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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....

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...

Americano vs Cafe Crema, What's The Difference?

There are two beverages which result in a brewed coffee size drink made using an espresso machine: Americanos and Cafe Crema.  Both of these drinks use the espresso brewing process which forces hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee. The resulting beverage has a different...

Common Espresso and Coffee Grinder Terms

Stepped or stepless, doser or doserless, conical or flat, steel or ceramic...  grinder terminology sure is confusing. Actual grinding is done mostly by burrs which come in two basic shapes: flat and conical. Budget grinders tend to use conical burs while more expensive grinders use flat...

How to Make Espresso: 5 Newbie Tips for Making Great Espresso

Here are 5 simple tips for those of you who are new to pulling shots on a single boiler semi-automatic machine.  Some of the most popular single boiler machines are the Gaggia Classic and Rancilio Silvia but these tips should be helpful with many other units as well. ...

Which Has More Caffeine, Light or Dark Roast Coffee Beans?

There is a common belief that caffeine level is simply based on how light or dark the roast is. Some people think that darker roasts have more caffeine because they have a stronger flavor. The truth is, caffeine content in your favorite coffee beverage is more complex and it is largely...

How To Make A Flat White Espresso Drink

Some call it a wet cappuccino...  Others call it a short latte...  It’s a down under creation from the 1980’s. Maybe from Australia, or is it New Zealand? I am breaking down how to make one and give some tips for doing it well.  So this one is very popular in New...

Quick Tip: Our Favorite Coffee and Espresso Cups

Do you have a favorite coffee or espresso cup? Marc and Morgan from Whole Latte Love talk about some of their favorites and the large selection of coffee mugs and espresso cups available at http://www.wholelattelove.com/categories/accessories?subcategory=Cups+and+Saucers Follow us on Twitter:...

What Kind of Drinks Can I Make With Espresso?

Espresso Is The Starting Point A coffee specialty drink by any other name is still espresso. Nearly any caffeinated beverage you sip at the coffee shop or make at home has this one common ingredient, but by varying the ingredients you add to espresso you can produce a latte, cappuccino or your...

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Quick Tip: Latte Milk Temperature

Marc and Morgan from Whole Latte Love talk about good temperatures for milk in a latte. http://www.wholelattelove.com/ Join us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WholeLatteLoveOnline Follow us on Twitter: https://twitter.com/wholelattelove Join our Coffee Community:...

Seasoning Coffee Grinder Burrs

Tino Franzini of Italian grinder manufacturer Ceado visits Whole Latte Love. Learn what it means to season the burrs of a coffee grinder. How do seasoned burrs affect grind quality and volume? Are there spices involved? Find out why Ceado chooses not to pre-season burrs on their grinders. How...

Quick Tip: Tech Tips Series

Whole Latte Love's Tech Tip videos are part of our commitment to provide the best customer support. Todd, our Head of Machine Technology and Repair, presents information that will help you maintain, diagnose and solve common problems. Learn how to easily access information about your equipment...

Everything Coffee at Whole Latte Love

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How to Grow Your Own Coffee

Marc and Morgan from Whole Latte Love show you how to grow your own coffee beans right at home! Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJwRmBtnYh_7Xs9oXUrLhZg Like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/WholeLatteLoveOnline Follow us on Twitter:...

Quick Tip: What is Craft Coffee?

Marc and Morgan from Whole Latte Love define craft coffee. Shop Pour-Over equipment: http://www.wholelattelove.com/categories/coffee-makers?subcategory=Pour-Over