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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?

Product Maintenance | How to Clean Your Burr Grinder

To keep your brews tasting their best, having a clean grinder is a must. Over time, grinders can develop a buildup of oil residue and leftover grounds, which can impact the flavor of your coffee. In this video, Steve demonstrates some quick and easy ways to keep your grinder at its cleanest, so you can be sure you’re getting the purest grinds possible.

 

Product Maintenance | How to Clean a Steam Wand

Keeping your steam system clean will ensure that your machine always performs well and your milk always tastes great. Fetch a steaming pitcher, a paperclip, water, and some milk wash, then hit play.

 

Product Comparison | Bleached vs. Natural Pour Over Coffee Filters

When selecting a filter for your pour-over coffee, have you ever wondered what role it will play in the final taste of your brew? Are bleached or natural filters more likely to impact the taste of your coffee? In this video, Ryan explores this issue through testing some of our most popular V60 and Chemex filters, and the results are surprising.

 

Product Maintenance | How To Backflush An Espresso Machine

Is your espresso less tasty than it once was? Has your machine been acting up? Regular espresso machine care is essential to maintaining a healthy machine and enjoying scrumptious shots. In the next 4 minutes, we'll bring you up to speed on backflushing, the most important procedure for keeping your gear happy.

 

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

Video Overview | Hottop Home Coffee Roasters

Roasting your own coffee beans at home is better than ever with Hottop’s Home Coffee Roasters. The Hottop design is advanced enough to allow a skilled roaster to determine optimal parameters, while also being simple enough to enable newcomers to produce evenly roasted beans. So whether you’re new to the game or you’re a veteran roaster, Hottop roasters can give you coffee that’s exactly how you like it -- freshly roasted and full of fantastic flavor.

 

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

Video Overview | Knock Feldgrind Manual Coffee and Espresso Grinder

The Feldgrind by Knock is an excellent manual grinder that meets all of your brewing needs without the expense of an electric motor. Not only does it look and feel great, it features stepless adjustment so you can always get the grind you want, and ceramic-coated conical steel burrs for a long life of top-notch grinding. Compact and sturdy, the Feldgrind was made to travel with you, so you can have a freshly-ground, delicious brew no matter where you go.

 

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.

Product Maintenance | Gasket Replacement

When it comes to giving your espresso machine a long and happy life on your bar, preventative maintenance is crucial. Regularly replacing worn out group head gaskets is an important part of that maintenance, since the gasket creates a tight seal for your portafilter. From identifying signs that your gasket needs to be replaced, to covering the tools that you’ll need to do the job, we walk through what you’ll want to know about caring for your gaskets, so you can keep the great shots coming for a long time.

 

Brewing Guide | A Beginner's Guide to Making Espresso

So you're ready to start pulling shots? Welcome to our world! In this beginner's guide, Chris will walk through all the basic of making espresso. Grab your gear, then open wide: one heaping spoonful of espresso skills is coming right up.

 

Is It Always Better to Grind Fresh?

When you come across rules like these, do you ever find yourself asking, "Says who?" From water temperature ("off boil") to tamping pressure (30 pounds), these fuzzy standards are everywhere, yet widely accepted.

Is It Always Better to Grind Fresh?

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

Brewing Guide | Walkure Porcelain Pour Over Brewer

Brewing with Walkure's porcelain coffeemakers is surprisingly simple. A ceramic dispersion plate forgives sloppy technique and the built-in porcelain grid eliminates the need for disposable filters. With a quality burr grinder and hot water source, you're all set to embark on your most exciting brewing adventure yet.

 

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.

 

Video Overview | Lido 3 Hand Grinder

The Orphan Espresso LIDO 3 hand grinder is arguably one of the best on the market today. This full-range hand grinder is capable of everything from Turkish to drip, and its double bearing stabilization means you'll get a consistent grind at every setting. Made of high-quality materials, the LIDO is made to travel, and comes with a fitted neoprene carrying case and tools to keep the grinder clean and well-maintained. The 48mm steel burrs have an aggressive but precise cut, allowing you to grind more quickly without overexerting yourself. With its stepless adjustment and stellar grind quality, the LIDO 3 rivals more expensive electric grinders in performance.

 

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