Tagged With coffee

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You know it when you feel it. You've just sat down at your breakfast table, or settled in at your favourite café. You're a few sips into your brew when, out of nowhere, the urge to download a brownload is becoming urgent. Just a few swigs of coffee and it can feel like you've mainlined a laxative — but why?

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Video: I don't even drink coffee but after seeing an espresso shot get pulled through a naked portafilter on an espresso machine, it's the only thing I want in my life. Watching the water swish through the finely ground coffee beans and seep through each hole, and seeing the various flows group together to form that golden brown liquid of the gods. Man oh man, it's like being around to see a superweapon charging up.

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Video: There are a lot of ways to drink coffee but most of us don't put much thought into it. Here's a quick burst of different brewing methods, from the common cappuccinos and espressos to the always trendy aeropress and v60 pourovers to the more unique coffee cezve and siphon coffee. It's a fun look at the different ways we make the bean water we need to get through a morning.

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Many of us depend on coffee to fuel our early morning meetings, mid-afternoon slumps or all-night study sessions. These days, the words “coffee” and “fuel” are half-jokingly synonymous. More than 9m tonnes of the bean are produced annually around the world and, once we brew it, an awful lot of waste is created. The vast majority ends up in landfill.

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How do you make coffee? Do you buy it at Starbucks? Support your local coffee shop? Just pour a mug at work? Or are you one of those fancy types who make coffee by roasting their own beans and like, performing high-level science experiments with it? Here's a fun little animation that shows different ways people make coffee.