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    Moka Pot Brewing (Stovetop Espresso)

    These are some basic instructions that you will, undoubtedly, adapt and refine to suit your purposes...

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  2. Espresso: Choosing the Right Coffee for Espresso

    Espresso: Choosing the Right Coffee for Espresso

    Usually, an espresso blend must be blended for balance, or particular varietal qualities that would be favorable in a drip coffee might overwhelm the espresso extract.

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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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  4. Espresso: Almighty Crema

    Espresso: Almighty Crema

    The presence of crema, the foam on your espresso, means you are in the ballpark ...

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  5. Cona Vacuum Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's!

    Cona Vacuum Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's!

    Cona brewing is a wonderful visual experience that just happens to result in perfect coffee.

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  6. Chemex Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's

    Chemex Brewing Instructions from Sweet Maria's

    The Chemex Coffee Making System was developed by a chemist to achieve one result: brew a perfect cup of coffee every time.

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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

    Here are Bodum's instructions for using the Santos.

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  9. Clever Cleaning

    Clever Cleaning

    Here are a few ways to give your Clever Coffee Dripper the proper care it deserves

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  10. Espresso:  All Things Espresso

    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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  12. Clear or Cloudy Coffee? An Open Question.

    Clear or Cloudy Coffee? An Open Question.

    About clarity in brewed coffee as it cools

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Product Guide: Baratza Electric Grinders

Product Guide: Baratza Electric Grinders

We aren't the types to carry a line of products from one company just because it's easier to order and sell things that way. In fact, we do our best to offer some diversity to our customers. Here's a rare exception, when it comes down to Baratza, we really feel that  their line of grinders offer a lot of quality and durability at really good prices. Here's a video explaining some of the differences between the these three grinders...and another in which we explain the differences between different grinders in general.

 

The Vario

The Vario does a great job at grinding for both espresso and drip coffee. It comes with a portafilter holder and a regular 8oz grounds bin. The adjustability and customization of the grind settings is the main feature of this grinder. The two slider levers allow for 230 different settings that you can dial in.

 

The Encore

The Encore is Baratza's entry level grinder but it packs in all the basics. It can grind very fine but (in our opinion) not consistently fine enough for espresso. If you like drip coffee, french press, pour over, etc, you don't need much more than this. Adjusting the grind setting is easy as turning the hopper to the left or right.

 

The Virtuoso

The Virtuoso is a step up from the Encore with a better set of burrs, a heavier steel base and a wider range of grind settings. This is the most affordable grinder we recommend for espresso.


 The Esatto

The Esatto is a an extremely useful product that is serves as a scale for your Baratza grinder. It attaches to the base and controls the on/off function.  The only thing that is actually weighed is the coffee that comes out of the burrs. It can remember 3 dose amounts. To some, it's overkill, but it really does inspire the lazy coffee brewer in all of us to properly weigh their ground coffee.