Your brand is not just your identification, it is your product. The next step is roasting the coffee beans. Roasted Beans could look comparable however that is where it ends. Many coffee roasters choose to roast tons of, maybe even hundreds of kilos of beans at one time. This tremendously reduces the accuracy of the roast. For the reason that moisture content of beans can change from batch to batch, small batch roasting is a must when the best gourmet espresso is desired. This is obviously rather more tedious but the results are well value it. I am Australian. i discovered this fascinating because I by no means really understood what a latte was. I often order a flat white and all I want is milk in my espresso thanks and no white mustache to dab away afterwards. In wet process, the beans are harvested from the farms. From there … Read more

The Joy of Kenya, Classic Coffee-Producing Origin

Transporting processed coffee to storage in the Kiambu growing region of Kenya. Photo courtesy of Caesar Tu.

What makes a coffee taste like it does? Many factors go into what you ultimately experience in your morning cup.

First, there’s the tree variety that produces the coffee. For specialty coffees, the varieties in question are, with rare exceptions, of the Arabica species, and there are hundreds of possibilities. Then, there’s the place in which the tree is grown — the coffee’s terroir. (There is no direct translation into English of this French word, which refers to the holistic environment in which a plant is grown, including the specific soil type, weather, altitude, and other factors.) Once the ripe coffee cherries are picked, processing is the next big x-factor. While processing experiments are all the rage in specialty coffee right now, we’ll be focusing on the classic washed method here. There … Read more

Equipment Review: Oxo Brew Conical Burr Grinder With Integrated Scale

Overall Rating: 8.5

Pros: The Oxo offers admirable grind consistency and conveniently controls how much coffee is ground by weight rather than by time.

Cons: The weight of the actual dose always slightly misses the target. The unit’s high-pitched noise is on the louder side and its lightweight materials raise longevity concerns.

MSRP: $224.99

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Reviewer’s Take:

Controlling grinding by weight is an exceptional feat for a grinder in this price bracket, and offers a major step up in precision for anyone whose coffee routine has to this point depended on scoops and eyeball estimates. Although the Oxo Brew’s automation of this feature results in doses less precise than they would be if weighed out by hand, the inaccuracy is not great and is relatively predictable.

Dose Accuracy. Tested using calibration weights, the Oxo … Read more

Equipment Review: Breville Smart Grinder Pro

Overall Rating: 9.0

Pros: The Smart Grinder Pro’s grind consistency is best among the four grinders we review for this report. It is also relatively quiet, and its capacity for supporting espresso brewing is particularly impressive for a machine offered at so reasonable a price.

Cons: The stubbornly convoluted user interface takes either patience or a workaround to overcome.

MSRP: $199.95

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Reviewer’s Take:

Excellent performance and many clever details contribute to the brainy design of the Breville Smart Grinder Pro, although there are moments when the device might just be a little too smart for its own good.

User Interface. The digital LCD screen is helpful for choosing and returning to one of the Breville’s generous 60 grind adjustments (many of which are fine enough for espresso brewing). Beans feed smoothly, and the … Read more

Equipment Review: Baratza Virtuoso+ Coffee Grinder

Overall Rating: 8.5

Pros: A smart design, simple operation and excellent serviceability make this machine both a reassuring long-term investment and a pleasure to use.

Cons: Beans tend to popcorn around as the hopper empties, and its once class-leading grind consistency has been overtaken by competitors.

MSRP: $269.00

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Reviewer’s Take:

The Baratza Virtuoso+ is an unassuming workhorse you can trust to break your beans with reasonable precision and with refreshing attention to detail and design.

Build, Static and Serviceability. The sharp corners of its sturdy plastic grounds bin make it easier to pour grounds directly into smaller single-cup brewers or filters, an appreciable bump in convenience over the wide-mouthed grounds containers of many other machines, from which users are expected to scoop rather than pour.

The bin also nests snugly and completely enough … Read more