Eat, Link, and Be Merry...June 2011
Do you remember back when you were first introduced to "Third Wave" coffee? The newness, like a veil being lifted? Manually brewing coffee for the first time, reading blogs, asking questions all for pursuing a better cup? Ross, one of the newest members of Prima, is living that experience now, and shares about it here.
I've been thinking a lot about filter mediums lately, especially in regards to temperature stability and heat retention. You've probably heard a lot of hype about the Kalita Wave, especially from Nick Cho of Wrecking Ball Coffee Roasters. This article on "coffee brewing & design" really has me thinking about filters and material. Watch Cho's Kalita Wave brewing video to see it at work.
And last, Jason Dominy of Batdorf & Bronson created a Tumblr called "Barista. The Photo Project". This is a really cool idea, and a neat photo blog. If you are a barista upload your photo and represent!
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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.
For most companies it's hard to find motivation for pushing out new products if you find yourself on top already. This is not, however, the case with La Marzocco. The Italian based espresso machine manufacturer continues to push the envelop when it comes to innovations in espresso machine technology. The newest line from La Marzocco continues their progression in the specific areas of temperature stability and pressure profiling. We've discussed the Strada Electronic Paddle version in detail in our Strada EP blog post and listing for the 2 Group Strada EP. The Strada Mechanical Paddle employs technology similar to the Mechanical Paddles on other La Marzocco models but with a few new features including individual pressure gauges, digital PID control, and dedicated group boilers.
$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.