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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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Should You Rinse Paper Coffee Filters?

  Cheyenne        Accessories

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! Rinsing Paper Coffee Filters At high-end coffee shops that use artisan brewing methods like pour-over, you’ll see baristas rinsing paper filters before brewing. Why you may ask? Think about it.. most filters...

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White Tea: A Healthy Brew You!

  Tracys        Everything Tea

Having two kids around the house has made me realize that I wanted to set the best example possible for them. I modified my diet, starting exercising more (a lot more! I put in 2 hours a day, 6 days a week in our basement home gym) and started looking for supplements and health aides that would have a positive effect on my health. Part of my health transformation is attributed to a swap in beverages I made about 6 months ago. I would drink a cup or two of plain old herbal tea almost every...

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Teaposy Wedding

  Tracys        Everything Tea

Summer is the perfect time for family vacations, relaxing and the familiar sound of wedding bells. This summer, my younger sister, Kirsten was married. As the younger sister, she received a lot of help planning her wedding from her older, married sisters. As we met to discuss the upcoming wedding, the topic of the favors was pondered by all. I brought with me a Teaposy blooming tea to enjoy; little did I know that this would become not only the centerpiece, but also the tea served and the...

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The Tea that keeps on giving

  Tracys        Everything Tea

Teaposy as a centerpiece? If everyone hasn't already guessed, I'm a big fan of Teaposy. Not only is it fun to watch the flower open and bloom, it also tastes great! When we first tried the Teaposy, we were all amazed at how they individually tied each tealeaf with a real flower into a little ball and then it exploded in the teapot. But after the flower appeared and the tea was all gone, it was kind of sad to think all this work was going to now go to the waste basket. But Alas,...

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Discover the Unique Flavor of Teaposy

  Tracys        Everything Tea

Ever wonder what a Teaposy flowering tea taste like? This is a question we receive quite frequently. Teaposy teas are created from the finest Silver Needle White Tea, and lightly scented with fresh Jasmine flowers. Each tea is individually hand-sewn with cotton thread combining tea leaves and a real flower. A sip of these remarkable teas reveals a subtle jasmine aroma and a lingering pure, sweet finish. But this is where the likeness ends… Each Teaposy bloom is crafted with a...

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Relish the Concert of Teaposy

  Tracys        Everything Tea

As most classic music buffs know, a concert is a piece of music written for an orchestra and soloist. Everyone form Mozart to Vivaldi and Beethoven wrote their fair share and modern composers continue writing them today. A successful concert is the result of the orchestra carefully balancing the soloist, creating a dialogue, and enhancing the beauty and the balance. This is the concept behind Teaposy concert series teas; each tea is an orchestrated combination of unique flavors playing the...

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Posy Of Youth

  Tracys        Everything Tea

Tea Is the New Young Let's face it, our society is obsessed with youth. Looking and feeling young can occasionally feel like a full-time job; from gym memberships to creams and cosmetics, some people will go to great lengths in search of that illusive fountain of youth. Heck, I've even heard of women using face lotions made with placenta to ward off those pesky wrinkles! To them and the rest of us who sometimes like to indulge in our vanities, I'd like to humbly suggest a...

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Teaposy Birthday Party

  Tracys        Everything Tea

Teaposy: Perfect For Everyone! Every year we spend countless hours trying to decide on a special theme for each one of our children’s birthday parties. When my daughter was turning 11 she requested that we have a Teaposy birthday party. I introduced my family to Teaposy the week prior when I brought some samples home. This delightful tea blooms when you add hot water. It has a subtle flavor and being a white tea, it contains very little caffeine, which makes it a perfect fit for...

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Mighty, Mighty White Tea!

  Reddy4Coffee        Everything Tea

White Tea We hear so much about the health benefits of green tea nowadays, it almost seems as though white tea has been pushed to the back burner. But, believe it or not, white tea may actually be better for you! White tea is the result of farmers picking young tea leaves' buds before they have a chance to open. Plucking the leaves while they are still immature helps to preserve naturally occurring anti-oxidants, making white tea the most potent tea in the fight against certain kinds...

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A Deeper Look at Tea

  Tracys        Everything Tea

Tea has a rich history dating back to about 2700BC. Today, tea production is in access of 2.5 million tons globally. Tea is grown in subtropical areas of China, India, Japan, Indonesia and Asia. All tea is created from the tropical plant Camellia Senensis. There are several thousand different types of tea available on the market, but it can be broken down into four main categories: Black, Green, Oolong and White. White tea White tea is produced from the baby leaves of the Camellia...

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What Are Different Types of Espresso Drinks?

  Cheyenne        Coffee and Espresso

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 or roast, it’s a process using pressure to extract a beverage from finely ground coffee. So let’s break it down... Ristretto  The smallest which is sometimes called a...

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What Is the Difference in Latte Milk and Cappuccino Milk?

  Cheyenne        Coffee and Espresso

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 the espresso crema layer as little as possible. Latte Milk Little air is introduced at the start of steaming. When the pitcher starts to get warm the steam tip is then lowered slightly and the milk is rolled using steam power to mix the air throughout the milk producing very fine micro...

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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. One thing’s for sure; devoted fans of the aeropress say it makes the best coffee. On top of being very easy to use! It is a full immersion method like a French Press. Put coffee and water in, give...

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

  Cheyenne        Coffee and Espresso

For starters 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 macchiato is an espresso marked with milk. In classic preparation, an espresso is prepared and a dollop of milk foam is placed on top. But of course there are variations; a common espresso is prepared using half espresso and half steamed and frothed milk.   ...

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How to Create the Ultimate Home Coffee Bar

  Cheyenne        Coffee and Espresso

The Ultimate Home Coffee Bar They’re taking off in popularity, and why not? With one; you, your family and guests can enjoy specialty, cafe quality coffee beverages like lattes, cappuccinos, espresso and so much more. Coffee is such a fixture in our lives, so really no surprise people are creating spaces in the home to enjoy it. A coffee bar is convenient and a practical gathering point for guests. The machine types are semi-automatic and super-automatic. So let’s take a...

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Quick Tip: What’s Crema?

What’s Crema Crema, it’s what many espresso lovers are looking for. How Does Crema form, and what does it say about my coffee? Crema on  an espresso is a foam made up of tiny bubbles of CO2 gas. When coffee beans are roasted, some CO2 gas is trapped. When you grind the beans, they start to release the CO2 gas. The heat and pressure of the espresso extraction process picks up the CO2 and supersaturates the brew water. As espresso exits the pressure of...

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Lavazza Coffee

  Cheyenne        Coffee and Espresso

Whole Latte Love always has Lavazza on hand. There's good reason for it. As "Italy's Favorite Coffee" and the brainchild of the late, great Luigi Lavazza this celebrated brand has done what others can only dream of: innovating while remaining true to tradition. What's So Special About Lavazza Coffee? Lavazza coffees come from all over the world, harvested from exotic locals such as Africa, Asia, South and Central America. The company takes great care to customize...

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