You want your latte at home, but the equipment has to be inexpensive. I get that, I don’t like to spend money if I don’t need to. Handheld milk frothers are the best compromise for a decent latte or cappuccino. You can get really nice textured milk with one of these manual frothers. However, if you ask a barista, they’ll tell you that is not steamed milk, because no steaming is involved. From a purely technical perspective they are right. From a practical point of view, the taste and texture is damn good, so I personally don’t care if it’s not steamed.… Read more
Healthy Coffee Alternatives
Drinking a cup of coffee is not about the caffeine jolt for me. Yes, the morning cup feels nice, and caffeine works greatly first thing in the morning. But my second, and sometimes the third cup can’t be caffeinated. I just need the nice feeling of a coffee without the caffeine. And decaf just doesn’t work for me, I don’t know why. I just don’t like it. I don’t drink tea anymore, caffeinated or not, so I was looking for a solution. I love chicory and coffee, and that’s a great substitute for my second cup, but coffee and chicory is still strongly caffeinated.… Read more
Coffee making, regardless of the brewing method require a good grinder. French press is no different, and picking up a grinder that does the job properly but doesn’t break the bank our subject today.
You probably know you need a really good grinder for French press brewing, since you are reading this page. Otherwise you would have stuck with that blade spice mill that has only one great advantage, is cheap. Or maybe you wanted a second opinion, or maybe curious if your current grinder is good enough. Chances are your current grinder is not the best.… Read more
When making coffee the water temperature when brewing is one of the essential parameters. Use the wrong temperature and your coffee will be an odorless, insipid liquid, that barely qualify as drinkable. As a matter of fact the brewing temperature is just one of the factors that affect the perfect extraction. Coffee beans quality, grind size, brewing time, are also very important, and they are interdependent. The perfect temperature is only perfect if we consider a certain grind size and a certain extraction time. But we’ll show you in a bit how these are interconnected.… Read more
My immersion cold brew device was for a long time the humble mason jar with some sort of filtration. My Filtron went to my mom, who got hooked on cold brew, and since I didn’t use it often enough, it had to change owners. My wife didn’t quite like the Filtron because it was taking too much space.
The fabric filter in a mason jar worked perfectly for me and I thought there was no need to change. Initially, I used a cotton bag as the filter, and to be honest I loved it.… Read more
Can we really make coffee without electricity?
There are various ways to make a joe without a coffee maker, or even without electricity. You can even make coffee without a source of heat, in other words without hot water.
Wait, don’t tell me you don’t even have a coffee pot. Don’t worry, we can show you even a way to make coffee without a pot. Depending on your setting, budget, and the pretentiousness of your taste buds, you can choose between the various solutions.
Hot Brew vs Cold Brew – Which Is Better?… Read more
I personally love black coffee, sometimes I add a little sugar to it, but that’s all. During my time as a barista though, I made thousands of lattes and cappuccinos. I still make one from time to time for my wife, or my guests. I used to make it with the steaming wand, from my semiautomatic, but I got lazy, and my wife wanted to be able to make it when I wasn’t there. I tried to teach her the trade, but then I realized, why bother when there is an easier way… You probably understand that.… Read more
Cold brew, drip, or espresso, any sort of brewed coffee is good for us in moderation. There are numerous health benefits from drinking coffee. Coffee can boost the athletic performance, reduce risk of: diabetes, colon cancer, gall stones, and Parkinson’s disease, as well as improve the liver health. Cold brew, however, is particularly beneficial to our health, while reducing some of the side effects associated with consuming coffee. This is because the chemical profile of coffee brewed with cold water is different. I am not saying you should stop drinking your daily espresso, if your body agrees with it.… Read more
What is the best home cappuccino maker? This has been a question that I have been asked a lot recently. Not an easy way to answer that question. It is easier when you know the person, their personality, budget, and barista skills. But when you write about it, you need to take all budgets in consideration, and all barista skills. At the end of the day a great semiautomatic espresso machine is good for me, but my wife hates to use it, she says is too geeky.
Everybody wants to know how to prepare a delicious espresso or cappuccino without breaking the bank and without causing too much fuss.… Read more
This infographic was created initially to show in a nice graphical way what are the differences between the most popular espresso based beverages. We got a few compliments, and we thought we should turn it into a poster. It was a great idea, because people absolutely love this poster. To be honest, I never expected this poster to be so popular. Our designer also made a mousepad version, slightly different. You can find that at the bottom of the page.
What if I told you I found the best beans for espresso? Would you believe me? Don’t believe me and don’t believe anybody for that matter. Not that I can’t recommend you some fantastic espresso blends. But when you have a few great choices, you can’t choose one blend over the other. All are great in their way, and you will probably like them all. Coffee taste, like wine, is subjective. It depends on the person who drinks it and their mood at that time.
Regardless of the subjective side of espresso tasting, there are a few objective things to consider when evaluating some espresso beans.… Read more
Breville Oracle is Not a Super-Automatic
The price tag of the Breville BES980XL Oracle is within the range of super automatic espresso machines, yet the Oracle is just a semiautomatic machine. Well, not exactly a semiautomatic either, but this is where it got me. You’ll see why in a bit.
Breville’s marketing team was inspired when they named its high end espresso machine “Oracle”. Yes, this machine has all the brewing answers espresso lovers were looking for. It seems a bit steep for a machine that doesn’t qualify as a super-automatic.… Read more
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If you have heard of peaberry coffee, you may have wondered what it is and why it is so expensive. Peaberries have a rather interesting origin, and a complicated harvesting method.
What is Peaberry Coffee?
Peaberries are developing in a coffee cherry where one of the beans fails. Some people think this is a mutation. The coffee cherry normally contains two pits. The two coffee beans are flat on the interior side and round on the outer side.… Read more
Thanks to the innovations of baristas, the world of coffee is ever-evolving. We are always trying to find the best way to preserve and enhance the delicate flavors of coffee beans to create the perfect brew—but this isn’t new. Centuries before Starbucks, about three hundred years ago, the Dutch discovered a way to brew coffee that creates quite possibly the finest coffee taste to date, and it’s making a quick comeback. The Dutch might have forgotten the method, but the Japanese and the Koreans developed the method and transformed it into art.… Read more