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Why I Grind and Brew Coffee Manually

manual coffee brewing and grinding equipment

This is the kit I pull out of the cupboard each morning to make coffee. Obviously I don’t brew manually because it’s convenient. There’s lots of bits and pieces and nothing is automated. Some folks would look at all this gear and write it off as being too complicated.

I love all the various bits and pieces. I continue to expand my collection of manual coffee brewing equipment. I’ll admit, that I have a job which makes accumulating gear very easy and inexpensive. For someone who doesn’t have a job like mine, for under a hundred bucks, you can get a manual coffee kit including: Aeropress coffee maker, Porlex coffee grinder and a bag of fresh beans. The kit in my photo above probably costs closer to $450. That might sound like a lot, but if you compared the cost of decent electric espresso makers and grinders, plus accessories, $450 is a bargain. The obvious advantage to manual gear is that you can take it anywhere, so there’s no compromise when you’re making coffee while camping.

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Latte art wombats and the frustrated home barista

latte hearts

This photo won’t impress the average coffee geek and I’m not about to win any latte art competitions, but for me it was a minor miracle. I’ve poured a heart before, but this morning might have been one of the first times I’ve poured two hearts in a row. Why is that a big deal for me? Typically I would have poured a heart and then, much to my frustration, followed with some sort of blobby wombat (my son is great at identifying shapes in my latte art). For two years I’ve been using the Bellman milk steamer and while I believed I understood the fundamentals of milk steaming, it has taken this long to begin to consistently apply the knowledge. Continue reading

Coffee Pop-ups with Espresso Unplugged

Like most online businesses, we don’t get many opportunities to meet folks outside of an email inbox. As a result, when someone suggests we do another coffee pop-up, we don’t need much convincing. Not only do we really enjoy getting away from our computers and the warehouse, we love meeting folks face to face and talking about coffee.

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Matcha Tea Latte

Sugimoto Matcha Latte, Queens Kickshaw, Steinway St
Photo credit: Project Latte

I saw this photo today and am pretty keen to try my hand at Matcha Tea Lattes with the Bellman Milk Steamer. I’m taking a week or two off coffee and this could be just the thing.

Here’s a video how-to with funky green latte art:

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