Four Signs You’re in a Real Espresso Bar

Ever been in the mood for a good espresso – a real espresso – and then been massively disappointed in the undrinkable swill served up to you? We’ve all been there. But no longer. From bitter (ha) experience, I’ve established four simple signs that you’re in a real espresso bar. Of course there are always […]

Bialetti Diva I Caffe d’Italia Review

There are several single-serve pod style coffeemakers on the market: the ubiquitous Keurig that takes K-Cups, the Tassimo, and the Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf (CBTL) Kaldi, just to name a few.  The most common use for these is for brewed-style coffee, typically at 6-8 ounces of coffee per serving. But when it comes to the […]

The Naked Portafilter

You may have been wondering if there are any cool new coffee toys to improve your Barista skills. Oh sure, there are the ubiquitous click tamper thingies, and of course the ever so sexy bathroom scale to measure your tamp pressure. One word – BORING! But if you want something that says “I know Starbucks […]

Stovetop Espresso Brewing Tutorial

This is a quick tutorial on the stovetop espresso maker. It is also known as a Moka Pot and is sold under the name Bialetti. Let’s get started. #1 Fill the Bottom Chamber with Water Fill the bottom chamber with cold water. Stumptown Coffee advises pre-heating the water, so the coffee doesn’t cook on the stove. […]

Brewing Espresso in a Moka

If you like coffee, then chances are that you’ll really enjoy Italian coffee (or caffe). There are many different styles including “espresso” and cappuccino, which are both popular in the United States. All styles are based on espresso. For example, cappuccino is espresso with steamed milk and milk foam. Note that “espresso” is a non-Italian […]

A Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine Tutorial For the Caffeine-Inclined

As one the best types of espresso machines available on the market today, the Rancilio Silvia stands far above other espresso machines or coffee makers that you’ll see on store shelves. For the home barista who is serious about their espresso, the Rancilio Silvia is a commercial-style espresso machine that includes professional-grade components. And now […]

Espresso Tamping

This article is the first of a series of articles about espresso preparation. Espresso has the potential to be the ultimate form of coffee, but is too often sour, bitter, and overpowering. To prepare espresso properly a number of factors must be monitored. The espresso must be freshly roasted, freshly ground with a sharp conical […]