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Pour Over Brew Review

Just Brew It: Pour Over Demystified I hear this question a lot: what’s so different about pour over, anyway? It seems like an awful lot of work for your coffee. Well, I can see how it would seem intimidating, and I can certainly relate to feeling impatient when it comes to my morning coffee--but pour over brewing does have a lot to offer in the way of flavor. You’ll especially notice a difference if you’re buying quality beans. Have you ever seen the flavor notes...

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Making It With MaryAnn - Maple Coffee Bacon

  Mary Ann C        Recipes

Here in the northeast we love our maple syrup, and while we’re a few months past syrup season, today’s recipe uses an ingredient that’s popular all year round. Bacon. It might seem kind of odd, but as it turns out, you can combine bacon, maple syrup, and coffee for an easy recipe that’s also delicious. When I made this recipe earlier this year, I used pure maple syrup harvested from the trees on our property. In addition to the syrup and some coffee, there are a few...

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Why Buy a Used Espresso Machine?

Most of us have heard that a new car can lose up to 10% of its retail value the minute you drive it off the lot. Though the new-car smell and the allure of being the automobile's first owner does come with its own perks and advantages, increasingly value-conscious customers are flocking the used car lot in record numbers. Pre-owned shopping habits are trickling down to everything from electronics to clothing. Here, at Whole Latte Love, we're noticing a lot of interest in...

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BWT Inline Water Filtration Systems for Espresso Machines

How to Save Money and Extend Your Espresso Machine's Life with BWT A lot of people ask me how to descale their new double boiler and heat exchange machines, knowing the long-term damage scale build up can create; but, for safety purposes, manufacturers recommend having your prosumer machine professionally descaled. Depending where you live and your nearest professional repair shop, the costs of descaling your Prosumer every few months as recommended can add up quick.   To...

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Behmor Brazen Plus Coffeemaker Review

In our sales office we drink a lot of coffee, and lately we've been brewing with the Behmor's Brazen Plus. Having spent quite a bit of time with this capable coffeemaker, I wanted to take some time to talk about some of the features that make it one of my favorite drip machines we carry.  Features  For starters, the shower head of the Brazen Plus is massive. In fact it’s the largest of any of the SCAA certified brewers. That means very even wetting of the...

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The Truth About Water and Your Boiler

Amazing isn’t it - that something so pure, so cool and clear, can have such a significant affect on your coffee? Too hard or to soft, water affects the taste - as well as the longevity of your espresso machine. But a little preventative maintenance every three months or so will keep your machine brewing flawlessly for years to come. Behind the Scenes  Cleverly veiled, water is filled with unseen minerals like calcium and magnesium carbonate. Large amounts of these elements,...

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Temperature Stability On A Heat Exchange Espresso Machine

Most prosumer espresso machine’s with a heat exchanger boiler and E61 brew group require a significant cooling flush before an extraction to get to the proper brew temperature of approximately 201 to 203 degrees. But how long should a cooling flush be? And how long of a pause between the cooling flush and an extraction? Note, all machines are a little different. For example, Expobar machines usually only need a very short flush of a couple seconds. But for many others, this...

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Coffee and Acidic Levels

  Cheyenne        Coffee and Espresso

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 Your Coffee Acidity in coffee is comparable to dryness in wine. It’s described as bright, clean, clear and crisp. If you favor dryer wines, you may just enjoy the coffee with more acidity. Some coffee drinkers may never have or get to experience acidic coffees; they’re not very...

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