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Prima Coffee Equipment is Hiring

prima coffee equipment position

Indeed, the rumors are true, we are hiring. If you have barista experience or some serious self-taught coffee and espresso brewing knowledge, we'd love to have you.

Baratza Encore Grinder Announced: Maestro Series Rides Off Into the Sunset

Baratza has announced the release of their newest entry-level home coffee grinder. The Baratza Encore (more on this in a bit) has taken the Maestro Plus’s spot as the baddest entry-level home grinder on the planet. This announcement is bittersweet for me, as this means saying goodbye to the Maestro name. I (Matt) have been the proud owner of a Baratza Maestro for almost two and a half years now. It has been the best coffee investment I’ve made (or rather my wife made on my behalf when she gave it to me as a Christmas present). It has been the perfect home coffee grinder for the ridiculous variety of manual brewing devices I own. For someone who didn’t need a grinder for espresso, the Maestro has been perfect.

Baratza Encore Coffee Grinder

Video: How We Make the Cavendish Series Briar Tampers

Prima Tamper Cavendish

We thought it would be fun to show you a little of what goes into making one of our Cavendish Series Briar Tampers. The specific tamper in this video is the Calabash Royal Smooth Tamper. Enjoy!

Morning Coffee Brewing Routine Video on the Hario V60

Hario V60

I decided to film a quick video of my morning brewing routine the other day and wanted to post it up here along with a few notes. Every morning I brew coffee for both my wife and myself. I'll switch up the brewing method, but my go-to is the Hario V60. My batches run between 500-600mL (17-20ozs). Before the video started, I had already weighed out 35 grams of coffee and pre-rinsed my filter.

Baristas Celebrate Valentines Day with Latte Heart Art

Baristas Celebrate Valentines Day with Latte Heart Art

Happy Valentine's Day baristas! To celebrate Valentine's Day, we asked baristas from all over to send us pictures of their Latte Art hearts. Enjoy the gallery of the pours we were sent below and let us know which one is your favorite in the comments.

Free Bonavita Brewer & Google+ Hangout

enter to win a bonavita brewer

For anyone who likes free stuff...

No catch involved. We love to give away great coffee equipment and are excited about giving someone the new Stainless Bonavita Auto Brewer (normally sold for $149). For more info on the brewer, check out the product listing or the blog post Lee wrote on adjusting the temperature.

Cafe Snapshots: Los Angeles

Los Angeles coffee shops on a map

I (Matt) was fortunate enough to visit family in sunny California this past week and took the opportunity to visit some cafes in the L.A. area. I was fairly unaware of the coffee scene around L.A. before visiting, but came away impressed with a well developed coffee culture. Unfortunately, I coudn't make it around to all the shops I wanted to visit (see the list at the end of the post), but I did make it to four shops: Caffe Luxxe (Santa Monica), Paper or Plastik (L.A.), Intelligentsia (Venice), and Element Coffee (Camarillo). Highlights from these shops were: sensory station at Caffe Luxxe that allowed you to smell the grounds of the three coffees they were offering via pour-over, the option of six different single origin coffees to choose from at Element Cafe, having multiple roasters to choose from at Paper or Plastic, and being served up a tasty capp at one of my all-time favorite coffee bars, Intelligentsia Venice.

Experimenting with Bonavita Brewing Temperatures

Bonavita auto brewer filter

Not Just Your Average Auto Brewer

I think we've made it obvious that we really love the Bonavita coffee maker. The Bonavita has proven itself to be temperature stable, producing a consistently quality cup of coffee, time after time, with lots of ease.

Win a Free Yama 5 Cup Siphon Brewer

Yama 5 Cup Siphon Coffee Brewer From Prima Coffee

"Like" Our Prima Coffee Equipment Facebook Page For a Chance to Win a Siphon Brewer!

UPDATE: This contest has officially ended.

Yama 5 Cup Siphon Coffee Brewer From Prima Coffee

Once we reach 300 Facebook fans, we will be giving away a free 5 Cup Yama Siphon Vac Pot Brewer to one of those fans.

Win a Free Bonavita Electric Kettle

Bonavita Kettle

Enter to Win a Free Bonavita Electric Kettle! (THE CONTEST IS OVER)

Congratulations @Dubtron9000 on winning the Electric Kettle!

Bonavita Electric Kettle From Prima Coffee

With the advent of our newest favorite manual brewing product, we decided that a great way to celebrate would be by giving one away! Therefore, from today (Friday, December 2) until Sunday night (December 4), we are giving away one of the new Bonavita Electric Kettles

NYC Coffee Scene

new york coffee

For those that don't know, NYC just so happens to be the place to get good coffee on the east coast. By and large, the east coast has been behind the specialty coffee curve, but things are starting to change.

Kalita Wave: Guest Barista Review - Part Two

Kalita 185 Wave Dripper

Welcome to the second of our two part guest barista review on the Kalita Wave pour over method! Last week, Collin Moody of Cafe Streets reviewed the 155 Series for us. John spent time on the 185 series for us, discussing his brewing method and the difference between the Wave's flat bottom geometry and conical manual brewers.

Kalita Wave: Guest Barista Review - Part One

Kalita Wave Dripper
Kalita Wave Dripper

This is the first of our two part guest barista review on the Kalita Wave pour over brewing method. For these reviews, we bring you Collin Moody ( @CollinAMoody ) reviewing the 155 Series, and John Letoto ( @hermitudinous ) reviewing the 185 Series.

Free Home Espresso Machine Starter Kit

tamper, steaming pitcher, tamping mat, and shot glasses

In an effort to better help our home espresso machine customers be ready to brew out of the box, we've decided to include a free espresso machine starter kit with the purchase of select espresso machines.

La Marzocco Strada: First Impression

la marzocco strada ep

My first trip to NY was a whirlwind. I spent twice as much time on a bus as I did in the city and just as much time walking as I did at the La Marzocco Strada EP event co-sponsored by Counter Culture Coffee. So why go through the hassle? Awesome Chinese food and free espresso....oh and some fancy machine called a Strada...

Dogwood Coffee, Minneapolis MN: Shop Review

Dogwood Coffee and their espresso setup

Last week I was on vacation up in my old stomping grounds, the upper, Upper Midwest, and thought I better check out a new coffee shop - one with which I was not yet acquainted. I had done some research and heard good things online about Dogwood Coffee in Minneapolis, so I worked out a time to meet with my sister (who lives up there) and we headed down Hennepin Ave in search of adventure.

Coava KONE 2: Review

review of the 2nd generation Kone

The good folks at Coava are keeping busy. Coava Coffee Roasters is a shop and micro-roastery located in Portland, Oregon who have, over the last year, started producing some very innovative new brewing devices for specialty coffee. Last year, they introduced the Kone, a metal filter designed for pour over brewing in a Chemex. The responses were great, as reviewers highlighted the benefits of the Kone being reusable, made fully in the United States, and that it allowed more oils than paper filters, allowing for a more nuanced cup. I received the new generation Kone a little over a week ago, and was able to spend time brewing on it over the past several days.

The Kalita Wave Dripper: New Product Preview

Kalita Coffee Logo
Kalita Coffee Logo

One of our goals at Prima is to offer the best manual coffee brewing methods available. We believe that manual brewing methods both produce excellent cups of coffee as well as exemplify the quality and care that goes into the production of that coffee. It is our desire to continually expand our offerings, and today we are proud to announce a new addition to our manual brewing selection. This new product is the Kalita Wave Dripper.

For those that have yet to hear or read about the Wave Drippers, we wanted to give you a brief preview of this new pour over device and how it differs from our other pour over brewers.

Eat, Link, and Be Merry...June 2011

Eat Drink and be Merry

Do you remember back when you were first introduced to "Third Wave" coffee? The newness, like a veil being lifted? Manually brewing coffee for the first time, reading blogs, asking questions all for pursuing a better cup? Ross, one of the newest members of Prima, is living that experience now, and shares about it here.

Weighing In on the Pour Over Scale Problem

Weighing in

If you are a fan and practitioner of manual, pour over brewing methods like the V60 or Chemex, you may, like many of us, pour using a scale for precision and profiling. And, if you pour on a scale, perhaps you have experienced the frustration of having the scale auto shut-off on you a minute or two into the brew. This is VERY frustrating, and many in the pour over brewing community have voiced their frustrations and have sought forums for advice about suitable scales.