Navigating the Coffee Shop Drinks Menu: Part 2

We’ve all been to a coffee shop and probably noticed how extensive their menus can be. If you haven’t worked as a barista or studied up on your coffee knowledge, those menus can be be intimidating. Maybe you want to branch out, but you feel pressure to choose quickly from a long line behind you, or you just might not be comfortable asking your barista questions.

Whatever the reason, I, as a former barista myself, am here to help you navigate those sometimes intimidatingly large coffee shop menus. In my last article, I coved the basics of their most popular drinks, like lattes, cappuccinos, and blended coffees. If you missed it, check out Part 1 here.

Today, we’ll delve a little further into the coffee shop world and I’ll describe a some of the lesser-known menu options that might sound more complex, but are often actually even simpler beverages than their popular counterparts. Continue reading “Navigating the Coffee Shop Drinks Menu: Part 2”

Navigating the Coffee Shop Drinks Menu: The Basics

Coffee shop menus can be intimidating! It’s like they use their own language, and the lines to order often go so quickly that when the customer gets to the front one, they might feel pressured to pick something quickly – even if they’re not sure what it is – or to stick with the one drink they know they like. Maybe you’ve felt like this, and want to try new things, but don’t know where to start. Or maybe you already have a general idea of what everything is, but would like more clarification.

I’m a former barista, and I’m here to help. Below, I describe each of coffee shops’ most popular drink types. I’m only delving into the basics today, but I’ll get into the more unusual and more complex drinks in another post. Continue reading “Navigating the Coffee Shop Drinks Menu: The Basics”

What is a French Press Coffee Maker?

If you have a coffee enthusiast in your circle of friends, you’ve probably heard a lot about French Press coffee and how amazing it is. You may have found yourself wondering if French Press is actually better than drip coffee. Ultimately, of course, this is a matter of personal preference, but in my opinion, it’s actually far superior.

If you’re considering trying a french press yourself or getting one as a gift for a coffee-loving friend but don’t know where to start, read on!

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Coffee Brewing Tips: Brewing Better Drip Coffee

There’s nothing like that incredible feeling you get after taking that first sip of delicious, hot coffee in the morning. If you’re like I was, you might find yourself wanting to experiment with that cup of coffee, wanting to find ways to improve it. In my ‘Coffee Brewing Tips’ articles, I’ll teach you ways to spruce that cup up (even on a budget), how to go about trying new methods of brewing coffee, and I’ll give you general coffee-related advice. In this article, we’ll focus on the most-commonly-used method: drip coffee.

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About Me

The Creation of a Connoisseur

I grew up watching my coffee-loving parents go through countless cups of black coffee every single day. It seemed natural – coffee was the drink of adults, of first dates and all-night study sessions.

I knew that I wanted to be a coffee-drinker. So, when I was seventeen years old, I got a job where I could drink as much free coffee during my shifts as I wanted. And, I did. I started with sugary powdered ‘cappucino’ drinks and slowly weaned myself into drinking with cream and then, eventually, drinking it black. It wasn’t long before I grew to love the taste.

During my college years, I got a job working as a barista in a Barnes & Noble Cafe that sold Starbucks products. I spent two years working there, and I’ve spent the years since refining and experimenting with my own coffee preferences, trying coffee from all over the world, and building up my own collection of coffee tools and accessories.

The Inspiration

One of the best parts of working as a barista was learning about and experimenting with new drinks. We often sampled new beverages as they came out, and I took full advantage of my employee discount to try out the rest of the menu.

My other favorite part of the job was when customers wanted to try something new, and needed a little help figuring out what they’d like. I really enjoyed asking them questions and tailoring a drink to their tastes, and I absolutely loved seeing the look of joy on their face when I helped them find a new favorite.

The Goal

I have created this website to be a source for all of my fellow coffee enthusiasts – from beginners to other baristas. I want to teach you about coffee, to share what I’ve learned throughout the years and around the globe, and to give you reccommendations and reviews on my favorite products.

If you ever need a hand or have any questions, feel free to leave them below and I will be more than happy to help you out.

All the best,

The Coffee Connoisseur