We love Betty Rosbottom’s elegant and treat-filled book Coffee: Scrumptious Drinks & Treats so much, we just had to offer it in the shop. We highly recommend adding this book to your kitchen’s library; it’s chock full of wonderful espresso-inspired recipes that will keep you, your friends and family sufficiently sweetened.
If you’re planning on transporting or storing your machine, it’s important that you drain the boiler of any residual water from the last use. The main reason is so that it doesn’t freeze, expand and damage the internal components.
Here’s a guide on how you can drain your boiler before you store or ship it. This care tip is essential to the longevity of your machine, so don’t skip it!
Drink your dessert first with the delicious Chocolate Raspberry Cappuccino! This delightful cuppa joe is sumptuous, sweet and seriously stimulating.
Featuring two kinds of chocolate sauce, raspberry syrup, espresso and your favorite frothy milk, this cappuccino turns an afternoon pick-me-up into a celebration.
- 1/2 ounce Monin Gourmet Sauce Dark Chocolate
- 1/2 ounce Monin Gourmet Sauce White Chocolate
- 1/2 ounce Monin Raspberry Syrup
- 2 ounces brewed espresso coffee
- 8 ounces steamed milk
- Combine sauces, syrup and espresso in 12oz mug. Stir until well combined.
- Pour steamed milk into mug; stir to combine.
- Top with froth from steamed milk.
- Garnish with Monin Dark Chocolate Sauce.
We love DeLonghi’s Alicia Moka Espresso Maker because it’s very portable and easy to use. Utilizing the Italian Moka method for espresso extraction, this compact unit makes a rich, tasty brew anywhere near an outlet.
Great for the home or office, the Alicia also has a detachable base, which makes it very easy to clean and serving espresso is a snap.
A new joint study out of Harvard and Tokyo indicates that caffeine consumption may not be a strict carcinogen. It found no statistically reliable evidence that drinking coffee increases overall breast cancer risk, but it did find data regarding how it effects pre-existing breast tissue conditions, requiring further study.
The researchers reviewed the medical and dietary records of nearly 40,000 women since a baseline taken between 1992 – 1995, and examined the commonalities between their dietary intake and the development of breast cancer. They were unable to find any statistical proof that caffeine did in fact increase a woman’s risk of breast cancer, but they did notice that those with higher caffeine intake (more than 4 cups per day) did experience adverse effects in the state of pre-existing benign breast disease and tumors.
While it appears that minimal intake my not increase your risk — if you’re a coffee lover with a history of breast cancer in your family, it might be a good idea to switch to decaf (just to be on the safe side!).
The secret is in your basket. Once you pull your shot, discard the coffee puck and examine the portafilter basket: If you see a caramelized residue sticking to the bottom of the basket, it’s highly likely that your shot was over extracted and may taste bitter or burnt.
So if your shot is looking a little bit on the long side and you’re not sure of your extraction, save yourself a taste test and check out the basket for clues instead.