Owen Richardson

Owen is a writer and editor at Caffe Streets who considers himself a coffee fanatic. He spends his time researching and testing different coffee beans and brewing methods and sharing what he learns with others.

  • Did you just spend considerable time trying to make espresso but ending up with awful shots that you just can’t drink? I am guessing you are wondering why your espresso is bitter, and feeling like you wasted time. Now you have to make a trip to the coffee shop to get your morning caffeine. Let…

    Why Is My Espresso Bitter?
    Espresso shot being pulled
  • You love coffee. In fact, you love coffee so much that you have a grinder, a little espresso machine, a Moka pot, a French press, and probably even a filter coffee maker forgotten in a remote cupboard of your home. These symptoms indicate that it’s time to take it to the next level and get…

    7 Best Home Coffee Roasters (This Year’s Reviews)
    7 Best Home Coffee Roasters (This Year's Reviews)
  • Once you acquire a taste for coffee, you’ll realize that the key to exceptional coffee lies in top-quality beans. These beans must undergo precise roasting to bring out their finest flavors, and their grinding consistency should match your coffee maker – be it espresso-fine or French press-coarse. It’s essential to emphasize the freshness of the…

    6 Best Coffee Grinders (This Year’s Reviews)
    Best Coffee Grinders
  • So, you’ve run out of espresso beans, but now you are wondering if you can use regular coffee beans for espresso. The options are overwhelming and you don’t want to mess it up. We are going to get to the bottom of it today. Let’s dig into espresso beans, and what makes them great for…

    Can You Use Regular Coffee Beans for Espresso?
    can you use coffee beans for espresso
  • It is easy to get confused about whether espresso powder is the same as instant coffee. They both appear to be a type of instant coffee from the outside, but there are key differences that will determine whether you make a great cup of coffee or one that just goes down the drain. While instant…

    Espresso Powder vs Instant Coffee: Are They the Same?
    is espresso powder the same as instant coffee
  • If you’re obsessing over espresso and espresso drinks, you may be wondering what certain terminologies mean, like what is a macchiato? While the basis of many designer coffees is the same, the differentiating factor comes in with the varying quantities of coffee and milk. Some coffees have a considerable amount of foam, while other types…

    What Is a Macchiato, Really?
    Macchiato Milk staining coffee
  • If you drink coffee regularly you have surely heard of Americano coffee, but why is it called Americano? Let’s talk about what Americano coffee is, where it came from, and how it’s made. Although it’s a very simple and basic drink, you can make it in a few different ways to cater to your preferences.…

    What Is Americano Coffee and Why Is It Called That?
    what is americano coffee
  • Even if you’re a card-carrying member of the global coffee lovers club, let me ask you: What is a cappuccino? Do you really know? No matter where in the world you glance at a coffee menu, a hot, steamy cappuccino is always there. Essentially, this espresso-based beverage is well known for its thick milky foam…

    What Is a Cappuccino? Deep Diving into a Classic
    What is a Cappuccino
  • You’ve probably heard of or even drunk a latte, but if you thought there’s little to explore in the world of creamy flavorful coffee beverages, you’re wrong. Nothing will usher you into this exploration as well as diving into a breve vs latte discussion. The breve isn’t as familiar as the latte, but it’s old…

    Breve vs Latte: What’s the Difference?
    breve vs latte
  • For millions of Americans, the day begins with a cup of coffee or two (or three), and can’t even function before their daily fix. The amount of coffee that Americans drink continues to go up, and coffee statistics are changing every year. Today we are going to dig into the statistics behind coffee consumption, who…

    Coffee Statistics: Facts & Numbers
    Woman smelling a cappuccino in a nice mug.
  • In a world where coffee making has been automated and reduced to buttons and dials, pour over brewing may sound like a complicated way to make coffee. Trust me; it’s not, provided you have the best pour over coffee maker to help you do it properly. There are plenty of them in the market today,…

    5 Best Pour Over Coffee Makers to Buy Right Now [& Buyer Guide]
    best pour over coffee maker
  • Have you been wanting to make espresso, but only have a Keurig machine? Is an espresso machine out of your budget? You’re in luck! Today I’m going to teach you how to make espresso with a Keurig machine. With this easy method, you not only can have espresso shots but you open up a whole…

    How to Make Espresso with a Keurig (Top Tips!)
    how to make espresso with Keurig
  • Although I still feel nothing beats coffee from choice beans that you’ve ground and brewed yourself, I am a huge fan of Nespresso, for its convenience and quality. For a brew that takes almost no time and effort to make, I’d say it’s pretty good coffee and would happily drink it in a pinch. However,…

    The 10 Best Nespresso Capsules
    best Nespresso capsules
  • Is the coffee from your Cuisinart single-serve coffee maker less than stellar? I am going to take a wild guess and say there’s clogging involved and you’re not cleaning it as often as you should be. It is easy to take advantage of a cup of coffee on demand each morning and not think about…

    How to Clean Your Cuisinart Keurig Coffee Maker
    how to clean cuisinart keurig coffeemaker
  • You have everything you need at home to recreate the coffee shop experience — a coffee maker, a big fat mug, and a laptop, of course — but that flat-looking cappuccino you’ve been making has you wishing to jump to the nearest Starbucks. Because without that lovely foam, a cappuccino is just coffee with milk,…

    The Best Milk Frothers? (Top 7 Reviews)
    best milk frother
  • Mastering coffee grind sizes for different brew methods is an important milestone for anyone who loves good coffee. You can run from it for a while, but you can’t hide. Upsetting brewing outcomes will compel you to get this skill down pat. It doesn’t matter how great your coffee maker or espresso machine is or…

    Complete Coffee Grind Size Chart for All Brewing Methods
    coffee grind size chart
  • For a great pour over brew, a few crucial elements must come together just right — the beans, the grind, the water quality, the water temperature, the ratio of coffee to water, and the pouring technique. In this article, we’ll be focusing on you finer details of your pour over coffee water temp. Yep, water…

    The Right Pour Over Coffee Water Temp — Why It Matters
    pour over coffee water temp
  • If the smell of your perfect cup of drip coffee is one of the highlights of your morning, that cup of coffee should taste amazing. If your cup of drip coffee is anything less than the best, we have a problem. Drip coffee may not be as fancy as other brew methods, but you need…

    How Much Coffee Per Drip Cup? The Right Ratio
    how much coffee per drip cup
  • You have just bought the Breville espresso machine of your dreams and your mornings have not been the same since. Congratulations! I know this feeling all too well, and as much as I don’t want to spoil the party for you, I can’t help but wonder if you know how to clean Breville espresso machines.…

    How to Clean a Breville Espresso Machine the Easy Way
    how to clean a breville espresso machine
  • If you are new to coffee grinding, here’s the first rule to usher you into this space: What’s right for one brewing method may be totally wrong for another. I hope you are here to find out what grind you should use for drip coffee. Coming here may be the best decision you have made…

    Best Grind for Drip Coffee (And Why It Matters)
    best grind for drip coffee
  • If you know how to use a drip coffee maker, you can brew delicious coffee at home that’s as good or even better than what you’ll get in a cafe — and you don’t have to stand in line for it. In this article, I’ll talk about everything you will ever want to know about…

    How to Use a Drip Coffee Maker (Step-by-Step Guide)
    how to use drip coffee maker
  • Contrary to what you may have seen or imagined, there’s more to making pour-over coffee than just, well, pouring over hot water onto coffee grounds. It needs quite a bit of finesse to get a satisfying brew. Grinding the coffee, for one, is quite tricky, especially figuring out what the grind size is for pour…

    What Grind to Use for Pour Over Brewing
    what grind for pour over
  • Craving for a cappuccino? You don’t have to go out on a coffee run.  I’m going to show you how to make a cappuccino with an espresso machine at home. Anyone can do it. It doesn’t even matter if you have never brewed coffee before. Forget about the guides you may have come across that…

    How to Make a Cappuccino with an Espresso Machine
    how to make a cappuccino with an espresso machine
  • Though the French press and the espresso maker have risen in popularity in recent years, the drip coffee maker is still the brewing method of choice of 41 percent of coffee drinkers in America — that’s way more than any other brewing method! We take it for granted, and maybe look down on it a…

    What Is Drip Coffee? (Definition, Preparation, and More)
    what is drip coffee
  • Have you spent one too many mornings trying to create the perfect Moka pot brew only to be disappointed? I’m going to let you in on a little secret: It’s probably not your Moka pot. More than likely you’re using the wrong size coffee grind. So, let’s talk about the best grind for Moka pot…

    Best Grind for a Moka Pot: Why Size Matters
    best grind for moka pot
  • Some folks get confused about the difference between a Moka pot and a percolator. These two contraptions may look similar on the outside, but upon closer observation and investigation you’ll find that they are two distinctly different brew methods. I’ll talk about them in brief below and then delve deeper to help you better understand…

    Moka Pot vs Percolator: Which Is Better?
    moka pot vs percolator
  • If none of the arguments seems to be enough in helping you choose a coffee brewer, I’m here to help you make up your mind about whether a Moka pot or an AeroPress should grace your kitchen counter. It’s not enough to highlight the differences and call it a day, so in this guide, I…

    Moka Pot vs AeroPress: Which Should You Get?
    moka pot vs aeropress
  • An espresso machine is the quintessential coffee maker with a lot to offer, but despite all the great things about it, you may also be eyeing a Moka pot. So in this article, we’ll be comparing a Moka pot vs an espresso machine and delving into how these two brew extraction methods are different, as…

    Moka Pot vs Espresso Machine: A Comparison
    moka pot vs espresso machine
  • If you enjoy drip coffee as much as an espresso shot but don’t want to spend on two machines, I’ve got good news for you. We’re going to take a look at the best coffee and espresso maker combos. This type of coffee machine can brew both coffee and espresso. Some even go the extra…

    Best Coffee and Espresso Maker Combos
    best coffee maker with grinder
  • Some days you will wake up craving a vanilla or mocha latte and other days you will want nothing but well-brewed fresh regular coffee. It’s only human. You may have seen the espresso machine vs coffee maker debate in your effort to prepare well for such times or learn more about the two. A lot…

    Espresso Machine vs Coffee Maker: What’s the Difference?
    espresso machine vs coffee maker
  • Don’t panic when your Keurig’s lights blink, or when it gives you any kind of alert. It’s not dead, it’s just trying to communicate with you. And you don’t need to call the manufacturer or a coffee machine repair guy, just yet; it’s too early for that. You can go through the user manual to…

    What Does “Descale” Mean on Your Keurig?
    What does descale mean on my Keurig?
  • When a new coffee product appears, it seems to sooner or later take over coffee menus across the globe. Cold brew was once one of these new products and the trend doesn’t seem to be disappearing any time soon. This is going to be an Ovalware Cold Brew review to discover whether you’ll be able…

    Ovalware Cold Brew Review
    Cold Brew Shelf Life
  • Nitro cold brew coffee amassed a cult following quickly after its recent discovery, and justifiably so. It’s a relatively new beverage, and in an effort not to be left behind I have learned how to make nitro cold brew like the pros too. I imagine that’s what brought you here as well; you want to…

    How to Make Nitro Cold Brew at Home
    how to make nitro cold brew
  • Cold brew concentrate may just be the best thing you haven’t explored yet. It’s underrated by many, yet its versatility is unmatched. I would say once you learn how to use cold brew concentrate, you will never go back. Imagine an ingredient that could make your breakfast more fun and refreshing, turn your lunch hour…

    How to Use Cold Brew Coffee Concentrate (8 Ways)
    how to use cold brew concentrate
  • If you’ve gotten addicted to cold brew from Starbucks, you might wonder what sorcery has brought this ambrosia into existence. Are there any special techniques or equipment used? What coffee does Starbucks use for cold brew? Starbucks regulars know only too well that the cost of their regular caffeinated pick-me-ups add up. There are ways…

    What Coffee Does Starbucks Use for Cold Brew?
    What Coffee Does Starbucks Use for Cold Brew
  • So you’ve made your batch of cold brew, but how long can you draw out your enjoyment of it? It’s all well and good making larger batches to last the week, but that’s no help if you don’t know how long you can safely drink it. As with all food and drink, it’s important that…

    How Long Does Cold Brew Last?
    How long does cold brew last
  • If you enjoy cold brew and the way it opens you up to new nuances and dimensions in coffee beans that you’ve tried before, here’s an easy way to make it yourself with utensils you already have in your kitchen. Promise, it hardly takes any effort to learn how to make cold brew coffee in…

    How to Make Cold Brew Coffee in a Mason Jar
    how to make cold brew coffee in a mason jar
  • Are you wondering how long to steep cold brew? Making your own cold brew is an easy process, but it does require some trial and error. While it’s not a very hands-on task, the amount of time you let the coffee beans steep and the method you use will yield very different results. In this…

    How Long to Steep Cold Brew for Great Flavor
    How long to steep cold brew
  • The moka pot is one of the simplest coffee brewing devices there is: It doesn’t have as many buttons as an espresso machine, and it does not require precise pressure like a French press. The only thing you need to make a great brew is to have the best coffee for the moka pot! I…

    The Best Coffee for a Moka Pot: Reviews & Top Picks
    best coffee for Moka pot
  • As nice as automatic espresso machines are, sometimes it’s nicer to go old school and put in the work yourself. By that, I mean using a manual machine that requires you to do most of the work. If you are into these kinds of machines, you need to know all about the best lever espresso…

    The 6 Best Lever Espresso Machines: Get All the Deets
    why is my espresso bitter
  • You have just made what you believe to be a perfect cold brew coffee, but you haven’t really acquired the taste for black coffee yet, even if it’s cold black coffee. That’s what drove me to research and try to figure out how to sweeten cold brew coffee. You have probably seen (or even tried)…

    How to Sweeten Cold Brew Coffee (7 Ways)
    how to sweeten cold brew coffee
  • Cold brew is one of those types of coffee that everyone enjoys but not everyone knows how to make. It is understandable—whenever you get it from a coffee shop, it looks and tastes so professionally made that you might think there’s no way you can make it the same way at home. Today, I’ll teach…

    How to Make Cold Brew in a French Press
    Cold brew in a french press
  • I know what it’s like to go into a coffee shop and stand there trying to figure out what type of coffee you should get this time around. Whenever I’m looking for a refreshing, cool drink, I always have this internal debate: Should I get a cold brew or an iced coffee, or are they…

    Cold Brew vs Iced Coffee: What’s the Difference?
    cold brew vs iced coffee
  • Guess what! You don’t actually need an expensive coffee machine with lots of features and settings to make good coffee. Having a quality machine is never a bad thing, of course, but you really don’t need one to make yourself an awesome cuppa joe. What you need is one of the best moka pots you…

    The Best Moka Pots Reviewed
    What Is a Moka Pot?
  • Older and wiser: That’s how I would describe Gaggia. The brand has been around for so long, and throughout that time they have refined their appliances into masterpieces. But I don’t expect you to take my word for it, so I came up with these Gaggia espresso machine reviews to get you started. One thing’s…

    The Best Gaggia Espresso Machine Reviews
    gaggia espresso machine reviews
  • All coffee lovers know that choosing an espresso machine is not an easy decision, especially when it comes to choosing between some of the best high-end espresso machines. There is a lot of thought that goes into the decision as you figure out what kind of machine you want to get and how much money…

    The Best High-End Espresso Machines: Top-of-the-Line Luxury
    best high end espresso machine
  • There are a lot of espresso machine brands that are currently available on the market, with famous names like Nespresso, De’Longhi, Breville, and Keurig being among them. However, there are other brands that I can include in the conversation — like Capresso, which has amazing coffee and espresso machines to offer. So please allow me…

    Capresso Espresso Machine Reviews — Including EC50 and EC100
    How to Clean Your Nespresso Machine: Easy Descaling
  • As a coffeeholic, I often get asked if I drink regular or flavored coffee and if I have a go-to flavor I would recommend. The easiest way to answer this would be to say that I would try whatever kind of coffee someone gives me. I do not have anything against flavored coffee. but before…

    How to Make Flavored Coffee
    how to make flavored coffee
  • The art of making espresso doesn’t change, even when you are using the simplest of coffee makers. You have to follow the rules and rituals, which is why I have come up with this guide on how to make espresso in a Moka pot — well, not espresso technically, but something pretty close. You will…

    How to Make Espresso in a Moka Pot: A Complete Guide
    how to make espresso in a Moka pot
  • Wouldn’t you want to turn your kitchen into an espresso bar and get your shot of deliciousness on demand? Make it happen by simply getting yourself the best espresso machine. In fact, this is exactly what you should do if your wish has been to make espresso or other specialty coffee from the comfort of…

    Best Espresso Machines: Reviews and Tips
    best espresso machine