Monthly Archives: August 2009

Rancilio Silvia V3 Single-Hole Steam Tip

When Rancilio was reworking the new Silvia, which was released in May, they tested it with a three-hole steam tip. It seemed to work just fine in their European testing labs, but when it hit the market in the US,…

Recipe: Double Shot Mocha Cupcakes

We were poking around for a cupcake recipe for an upcoming party and we found this delicious concoction. Sounds quite lovely — we can’t wait to make them! Ingredients Cakes: 1 cup coconut milk 1/2 tablespoon ground coffee 1/3 cup…

Curves of Steel

One of our favorite methods for making coffee at home is using our moka pot on the stove — sure, it’s not technically espresso, but it is a delicious, smooth brew that is a wonderful complement to a lazy Sunday afternoon. So it was with great relish that we tracked the development and evolution of OTTO, billed as the world’s best stovetop espresso maker. More than just a labor of love for engineer Craig Hiron of Sydney, Australia, OTTO is a significant achievement in function and design as well, taking the basic design of the 40′s era Atomicstovetop coffee maker and re-engineering it for a new millennium.

Crew Review: Ascaso Dream

Gorgeous line and a whole lot of attitude, the Ascaso Dream single boiler semi-automatic espresso machine is as beautiful as it is functional. Check out Gail’s video review of the machine as she shows us the features and makes us…

Crew Review: Quick Mill Anita

A great semi-automatic, heat exchange espresso machine, the Quick Mill Anita gives you all the features of a home machine, but with a little lighter impact on the ol’ wallet. Watch Gail as she walks us through the ins and…

Hazelnut Mocha vs. the Big Mac

Not really sure how many calories are swimming around in your favorite caffeinated beverage? Well, thankfully, David McCandless over at Information is Beautiful has made a handy little visual to help you out. Check out the link.

Recipe: Mocha Mousse

Lookin’ for a little sugar? This sweet concoction might fit the bill! Adapted from a recipe by Gordon Ramsay. Ingredients – Serves 4 100 g good quality dark chocolate (about 60-65% cacao) 125 g mascarpone 2 tablespoons icing sugar 4…

Starbucks V.2.0 – Take Two

As folks discuss the reasoning behind Starbucks’ recent move to completely retool & rename their 15th Ave Coffee and Tea house, yet another example of the global java giant’s new approach is put on display: The redesigning of the back…