Perfecting Your Coffee Game? Try A Little Chemistry : Short Wave The perfect cup of joe might be a matter of taste, but knowing the science behind the coffee-making process could help you elevate your at-home brewing game. Today, barista champion Sam Spillman on the chemical processes behind coffee and her technical approach to the craft.

Have your own approach to coffee chemistry? Tell us at shortwave@npr.org.

How To Brew Amazing Coffee With Science

How To Brew Amazing Coffee With Science

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Latte art by Sam Spillman, winner of the 2019 United States Barista Championship. Sam Spillman hide caption

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Sam Spillman

Latte art by Sam Spillman, winner of the 2019 United States Barista Championship.

Sam Spillman

The perfect cup of joe might be a matter of taste, but knowing the science behind the coffee-making process could help you elevate your at-home brewing game. Today, barista champion Sam Spillman on the chemical processes behind coffee and her technical approach to the craft.

Have your own approach to coffee chemistry? Tell us at shortwave@npr.org.

This episode was produced by Chloee Weiner, edited by Rebecca Ramirez and fact-checked by Rachel Carlson.