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
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
The espresso knock box is one of those devices that you never miss if you haven’t used it before, but once you get used to it you can’t live without. OK it’s a trivial plastic box, you might say, what’s the fuss about it. Yeah, you are right, a cheap plastic bin to dump your espresso puck, and that’s all. But I need mine to look neat on the counter, not an ugly object that I need to hide after use. And if you analyze closer, there are a lot of thing to consider when you buy the simple bash bin.… Read more
Why Do We Need a Variable Temperature Kettle?
The variable temperature electric kettle is a must for a coffee enthusiast that likes to explore, and likes to change their brewing routines. It is also critical for some brewing methods, where you need lower temperatures, such as pour-over, and AeroPress.
Many people use a regular electric kettle and estimate the water temperature, but it highly inaccurate. Using a thermometer is the better way, but it is inconvenient, and time consuming.
The Breville BES870XL Barista Express espresso machine is one of the most impressive devices in the semiautomatic class. With an overwhelming feature set, with a modern look, and a great reliability, the BES870XL is a great choice for any serious espresso enthusiast. If you are on the market for a new semi automatic espresso machine, you probably looked at least at another few options including Gaggia Classic and the Rancilio Silvia, which are the standard for the price bracket. What is it that makes Breville BES870XL so wished for, and how does it compare with the other two?… Read more