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Steve is a coffee nerd and social media specialist hailing from Central New York State - though you may catch him saying "y'all" from time to time now that he's in Louisville. With a background in graphic design and information science, his approach to life (and coffee) is both creative and analytical. When he's not crafting tweets or checking out new products, you can usually find him making sourdough pizza from scratch, roasting his own beans, or fiddling with PIDs and home appliances for fun.

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Five Boozy Coffee Drinks to Pep Up Your Summer

Here in Louisville, summertime is once again gracing our days with warmth and brightness, so it's time to break out the ice trays and get working on some summery drinks! This year, we've got five fantastic coffee cocktails for your drinking pleasure. Take a look!

Our 2017 Coffee Expo Post-Show Report

When coffee professionals from all over gather each year for the annual Specialty Coffee Expo, you know it's going to be a whirlwind of a weekend. Sample bags of beans are doled out to prospective clients, business cards are shoved deftly into new hands, smiles abound and the coffee flows more freely than the water does (seriously, it's sometimes tough to stay hydrated at these things!). There are a half dozen parties every night, the local coffee shops put on special menus and polish up their service, and every Airbnb in the area will suddenly find itself laden with grinders and brewing wares. It's a phenomenal sight to behold and such a thrill to take part in - every year we leave impressed, exhausted, and excited for the weeks to come.

Coffee Expo 2017 - See You Soon, Seattle!

Later this week, throngs of coffee professionals and enthusiasts will descend upon Seattle - and no, it's not just because it's Seattle on a Friday. The 2017 Global Specialty Coffee Expo (popularly referred to as simply "SCAA," or is it just "SCA" now?) is upon us, and you can bet that Prima will be joining in all the fun and festivities out in Seattle. But there's one big catch this year: we're going boothless!

Baratza Sette Series: Setting Expectations

Baratza’s newest line of grinders - the Sette series - were first announced about a year ago now to much excitement and fanfare. They promised speedy grinding with a brand new drive mechanism, stepless micro adjustment, and a whole new way to grind by weight. We’ve long known Baratza to produce great value grinders for the consumer side of the coffee world, and stand by them with equally excellent support.

Pour Your Heart Out, Latte Hearts Are Back!

Dust off those milk pitchers and get ready to pour: it's Latte Hearts time again! Join us for another year of free-pouring fun over on Instagram, where you can show off your skills and win some sweet prizes. Even if you're a novice, we'd still encourage you to submit your work and have a little fun!

H2O, Hello There: An Introduction to Water for Coffee Brewing

Have you ever taken a bag of beans home from your favorite shop, brewed them according to the recipe printed on the bag, and found the resulting brew to be lackluster and almost completely different from that cup you enjoyed in the cafe? You might wonder if it was the grinder, or maybe your technique was off -- but what if it’s actually something else, what if a tiny pinch of extra magnesium in your water was to blame?

Learn: What's the Deal With False Burrs?

If you’ve perused our blog before or spent any time scrolling through our social media feeds, you can probably tell: we’re huge grinder nerds here at Prima. It’s true, of all the equipment we test out and use in our day to day, grinders are probably the most exciting (Hello, Baratza Sette!). And that’s mainly because grinder technology is in a bit of a Renaissance right now - we’re seeing better burrs in more places, more attention paid to grind

Beyond Black Friday - Our December Coffee Gear Deals

The hustle and bustle of Black Friday and Cyber Monday are behind us, but there's still time to save on your holiday shopping. All December long, you can enjoy these promos and savings, or get some free coffee with your order. No rush, no fuss, just sweet sweet holiday deals!

Cyber Monday 2016 Coffee Deals Have Arrived!

Not to be outdone by Black Friday's deals, Cyber Monday has some specials of its own. Grab a kettle, a scale, even a cool new puck tamper with these great savings!

2016 Cyber Monday deals on coffee equipment

Black Friday 2016 Coffee Deals are Here!

Weary of waiting in line for hours... freezing... just to save a few bucks? We bring glad tidings! This year, shop for and save on coffee gear from your own home or smartphone. These Black Friday deals will hit the internet soon.

 Black Friday coffee gear deals 2016

Holiday Coffee Gifts for Every Budget

Hey there, last-minute-gift-shopper, it's going to be okay! No need for more hand-wringing, if you're looking for the perfect coffee gift this season we've just made your job easier. Check out our easy-to-browse list of great gifts for every budget, and finish up your shopping today!

Prima Coffee Holiday Gift Guide

An Ode to the Bellman Steamer

Ever had a really great latte at a coffee shop and wondered how you could replicate it at home? There are a handful of ways to make a superb latte in your own kitchen; our favorite by far is the Bellman stovetop steamer.

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice Made Perfect

The days are growing shorter, there is a crispness in the air, and the leaves are beginning to turn and fall. Fall is officially here, and that can only mean one thing: it’s pumpkin spice latte season. And in true Prima fashion, we've gone out of our way to create the most delicious version of the spicy cool weather classic we could muster, just for you! Take a look inside to see our take on pumpkin spice.

The Palm-sized Secret to Better Espresso

If you’ve been paying attention to the world of espresso in recent years, you might have noticed the silent and steady takeover of puck-style tampers in competitions and in your local coffee bar.

Mahlgut's puck-style espresso tools

Video: Using a Lever Espresso Machine at Home

There are few ways to feel more connected to the coffee you drink than manually pulling a shot of espresso. And when I say manually, I mean more than grinding the coffee yourself, locking in the portafilter, and flipping a switch - I mean literally, physically pulling a shot with your own strength. Lever espresso machines like my vintage La Pavoni Europiccola aren’t as fancy or even as convenient as their modern brethren, but there’s something a little extra romantic about becoming part of the extraction process as you exert yourself trying to hit just the right pressure and flow rate. In the video above, I talk a bit about what it’s like to own a machine such as the Europiccola, but here I’d like to discuss more about why I went that route in the first place and what I love about the process.

 

5 Delightful Iced Coffee Drinks for Summer

The summer heat is fully underway, and by now most of us have switched over to drinking iced coffee drinks. Whether you’re a cold brew lover or you’re looking for a more sophisticated brunching beverage, we’ve got a recipe just for you!

5 iced coffee recipes for summer

SCAA 2016 - The Year of the Nitro

Another year has passed, and once again the big SCAA Event is upon us! In just over a week, our team will be headed to Atlanta to take part in the largest coffee industry event in the US, and we'll be packing a whole lot of awesome along for the ride. Want to know what's up with the Event this year? You know we've got you covered!

Video: How to Buy the Right Burr Grinder

Buying a new burr grinder can seem like an intimidating task, but it shouldn't be! Follow our three tips to simplify your choices and help you pick the right grinder for your needs.

Tips for Buying the Right Burr Grinder

Announcing Our New Learning Center

Announcing Our New Learning Center

Coffee inspires us all here at Prima, it drives us to be and brew better every day. We love getting our hands dirty exploring the ins and outs of brewing and the gear we work with, and more than that, we strive to make it all approachable and accessible to those who want to learn.

Flash Friday 2015: Act Fast, Save Big

Get your finger stretches in and prepare to click - these flash sales are only around for a short time!

2015 Flash Friday Sales on coffee equipment

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