The Art of Coffee
Ah coffee… Nothing perks you up quite like it. It’s come a long way in Liverpool in the past ten years; gone are the days when a spoonful of instant will do. Real coffee is no longer the reserve of connoisseurs, but the required daily fix for most of us.
Sorry Dolce Gusto, Nespresso, Gold Blend and the rest, but even the most dedicated home-brewers must admit that nothing touches real barista coffee. But what’s missing with home-made? What can we learn from the professionals about how to make the perfect mocha?
Five of Liverpool’s best baristas give these questions their best shot…
92 degrees coffee, 24 Hardman Street
92 degrees was started by a group of friends, inspired by the history of the area and a former local coffee roaster. We caught up with head barista Gerrard Bowers-McIntyre to find out more about it.
Why is 92 degrees the magic number?
“It is what we believe to be the perfect extraction temperature for espresso. We are a wholesale & retail roastery and coffee shop. We believe that small batch, hand roasted coffee makes the best brew. Grind it up fresh and buy local!”
Muster Coffee, 15 Argyle Street
Muster is famous for heavenly milkshakes and cakes, and their coffee is pretty phenomenal to match. Tucked away on a cobbled street near John Lewis, this is the place to go if you need some respite from the hustle and bustle of the city. The shop also boasts an old school jukebox with some of our all-time faves in it. We spoke with Joanne Thomas to find out more.
What do you think makes a top notch cup of coffee?
“We believe the key to making a great coffee is quite simply people. From the farmer, to the importer, the roaster to the barista, they must all share the same passion – to produce a perfect cup.
“Our tips for making the best cup are practice, patience, and passion. Water temperature, pressure, how the coffee is ground and the extraction time are just some of the variables that can change the taste. If you’re brewing at home, regardless of the equipment you are using, our advice would be to experiment!”
Root coffee, 52 Hanover Street
Root is one of the newer kids on the block in the Liverpool independent scene and their shop is well worth checking out if you’re in the area. They take coffee brewing very seriously and also stock a range of coffee related gifts for the budding home brewer. We spoke to Daniel to get the lowdown.
What is your top tip for those brewing at home?
“We’ve found that using the Hario V60 dripper best highlights the depth and subtlety of our chosen coffee. We recommend investing in a decent coffee too. Our current filter of choice is Konga, by La Cabra; it’s a beautifully bright and striking East African coffee, with heaps of complexity and depth and a well-rounded finish. Pop into our shop to get yourself a decent filter, we can also share our recipe with you for a perfect cup!”
Lovelocks café, Unit 6 Old Haymarket
Lovelock’s is also new to the indie scene in Liverpool, opening in May 2016. Nestled up near the flyover, just by the World Museum, it’s the perfect place to grab a bite after soaking up some culture. Meet the lady herself, Sarah Lovelock:
“I am a lover of coffee and food and wanted to create a welcoming environment where people can get great coffee and homemade food without it being too expensive. I wanted to cater for as many dietary requirements as possible as I have vegan, vegetarian and coeliac friends and I know that it can be difficult to eat out if you have specific requirements. We also have a killer playlist and a gold loo!”
What makes the best cup of coffee, in your view?
“Only use fresh ground high quality beans and drink it slowly, enjoying every sip. Treat yourself to a special mug or cup, so it feels really special. To make it truly the best moment, be surrounded by good music and indulge in some people watching – my favourite pastime!”
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