The Science and Art of Espresso

Choosing an Italian espresso machine is just one step along the home barista journey. To me the hobby is not really about the espresso machine and other gadgets. What hooks me to the home barista hobby is the quest to control an uncontrollable process and the surprises and ah-ha moments that you get along the way. Enjoy the Journey.

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Holiday Coffee Machines

What do I do when I go on holiday? Do I lug my 25kg Italian espresso machine and 10kg grinder along? No way. I use the simplest, cheapest and probably one of the world's oldest brewing methods - The very humble but very capable manual brew pourover. The result is light, sweet fruity coffee with ease.

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Cold Drip Coffee

I remember the first time that I tried cold drip coffee - WOW - a slurp of ripened fruit, milk chocolate and thick honey. It really surprised me at the time. Cold processed coffee is so very different to hot coffee that has been cooled. 

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My Own Home Espresso Journey

Paul here. Like most of us, I started off with instant. Then in 2005 a coffee machine called the Phillips Senseo came along. This machine was similar to a modern day pod coffee machine but used coffee bags instead of pods. At the time, and after years of instant, the Senseo was great. The next step was a big one - I decided to try out a thermoblock Sunbeam coffee machine and a Sunbeam grinder. Again, at the time it was great. Another step forwards. 

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