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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...

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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 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...

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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...

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Defining Milk Based Espresso Drinks

 Defining Milk Based Espresso Drinks Not certain what a cappuccino, macchiato, mocha or latte is... stick with me and we’ll clear up confusion surrounding the names of milk-based espresso drinks. Now keep in mind depending on the country, cafe or barista making it,...

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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...

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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...

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6 Common Milk Frothing Mistakes

Lets take a look at six common frothing mistakes. What you may be doing wrong... and how to fix it. 1. Not purging Every steaming wand has some water in and you don’t want it in your milk so before steaming, open the valve and purge that residual water into your drip tray or another...

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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...

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Pressurized and non-pressurized filter baskets. What’s the difference?

In espresso extraction, brewing takes place under pressure. The difference in the baskets is how that pressure is created. In traditional espresso brewing with a non-pressurized basket it’s the coffee that creates pressure. This is done through a combination of grind fineness and...

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
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...

By Tracys
Keeping it Fresh! How to Store Your Coffee Beans

If you are like most people you probably get your coffee beans and think “How do I store these wonderful beans?” There are many different ideas on what you should and should not do with your coffee to store it. Over the past few years everything from freezing to packaging has been...

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What is the difference between Arabica and Robusta coffee?

What is the difference between Arabica and Robusta coffee? While both widely cultivated, Coffea Arabica (Arabica) and Coffea Canephora (Robusta) display marked differences. The beans are different. The plants are different. And consequently, the use varies as well. Arabica is grown at...

By Tracys
French Presses: A Deeper Look at a Deeper Coffee

Un Petit Morceau D’histoire (A Little History) French presses, or press pots, are normally thought of as one of the oldest ways to prepare coffee, however, this is somewhat of a myth. The French press had been conceptualized in the 1800’s, but a fully functional model was not...

By Tracys
Urnex Grindz: No More Oil!

At some point in our espresso and coffee grinder buying adventures, all of us have been forewarned to avoid using oily beans in our newly purchased grinders. The first question you may ask is, "How do I know if the beans I'm using are oily?" While there technically isn't a...

By Tracys
Golden Rule of Brewing Espresso

CliffsNotes Version DOUBLE SHOT: Equals 2 to 2.5 fluid ounces of water pulled through approximately 14 grams of ground coffee in about 20 to 25 seconds. SINGLE SHOT: Equals 1 to 1.5 fluid ounces of water pulled through approximately 7 grams of ground coffee in about 20 to 25...

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12 Steps to Create Amazing Latte Art

Considered by coffee enthusiasts around the world as the crowning touch, latte art is steadily emerging as the ultimate ending to a perfectly prepared espresso drink. For many years, barista competitions were limited to simply skills and techniques, but as we learned from professional barista...

By Tracys
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