27 Mar '14, 7am

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First up are some tips that will help you spot good cafe practices within minutes of walking through the door. If the cafe doesn't provide check marks for any or all of the following things, chances are the quality in the cup won't be great. Grinding Sounds are Nearly Constant When you walk into a cafe, the grinder should be running everytime a drink is being built. Especially when it comes to espresso. Observe the barista as they get an espresso-based drink order. If they turn on the grinder, grind for around 3-6 seconds, then furiously dose out all the ground coffee getting every last grain, things are in good shape. If the barista is doing nothing, then gets an espresso order, and just doses from the grinder without grinding, turn around and walk out the door: this cafe uses stale ground coffee for espresso, a cardinal sin. If the cafe does more drip and brew coffee, yo...

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