Monthly Archives: May 2010

Buy a Soldier a Cup o’ Joe

Today’s Memorial Day in the US and while many of us are enjoying an extra day out of the office or getting our summer parties kicked off at a nice pitch, it’s easy to forget that we have a couple of wars going on right now — which means a lot of soldiers away from home.

Dude, Where’s my Crema?

Crema is a little bit of a Holy Grail in the espresso world — folks are talking about it all the time, searching for it, measuring their technique, equipment and coffee by it. But what the heck is it? What does the production of crema give you? And is it really that important?

Recipe: Chipotle Pineapple Chicken

The calendar reads ‘May’ and, for all intents and purposes, summer is on the horizon — but here in Seattle, rainy spring weather is not yet ready to give up the good fight. If you’re lucky enough to live an area that is ready to rock the BBQ, then this recipe is right up your alley. Gail and co. devised this for their own home cooking and we think you’ll enjoy it, too.

Giving New Meaning to the Phrase ‘Empty Calories’

This infographic from awhile back laid out the different caloric intake of foods and drinks and the required energy output to balance their input, but we recently ran across this blog entry over at World of Mysteries that evaluated and named what they think are the 20 most harmful drinks in the US. Comparing each drink’s sugar content to another not-so-healthy food, they list several drinks that you’d expect to find on there — and painfully outline some coffee drinks as well.

Hope for the Well Loved

The most used component of any non-superautomatic espresso machine is the portafilter — it gets poked, prodded, pounded, grabbed, tweaked and occasionally tossed a little too far. We know that it’s nothing personal, and no reflection on your sentiment toward your machine, but these little suckers do bear the brunt of the espresso extraction process.

Talking about Water Filters & Softeners

Mineral content in your water will play a part in the coffee that you make and your machine’s longevity. In this video, Gail talks to us about a few different filters and softeners available for espresso machines, as well as explaining how a filter and softener differ.

Better Living Through Chemistry: Caffeine

We get so wrapped up in the cornucopia of flavors it offers that we sometimes forget that coffee is also a drug delivery device. Caffeine is widely consumed around the world and is the stimulant of choice for many folks in the morning to get their day going or for a mid-afternoon pick-me-up.