it up before continuing on reading. Why am I talking about palm civets? Because it is in this funny creature’s excrements that one finds the « kopi luwak », aka the world’s most expensive and rarest coffee. The civet, which used to be the coffee growers’ public enemy #1 has become the King of the coffee plantations. When […]

Why coffee is good for your mood

Why coffee is good for your mood

Why coffee is good for your mood I don’t know for you but starting a day without a good coffee is an absolute no-go in my world. Without it, my levels of morning grumpiness reaches peak, my brain runs slow, my eyelids stick one to another and what to say about my conversational skills… My mood entirely relies on the benefits of coffee. But, what does coffee exactly do for our mood? Short answer: a lot. Coffee keeps you alert Let’s talk chemistry. When caffeine hits the brain, it binds to the receptors instead of a neurotransmitter called adenosine. When you’re awake, adenosine builds up in the brain until it […]

Why Specialty Coffee is more than just coffee

Why Specialty Coffee is more than just coffee

Why Specialty Coffee is more than just coffee Do you remember the day when you started caring about the code stamped on your eggs? Do you also remember that fateful day when you banned palm oil from your shopping list, f-o-r-e-v-e-r? And that other day when you swapped supermarket meat for a drive to an organic farm? Hopefully you do, because it’s well done. What about the coffee you drink every day? Don’t blush. For years, coffee companies have done their best to wow you with gold colours, intense pictures, luxury capsules and sexy salt-and-pepper haired actor… how could you (and we) possibly know that this had nothing to do […]

Yes, Coffee Naps really work

Yes, Coffee Naps really work

Yes, Coffee Naps really work Remember your childhood. Lunch comes to an end and the voice of your mum turns softer, gentler, cheesier. You both know what’s coming next: it’s Nap Time! Children despise it, parents idiolize it. Only the brave ones remember daring to riot. For the others, like me, it was about lying in bed, with wide opened eyes, listening to any single little noise and counting the minutes. Today, we’re all grown up, which basically comes down to find a real job, and we’d kill for a power nap. But surely the first thing we want to do when we’re tired is to drink an extra-strong espresso. […]

How to beat your New Year’s hangover!

How to beat your New Year’s hangover!

Discover the hangover cure for the New Year! 2016 is approaching very quickly, and you are probably in the middle of the preparations for tonight’s party but… have you already thought about the morning after? Long party-nights, a lot of champagne and perhaps also other, stronger stuff will make your evening a lot of fun, but not so much the next morning! So, we went on a mission to help your hangovers and we have found the solution: the lemonpresso! As the name suggests, it a mix between an espresso and a lemon. It surely sounds a little awkward but the coffee, or rather the caffeine in the coffee, is […]

Cappuccino Lovers, this recipe is for you

Cappuccino Lovers, this recipe is for you

Cappuccino Lovers, this is for you In a perfect world, we all have a nice espresso machine on our kitchen counter. In reality they can be expensive and complicated little gems. Those who’ve ever tried to use the steam wand will understand the challenge. But if you’re a cappuccino fanatic, relax. There are other shortcuts to treat yourself to an awesome cappuccino at home without fancy gadgetry. A great and fresh coffee (scoop: our 1550 will make you a sweet cappuccino), fresh milk, a whisk and your favourite coffee cup, is all what you need. 1. First things first: steam the milk. Whole or skim, it’s up to you but […]

Birds, birds and more birds

Birds, birds and more birds

Birds, birds and more birds What do you know Colombia for? Don’t feel bad, we used to think the same: drug, guerrilla and Shakira. But now we have a new mission: change your mind by showing you the true face and soul of Colombia. Do you for example know that Colombia is home to over 1,850 bird species, that is to say 20% of all bird species on Earth, the largest avian biodiversity in the world? In other words: Colombia is the dream land for ornithologists from all over the world. Migratory or residents, common or rare, waterfowl or raptor, gigantic or tiny, monochrome or multi-coloured, shy or big-headed, you […]

Why roasting in Colombia makes the difference

Why roasting in Colombia makes the difference

Why roasting in Colombia makes the difference We are regularly asked why we’re so proud of keeping the roasting process in Colombia. Glad you ask! This topic is very close to our hearts… and one of the greatest means we’ve found to make things better for the coffee community, and in the long run for you too. Coffee is ubiquitous. On kitchen counter tops, in offices, in the air, on the go, it is everywhere. Concretely, coffee is the 2nd most consumed beverage in the world, next to only water! This represents over 2 billion cups consumed every day. Scandinavia, Benelux and parts of Eastern Europe turn out to be […]

4 things you didn’t know about coffee grounds

4 things you didn’t know about coffee grounds

4 things you didn’t know about coffee grounds There is the 9:00 am coffee, at the office, with your (favourite) colleagues, your frontal lobe still in your bed. There is the 11:00 am coffee. That one is either alone or with your (favourite of your favourite) colleague… and milk to make it last longer. Then comes the miraculous 2:00 pm espresso. It knocks your food coma out and brings you the boost you need to go through the rest of the day. For some of you, it is even followed by the 4:00 pm cappuccino. Let’s be honest, that one is the 11:00 am cousin. Its mission is to keep […]