Latte Art Competition Series Continues in Colorado
Calling all Coloradan coffee makers...
Colorado’s latte art competition series continues this week with a Thursday Night Throwdown at The Brewing Market in Lafayette. With only a $5 buy-in, any barista with the prowess to pick up a pitcher can let off some steam and go head to head with the best in the Denver area. Keep it simple with the sharpest rosetta, or dare to pour Andy Warhol’s "Eight Elvises" – your call.
This brawl will go down bracket style: winner gets the cash and the bragging rights, with 2nd and 3rd place competitors taking home prizes from our, Prima Coffee’s, warehouse. But there’s a good time in store for everybody here. Black Black Coffee will be there to do what they do best – brew fresh coffee with manual techniques, “sans cream and sugar” – and they’re doing it for free. A raffle will offer anyone the chance to go home with some cool coffee toys. Moreover, proceeds from the raffle and beer will support the work done by Agros International for coffee farming communities in Central America. Check out Facebook for more information.
Polish your pitchers, folks, and don’t miss out on what is sure to be a fantastic evening, filled with good conversation and great coffee.
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$48.62Tampers are as diverse as the baristas who use them. Our new tamper meets the needs of almost any barista, whether professionally trained or newly beginning. With its durable aluminum handle and wide, smooth top, the tamper is ergonomically designed to fit comfortably into the palm unlike other overly rounded handles which can press a little too tightly into the hand of the barista, or flat topped handles which can become uncomfortable after extended use.
The base of the Prima tamper is of a hefty 304 stainless steel design. This solid steel base combined with the light, detachable aluminum handle adds balanced weight to the tamper which helps aid the barista in providing an even tamp, shot after shot.
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.
Small, lightweight, and portable, the Skerton is the ideal hand grinder for the traveling coffee enthusiast, or the home enthusiast on a limited budget. The Skerton employs adjustable conical ceramic burrs for grinding any of the wide range of grinds employed in today’s coffee market. It can easily handle anything from fine espresso to a coarse French Press setting. The Skerton’s detachable 100 gr. glass jar is perfect for collecting the grounds, and in combination with the plastic screw-on lid (included in order) can even double as a storage unit for whole beans on those long trips. After grinding is finished, cleaning the Skerton is as easy as placing the unit in the dishwasher since the entire grinder is dishwasher safe. Whether you desire a quality, handy grinder for the road or enjoy the fine art of manual coffee preparation, the Hario Skerton is the ideal candidate. For an even more portable hand grinder from Hario, check out the Mini Mill (for a more detailed comparison of the two grinders, check out this blog post: Hario Skerton vs. Mini Mill).