1. coffee-espresso:

    Mmmmm….looks so good.

    (Source: coffee-tumbler)

     
  2. Sooo beautiful.  I wish my kitchen looked the same.  Although that’s a two group.  I definitely don’t need a two group espresso machine.

    (via principlesofaesthetics-deactiva)

     
  3. The ubiquitous Italian Mokka Pot mentioned in my last post.  Almost every household in Italy has one.

     
  4. How to choose an espresso machine.  I’m thinking about buying one for the home as I’m missing that concentrated extraction.  I’m debating as to whether I want a Heat Exchanger or Dual Boiler.  The heat exchangers are a little cheaper but the dual boiler looks easier to use.  In Italy, I mostly used a large spring lever Cremina machine at work and a mokka pot at home.

     
     
  5. I love this!!!  Sam does this kind of stuff all of the time.  I need to take some photos.

     
     
  6. 5 posts!

    (Source: assets)

     

  7. Choosing a Good Quality Coffee Grinder

    Trying to find a good quality coffee grinder should not be as hard as it is.  I’ve looked around locally and cannot seem to find any that I would be happy with. For my uses I definitely don’t need a huge café style grinder taking up room but I do have some preferences that cannot be ignored.

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    Not Just For Espresso

    A good grinder, coupled with freshly roasted coffee beans, is capable of producing a glorious cup of coffee.  These two elements are the most important thing in getting a good cup no matter what your brew method is.  I don’t think many American’s have truly had a good cup other than those who are participating in the “third wave” renaissance of brewing.  If you think Starbucks is where it is at then this may hold true for you as well.

    No Blades Please

    The only models that I could find at Macy’s and several other department stores were blade type grinders. These leave your coffee beans in various sized chunks and are definitely not something I want to use. 

    Burrs Are Better

    A true coffee grinder – even one that is designed for home use – should have burrs rather than blades.  Instead of dicing up the beans in irregular chunks, these type of grinders actually “grind.” They smash the beans between a flat or conical (cone shaped) metal or ceramic burr with cutting teeth and another piece of metal and pulverize the beans into consistent grinds. Larger the burrs inside of the grinder generally mean more consistency in regards to the coffee ground – although consistency is not really that important unless grinding for espresso.

    Although I know from experience that a bigger grinder is necessary for espresso brewing, I don’t yet have an espresso machine – again I’m still researching home models. In Italy many people still use the old style Mokka Pots and just hit an espresso bar after lunch during the work week (which is a little more relaxed than that of the US, I’ve learned). However, I may eventually get an espresso machine and thus I’m undecided on which grinder I want to get. I’m still researching and found this guide to coffee grinders extremely helpful.

     
  8. Aeropress photo from Wired Magazine

     

  9. The Aeropress as a Espresso Replacement?

    How many times have you had to go out for coffee because the thought of making it yourself and knowing where to start is just too much, or you simply want a cup that is almost on par to the unique place around the corner.  It is true that having anything with a slight resemblance to an espresso or a high quality coffee, without the joy of having your own barista on hand in your kitchen can be daunting. 

    If you are a coffee enthusiast, finding a new brewing method among the many that you have on your shelf can be an enjoyable experience.  If you are newly embracing the world of coffee brewing you surely want something that is worth the money and delivers consistent good results. 

    So how did the relatively new, but booming, brewing method of Aeropress come onto the scene?  The Aeropress was invented by Alan Adler who invented the Aerobie flying disc and thankfully he didn’t stop at inventing flying discs but created a surprisingly impressive coffee maker.  Its reputation for being one of the best ways to brew your coffee has grown to the point of having its own World Championships.  It has made a name for itself and rightly so.  

    How is it different

    Remember getting that same cup you purchase at coffee shops is hard to beat that’s why this is a great product to have on hand in your own coffee cupboard.  To cut a long story short (believe me I could go on) it is the brewing method that will offer you the nearest to an espresso.  Its ability to make really strong and delicious coffee still lends itself to become versatile in creating different cups. However, the texture and mouth feel is not at an espresso level.

    It’s a similar process to that of a French press.  It combines good brewing time but with a fine paper filter, meaning the outcome is with less grit and more bold flavors.  It is simply a smoother and cleaner cup of coffee.  If it is popular enough to be used by professionals, imagine the fun that you can have with it at home.  That’s another beautiful thing about this invention.  Within the realms of coffee brewing there is room to play around with the quantities and flavors that the Aeropress allows you to produce and it is a good alternative for those who want a close-to-espresso taste but do not have the counter-space or budget for a high quality espresso machine.  

    There are several good guides on YouTube on this device.

     

  10. Going out for a coffee at home

    Since I used to work as barista and I am from originally from Italy I (obviously) love espresso.  However, I’ve been trying to find an alternative to a large espresso machine that will eat up counter space (the cheap smaller ones will not cut it).

    I am looking at a variety of pour over methods, french press, and various alternatives and will be posting my findings over the course of the next several weeks.

    On Friday, I received my Aero Press and will post my review later on (I’m proof reading it now).