Monthly Archives: April 2011

Ristretto | Santa Cruz Comes to Queens

Ristretto | Santa Cruz Comes to Queens | By OLIVER STRAND | April 27, 2011, 10:30 am Bradley Allen Verve Coffee Roasters in Santa Cruz. Verve Coffee Roasters is in a small stucco shopping center on 41st Avenue, a sun-baked … Continue reading

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Coffees of the Year

The most prestigious annual event for producers around the world, the COTY competition celebrates the most exceptional coffees. Only coffees scoring 84 or higher are eligible to compete; once qualified, the coffees are then vetted bi-annually by a team of … Continue reading

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Guinness World Record: Most espressos made in 1 hour

This past month, at the London Coffee Festival, the London Belle Baristas’ team broke the Guinness World Record for producing the most espressos made in one hour.  Using 31 commercial espresso machines (La Marzocco’s included) they produced 12,005 espressos at … Continue reading

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La Marzocco Strada – first thoughts

La Marzocco Strada – first thoughts I know I have been writing about the La Marzocco Strada before, but back then I did not have a lot of experience using the machine. Not that I have a lot of experience … Continue reading

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Bay Area coffee drinkers feeling price squeeze

Bay Area coffee drinkers feeling price squeeze 04/03/11 Tara Duggan, Special to The Chronicle San Francisco’s Four Barrel is about to raise its prices on coffee for the first time since it opened in 2008. If it hasn’t already, your … Continue reading

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Grinding to order – without clumps

Grinding to order has two advantages:  firstly the coffee is fresh, secondly there is minimal waste.  To achieve this we are mostly using standard doser or doserless grinders with digital timers – either factory fitted, or hacked in afterwards.  No … Continue reading

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Coffee Brewing Control Chart

The graph above is what’s called a “Brewing Control Chart”, the key to making whatever coffee you’re using taste as good as possible (and not to mention getting all the flavor you’re paying for into the pot).  It may look … Continue reading

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