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Hi I'm Erik, a Sales Representative here at Whole Latte Love. I'm a big hockey fan as well as a fan of sports in general. I like to spend my free time hanging out with my yellow lab and most of my summer free time is spent on the golf course.

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Ceado E6P Review

Hands-On With The Ceado E6P   If you're a serious espresso fanatic looking for a quality grinder to pair with your semi-automatic or prosumer machine, the Ceado E6P should be right at the top of your list. Ceado, a maker of some serious commercial coffee grinders, produces their E6 grinders in both doser and doserless models, much like many of the competing grinders in this price range.     Two Models Ceado’s two dosing models, the E6 Semi-Automatic...

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Nuova Simonelli: Oscar and Musica Reviews

Nuova Simonelli: Prosumer Powerhouse We’ve been carrying the Nuova Simonelli Oscar and Nuova Simonelli Musica for a few months at Whole Latte Love and it's time to give these powerful machines some recognition. For starters, both machines are NSF certified for commercial use. If you ask me, it's easy to see why both the Oscar and the Musica are found in thousands of kitchens and coffee shops throughout the country. Both the Oscar and the Musica come complete with single...

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Pumpkin Spice Coffee Ice Cream Recipe

  Erik        Recipes

Put Some Fall in Your Freezer After reading some of Mary Ann's recent recipe blogs, I began to think that maybe I should look into a recipe of my own. With fall fast approaching and the the pumpkin spice latte's popping up at every coffee chain in town, I figured it was time to see if I could add a twist to the normal Pumpkin Spice fare. I decided that I should come up with something different. More specifically, I decided on ice cream. With a little digging and some basic...

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Coffee: It’s In Your DNA

  Erik        News

Some java drinkers jokingly refer to themselves as “coffee addicts” but, as a new study has recently concluded, there may be more truth to that statement than people realize. According to the study led by Marilyn Cornelis, a research associate at Harvard School of Public Health, there may be a reason why some coffee heads visit their local cafe more often than others. The research group set out to investigate the link between genetics and coffee consumption. Cornelis and her...

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Apple Cider Coffee Recipe

  Erik        Recipes

Apple Cider Coffee Recipe Every year around this time here in Rochester, NY home of Whole Latte Love, the leaves begin to change and there is a crisp breeze in the air. This means many things, chief among them being the approach of a long winter and hours of driving in blinding white outs and shoveling snow. But, it also means something a lot more fun, apple cider. Hilton, NY, a suburb of Rochester is home to one of my favorite fall stops, Kelly's Apple Farm. Kelly's has...

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Space Coffee! Lavazza Launches Into Orbit

  Erik        News

When you are orbiting 205 miles above Earth’s surface at 17,100 miles per hour, in zero gravity, getting a good cup of coffee might seem impossible. Thanks to a joint project between Italian engineering and software firm Argotec, Lavazza, and The Italian Space Agency, that may no longer be the case. The partnership is the result of a single comment from Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano. When Parmitano was asked what he missed most in space, his response was “a good cup of...

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10 Facts You May Not Know About Coffee

  Erik        News

Behind crude oil, coffee is the world’s second most traded commodity. Coffee is actually a fruit. Coffee “beans” are actually the pits of the berries, also known as “coffee cherries.” These pits are roasted to produce the product you see in your bag. The term “bean” came from their resemblance to beans. This may come as a surprise, but Italians are not the world’s biggest coffee drinkers. A recent study found that Finland is the most...

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Why Are Coffee Prices Rising?

  Erik        News

If you read my most recent blog about coffee rust you'd know that the fungus destroying crops all over Mexico and Central America has been leading to an increase in the price of coffee. It now appears that coffee rust might not be the only thing causing your latest cup of joe to be a bit more expensive.   Brazil, South America’s largest country is suffering through the worst drought it’s experienced in nearly 80 years, and soon you might be feeling that pinch as well....

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Breville Oracle Features Review

The Oracle The recently released Breville Oracle is truly one of the nicest machines that has come through the doors here at Whole Latte Love. Breville has combined an enormous amount of features with effortless simplicity. The result is a machine that finally boasts the ease of use of a super-automatic machine and prosumer shot quality that even the most discerning coffee aficionado will appreciate. Features: Grinders, Americanos, and Froth, oh my! I honestly don’t know where...

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Coffee Rust: A Developing Problem in the Coffee Industry

  Erik        News

You may have noticed the price of coffee has gone up slightly over the last year and next year, you may notice it going up even further. The culprit behind this increase is something many java drinkers have never heard of: Hemileia vastatri, or as it's more widely known, coffee rust.   Hemileia vastatri is an airborne fungus that causes coffee rust, a disease that in the last few years has spread to devastating effect throughout the coffee plantations of South and Central...

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The Home Coffee Roasting Blog: Part III

Home Coffee Roasting Blog: Part III Welcome to the third and final entry in my series on home coffee roasting. I thought I’d start things off with a bit of terminology. Two very important roasting terms you will see popping up quite frequently are “first crack” and “second crack.”  These are very important to learn because they deal with things that you both see and hear. Learning to see the first and second cracks will help you accurately pinpoint where...

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The Home Coffee Roasting Blog: Part II

  Erik        News

Welcome to part II of my home roasting blog. Over the last few months I’ve been experimenting with the Gene Cafe CBR 101 to try and get a handle on the infinite possibilities of home roasting. For those of you who don’t know, the Gene Cafe is an air roaster and does not use direct heat to roast. What this means is that temperature readout on the machine ends up being the temperature of the air leaving the roaster and not the internal bean temperature, the way roasting is usually...

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The Home Coffee Roasting Blog: Part I

  Erik        News, Announcements

Home Coffee roasting is something new to us here at Whole Latte Love. We recently received a Gene Cafe CBR 101 home coffee roaster as a demo unit, so I decided to take a look and see what the excitement was all about. I was absolutely blown away by what I found. There is an enormous community of home roasters out there; numerous websites, blogs and forums all dedicated to the craft of home coffee roasting. After seeing that this wouldn't just be a quick peek into the coffee roasting...

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Introducing The Quamar M80

We just added a team of new workhorses to our stable of high end grinders here at Whole Latte Love, the powerful Quamar M80 grinders. These bad boys are the real deal and worthy competitors in the marketplace. The M80 is available in three different varieties including manual, timer, and electronic versions, and comes in two colors, black and silver. The build quality on the Quamar M80 is some of the best I’ve seen and at a very hard to beat price. With a 63mm burr set, and a 330...

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The Bezzera BZ10: Prosumer Performance at an Affordable Price

  Erik        News, Announcements

Here at Whole Latte Love we carry an extensive line of formidable espresso machines and the Bezzera BZ10 is one of our newest additions. This machine has the looks, the power, and the price to earn itself a place in our prosumer pantheon. Bezzera BZ10 Breakdown The first thing we noticed about the Bezzera BZ10 were its attention-grabbing looks and style. It’s got polished AISI 304 commercial grade stainless steel housing, and the large white face dual pressure gauge and stylish...

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