Category: Coffee


Hotwire Coffee

I’ve been working all hours lately to finish iMovie HD & iDVD 5 for Mac OS X: Visual QuickStart Guide, but there’s only so much time I can spend at my regular office or in my home office. So a few nights ago, Kim and I ventured out to a coffeehouse I’ve been wanting to ...


Vintage Espresso Machines

In conjunction with the SCAA conference, Hines Public Market in Seattle is showing off some vintage espresso machines. I hope to get over there on Sunday and see them for myself, but in the meantime here are some pics that someone snapped: espresso museum.


Best US Barista

The New York Times has an article about Phuong Tran, this year’s United States Barista champion. I saw her get the title last month at the US Barista Championships, which was fun and a new experience. I’ll be at the SCAA (Specialty Coffee Association of America) conference this weekend, which is being held in Seattle, ...


Ruined by Perfection

Last coffee post of the day: an online addendum to a recent National Geographic cover story on caffeine, the “world’s most popular psychoactive drug.” Photographer Bob Sacha narrates a slideshow of photos taken while researching the article. National Geographic Magazine’s Sights & Sounds: What’s the Buzz?. Man, I just finished a latté and already I ...


Naked Portafilter Espresso

Reading through the forums at CoffeeGeek, I came across a thread about naked portafilters. Apparently, baristas at Seattle coffeehouse Zoka modified a portafilter (the cup that holds the espresso grinds) so that the espresso comes straight from the basket, rather than through a lower piece that directs the espresso into the cup. I don’t know ...


By Caffeine Alone…

I saw an amusing signature in a friend’s email tonight that echoes the current week. I’m editing three Take Control ebooks simultaneously, which all need to go out post-haste. So, my self-assigned label of “Late-Nighter” is certainly apt right now. It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion. It is by the ...


CoffeeGeek Espresso Glossary

What’s the difference between a ristretto and a doppio espresso? Now you can look up those and other often arcane espresso terms at CoffeeGeek’s Espresso Glossary.


How a New Coffee Grinder Makes All the Difference

I’ve been a coffee fan for a while, but I’ve gotten more serious about it since my wife bought me a La Pavoni Europicola for our ten-year wedding anniversary. Since I had moved up to a better machine than my trustworthy Krups Mini, I decided it was time to buy a burr grinder to go ...


CaffeDerm at ThinkGeek

OMG, I must have this! ThinkGeek :: CaffeDerm “So drop that Dew, put down that Jolt catheter, and grab hold of our newly patented CaffeDerm® caffeine patches – they easily apply to your shoulder and provide a steady dose of caffeine throughout the day. These calorie-free fixes are just enough to keep you from ripping ...


New Coffeehouse Worth Mentioning

I’m working on three articles today, so I decided to get out of the house and absorb some coffeehouse atmosphere while I worked. Normally, I’d stick to one of my favorites, but today I took a drive to the University district to check out the new UZ (University Zoka), a few blocks north of University ...