Hacking the Starbucks Barista Grinder

My first espresso machine was the Starbucks Barista espresso machine. It uses a pressurized portafilter which allows you to use a coarser espresso grind. For years, I used the Starbucks Barista Grinder with this machine and it worked wonderfully. Eventually the Barista espresso machine gave way to the Rancilio Silvia. While my grinder was able […]

Vacuum Pot Brewing

Vacuum brewers come in many shapes and sizes, yet they are more alike than they are different. They have the same basic components and operate on the same basic principles. You may also hear of these devices referred to as vac pots. In this article, we’ll do an overview of things common in vacuum brewing […]

Roast Your Own Coffee

Roasting your own coffee is not only personally satisfying, it is relatively easy. You don’t really need the expense of a Probat or Diedrich roaster to begin this craft. Using nothing more than a hot air popcorn popper, you can achieve a very high level of freshness as well as being able to control your […]

AeroPress Coffee Maker Tutorial

The Aerobie AeroPress is a single cup coffee brewing system that will provide excellent use when traveling or even as your solution for quality office coffee. The system is priced between $25 and $30 which I find reasonable. In addition to the core brewing system, you will get 350 AeroPress filters and a holder for […]

Roast in Parchment (RIP) Coffee

The term RIP coffee has nothing to do with wishing your coffee a peaceful death. Rather, it is short for Roast In Parchment. It means pretty much what you would expect in this case – the coffee bean is roasted while still in its parchment and then it is ground and brewed parchment and all. […]

Coffee Storage

Imagine the following scenario: You have just come home from your favorite coffee shop with two pounds of Jamaica Blue Mountain Coffee, freshly roasted. Normally, you wouldn’t buy so much at one time, but it was a steal at $20 a pound! Realizing that you won’t be able to drink this within a week, you […]

Homebrewing: Espresso Stout

Beer has a lot in common with coffee. Both are very popular beverages. Both have the utilitarian consumers of the beverages as well as those who consider themselves connoisseurs. And both of these can be made in fairly easy fashion at home yielding very positive results. And, interestingly enough, certain types of beers are well […]

Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine Tips

Using the Rancilio Silvia Espresso machine can be a bit intimidating if you have never used an espresso machine at all or even if you have previously used a machine that controlled a lot of the variables for you. The machine to a large degree assumes you know what you are doing. If you don’t, […]