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What Kind of Drinks Can I Make With Espresso?

Espresso Is The Starting Point A coffee specialty drink by any other name is still espresso. Nearly any caffeinated beverage you sip at the coffee shop or make at home has this one common ingredient, but by varying the ingredients you add to espresso you can produce a latte, cappuccino or your...

By Tracys
Keeping it Fresh! How to Store Your Coffee Beans

If you are like most people you probably get your coffee beans and think “How do I store these wonderful beans?” There are many different ideas on what you should and should not do with your coffee to store it. Over the past few years everything from freezing to packaging has been...

By Tracys
What is the difference between Arabica and Robusta coffee?

What is the difference between Arabica and Robusta coffee? While both widely cultivated, Coffea Arabica (Arabica) and Coffea Canephora (Robusta) display marked differences. The beans are different. The plants are different. And consequently, the use varies as well. Arabica is grown at...

By Tracys
Don't Blow a Gasket, Silvia!

  Owning a semi-automatic espresso machine certainly has its charm. Grinding and measuring coffee, tamping by hand, and timing the shot are all part of the traditional brewing experience. For me, having full control over the entire process makes the end result...

French Presses: A Deeper Look at a Deeper Coffee

Un Petit Morceau D’histoire (A Little History) French presses, or press pots, are normally thought of as one of the oldest ways to prepare coffee, however, this is somewhat of a myth. The French press had been conceptualized in the 1800’s, but a fully functional model was not...

By Tracys
Urnex Grindz: No More Oil!

At some point in our espresso and coffee grinder buying adventures, all of us have been forewarned to avoid using oily beans in our newly purchased grinders. The first question you may ask is, "How do I know if the beans I'm using are oily?" While there technically isn't a...

By Tracys
What is a Super-Automatic Espresso Machine?

What is a Super-Automatic Espresso Machine? If you’re a first time buyer, this is definitely a question worth asking before making a purchase. These high speed machines have undergone a number of changes over the years and today they sport a number of fantastic features that have taken the...

Golden Rule of Brewing Espresso

CliffsNotes Version DOUBLE SHOT: Equals 2 to 2.5 fluid ounces of water pulled through approximately 14 grams of ground coffee in about 20 to 25 seconds. SINGLE SHOT: Equals 1 to 1.5 fluid ounces of water pulled through approximately 7 grams of ground coffee in about 20 to 25...

By Tracys
12 Steps to Latte Art

Considered by coffee enthusiasts around the world as the crowning touch, latte art is steadily emerging as the ultimate ending to a perfectly prepared espresso drink. For many years, barista competitions were limited to simply skills and techniques, but as we learned from professional barista...

By Tracys
Temperature Surfing Your Way To Great Espresso

Most espresso machine manufacturers have short-listed one goal to the very top of their list:  provide you with the proper environment to pull the best shot possible. Like the perfect storm, the right conditions hinge upon having the ideal pressure and temperature. For espresso enthusiasts,...

By Tracys
A Closer Look At The Espresso Cup

There are some pretty impressive gourmet restaurants out there. At times, the food may be debatable, but the presentation is always impeccable. Great chefs know that a part of the culinary experience lies in the table service. You just don't serve a gourmet meal on disposable plates. And, so...

By Tracys
What Type of Espresso Machine Is Best For You? Take The Quiz!

Supers, semis, manuals, single serves, oh my! With all the different machines available at Whole Latte Love, it can be hard to figure out which one is best suited for your needs. Even with our serious online archive of reviews and videos designed to help you make an educated buying...

Meet The Gaggia Brera Espresso Machine

That clichéd proverb, "Good things come in small packages," is particularly apt for the new Gaggia Brera, available in silver and black. People often have to choose between saving counter space and treating themselves to a super-automatic espresso machine. For once, the two are...

Making It With MaryAnn & Cheyenne - Coffee Chili

Have you ever entered a chili cook off? Around here they’re something of a tradition, and this year Cheyenne and I joined forces to get a leg up on the competition. She had a secret weapon (her grandmother’s recipe!) and we decided to add some coffee to it for an extra...

Grinding for Your Brew-Style FAQ

As a follow up to my last blog Grinding for Your Brew-Style, I wanted to highlight some frequently asked questions to help clear up some of the muddled information surrounding some grinder terminology. The following is my grinder FAQ.   Scenario I Someone is purchasing an espresso...

By Hannah
Steam Valve Replacement

Is the steam valve on your Gaggia Classic leaking excessively? Here’s how to replace it successfully. Please read the entire instructions below before starting.  Tools required: 1. Phillips screwdriver 2. Straight screwdriver 3. wrench adjustable to 17mm 4. 5 mm Allen...

The E61 Brew Group. Demystifying the Mystique.

(I’ve noticed that a lot of people use the terms brew group and group head interchangeably. But they are not one and the same. The group head is part of the brew group. The brew group is the whole assembly that circulates the water around and through the front of the machine, down through...

Making It With MaryAnn - Garbage Disposal Cleaner

Have you ever wondered how to clean and sharpen the blades in a garbage disposal? I found a recipe specifically for cleaning, deodorizing and sharpening a garbage disposal. This is such a great idea and it actually uses used coffee grinds!   Here’s what you’ll need to get...

Making It With MaryAnn - Coffee with an Irish Twist

Tomorrow is St. Patrick’s Day, and what better way to celebrate than with an Irish recipe? Irish Coffee anyone? The recipe is quite simple; a splash of coffee, some whiskey and a smidge of Guinness. But! There are other ways to shake things up and that’s what I’ll be sharing...

Caffeine – The USA’s Drug of Choice

Every day the world consumes about 300 tons of caffeine. The United States is a big contributor to this number as we are the world’s no. 1 buyer of coffee. Unfortunately, we have to import nearly all of this precious product in due to simple geographic’s. The trees from which our...