Eat, Link, and Be Merry...
As you may have heard, Intelligentsia recently released an iPhone app. The app is free and provides the user with tips and a built in timer for various brewing methods, as well as access to a catalog of all their current coffee offerings. Check out a more full review of it here.
I love brewing videos. I've learned so much from watching other baristas or shops and hear what tips or methods they choose and why. Jesse, Kane and Kenny of Sunergos star in this recent video demonstrating how to brew a 10 ounce cup using the V60 method. Another video that has been out for several months but I haven't heard much about is Aaron Blanco's (of Brown Coffee) Chemex "island" method. I find myself agreeing with it in theory, but have not practiced it enough to have formed a full opinion. Either way, it's a fun video!
Ryan Soeder was a barista here in Louisville who was a major player in helping to grow the coffee community and quality here. He has since moved to Seattle to continue his career in coffee as a barista and trainer at Roy Street. Ryan placed third at the 18th Millrock Latte Art Competition in New York City, and first place recently at the Victrola Brew Ha Ha latte art competition. He is also an editor for Why Not? Coffee. Check out this interview with Ryan on Daily Demitasse: Barista Interview: Ryan Soeder.
That's all I have for now. Enjoy!
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$449.00The Baratza Vario looks much like Baratza's other offerings (i.e., the Encore, Virtuoso, and Preciso) in regard to silhouette, footprint, and general design. Those who've used them extensively, however, know that there's far more than mere nomenclature that separates the Vario from its brethren. Practically speaking, it has shown to give a consistently uniform and desirable grind for the full grind spectrum, all the way from espresso to press pot, something no other non-commercial grinder currently out on the market can boast. It is a highly efficient machine, wasting very little in the way of coffee grounds, but it shines in its ability to produce excellent espresso, shot after shot after shot, a feature aided by the three timed dosing presets it allows the user to store and recall at the push of a button.
$1,687.00(For a guest barista review, click here.) Anfim's Super Caimano espresso grinder, upon its initial release, was a solid addition to any high-end coffee house. It featured a 75mm flat burr set that helped to give a very consistent grind, allowing baristas to rely upon it for excellent shot-to-shot uniformity. When dialing in a coffee, the Super Caimano had 70 holes in its adjustment collar to allow for tinkering between shots. Now, however, Anfim has added an additional 20 spots for a total of 90 holes in the adjustment collar. The benefit of this? When dialing in and finding the sweet spot for any coffee being used to pull shots of espresso, a key factor the barista must take into consideration is the size of the grind particles. Yes, uniformity and consistency of those grind particles is also key, but the ability to make tiny, incremental adjustments is always helpful when striving to find the right balance of all a coffee's characteristics when pulled as espresso.
Ever forgotten water on the stove until it evaporated... needed to consistently maintain the temperature of your water without constantly monitoring it... been frustrated that your old kettle could not be removed from its electric base for easy pouring and cleaning? The Pino Digital Kettle Pro is the answer to these water heating frustrations! With such standard features as a Digital Display with which the water temperature can be set and maintained, an easily detachable base for quick and safe pouring and cleaning, an easy-to-read water gauge, and "No Water" protection which automatically turns the kettle off when it runs out of water; the Digital Kettle Pro is one of the top kettles for heating water quickly and efficiently.