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    What makes a great coffee? Part 3

    So far in previous posts we have spoken about the ambiance and the coffee bean itself as being some of the key ingredients into what we believe makes a great coffee. Before the coffee is put into the expresso machine the coffee bean itself needs to be ground into fine particles. This should be done as close to the time as it will be used in the coffee machine group head so that the coffee is as fresh as possible. For an espresso machine a super fine ground works best. You may be more familiar with your course ground coffee which you use in your home percolater or french press.…

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    What makes a great coffee? Part 2

    In our last blog post from The Landing coffee shop in Dunvegan we started the conversation around what goes into making a great coffee. in the first part of our discussion we highlighted that a great ambiance is a great starting point in which to enjoy that perfect “cuppa”. Without a doubt probably the most important element is the profile of the roasted coffee beans that are ground through the coffee grinder. The bean which is the seed of the coffee plant can on its own have various different characteristics based on factors such as the ground in which it grows, which area or country the bean comes from, the…

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    What makes a great coffee? Part 1

    So this is a question that comes up often in the coffee making community. What makes a great coffee? There is no quick or straightforward answer to this, however we will explain from our own experience having owned and run a coffee shop in Europe and here in South Africa what the likely best answer to this question may be… First of all, putting the actual coffee aside we really do think that the ambiance of the coffee shop you will be drinking the coffee in sets the “theatre” for the coffee. Things such as the design of the coffee shop, the comfortable seat you are sitting in, the noise…