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    Espresso: Choosing the Right Coffee for Espresso

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  3. Espresso: The Grind

    Espresso: The Grind

    It's often said that a good grinder is the most important piece of equipment for making espresso, and I tend to agree.

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    Espresso: Almighty Crema

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    Chemex Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's

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  7. Ibrik Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's!

    Ibrik Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's!

    These are intended as a "starting point" for Ibrik brewing - ultimately you will figure out the best and most convenient ways to use these brewing devices, so please remake, twist, turn, distort, decompile, torch, grind and brew these instructions to suit your own needs!.

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  8. Bodum Santos Brewing Instructions

    Bodum Santos Brewing Instructions

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    Clever Cleaning

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    Espresso: All Things Espresso

    Espresso is fussy. It is the pursuit for perfection by a person who is driven by minutiae.

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  11. Pasquini Espresso Equipment

    Pasquini Espresso Equipment

    We have decided not to continue stocking the Livia, or other Pasquini items. This page remains here as a snapshot of what we thought about the Livia (still, a very nice espresso machine!)

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    Clear or Cloudy Coffee? An Open Question.

    About clarity in brewed coffee as it cools

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Bunn Trifecta MB

Bunn Trifecta MB

 

Bunn recently introduced a home version of their single cup commercial Trifecta brewer, the Trifecta MB. It’s smaller in size, has a handled chamber instead of a portafilter and water cylinder and features blue LEDs to make it seem even more futuristic. Just to get it off the table, the Trifecta MB is pretty expensive, at the introductory price of $499. It has adjustable brew times that vary from 40 seconds to 3 minutes, and 5 different turbulence settings to really customize your brew profile.

It comes with 2 brewing chambers (plastic canisters with handles and stainless steel filters at the bottom), a glass pitcher with graduated markings, a small gram scale and a brewing guide to help you navigate all the variables.

The brew water temperature is surprisingly low at 185, but it doesn't seem to detract from the overall cup quality, probably due to the agitation aiding extraction. The resulting brew comes out at about 170 in a non-insulated, open container. I think 170 is a great drinking temperature, but some people might find it a little too cool.

The filter at the bottom of the brewing chamber is finely perforated stainless steel, which allows quite a bit of sediment to come through. Its internal hot water tank keeps water hot and ready to brew at any time, as long as the machine is plugged in.

To brew, you fill up the detachable water reservoir to your desired cup size--up to 12 oz.  Use coffee ground to a cone filter grind size for the best results. You can select the brew time and turbulence by turning 2 separate dials. The brewer introduces turbulence during the brew cycle by blowing puffs of air into the bottom of the chamber. You can really bring out different aspects of a coffee, like acidity and earthiness, by messing around with the turbulence. When it’s done brewing, air pushes down from the top, forcing the brewed coffee out through a valve in the bottom of the chamber.

Aside from the price, I think the only drawback is that the brew chambers are pretty difficult to clean. You can knock out most of the grounds like a French Press, but it’s hard to thoroughly rinse out the chamber and filter. You can remove the filter by sticking a butter knife or a flat head screwdriver into the chamber and twisting it out, but you have to be careful to not get any stray grounds into the valve at the bottom, which we found out by accident. If you do get grounds in the valve, you can clear it by depressing the center of the valve with a toothpick while rinsing with water.

Overall, it seems like a great machine and produces a really nice cup, once you get your brewing parameters down. We brewed a natural-processed Ethiopian that was pretty decent but unremarkable in a Technivorm, but super fruity and sweet in the Trifecta.