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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...

Rituals of Making Espresso

  Making espresso for your coffee drinks - cappuccinos, lattes, mochas, etc., requires that you understand the process or Ritual, as I call it. The visual clue that tells us that we have achieved Java Heaven is called the "crema". The crema is that golden marbleized foam that...

By Nick B
Grinding for Your Brew-Style

A quality grinder is essential to ultimately pulling a good shot of espresso. With so many different types [and threads debating it online], it can get pretty confusing to know which grinder is best suited for your machine and your lifestyle. I’m going to explain the main styles and what...

By Hannah
Making It With MaryAnn - Irish Coffee Cake

It’s that time of year again! St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and I’m excited to try a new recipe for the occasion! I wanted to share a nice dessert to serve for after the corned beef and cabbage dinner most of us will enjoy on March 17th. Irish Coffee Cake actually...

Making it with MaryAnn - Coffee Toffee Banana Bread!

Breakfast and coffee go so well together!  I am going to share a delightful recipe that I like to  make if I have company staying over, or when I have to bring something tasty to a brunch. I have a banana bread that tastes great on its own and even better when you add coffee to it!...

Get Grand with the Gran Baristo

Saeco’s Gran Baristo line was released in the States near the end of 2014. With these machines, they strived to give consumers a compact, one-touch superautomatic with a few twists in the way of features. Perhaps the most exciting addition to the list of features on the Gran Baristo and...

By Hannah
Making it with MaryAnn - Espresso Snowmen

I have stumbled on a fun new treat that is both easy to make and includes espresso! I’ve named this recipe Espresso Snowmen and it’s a great treat for the kids after winter activities like sledding or skiing. It is a recipe that can become very creative or just basic and delicious....

A Brief History of Turkish Coffee

Like many of you, I really enjoy a great espresso but I also appreciate the finer things in life. More finely ground that is. If you’re willing to take a step out of your normal range and try a finer beverage, a good place to start is with Turkish coffee.  Turkish coffee was first...

Hands-On With The Ceado E6P

If you're a serious espresso fanatic looking for a quality grinder to pair with your semi-automatic or prosumer machine, the Ceado E6P should be right at the top of your list. Ceado, a maker of some serious commercial coffee grinders, produces their E6 grinders in both doser and doserless...

By Erik
Todd Talks: Brewt Strength

I sat down with my favorite technician here at Whole Latte Love for look at the boiler system on the Brewtus IV, complete with illustration! The folks at Expobar have developed a pretty innovative boiler system for the Brewtus that keeps the temperature super consistent--plus, with the addition...

By Hannah
"Cool" Espresso Drinks

Here are 3 great recipes to make "cool" espresso drinks at home. Chilly Espresso Start by brewing a double shot of espresso and pour into a cocktail mixer. Add three ice cubes and any flavoring and shake well. Pour into an empty glass. If you pour slowly you should be able to create...

By Nick B