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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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Jura-Capresso Cup Warmer: What's Brewing #26

Don't spend another day brewing into a cold cup! Preserve temperature stability from espresso machine to cup; with the Jura-Capresso Cup Warmer, you won't have to lose precious heat and end up with lukewarm coffee every morning. Made with detail-conscious espresso aficionados in mind, the Jura-Capresso Cup Warmer is designed to keep cups at exactly 133F—ideal, brew-ready temperature. Professionals have always known importance of pre-warming cups to preserve not only temperature, but also...

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Coffee Down Under: Culture and History

  Whole Latte Love        Accessories

One of the many wonderful benefits of marrying my lovely, Aussie wife, Karolyn, is that I have gotten to spend a lot of quality time in the Land Down Under. One of the things that continues to amaze me every time I visit Australia is the sheer magnitude of its coffee culture. On any given block in a metropolitan area, you can expect to see at least four or five cafes, coffee shops, bakeries or restaurants, all of which have their own commercial espresso machine and a grinder. Keep in mind...

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Why Is It Called a Tamper?

  mjackson        Accessories

One thing I have always wondered about is why a tamper is called a tamper. It doesn’t seem quite right in the espresso world in my opinion. It just does not seem to fit - every pun intended to what it actually does in the espresso world. I decided to really look into what does tamper mean. Definition: Tamper tam·per Pronunciation: \tam-p?r\ Function: intransitive verb Inflected Form(s): tam·pered; tam·per·ing \-p(?-)ri?\ Etymology: probably from...

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Tamp Pressure and Good Espresso

  Archie        Accessories

The Golden Rule Of Espresso By now most of us have probably heard of something referred to as the Golden Rule. As a quick refresher, the objective of the Golden Rule is to brew a double shot of espresso (2.5oz) in 25 seconds. One variable is the fineness and consistency of your ground espresso; another is tamp pressure. Thirty lbs of tamp pressure is what most experts recommend. There is also a consensus that any tamp pressure that is consistently applied each and every time will work....

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The Gaggia Milk Island – Tips & Tricks

  Archie        Accessories

First, I cannot say enough good things about the Gaggia milk island used with the Gaggia Platinum machines. In fact, I can count on one hand the number of times that I have actually used the traditional steam arm since this machine came out over two years ago. I have found myself making cappuccinos and lattes much more frequently, instead of the good old easy-to-make Café Americanos that I have become so accustomed to drinking. Like any other milk frothing device, it is important to...

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Expobar: Adapted for the Convenience of Lavazza Point

  Nick B        Accessories

One of the great things about my job are all the times I get to say “wow, that's really cool,” and I'm pleased to say I was able to do exactly that today when I took a look at the Aroma Point Capsule Adapter Kit from Crem International. Expobar Espresso Machine Anyone who's owned an Expobar machine can attest to their high performance capabilities. The Aroma Point Capsule Adapter Kit essentially doubles an Expobar's brewing capabilities. I was thrilled to...

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Accessorize! The Jura-Capresso Cup Warmer

  Nick B        Accessories

For those of us who like our coffee hot, warm cups are a must. It brings a tear to my eye to admit that not every machine comes with a built in cup warmer, which is why I was so happy when I un-boxed the Jura-Capresso Cup Warmer. My first impression was that the Cup Warmer looked a little bit like a computer, I found this quite fitting as coffee and computers are both essential parts of my life. Because its largely made out of plastic, the Cup Warmer is lightweight, reasonably sized, and...

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