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.

Barista Portraits: Meet Dom

In this new series, we ask London's best baristas about what makes them tick. This post, meet Dom, an aspiring actor who works across multiple shops in the heart of London's CBD.

WTF is it with Lever Machines?

Each issue, Caffeine tackles some of the complexities associated with the coffee industry. Here, we attempt to explain the resurgence of lever espresso machines.

Shaken, not stirred

Put the teaspoon down – tea is a perfect base for creative cocktails. Sophie Hudson treats her taste buds.
Photo by Gary Smith

Turn over a new leaf

If you want to fully appreciate tea’s delicate flavours, you need to know what you’re tasting – and you need to brew it right. Mike Riley offers a few professional pointers.

The new romantics

Looking for a date venue that doesn’t involve alcohol or a three-course meal? Ashley Gummerson explains why you’ll find love in a third-wave café. Photo by Joshua Ness

Rite moves

The traditional coffee ceremony is an integral part of Ethiopian and Eritrean cultures. Lani Kingston soaks up the sights, sounds and aromas. Photo by David Post

Practising the dark arts

With an increasing number of home roasting machines on the market, we investigate whether the results justify the time and effort. Photo by Gary Smith

Brews brothers

Coffee and beer, on the face of it, may not appear to share many things in common. One’s a stimulant; one’s a relaxant. One’s mostly drunk in the morning; one’s mostly drunk at night. But as we all know, opposites attract, and the marriage of these two beverages has been giving pleasure to drinkers for the past couple of decades. Photo by Bentley Creative