Category: Coffee and Espresso

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Cleaning and Germs

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...

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
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
Recipe: Morgan's Mocha Balls

Morgan's delicious recipe for Mocha Balls is a must try! Impress your guests with this easy-to-make dessert that pairs perfectly with coffee or espresso. Klatch Coffee Mocha Java 12oz Whole Bean: http://www.wholelattelove.com/products/klatch-coffee-mocha-java-12oz-whole-bean Jura ENA Micro...

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
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
Fine Tuning Your Super Automatic Espresso Machine Grinder

Almost all fully automatic espresso machines have grind size adjustments. And those settings have a big impact on flavor. But where should you set it? Here’s some quick tips to help you zero in on the optimal grind setting: The two major factors in determining grind setting are: the...

By Tracys
3 Common Espresso Misconceptions

It’s bitter, it’s loaded with caffeine, it’s a type of coffee bean. Today we’ll set the record straight on three common espresso misconceptions. 1. Espresso is not a type of coffee bean. Espresso is a brewing process in which water is forced thru finely ground...

By Tracys
What is a Prosumer Espresso Machine? (Part 2)

Prosumer machines will also come with commercial portafilters which is the handle where the ground coffee is placed. Nothing too fancy here, just a load of marine brass coated beautifully in chrome. They generally will be 58 millimeters in diameter and come with either single or twin spouts. They...

What is a Prosumer Espresso Machine? (Part 1)

The concept of Prosumer equipment is gaining more and more consumer attention these days. Let’s begin by explaining what the term Prosumer means. It’s simple.  The word itself broken down, "Pro" = professional, "sumer" = consumer. Put this odd couple together...

Portafilter Types

Portafilters hold the coffee when making espresso and come in a variety of styles; single spout, dual spout or bottomless. Some are light, some are heavy, some have straight handles and some are angled. What should you be looking for in a portafilter?  Weight is an important factor....

3 Way Solenoid Valve

If you have a budget semi-automatic espresso machine, you pull a shot and remove the portafilter you may notice it’s like the machine sneezes out a messy mix of brew water and grinds.  Or, maybe you’ve seen how easy a nice dry coffee puck knocks out of a portafilter on other...

The Many Ways of Making Coffee and Espresso

Attention caffeine cowboys!  Are you ready to get adventurous? Get ready to become a coffee connoisseur 'cause there’s more than one way to get your go-juice! So if you’re ready to really taste coffee - to experience it more like a fine wine with subtle flavor variations...

By Tracys
What Goes Into A Quality Prosumer Espresso Machine?

Today we’re taking a look under the hood of prosumer semi-automatic espresso machines. Like a fine automobile you should always have a look under the hood before purchasing. What’s there says a lot about a machines quality. What are the signs of a quality prosumer espresso...

By Tracys
How To Use An Espresso Tamper: The Basics

Compressing ground coffee into a portafilter seems like it ought to be pretty straightforward. And no matter what anyone tells you, it is. The goal is consistency... do it the same every time! You want a consistent dose, tamping pressure and an even, flat surface to the compressed...

How To Properly Store Whole Bean Coffee

To get the best from a coffee you want to use fresh roasted beans, grind immediately before brewing and use them within 2 weeks; unless there’s a coffee roaster around the corner from you that’s not always practical. So what’s the best way to store your beans? Well the...