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Espresso 101: How Do I Get Started With Espresso?

Get started in the alluring world of home espresso with this helpful guide - full of tips for exploring what equipment to buy, how to set a budget, and where you can go beyond beginner gear.

Video Overview | VST Precision Espresso Baskets

VST Precision Espresso Baskets let you take control of your espresso! These baskets feature finely-tuned hole sizes that optimize extraction time, and precisely engineered hole patters that take full advantage of the entire bottom surface. Plus, each basket is created to be perfectly alike in order to foster consistent, predictable results. To get the full scoop, watch along while Steve overviews the VST Precision Espresso Baskets.

 

Video Overview | Hario Beam Heaters

Take control of your siphon brews with Hario's Beam Heaters! Both the Beam Heater and the Touch Beam Heater offer a repeatable, precise, and safer alternative to an open flame, while adding a dramatic flair to the already eye-catching siphon brewing set up. In this video, Ryan explores the benefits of Hario Beam Heaters, and highlights the features which set them apart.

 

Video Overview | Espro Travel Coffee Press

With the Espro Travel Coffee Press, your coffee on the road just got better! Its patented dual-layer french press filter design keeps excess mud and silt out of your brew, and the vacuum insulted tumbler keeps it nice and toasty while you're on the go. Plus, the compact size and spill-proof lid make it the ideal car companion. To learn more, watch along as Steve examines the Espro Travel Coffee Press.

 

Video Overview | Bee House Ceramic Coffee Dripper

A favorite among many in the coffee world, the Bee House Dripper is designed for by-the-cup brewing, and provides a fresher alternative to automated coffee makers. Made entirely of ceramic, this practical brewer is available in two sizes as well as a variety of vibrant colors. To catch this handy dripper in action, watch along as Steve demonstrates brewing with the Bee House.

 

Video Overview | Mahlkonig K30 Vario Espresso Grinder

Mahlkonig, the creators of the great EK34 coffee grinder, have spread their finesse into the world of espresso. The K30 makes getting that fine grind as simple as can be.

 

Video Overview | Bellman Stovetop Steamer

Looking for a powerful steam wand without the investment of a new espresso machine? Look no further than the compact, portable, and inexpensive Bellman Stovetop Steamer. With a roughly 30 oz capacity, the steamer is easy to use, compatible with most stovetops, and powerful enough to make great microfoam every time.

 

Hario V60 Filter Changes

One tabless filter, with the title written on it, slightly overlaying a tabbed filter.
Hario's V60 filters have changed. In this post, we discuss the issue behind the frustration, what you should expect, and what you should do if you are getting long brew times.

Product Comparison | Orphan Espresso LIDO Hand Grinders

Orphan Espresso’s line of LIDO hand grinders have a reputation for grind quality that’s as rock solid as their build quality. The LIDO E, LIDO E-T, and LIDO 3 all go toe-to-toe with electric home grinders, while letting you grind anywhere, anytime. With such an incredible line up, how can you decide which one is right for you? Watch along as Ryan puts the spotlight on the LIDO series, and highlights the unique features that set them apart.

 

Video Overview | Puqpress M1 Automatic Tamper For Mahlkonig K30 & Peak

Leave Barista Elbow behind with the Puqpress M1 Automatic Tamper! Designed to fit seamlessly with Mahlkonig K30, K30 Air, and Peak grinders, the M1 streamlines workflow behind the bar without requiring precious counter space. Its adjustable tamping pressure allows you to set your desired force and get a true, level tamp in seconds -- virtually eliminating variations between baristas and preventing pesky elbow strain. To see it in action, watch along as Steve demos the Puqpress M1 Automatic Tamper.

 

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!

Video Overview | Acaia Pearl Digital Brewing Scale

When it comes to brewing scales, the Acaia Pearl Digital Brewing Scale is in a class of its own. Along with its smart, clean design, the Pearl scale features a 2000 gram capacity, 2 ms response time, touch-sensitive controls, and a spill-proof outer shell in case things get sticky. It’s even got its own internal battery with a rechargable 25 hour life, so you can spend less time replacing batteries, and more time crafting a delicious brew. To top it all, Acaia brings this scale to life with its bluetooth enabled connection to the Acaia Coffee App, which you can access through both iOS and Android devices to enhance your brewing routine. Learn more about what the Acaia Pearl has to offer, as Steve highlights each feature of this dynamic scale.

 

Comparing Chemex Recipes

Different Chemex brew methods can produce different results. Thus, we've brought seven to the table to see how they compared.
Classic Chemex with the wooden collar and leather tie on a blue and gold trunk.

Video Overview | Hario Bona Enamel Pouring Kettle

Combining classic, rustic aesthetics with a modern approach to pour over brewing, the Hario Bona Enamel Pouring Kettle provides a cozy presence while delivering precise pours. This attractive stovetop kettle is compatible with most ranges, including electric, gas, and induction, plus its 800 ml capacity makes it ideal for brewing with family and friends. To discover more about the Bona kettle by Hario, watch along as Steve highlights each of its features, and puts it to use with a pour over brew.

 

Video Overview | Baratza Sette 270W Weight-Based Conical Burr Coffee Grinder

The new Sette 270W brings fresh innovation and further usability to the home grinding game. It features a unique new grinding mechanism for less retained grounds, 30 macro grind settings plus stepless micro grind adjustment to meet a range of brewing needs, and weight-based dosing with programmable presets so you can create and store your favorite doses. Explore all there is to know about the new Sette 270W in this video, as Steve highlights the features that position it to become the new star of Baratza’s grinder lineup.

 

Video Overview | Fellow Stagg EKG Variable Temperature Pouring Kettle

The Fellow Stagg EKG variable temperature kettle is everything you could want in a pouring kettle: it's sleek and stylish, fast and accurate, and an absolute joy to use. With the EKG's 1200 W heating element and smart PID controller, you can quickly achieve water heated to your exact desired temperature. The EKG is simple and intuitive to use, and like the stovetop Stagg kettle, it features a precision pouring spout and counter-weighted handle for better pour control. Ready to learn more? Watch along as Steve demonstrates using the Stagg EKG pouring kettle by Fellow!

 

A Comparison of Brewing Scales

Whether you are brewing coffee manually or making espresso, a scale is an essential tool. In this post, we take a look at our favorite five: Jennings, ProScale, Hario Drip Scale, Acaia Pearl, and Acaia Lunar.
An Acaia Pearl on a white table with the article title on the left, "A Comparison of Brewing Scales."

Video Overview | Espresso Travel Kit and Ultimate Espresso Travel Kit

Make excellent espresso no matter where you are with Prima Coffee's Espresso Travel Kit. Created for on-the-go coffee connoisseurs, this travel kit delivers quality shots without bulky equipment, and requires no power source. Want to take it up a notch with milk-based espresso drinks? Prima's Ultimate Espresso Travel Kit gives you the gear you need for tasty espresso and freshly steamed milk. Watch along to discover more, as Steve walks through these carefully curated kits.

 

Video Overview | Knock Aergrind Hand Grinder

Knock's newest hand grinder is designed to deliver peak grinding performance in a travel-friendly size. It features 38 mm coated steel conical burrs and stepless adjustment, that makes espresso, drip, and even french press grinds accessible. Plus, this attractive hand grinder is created to fit perfectly inside the plunger of an Aeropress coffee maker, for a compact travel setup. To see it in action, watch along as Steve demonstrates the capabilities of the Aergrind by Knock.

 

Comparing Kalita Wave Recipes

With countless Kalita Wave recipes out there, we've brought 7 of the most notable to the table to see which ones we liked best.

Kalita Wave with filter and coffee grounds.

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