Happenings in the Coffee World
April has been a busy month for the coffee industry and we wanted to give you a quick summary:
First of all, the biggest coffee event of the year will take place tomorrow through Sunday in Houston. The 23rd Annual Specialty Coffee Association of America Event will feature lectures, exhibits, skill building workshops, and competitions. The two most notable competitions are the United States Barista Championships and the new USBC Brewers' Cup. The SCAA will be streaming on the USBC website.
Speaking of the Barista Championship, the current reigning USBC and World Barista Champion, Michael Phillips, announced recently that he was leaving Intelligentsia Coffe and Tea to embark on a new coffee endeavor. This new endeavor has now been announced as Handsome Coffee Roasters, a joint coffee operation consisting of former Intelligentsia employees Michael Phillips, Chris Owen, and Tyler Wells. Since the announcement was made a few weeks ago, there is no possiblility of me coming up with an original pun for you...so I'll just recommend following Handsome Coffee Roasters to keep up with the next biggest coffee roaster.
No doubt the biggest coffee news of this year came from Mark Prince of coffeegeek.com. Mark released an exclusive (and in-depth) preview of Baratza's newest grinding technology. The Baratza Esatto and Vario-E will be the first weight based grinding devices to hit the coffee market. We'll have more on this latter and will update when we have these available for order. For now you can check out Mark Prince's Baratza Exclusive.
We've got some more blog post in the pipeline so stay tuned.
Like this post? Then Subscribe to the Prima Coffee blog by email and get slick articles delivered right to your inbox. No web surfing required.
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.
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.
$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.