The Tale of El Salvador Los Luchadores & Pumpkin the Donut
It was a dark and misty morning. The sun lay slumbering behind the horizon. All normal people remained in bed. I stumbled over to Nord's Bakery, bleary-eyed and half dead. I needed a hard-hitting shot of donut, and I needed it fast. The tinny clang of the bell announced my arrival. I was greeted by the always cheery staff. "Mhpshdlhuyh," I replied. I held up four fingers and pointed to the donuts I wanted. One twist, one cherry filled, one glazed, and, ah yes, Nord's latest crowning achievement (reaching almost to the beloved status of tastiness set by the Baconater)... the Pumpkin Spice Donut! I stumbled out the door groping for the handle... oh, that's right- pull, not push. I made it back out the door, somehow still awake. I was one of the lucky ones. I pushed forward, not taking my eyes off the objective. The "open" sign for Sunergos Coffee shone like a lighthouse beacon through a Nor'east Gale. I stumbled toward it.
Once inside, I was able somehow to manage a bleary snatching of beans after which I threw something thin and plastic at the barista. He gave something back. I hope it was my card. Either way, I drove to work and began grinding the beans on my Skerton. The smell cleared my senses slightly. I sniffed some more. My mouth began to salivate. I realized somehow I had parked the car and was now in my office. The water finished boiling. I quickly prepped my aeropress, stirred, and pressed. My head was clearing by the second. I finished the press and waited a few minutes for it to cool.
The world held its breath. The sun peaked over the trees to get a view. I took a sip.
The smooth, sweet taste of El Salvador Los Luchadores filled my palate. I dared to take a bite of the pumpkin donut and another sip. My mouth imploded. My tongue could not hold the flavor of the almost buttery, currant-y taste of the El Salvador with the spicy, pumpkin taste of the donut. Thoughts of Bill Murray and fried chicken flooded my mind as I snarfed the rest of the donut down while sipping the coffee. I finished the donut and slowly savored the rest of the Salvador while going about my work. The sun finally dared to rise above the horizon (staying safely in the clouds, however), sensing that the coast was now clear. Life was good in the Prima Office.
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Hario Skerton grinder is handy for manual home and travel grinding, it can also be slightly more cumbersome for an extended road trip where only a small amount of grinding will be done (for a more detailed comparison of the two grinders, check out this blog post: Hario Skerton vs. Mini Mill). For those trips (or homes) where a minimal amount of grinding is needed, the Hario Mini Mill Slim is the perfect grinding solution. The Mini Mill employs adjustable conical ceramic burrs for grinding any of the wide range of grinds employed in today’s coffee market. It can effortlessly handle 24 grams of anything from fine espresso to a coarse French Press setting. Because of its lightweight (0.5 lbs) and sleek plastic body, the Mini Mill easily fits into small carrying bags and suitcases without adding a lot of extra weight. This, in conjunction with the Aerobie AeroPress coffee maker, has the propensity to make excellent coffee anywhere hot water and fresh beans are available.
The Hario Mini Mill is a traveling coffee enthusiast’s dream come true.... and with its ability to grind to the fine quality needed for espresso, it can be paired with a hand-held travel espresso maker such as the mypressi TWIST (and an excellent choice of beans) to achieve a quality rivaling the product found in many high-end espresso machines. Whether the need is grinding beans for a french press, Aeropress, or mypressi, the Mini Mill Slim is the perfect travel solution.
$53.00Hario's stainless steel water kettle, the V60 Buono, has been spotted popping up in coffee houses and the kitchens of baristas for some time now. A detailed search on the web will reveal, for the moment at least, that the Buono seems to be widely accepted as the most useful pouring kettle available. What makes this kettle so popular amongst pour-over enthusiasts? Several reasons stand out.
First, the thin pouring spout enables greater pouring precision as well as a slower, more consistent and controlled rate of pour, both of which are very helpful in achieving a precise, prolonged extraction.
Second, the stainless steel construction and large 1 liter capacity contribute toward keeping up the brew temperature for the duration of the entire brew cycle.
Third, the ergonomics involved in the design of the kettle help to make using it much easier. This may not seem like much, but if you're brewing large batches of coffee and pouring for three or more minutes per batch, doing several batches of coffee will quickly become a chore if your kettle doesn't cooperate with you.
Combine all of these facets with the fact that the Buono is manufactured by Hario, a very popular name in the coffee-brewing community, and the kettle's popularity is easily understood. For best results, combine the Buono with a V60 Dripper or Chemex to get a truly exceptional cup of coffee.
Few advancements in espresso machine technology over the past fifty years could be called revolutionary. The latest advancement featured in La Marzocco's Strada Electronic Paddle (EP) is one that has earned that title. Pressure profiling was first introduced into the mass market in 2009 by the Slayer Espresso Machine. The La Marzocco Strada takes this new technology to the next level by allowing the barista to save up to four pressure profiles at any given time. Along with the ability to save profiles, each group has a digital display that shows the temperature (±0.1°C), shot time, and current bars of pressure (±.1 Bar). The Strada perfectly combines the durability and workmanship of La Marzocco with the technology of the future.