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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...

Lavazza Coffee

Whole Latte Love always has Lavazza on hand...always. 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...

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...

Cleaning and Germs: What is hiding in your coffee maker?

NSF is a non-profit organization that certifies products and writes standards for food water, and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects. In 2011 NSF did a study on the germiest places in the home. And coming in at number 5 in the top 10... coffee maker reservoirs. Bathroom faucet...

Behmor Brazen Plus Coffeemaker

In our sales office we drink a lot of coffee, and lately we've been brewing 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...

Ceado E6P Grinder

Ceado makes some serious commercial grinders. So what they’ve done with the E6P is take the same quality used in their big boys and put it into a smaller package. The E6P delivers a commercial quality grind but in a size more suited to serious home users. The E6 has been available in a...

The Breville Oracle Espresso Machine

  The Breville Oracle is quite an espresso machine. Grinding and tamping are built into a machine that does traditional espresso extraction in a commercial size portafilter. But that’s just the beginning.  The Oracle froths milk for Lattes and cappuccinos too. Now, you can do...

In Depth look at the Saeco Minuto Class

Today we’re taking a look at the Saeco Minuto Class. It’s a machine that’s worth a look for someone who’s considering a capsule machine for the convenience of a quick cup of coffee, but also wants the ability to make espresso, cappuccinos and lattes.   This...

By Hannah
How to Create the Ultimate Home Coffee Bar

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...

5 Frothing Tips For Making Perfect Lattes & Cappuccinos

Have you ever wondered how to create good quality frothed milk to make a latte or cappuccino? Here is a quick five step guide.  #1 Start with Cold milk and a cold pitcher. It’s much easier to get air into milk when it’s cold. So keep the milk in the fridge and store your...

By Tracys
The Bezzera BZ10 Espresso Machine

If you have a single boiler espresso machine and you’re considering an upgrade, you might want a heat exchange machine with temperature stability, great steaming power and a small footprint.  This quickly describes the Bezzera BZ10 and should get your attention. This semi-auto hits a...

Descale Products: Preventative Maintenance For Your Espresso Machine

If it heats water, it creates scale. Call it calcification, lime scale...whatever you want but for home espresso and coffee makers it’s the stuff that clogs-up boilers and leads to poor performance and eventual machine failure. But, it’s super easy to prevent any problems with a...

By Tracys
Temperature Surfing a Single Boiler Semi-Auto Espresso Machine

Temperature Surfing a Single Boiler Semi-Auto Espresso Machine One goal of espresso machine manufacturers is to provide you with the proper temperature to pull the best possible shot. The theory is brewing too cold you’ll end up with a sour, lackluster shot. If brewing too hot your...

Bottomless Portafilters

Bottomless Portafilters  You're pulling shots and everything looks fairly good coming out the spouts, but something is a little off. Maybe your shots are a little thin? Or maybe your timing is perfect yet you still get hints of over extraction? When you think...

How to make a cold-pressed coffee at home

Cold Press Coffee Looking for a refreshing summertime coffee beverage that's perfect over ice? Perfect! Here is how you make cold-pressed coffee at home. A popular method for doing this is the Toddy Cold Brew System. But what a lot of people don't know is you can easily make this...

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...

By Tracys
What Type of Water Is Best For My Espresso Machine?

You’ll hear the quality of your espresso or coffee has a lot to do with the quality of the water you use to brew with - and that is very true. So it would seem logical that using the purest possible water would make the best cup. But you need to be careful of just how pure your water...

By Tracys
What’s Crema?

Quick Tip: What’s Crema Crema, it’s what many espresso lovers are looking for. What exactly is crema, how does it 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...