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Frequently asked questions

What is the subscription program?

The Subscription Program lets you sign up for automatic delivery of your favourite coffee blends every month and save 20% on the regular price of your order. We set up an automatic monthly payment via credit card or Paypal.

At any time, you can go to your account settings to unsubscribe, change your order quantity or blend. You can also change a delivery date, suspend it or cancel it.

What is the difference between a filter and an espresso blend?

Our filter coffee blends do not contain robusta beans. When brewed, robusta beans release coffee oils that give espresso its typical crema.

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How is it coffee decaffeinated

There are two ways to decaffeinate coffee: chemically or naturally. At Barista, we only use beans decaffeinated using a natural procedure known as the Swiss Water Process.

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How should I store coffee once I open it

Coffee is sensitive to light and temperature changes. It’s best to store it in an airtight, light-resistant container at room temperature.

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How much coffee do I need for my machine?

The standard quantity for Italian espresso is 9 grams per serving.

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What type of milk should I use to make foam

Most brands of milk will work well for making foam. You can use cow’s milk, soy milk, almond milk, etc. The thickness and sweetness of the foam depend more on technique than on the type of milk used.

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How does coffee get dehydrated?

Coffee oxidizes when exposed to air. That’s why you should store it at room temperature in an airtight container.

How much caffeine is in a coffee

There’s more caffeine in a filter coffee than in an espresso. The longer your coffee is in contact with water, the more caffeine it will retain. Do not confuse an espresso’s strength with its caffeine content! Its powerful taste comes from the coffee oils (the espresso’s crema).

It takes approximately 25 seconds to make an espresso, which means little water is retained. There’s three times more caffeine in a filter coffee than in an espresso.

What is the difference between a latte and a cappuccino

There are two features that distinguish these two espresso-based drinks: the amount of milk and the richness of the milk foam.

Depending on the size, a latte is made with a single or double dose of espresso slightly drawn out, to fill about ¼ of the cup. Milk foam is then added to fill the rest of the cup.

A cappuccino requires about the same dose of coffee as a latte. The difference is in the milk texture. For a cappuccino, the rest of the cup is filled with hot milk and for the latte, with very thick, dense foam.

What exactly is an Italian roast

The two characteristics of an Italian espresso are the different coffee beans from a given origin that go into the blend and the slow roasting of the beans.

Each blend is made after a lengthy research and development process involving many cupping sessions.

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How to make an Italian espresso recipe

(In French only)

What is a third wave coffee

There have been three main waves (periods) in the history of coffee in North America:

  • The 1st wave: Coffee as a practical beverage.
  • The 2nd wave: Coffee for pleasure. Specialty coffees with plenty of milk and syrups.
  • The 3nd wave: Coffee as an art form. People are interested in where their beans come from and how they are handled, until they reach the cup.

What is the difference between an arabica coffee bean and a robusta coffee bean ?

Many myths surround these two types of coffee trees. To learn more about each one, read our article: Arabica vs robusta (in French only).

How do I choose the right grind and what impact does it have on coffee?

To take advantage of each brewing system, you need to choose the right grind. The following article will help you better understand the different grinds available. Coffee Grinding 101 (In French only).

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