Coffee 101

Cup of Excellence explained

The Cup of Excellence program has improved the business of coffee along the entire chain, but how did it start and how does it work?

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Merlo’s 4 Best Iced Coffee recipes

It’s hard to beat a classic iced latte in summer, but we’ve pulled together a few unique ideas that suit different brew methods and coffees.

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Who discovered coffee?

Before espresso macchiato and caramel lattes, this story of the discovery of coffee begins with, of all things, a goatherd.

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Profile: Kenya Iriga

Grown in the rich volcanic soil of the Nyambene Hills on the eastern slopes of Mt Kenya, the Iriga is a sweet and smooth coffee, with caramel aromas, chocolate flavours and a fresh but soft orange acidity

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What is specialty coffee?

“Specialty” is a term we often hear in the coffee industry, but the definition can vary depending on the context in which it’s used.

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Profile: Colombia Giraldo

The Colombia Giraldo has a socially and environmentally sustainable production, as well as a sweet and creamy taste, medium body and clean finish.

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A cup of Camaelia Sinensis (tea)

After water, tea is still the second most consumed beverage in the world. So let’s learn more about it!

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Profile: India Papakuchi

Papakuchi is sustainably grown in the fertile soils of Kodagu (Coorg), India and features notes of chocolate, creme brulee and red apple.

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The Giling Basah processing method

Sumatra is a beautiful place to grow coffee but not such an easy place to dry coffee, which is why the locals devised Giling Basah – a unique coffee processing method.

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Profile: Lake Tawar Hands of Hope

Lake Tawar beans are processed in a way unique to Indonesia, resulting in signature characteristics of full body, dense aromatics and low acidity.

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Why fresh coffee is best

Here at Merlo, we spend a lot of time talking about ‘fresh espresso’. But what exactly does that mean and why does it matter?

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Profile: Tanzania Shiwanda Estate

This coffee comes from the historic Shiwanda Estate in Mbeya, Tanzania and has notes of dark chocolate, apricot, golden syrup.

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Merlo Coffee Espresso Martini

If you’re looking for a great cocktail to share with friends, a Merlo Coffee espresso martini is the best way to start your night!

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Profile: Guatemala Finca La Hermosa

From Finca La Hermosa in the Acatenango region of Guatemala, this coffee is notable for its creamy body, chocolate aroma and sweet orange flavour.

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How Australia revolutionised coffee

They say necessity is the mother of invention, and Australians like to pride ourselves on our ingenuity. This is the story of how a group of Queenslanders revolutionised coffee harvesting.

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Profile: Australian Mountain Top

These coffee beans from New South Wales’ Scenic Rim has a sweet, medium body with a chocolate aroma and a warm, lingering finish.

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Making coffee when entertaining

If you are entertaining at home, there are a few key things to consider when selecting a coffee brewing method for your guests.

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Coffee tasting tips

Here’s a set of easy criteria to evaluate coffee like a pro.

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Profile: Colombian Lucitania

This Cup of Excellence winning coffee harks from a privately owned farm in the heart of Colombia that has been perfecting coffee beans for over 20 years.

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What is cold press coffee?

What is the difference between Cold Press coffee, Cold Drip coffee and Cold Brew coffee? Learn more from John, our expert roaster.

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Profile: Burundi Mukerwa

Thanks to its ideal growing conditions and climate, the Burundi Mukerwa exhibits a clean, delicate flavour with a well- balanced body and acidity.

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The art of cupping

Just like a wine tasting, coffee cupping is a formal tasting technique developed to identify specific flavours, qualities and faults.

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Profile: Guatemalan Santa Felisa Estate

This coffee is distinctively full-bodied, with notes of toffee and milk chocolate, and a smooth, velvety vanilla finish, giving it a harmonising profile.

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Coffee processing methods

Once a coffee cherry is harvested, there is one more pivotal step before it is sent to us to roast.

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Profile: Andrade Brothers Estate

Harking from Minas Gerais, Brazil, this bean will satisfy the taste of the most demanding and discriminating consumers in the world.

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Brew guide: Chemex

Learn how to brew a pure, smooth tasting coffee with a Chemex – one of the best designed products in modern times.

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Your coffee tasting glossary

Use our handy tasting glossary to learn a few key terms to look for when evaluating the flavours of your beans.

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Harvesting coffee cherries

Once a coffee cherry ripens, there is only a ten day window in which they can be harvested, often painstakingly done by hand.

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Profile: Kenyan Weithaga Premium AA

This premium AA bean is rich in flavour, with a deep, wine-like acidity and pleasant aroma in its bold profile.

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The story of The Three Sisters

A superb coffee from Costa Rica’s Three Sisters Estate, named after the owner’s three beautiful daughters Yenixa, Jocelyn and Yerlin.

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How to descale / deep clean your espresso machine

Just like your car needs regular servicing, it’s very important to undertake a regular deep clean of your coffee machine so that it stays in fine working order.

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Your daily espresso machine clean

To make every cup of coffee from your machine a winner, you need to make sure your machine is in tip-top condition.

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Brew guide: Hario V60

Simply designed, the Hario V60 filter coffee-maker is ideal for preparing a quick and simple coffee for one without the fuss!

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Brew guide: AeroPress

Learn how to get grit free coffee with minimal bitterness by using this total immersion brewing technique.

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Brew guide: Syphon

The syphon may look like a bit of a science experiment, but it delivers a certain theatre to your coffee experience and has exceptional brewing results.

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The basics of coffee grading

There are a number of internationally recognised standards that coffee beans need to meet for export.

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Perfectly steamed milk

Part of learning to make great coffee at home is being able to steam your milk perfectly for latte and cappuccinos. Learn how in six easy steps!

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Brew guide: Plunger

The plunger is a simple way to prepare coffee at home and requires no extra filtration – the device does it for you.

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Brew guide: Stovetop

This traditional Italian brewing method uses steam pressure to create a strong brew, similar to espresso.

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The daily grind

Investing in a grinder at home will ensure you get the best out of your freshly roasted coffee beans.

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Why fresh espresso?

Just like picking up your fruit and vegetables from the farmers market, the coffee you buy should be as fresh as it gets.

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Brew guide: Espresso Machine

As the appreciation of good coffee grows, so too does the popularity of home espresso machines.

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The health benefits of coffee

As one of the world’s favourite beverages, it’s understandable that there is a sizeable bank of research on the possible health benefits of drinking coffee.