Check out these gorgeous and highly practical accessories from German designer Concept-Art. Focused initially on tools for the professional coffee world, they recently expanded to include accessories that home espresso enthusiasts would also find useful and lovely. Watch as Gail shows off their tampers, tamp mat & stand, shot glasses, knock boxes and brushes.
Can you tell the difference between coffee brewed with different types of water? We have done some testing in the past that taught us the water is definitely the thing to keep in mind when brewing, but we decided to do a side by side of several different sources to find out if there was a practical flavor difference.
We brewed up cold coffee using water from a Mavea pitcher, Brita pitcher, Best Cup filter, standard resin softener, distilled water with Cirqua added and regular ol’ tap. Find out which brewed the tastiest cup!
If you have an espresso machine that has a water intake hose (such as the Rancilio Silvia, Quick Mill or Izzo models), this in-take water filter is worth consideration. It takes out chemicals, pollutants and minerals that can contribute to scale build up, specifically designed to create the right balance for a great cup of coffee. Watch Gail take us through the ins and outs of these filters.
In our stoic search to find yummy water for your yummy coffee, we looked to the company that produces our commercial-grade in-line water filters, Mavea, to find a more lo-fi, home-friendly option. These pitchers take out several nasty interlopers in your tap water, including minerals that contribute to scale build up. Gail takes us through their features and benefits.
We asked Patrick, who leads our team in dedicated refurbishing of espresso machines, to talk to us about the process they follow when they’re rebuilding a machine. He talks about testing, part replacement, aesthetic quirks and what they go through in preparing a refurb.