So, what do you do?

Locally sourced milk and partnerships with craft breweries are all well and good – but do your customers enjoy their visit to your café? Our irascible raconteur knows it’s crucial to focus on what’s really important. Illustration Martin Kingdom

WTF is Geisha?

Here at Caffeine, we love to explore the more esoteric elements of the coffee industry. Drum roll please... this is Jonathan Tam’s guide to Geisha! Photo by Blake Richard Verdoorn.

Zürich

There’s more to Switzerlands’s largest city than financial institutions and chocolate. As Maria Teresa Mancuso discovers, it’s also the place to go for great coffee. Photo : Ricardo Gomez Angel.

Barista Portraits: Meet Hugo

In this series, we ask London's best baristas about what makes them tick. This post, meet Hugo. Originally from France, Hugo only learned how to make a cup of coffee a year ago when he lived in Brisbane, Australia.

Don’t Knock the Mocha!

The coffee world can be very sniffy when it comes to adulterating coffee with anything other than milk. But, says Paul Eagles from Kokoa Collection, the mocha deserves a second look. Photo: Andy Waterman.

Berlin Coffee Festival

Next week the Berlin Coffee Festival kicks off at the Markthalle Neun in Germany’s booming capital.

The cool kid of Europe is sure to put on a stellar show with Caffeine Mag favourites The Barn and Five Elephant amongst those exhibiting. Alongside roasters showing off their latest and greatest beans, a variety of baristas will be competing in coffee competitions across the weekend, espresso tours will be held across the city, and the festival will hold a number of workshops and talks with sustainability taking the spotlight.

A Bit On the Side

For hundreds of years, on breakfast tables across the world, a cup of coffee has been enjoyed with something sweet. But why, and when was it decided to pair the two? Hugo Harrison investigates. Photo by Honey Fangs.

Ground Control

Fresh beans, freshly ground. That’s the key to consistently great coffee at home. Here’s four hand grinders to help you on that journey. Photo : Gary Smith.