Category: Coffee

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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 ...

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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.

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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, ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...