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  1. Moka Pot Brewing (Stovetop Espresso)

    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: Electric Grinders

Product Guide: Electric Grinders

Dec 1, 2016

When shopping for an electric grinder, it's important to choose one that fits your needs. The most expensive one might not be the best one for you and vice versa. Consider if you are making espresso, brewed coffee or both. How much counter space can you spare? An espresso grinder will cost  you a lot more than one that only grinds for brewed coffee but in the end you will be happier investing in the right equipment. You will be reminded of your investment every time you take a sip of that coffee that you made "perfect".

 

Baratza Grinders

We carry almost the entire line of Baratza's consumer level grinders.  They have a long history of high value and quality. We also appreciate Baratza's durability and excellent customer service. If you are making brewed coffee and don't need to grind for espresso, the Encore is all you need. If you grind for both brewed and espresso, the Virtuoso is a great dual purpose machine. The Vario is also a great dual purpose grinder but the micro adjustments and portafilter holder make it great for home espresso.

 

Nesco Blade Grinder

To some coffee folks, blade grinders are a no-no but if you don't want to spend over $100 on a heavy appliance that takes up counter space, a blade grinder is the way to go. If you plan on getting serious about your fine-tuned pour over or the perfect espresso shot, stop reading and start saving your money but if you are immersion brewing or even doing pour-overs and you aren't too picky about consistency from cup to cup, a Nesco Blade grinder will work just fine. It's small, light, inexpensive and does an excellent job for the price.

Capresso Infinity Burr Grinder

The Capresso Infinity is great for brewed coffee and the price won't break the bank. It's small and lightweight so it can live on your kitchen counter or get tucked away in a cabinet. It won't grind fine enough for espresso but has enough adjustments on it to give you excellent results if you stick to French press, pour over, Aeropress, Clever drip, etc.

 

Rancillio Rocky

This solid chunk of metal grinds coarse enough for French press and fine enough for espresso...with precision. With 55 adjustment steps, the Rocky can dial in exact settings and replicate your shots, tomorrow and the day after and...yeah, you get it. It's made in Italy and comes with or without a doser.

 

Compak K3 Touch

The Compak K3 Touch is like a commercial machine with a consumer sized footprint. It has commercial sized 58mm flat burrs and a stepless adjustment ring for micro-adjustments. It's heavy duty and comes with a removable hopper and heavy duty portafilter holder.

 

Mazzer Mini

This is a commercial machine that could be small enough to fit in your kitchen. If you are looking for a 24 pound workhorse that will give you precision grinds time after time for years on end, the Mazzer Mini is the way to go. The adjustments are stepless, the burrs are large and the motor is shock mounted to reduce vibrations.