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How to make barista-style coffee at home (and support a local producer)

Shane Kelleher of Red Strand Coffee and a bag of his beans with a cup and saucer

While social distancing is a nation-wide requirement, you’ve had to temporarily let go of a lot of your favourite experiences. If enjoying an excellent barista-made coffee from a cafe is one of them, we’re here to help you improve the quality of your coffee making skills at home—and support a local producer as you do so.

A local coffee roaster to love

Because of COVID-19, Shane Kelleher of Red Strand Coffee in Clonakilty has had to close his coffee van, and a lot of cafes (including ours) which serve his coffee have closed—so if you're missing his coffee, you can still support this amazing local producer by bringing home a bag of his beans from the shop or online shop.

And if you haven't tried his coffee yet, now is a great time!

His seasonal selection includes Organic Honduras Jesus Lemus Leon with tasting notes of dark chocolate, toasted hazelnut and jasmine, and Organic Decaf Ethiopia Limu Kossa with notes of orange, nectarine and milk chocolate.

It's a delicious way to support a local business right now.

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To learn more about how Shane has built an ethical coffee business with Red Strand Coffee, see our blog post Our Organic Coffee Supports EVERY Producer in the Supply Chain.

How to make cafe-quality coffee at home

Overhead shot of homemade latte in cup and saucer with coffee spoon

But maybe you’ve grown bored of your home brewed coffee and you’re missing barista-made drinks. So we’ve put together a collection of coffee guides that will help you master your own version of your cafe favourite.

Cafe Essentials

Step 1

First, master an espresso without an espresso machine—you’ll need either an Aeropress, Moka Pot, or French Press.

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Step 2

Next, learn how to steam and froth milk at home.

This guide includes heating temperatures for steaming normal and non-dairy milks and three different techniques for frothing milk.

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Step 3

Create your favourite coffee shop drink by following this guide to achieve the proper espresso to milk ratio.

Specialty Drinks

But maybe your go-to coffee shop drink isn’t one of the classics. So here’s how to make…

Have fun experimenting and let us know how you get on with making your favourite barista-style coffee at home.

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