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The Death Of The Death Of The Barista

The Death Of The Death Of The Barista

  Super-automatic espresso machines are getting better. I think it’s safe to say that in the not-too-distant future, they’ll be able to make coffee as consistently as a well trained barista. The efficiencies they provide are such a strong argument that their...

The Holdswhirl EK43 Distribution Method

Many of you have asked about how to distribute coffee grinds when using an EK43 for espresso service. This is the week! Back in 2013 when we were wracking our brains about how to make espresso with that grinder, we also had to come up with a method for getting grinds...

Temperature Equilibrium In Espresso

The advent of PID control on espresso machines brought with it a feverish obsession with temperature control. “We want more precise temperatures” the professionals cried; and almost all manufacturers have been delivering with aplomb. Reflecting on these advances, one...

You Want A Bold Coffee? Great!

  This post was originally written by Alex Bernson, former editor of Barista Hustle. Guests can only express what they want in the terms they know, and for many coffee consumers, the number one term they know is bold. It immediately conjures up ideas of morning...
Please Don’t Polish When You Tamp

Please Don’t Polish When You Tamp

Baristas have come a long way in recent years to abolish many myths of coffeemaking. One that remains fairly steadfast is the polish; the quick spin at the end of a tamp to make the surface of the coffee look smooth. I’ve spun a tamper in many a basket over my years...

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