Excited to be Here!
The good folks at Prima Coffee asked me to introduce myself on the blog, and I said I would be happy to do so! This is my first week as the newest member of the Prima Coffee team, and I am thankful for being given this opportunity to be a part of the vision Prima has for coffee in Louisville and beyond.
Before Prima, I had the invaluable experience of working as a barista at one of the local shops in town. That experience provided me with a growing knowledge of coffee and coffee quality, and grew within me a desire to learn more and more about coffee as a culinary art and endeavor. I will always have fond memories of the relationships built with my fellow baristas who shared with me their knowledge, and to the "regulars" who became my friends.
I have been living in Louisville for nearly five years and have fallen in love with the city. I met my wife here, have made life long friends here, and have learned most of what I know about coffee and its culture through the many amazing baristas, home roasters, and aficionados around town. Thank you all!
This is only my fourth day in the office, and I am already greatly encouraged by the experience thus far. I look forward to sharing ideas and learning from everyone here, as well as with those who follow the Prima blog, contribute to the forum, and with everyone at future events around town!
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$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.
One of the top coffee grinder manufacturers has just released one of the most versatile grinders to date. With the capability of grinding from French press to espresso, the Mahlkonig Pro M provides the grinding range that would normally require two separate grinders. The grinding range combined with features like the "hands free" operation and break functionality help make this grinder ideal for both low-medium volume commercial settings and home use.
$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.