Let's Talk About Coffee

Brew Lab has been around for a while now. We opened all the way back in September 2012 and quickly gained a reputation for serving unusual, exciting and delicious coffee. The industry has changed a lot since then, and we’ve continued to grow and learn along the way. We still love what we do and (we hope) we’re still pretty good at putting together a flat white or a long black.

However, Brew Lab has traditionally avoided making any definitive statements online when it comes to coffee. Things change quickly and there are so many knowledgeable people who are active in the discussion already. It can sometimes be hard for us to find our place in the conversation.

So a little about me. I’m Dave and if you’ve been in to Brew Lab in the last 7 years or so, chances are we’ve crossed paths. I’ve been a barista here since day one (well, since before day 1 technically) and since then I’ve made a lot of coffee. I’ve entered barista competitions, I’ve trained new staff, I’ve given presentations, I’ve written how-to guides, I’ve fielded questions from customers and colleagues alike, I’ve read, I’ve researched, I’ve thought I knew everything and discovered I actually know very little. I’ve been in awe of some of the giants of the industry and, I hope, I’ve helped others discover or develop a love for coffee. I don’t know if I’ve put in 10,000 hours yet, but I think I’m a pretty decent barista at this stage.

My current role in Brew Lab is as Head of Training, where I create and run courses aimed at the home coffee user. I’ve continued to learn a lot about making coffee in this role, but most importantly I think I’ve learned a lot about the usual gaps in people’s knowledge.

If there’s one thing I’ve realised over the years, it’s just how much there is to learn about coffee. For something that seems so simple (just mix coffee and hot water together, right!?) there is a surprising depth of knowledge available on the subject. However, as with most things on the internet, this knowledge can be spread out, piecemeal, inconsistent and sometimes even contradictory. Trust me, I’ve read most of it!

And so, after 7+ years of my life revolving around coffee, I feel like I’m ready to say something to you, the home coffee enthusiast. This blog is going to be a practical resource where I’ll cover everything I know in as much detail as I can. Hopefully it’ll help you make better coffee at home, without skipping any of the “why” that dictates the “how”. A lofty goal perhaps, but one worth pursuing none the less.

So, let’s talk about coffee,