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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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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!

Black Friday 2017 Coffee Deals are Almost 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. Signup for our deals newsletter to get access to subscriber only deals and early access to the hottest deals of the season.

Black Friday 2017 Holiday Sales

Coffee 101: How Do I Get Started With Coffee?

Wondering how to get that cafe-quality cup of coffee at home? In this guide, we cover simple, practical steps for starting out with coffee, with helpful tips for budget brewing and more!

Highlights from HOST Milan 2017

This past week, we were lucky enough to attend the biannual HOST trade show in Milan. We saw tons of exciting new products and announcement at the show, so here are our selected highlights!

What's That Word? Announcing Our New Coffee Glossary

Ever wonder what the heck your barista means when they say they only serve ristretto shots? Or perhaps you've felt a little lost when one of our blog posts talks about increasing extraction. The coffee industry is full of jargon and terminology that can sometimes emerge and be adopted into common use quite quickly. If you've ever felt lost while staring at a seemingly obscure coffee word, we're with you. Each of us has felt that head-scratching confusion over some word that was tossed out there in a discussion on coffee - so we'd like to help and offer some clarity.

Coffee Terms Glossary for Coffee and Espresso

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 2017 Coffee Deals are Almost Here!

The best deals of the season will continue with our Cyber Monday sales. These deals won't last long and are only good while inventory lasts. Signup below to get early access.

Cyber Monday Coffee Gear Deals

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!

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