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Tech Tip: Backflush Flashback

If you have a semi-automatic espresso machine with a 3-way pressure release, or solenoid, valve, you need to backflush it on a regular basis to keep the machine in fine working order. Backflushing will clean up behind the screen and…

Health Watch: Aluminum Boilers & Alzheimers

One of the more controversial topics within the discussion of Alzheimer’s is whether or not aluminum has a causal relationship to the development of the disease. Since the first study in the 1960′s that found higher concentrations of aluminum in…

Recipe: New Orleans Cafe Brulot

Who doesn’t love a little voodoo in their coffee cup every now and again? We were thumbing through Betty Rosbottom’s book Coffee: Scrumptious Drinks and Treats, looking for a yummy concoction to spice up these darkening autumn days, when we…

Health Watch: Caffeine & Pregnancy

Two universities in the UK have determined that excessive amounts of caffeine during pregnancy can impact the weight of the child as it’s developing, putting some babies at risk of a low birth weight. What do we mean by excessive?…

Compassionate Coffee

Coffee Kids is one of our favorite organizations and we heartily support its mission. Working to improve the standard of living in coffee growing regions throughout Central and South America, Coffee Kids have been around for 20 years and have…

Recipe: Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Mocha

Inspired by a local bakery’s pumpkin muffins with chunks of white chocolate chips, the Pumpkin Spice White Chocolate Mocha is a deliciously creamy and tangy treat! Perfect for these dulling Autumn days, this drink is a wonderful pick-me-up and is…