Monthly Archives: September 2009

Call for Reviews: Rancilio Silvia

Over on our new resource website, Brown Bean, we have been working hard on putting up editorial reviews of all kinds of espresso machines. We’ll be eventually expanding the reviews to include other kinds of equipment — grinders, accessories, even…

Only 125 Shots to Go

With a quality espresso machine at your fingertips, you might have some concern that you may suffer from caffeine overdose. But how much is too much? While some studies have shown that a high caffeine intake can result in hallucinations,…

Is Crema Sacred?

We get a lot of questions about crema: What is it, how can I get more of it, where does it come from, etc. We’re going to get Gail in front of the camera soon to talk about and experiment…

Slayer = Control

Yesterday, we posted a video discussing brew pressure and how it applies to espresso extraction. Near the end, we talked about the Slayer espresso machine, which gives another customization option to the barista: Pressure profiling. The first machine to offer…

Under Pressure

Espresso machines often list 15 – 17 BAR pumps in their technical specifications, but the general rule of thumb for most espresso extraction is for 9 BARs of pressure. In this video, Gail talks to us about this pressure differential,…

Pura Vida!

Well, we are back from our wonderful jaunt to el Caribe Sur of Costa Rica. After 12 long years, we returned to the now not-so-little village in which we lived back in our wayward youth: Puerto Viejo de Talamanca. It…