6 Things We Learned Making Issue 55 Of Esquire Weekly

Stay alert with our coffee special edition, featuring everything you need to know about the might bean from what life is like as a coffee buyer to how the Beatles bonded over a coffee bar.

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1 | If You Buy Coffee For A Living, You’re Going To See Guns

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Darren Williams, head coffee buyer at Fortnum and Mason should know. He and two other men who have made a living from coffee explain why it can be dangerous work, how you can justify charging £80 for a bag, and that not all baristas are hipsters.


2 | Don’t Use Tap Water If You Want A Good Brew

Yes, that’s correct, you’ll need to upgrade your water if you want a truly outstanding cup of coffee. Find out more from Jason Bailey of London’s coffee workshop.


3 | “Even A Bad Cup Of Coffee Is Better Than No Coffee At All.”
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So says David Lynch. This and more quotes of caffeine-related wisdom can be found in this week’s issue.


4 | There Is Such A Thing As The Deconstructed Espresso & Milk

Seattle’s Slate Coffee Roasters have elevated the humble cup of coffee to an art form. Concept brews and tasting flights both feature in what they describe as "a local hangout without the hangover."


5 | The Beatles Exist Because Of A Coffee Bar

When the scheduled act at Liverpool’s Casbah Coffee Club (The Les Stewart Quartet, featuring George Harrison) fell through last minute, Harrison recruited former bandmates John Lennon and Paul McCartney to help fill the gap. The rest is history.


6 | Coffee Hasn’t Always Been Good

In the 17th century - supposedly the golden age of coffee-houses - the coffee was terrible. Prepared by the gallon, it was then left to boil over a flame for hours at a time. Presumably no chance of hazelnut syrup, either.

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