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Jura XS90 One Touch: The Consummate Professional

Offered on both Whole Latte Love's commercial and retail sites, the Jura Impressa XS90 One Touch joins its sibling, the Z6, as the only two super-automatic espresso machines currently recommended for both home and professional users. This single fact speaks volumes about the XS90's...

By Tracys
Coffee Spotlight: Illy Coffee and Espresso

A conversation about Italian coffee can not be had without the mention of Illy. This 75-year-old company is rooted in a culture of quality and innovation. From iperEspresso capsules and MonoDose pods to whole-bean and pre-ground coffee, Illy delicacies are served in more than 50,000 restaurants...

By Nick B
Delonghi Gran Dama ESAM 6620 Espresso Machine

Making your favorite drink is as easy as it gets with the Delonghi Gran Dama ESAM 6620. This one-touch espresso machine can make not only world class espresso but also delicious specialty drinks including lattes, cappuccinos, and macchiatos on demand. This is one of the most advanced...

By Tracys
The Gaggia Classic Your Ambassador To Italian Espresso

  The Gaggia Classic has a long lineage and I’ve seen it evolve from the original Gaggia Coffee that was the premier machine in Italy. It did not do well in this market because it was comparatively very expensive and required some serious insider knowledge. The US market was...

By Tracys
Salted Caramel Mocha Frappe

A salted caramel mocha frappe is always a crowd pleaser. It is so delicious, and with the method I’ll share with you, it is quite easy to make. In fact, just keep our secret ingredient in the fridge and with that you can make one anytime and it’ll only take a couple minutes....

Should You Rinse Paper Filters?

Papery flavors, chlorine aftertastes from bleaching... If your serious about your coffee, these are the things you DO NOT want in it. But did you know those 3 things could be in your filters? NO!? Well... then maybe you might want to do something about it! At high-end coffee shops that...

Coffee and Acidic Levels

Acidity: It is a key term used to appraise coffee flavor but often mislead. When it comes to coffee, a more acidic coffee is not one that’ll have you reaching for the Rolaids. Acidity in coffee is comparable to dryness in wine. It’s described as bright, clean, clear and crisp....

What is the Difference Between an Espresso Macchiato and a Latte Macchiato

What’s the difference between an espresso macchiato and a latte macchiato? Well they both have espresso and both have milk... but are very different. How you may ask? One thing to keep in mind is macchiato translates to spotted, stained or marked. Espresso Macchiato An espresso...

Grind Smart with Breville

When considering a grinder for espresso theres a basic recommendation to get as much grinder as you can afford. If your budget for an espresso machine and grinder is say $500 most will tell you to put $250 towards the grinder and $250 towards the machine.Today we take a look at the Smart Grinder...

By Hannah
Xelsis Evo Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

The “Evo” in Xelsis Evo stands for evolution. Saeco listened to user feedback and made a couple of improvements since the last version. Most notable is the milk carafe. A comment we hear often is users want their milk froth hotter, so Saeco redesigned the carafe to do just that. The...

The Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

The Breville BES920XL is a modern take on the traditional dual-boiler. It’s got a very different look than the typical Italian style espresso machines on the market.  A modern design means it’s convenient too. Breville does a lot of research and they take average products...

Quamar: Grinding on Demand with the M80

If you’re looking at grinders like a Mazzer Super Jolly or Electronic, how about similar performance for about 25 percent less?   To make a long story short, Quamar grinders are based off the design of the Fiorenzato T80, a proven workhorse. Daddy Fiorenzato had sons that took...

By Hannah
Aeropress: What is it?

There are a lot of alternate brew methods out there. You’ve got pour over, french press and then there's the Aeropress which is very popular around the office here. One thing that I like with the aeropress is just how many different ways you can brew with it. And one...

Profitec Pro 500 Espresso Machine

The Profitec Pro 700 is a semi-auto espresso machine that we consider to be amongst the best dual-boilers machines available.  Today we will examine its very capable little brother (or little sister) the Profitec Pro 500. It too, is a German designed and Italian built heat-exchanger machine...

Classika PID: Taking the Guesswork out of Temperature Surfing

The ultimate in prosumer espresso is dual boiler machines with PID temperature control; however, if a dual boiler is a little out of reach cost wise, but things like the PID, E61 brew group and build quality without compromise are on your list of must-haves, then I’ve got a machine that...

By Hannah
Gimme! Coffee

Gimme! Coffee cultivates relationships with farmers around the world who produce some beautiful coffee. And through those relationships they’ve earned the good food award 3 years in a row. If you’re lucky enough, you can try Gimme Coffee in person, they have an espresso bar in...

What is the difference in Latte Milk and Cappuccino Milk?

What is the difference between milk steamed sweet and creamy for delicious lattes and cappuccinos? It is all about how much air is introduced. Remember when pouring either latte milk or a cappuccino milk drink; start with an espresso with a good crema layer. Pour milk in the center, breaking...

How Coffee is Decaffeinated

Maybe you’re one of those people who shies away from coffee after dinner or maybe your doctor told you to lay off the caffeine. Either way, before you pull the trigger and go for the decaf, take a look at the different ways it’s decaffeinated and choose what’s right for...

By Nick B
What are the different types of espresso drinks?

Asking yourself what exactly is a Ristretto, an Espresso, an Espresso Doppio, a Lungo, an Americano, a Long Black, and a red eye espresso drink? I'm going to clear up some confusion surrounding the names of these espresso beverages. An espresso is not a type of bean...

What Are You Willing To Pay For Coffee?

It’s all over the news... Coffee prices are going up. Recently Starbucks, Folger’s, Dunkin Donuts and other big names announced price increases for prepared coffee beverages and packaged beans and ground coffee. There is a drought in Brazil, Coffee Rust Fungus in Central America...