I've had my Rancilio Silvia V3 for several years and have gotten to know its quirks (and my own home barista skill limitations) well. But I just moved, set it up in my new kitchen, and its current behavior is new to me! When I pull a shot, after a few seconds the stream gets very wide, light, and frothy, and I can hear loud frothing/bubbling/steaming when I turn off the flow. It's currently impossible to get a drinkable shot because of this. Any ideas? [more inside]
The cafe in the Glebe where I have been buying Francesco's espresso beans for years burned down last night, and I only have a one week supply left. This is not good. Does anyone know another location that carries their beans? I can't get them from Francesco's retail location as they are only open weekdays until 5 pm. Any other recommendations for good beans in the Glebe/Old Ottawa South area?
I have a milk frothing wand, a little baby moka pot, milk, and espresso ground coffee. Now what? [more inside]
I just got an Aeropress and have been trying to figure out how to use the inverted method to make a 10-oz. mug of regular (Americano) coffee. When I use one scoop of fine-ground coffee and fill to the 3 then the 2 as recommended by Stumptown inverted method, I get about 2 oz. of coffee concentrate, which makes about 5 oz. of regular-strength coffee. But if I use two scoops of coffee and fill to the 2 and then the 1 with this method, I get about 2.5 oz. of coffee concentrate, which doesn't make a strong-tasting 10-oz. cup, either. Generally I'm using a dark roast, Sumatra or French or a blend. To make a nice, full-tasting 10-oz. cup of coffee, do I need to steep longer? Use more grounds? Grind finer or coarser? Help! My second question is, do I really need to use twice as much coffee to make a single cup compared to a French press, where I use 2-3 tbsp. coarse-ground coffee and steep for 3-4 minutes to get 10 oz. of coffee? Thank you for any help!
I'm confused. I have a nice-ish consumer espresso maker (Breville, $500 range) and like it quite a bit. There seems to be a lot of controversy online about the water to use both for machine longevity and the best coffee. Does anyone have any advice? Tap water, bottled water, filtered water or distilled? [more inside]
My nearly 10 year old son is very interested in how coffee is made - he compares the difference between our presso and the french press; he loves watching the whole espresso machine at the coffee shop thing. He is also a kid that likes to 'go out for coffee' with me, but with a chocolate drink for him. How early can a kid safely start drinking coffee? [more inside]
I'd like to make tiramisu, which calls for espresso. But I'm not a coffee drinker, I don't keep coffee at home, and I don't own any coffee makers or espresso machines of any kind. What's the easiest way to get (make or buy) some espresso for my tiramisu recipe? [more inside]
I would like to replace my mom's Gaggia espresso machine, but I am not sure if there are cheaper options out there that have all the features that she wants. Requirements inside. [more inside]
Need to switch to decaf coffee. Looking for some information. [more inside]
I just received an espresso machine and am prone to buying $4 iced lattes every day. How can I duplicate the taste I love at home? [more inside]
I am looking around for an espresso machine with which I can use my own coffee, not the pre-packaged (and overpriced) pods that come with Nespressos and the like. I could always use a Moku pot, but I want something a bit less labor intensive.
Help me figure out how to make about 100 long espresso shots at a public event. [more inside]
I'm a latte/cappuccino drinker. I don't like black coffee very much; too intense and bitter for me. But this also means that while other people obsess over espresso brewing quality, I obsess over milk-frothing quality; the coffee quality itself is mostly wasted on me, but I am irate if I get a poorly frothed layer of milk. So I am looking for a good solution — either a machine or a combination of machines — that provides (1) espresso coffee, (2) superb steamed milk, and (3) is convenient to use. More below. [more inside]
Hi there, On a recent trip to Oslo I bought a bag of these espresso coffee beans from a fantastic coffee shop. This is probably a stupid question, but is it possible to make non-espresso strength coffee with these? If so, how should I do it? Obviously I need to grind the beans first, and, if it helps, I have a cafetiere and aeropress. Thanks!
Share your Aeropress strategy or favorite Aeropress trick! Hello! I've been using my Aeropress more and more and I am totally in love with it. It really does brew an amazing cup. I'm learning that everyone has a different preference for how they use their aeropress, though, from the temperature of the water to the amount/brand/etc of the bean, to the type of grinder (burr, etc)... to other factors that I don't even know about. [more inside]
Can I use my espresso maker without a metal filter? [more inside]
I'm looking for a super-automatic coffee/espresso machine (no pods) that is around $1,000 (or cheaper), and meets a few specific needs. I'm eyeing a Jura or DeLonghi, but are there others I should be considering? [more inside]
Hey Guys, I have a mypressi, which is a portable C02 powered espresso machine. It seems to work pretty good, but the included milk frother does not produce a true milk froth which you would expect to get when you order a cappuccino. I found the linked video on youtube and became intriqued with the steamer/water heater setup he was using. Does anyone know who manufactures that steamer? I have found a stove top model online while searching, but not the electric one used in the video. Any help would be awesome. Thanks guys and gals! Youtube Video Link ~Craig
Should all the water "empty" out of the bottom of a stove top espresso maker? If so, what could I be doing wrong, because half of the water remains in my espresso maker? I put the pot on medium, I don't over stuff the maker with espresso, and I don't fill the water over the valve. Thanks in advance! [more inside]
I love coffee. I may apply for a part-time job at a cafe. Have you ever been a barista? Did you enjoy it? [more inside]
No mess, one touch espresso : Nespresso or super automatic? Which one should I choose?
I want an espresso maker. I like plain espresso shots, and I like frothy milk drinks. I am entirely undecided if I want to go for expensive does-everything-for-you-but-drink-it or inexpensive. I don't have a wide space for it (deep, not wide). I would like something that will last, and I don't want pods and I do not want a Moka pot. I will buy a burr grinder if the machine doesn't do the grinding for me. [more inside]
How can I heat up milk for my coffee at work and without a microwave or stovetop? Is there some kind of stand-alone gadget that will heat (not just froth) milk, while being office-appropriate? [more inside]
What kind of coffee beans should I try? And where? [more inside]
I love coffee, but it's getting hard for me to find coffee I like which doesn't break the bank or make me ill. Dark roasts smell like burnt sweat socks to me, and lighter roasts are too acidic/sour. I used to be okay with medium-to-light roasts that were "breakfast blends" or which were nutty/chocolatey/spicy rather than fruity/winey (according to the vendor's descriptions) but lately that system has let me down and all coffee seems too acidic/sour. Why have I "gone off" coffee, and what other coffee (bean/roast/brewing method) should I try? [more inside]
I am borrowing a La Pavoni Europiccola (an Italian pump espresso machine) from someone who is not using it. In fact, it had been sitting in storage for about 5 years with water in the boiler. How can I really thoroughly clean it? [more inside]
What's the difference between an espresso blend and regular whole bean coffee? [more inside]
How can I learn to be a barista? Preferably for free? Or better yet, get paid to do so? [more inside]
Barista classes in Seattle? [more inside]
Houston! Caffeinate and clothe me, please. Can you recommend your best espresso and thrift/consignment shopping? (I'm going to be staying not far from the Menil.) [more inside]
I make a double espresso most mornings and take it in the car to go. I have some good travel mugs, but they are huge. The smallest I've seen lately are 14-16 ounces, and many are even much bigger. I'd really like a smaller one, maybe 6-8 ounces, or whatever size would be good for a double espresso. Are there any good small ones you've tried?
Does anyone know how to make good espresso with an Alex Duetto II espresso machine? I'm lost. [more inside]
How to make half a pot of coffee from a cafetera? [more inside]
What makes European coffee different from American coffee? [more inside]
I drink an espresso a day and two or three cappuccinos a week. I want to get a new coffee machine. [more inside]
Help me become a kick ass Barista. [more inside]
Is there a cheaper alternative to the manufacturer-recommended descale solutions used to decalcify coffee/espresso machines???? [more inside]
How much water do I put in my Delonghi Ec5 Espresso machine? [more inside]
Good/great espresso on the cheap... possible? [more inside]
Help! I am a barista and my elbow hurts! What should I do? [more inside]
What's a good whole bean coffee I can buy in bulk online on a college student budget? [more inside]
I'm anxious to give up the Java, or switch to decaf. For health reasons. Give me hints on how to do this effectively. [more inside]
What are the best barista training programs/schools around? [more inside]
How do I avoid burning coffee with a stovetop espresso maker? [more inside]
What are good espresso-based drinks beyond the typical lattes, cappuccinos, and mochas? [more inside]
Coffee beans behave like busses apparently. I went with preground for a year, and then I got a 5lb bag and a 1lb bag of roasted coffee beans and a grinder today for Christmas. How should I store them, accounting for my specific situation? [more inside]
Due to budgetary constraints, I've cut back on my daily quad-shot 16 oz. latte and am brewing coffee to take to work in the morning. I've noticed a difference in my moods and energy levels, but, more importantly, brewed coffee does not bring out the poop like the espresso drink does. [more inside]
GiftFilter: Where can I buy high quality beans for an espresso lover in Silicon Valley? [more inside]
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