Coffee is one of the little things I really enjoy in life. I used to wander around cafés both on my travels and at home for many years and it was one of my favourite pastimes. I enjoyed the world of coffee and was curious about its inner workings, so I had decided to pursue it professionally and I began working at Čerstvě-pražená-ká coffee shop in Truhlářská 33, Prague, in early 2018. You can check the Google reviews here – we are putting in a lot of effort – and if you are around, feel free to stop by for a cup of coffee and chat.

Over the many months behind the bar I have spoken with countless customers and tried to help them improve their coffee experience at home. Sometimes they would just ask for a proper recipe or an advice to adjust their grinding, other times we would talk about techniques and always we would talk about coffee beans. How does roasting the taste? And how about processing? How do different origins taste and how to best prepare them? How does extraction work? Why is the coffee sometimes so sour?

The topics keep on returning so I had decided to write a handbook on coffee preparation. It is called Home Barista – The Craft of Coffee At Home, At Work and On the Go. You can check it out on Gumroad.

It deals with, among other things, the following:

  • Coffee varieties, sub-varieties – how they taste and what to look for
  • Growing coffee – what does it take to produce coffee beans?
  • Coffee processing: natural, washed, honey, anaerobic fermentation, carbonic maceration.
    • How do they work? How do they change the taste of coffee? What do these terms mean for me, a coffee drinker?
  • Coffee roasting: how does roasting influence taste? What should I look for? What should I avoid?
  • How to buy coffee beans:
    • How to choose the origin, roasting profile and processing method
    • How to recognise quality coffee from second-rate coffee, i.e. how to get the best coffee for your buck
    • How to match coffee flavour profile to your preferences and your method of preparation
  • How do water, grinding, dose, temperature, technique and extraction impact the final flavour
  • How to brew perfect espressos on both portafilter and automatic machines
  • How to master alternative brews (V60, Kalita Wave, Bee House, Kalita dripper, Chemex, AeroPress, Moka pot, Brikka, French Press, Vacuum pot, Cezve)
  • How to cup taste coffee

All in all, it shows you how to make delicious coffee at home, at work or on the go.

You can check a more detailed description on Gumroad. If you have any questions feel free to let me know.