Espresso-Based Beverages – Cortado

Cortado coffee in glass on a white saucer

A cortado is a drink made with equal parts espresso and milk. A standard recipe contains one fluid ounce of milk and one shot of espresso. However, is not uncommon to see cortados with a two shots of espresso and two ounces of steamed milk.  The Origins of Cortado Many espresso-based drinks come from the … Read more

Nespresso Vs Espresso vs Illy IperEspresso

large realistic size of nespresso vs espresso final

If you are looking to get the best shot of espresso, you probably want to compare the most popular options on the market: traditional espresso vs Nespresso. Even the most passionate Nespresso critics have tasted it, at least to satisfy the curiosity. Let me introduce another competitor in your comparison, Illy IperEspresso. Why talk about … Read more

Best Cheap Espresso Machines

For a coffee lover on a budget, buying an espresso machine might be challenging. As a beginner barista, you have limited knowledge in the field. How do you choose the best cheap espresso machine? What are the criteria that separate a good espresso maker from a bad one? We will try to familiarize you with … Read more

Extraction and Espresso Brewing – A Guide to Coffee Perfection

just before pulling espresso shot

If you are interested in perfecting your espresso making skills and technique, you need to understand the science behind it. The science behind espresso brewing is called extraction.

Coffee extraction is the process of dissolving ground coffee in water. This chemistry concept is important in coffee brewing because it determines how good your coffee is.

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Espresso-Based Beverages – Affogato

affogato coffee pouring espresso over ice cream

Affogato is an Italian dessert prepared by pouring a shot of freshly brewed hot espresso over a scoop of vanilla gelato (ice cream). The result is a delicious, smooth drink. The Italian name of this coffee drink, or dessert, is affogato al caffè. The magic of an affogato is that you mix two pleasures in … Read more

5 Great Cappuccino Cups – How to Buy a Cappuccino Cups Set

Cappuccino cup and saucer

My wife asked me a couple of days ago to find her the best cappuccino cups set on the market. Kind of a tall order, but hey, I didn’t want to disappoint her.

The cappuccino set was going to be a gift for a close friend of her. I knew what I needed to find, so it looked like it was going to be a quick job. Material, size, form, I knew all of that, it just had to match my wife’s taste. You’ll see how a seemingly easy task turned up to be a very difficult one. I’ll tell you the story, and you’ll find out how I picked my cappuccino set, and in the process, you’ll learn what to look for when you are shopping for cappuccino cups.

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5 Best Espresso Cups – 5 Demitasse Cups

espresso shot in white demitasse

Choosing the best espresso cup is not as easy as one might think. Yes, we know, you can probably drink your shot from any small cup. Espresso though is more than downing a strong coffee to get you started in the morning. It’s a ritual, and it is as much about the experience as it … Read more

Cappuccino vs Dry Cappuccino vs Wet Cappuccino Comparison and Recipe

white ceramic cup with coffee

There are many espresso drinks to choose from in a coffee shop. The coffee shop menu might seem overwhelming for the unprepared. We baristas, want to cater to every taste. But even so, there are the few customers that always want their coffee drink a little different. But this is how many drinks have been … Read more

Espresso-Based Beverages – Red Eye Coffee

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Red Eye coffee is an espresso drink famous for its caffeine content, but many coffee aficionados like it for the unique flavor obtained by combining drip coffee and espresso. In this post, we describe the origins of the Red Eye Coffee drink and we show you what makes it different from other espresso drinks. We … Read more

Lavazza Crema e Gusto Review – Italian Espresso Coffee Beans

lavazza crema e gusto italian

The Lavazza Crema e Gusto espresso blend is ideal for the no nonsense coffee drinker who likes the traditional flavors of espresso. To enjoy this coffee you don’t need to be a coffee snob. We can forget the frills and pomp of specialty brewing, and go back to drinking espresso from the good old days … Read more

Espresso-Based Beverages – Lungo

espresso lungo

Do you love the taste of espresso but sometimes want something a little bit more? That’s why the espresso lungo has been invented. Lungo is a longer coffee than the normal espresso shot, making it less concentrated, but maintaining the same unique, rich flavor that we associate with espresso. In this blog post, we will … Read more

Espresso-Based Beverages – Ristretto

ristretto in porcelain cup with saucer

When it comes to espresso, there are quite a few options available. Ristretto is the choice of snob coffee connoisseurs, (and I mean that in a good way), to awaken you senses, and to get you up to speed in the morning. What Is a Ristretto and How Is Different from a Normal Espresso? Ristretto … Read more

Best Cheap PID Espresso Machines

Lelit PL41 TEM espresso machine with PID

So you decided to step up your espresso game and buy a PID espresso machine. However, when you look at the prices they don’t really match your budget. This is a review of the best cheap espresso machines with a PID. The list include machines from Breville, Ascaso, Lelit, and Quick Mill. Learn what are … Read more

What Is Espresso

espresso shot in china cup

The espresso beverage as we know it today, dates back to 1947, when Gaggia introduced the first machine capable of creating consistent high pressure during the shot pulling. The machine was called Gaggia Crema Caffe and was intended for normal commercial use. Before the Gaggia Crema Caffe almost every commercial and consumer espresso machine was … Read more

Rancilio Silvia Espresso Machine Review

Rancilio Silvia espresso machine

Rancilio HSD Silvia, targets the home brewing sector, the espresso enthusiasts, that love to tweak their espresso to perfection. These people take espresso brewing very serious, and a few stumbles will not scare them. If you are one of these people, then this machine is definitely for you. You can tweak your espresso to perfection, and get most of that perfect African bean with your Silvia.

On the other hand, if you like convenience and consistency, then you would like to look at other espresso machines.

It’s never easy to find an espresso machine that is worth the money for every coffee drinker. You either pay too much for features that you don’t use or pay too little for not enough features.

In order for an espresso maker to be labeled as “perfect,” it not only needs to be easy to use but it should also feature as many choices as you need. This is exactly why so many people came to appreciate Rancilio’s “Silvia” espresso machine.

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How to Make AeroPress Coffee – AeroPress Coffee Brewing Guide

freshly brewed aeropress

AeroPress is one of my favorite coffee brewing methods, and even though AeroPress coffee is not espresso, is one of the best espresso alternatives, so I had to write a brewing guide for it. In this guide, we not only teach you how to make AeroPress coffee. We also give you the technical knowledge to … Read more

What Is So Great about Espresso?

espresso shot on espresso machine

You probably tried an espresso shot and wasn’t impressed. Or maybe you heard your coffee snob friend passionately talking about his latest triple ristretto that he pulled. He would rank that as a “God Shot”. Now you are thinking “What Is So great about Espresso?” If you tasted it and didn’t like it, it’s a … Read more

The Most Popular Espresso Drinks

barista creating latte art with steamed milk

There are many different types of espresso drinks. In this blog post, we will discuss the two most common espresso drinks: plain espresso, and milk with espresso. Each type of drink has its own unique set of flavors and textures that make it a pleasure to drink. We will also provide a brief description of each type of drink so that you can decide which one is right for you! This article has an overview of the espresso drink recipes, but we have hyperlinks to the detailed recipes if you want to make your own coffee drinks at home.

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Espresso-Based Beverages – Flat White

flat white in sydney

The flat white is a milk-based espresso drink similar to latte, and cappuccino. It is typically served in a smaller cup than a latte and is prepared with a double shot of espresso. Almost always prepared with latte art, the flat white is a very popular drink in the third wave coffee movement. Origins and … Read more

Espresso-Based Beverages – Americano

preparing an espresso drink - espresso Long Black

The Americano is an espresso-based drink with added water on top of a espresso shot. There are many variations of the Americano to choose from including black coffee with espresso added, iced americano, and Long black. Americano can be traced back to Italy in 1919. The drink was created when espresso machines were first introduced … Read more

Espresso-Based Beverages – Cappuccino

Cappuccino in white cup on a saucer

Cappuccino is an espresso-based coffee drink that has its roots in Italy. The word cappuccino means “little hood” and refers to the brown color of monastic robes worn by members of the Capuchin order. It is traditionally made with espresso, hot milk, and steamed milk, and foamed milk. This article will explore what makes a … Read more

Espresso vs Turkish vs Drip Coffee – a Visual Comparison

Turkish coffee and espresso are two of the most popular coffee drinks in the world. They both have their own unique characteristics and fans. So, which one is better? In this document, we will compare Turkish coffee to espresso and see how they stack up against each other. We will look at the different brewing … Read more

What Is a Dead Espresso Shot and How Does It Taste?

pulling espresso shot with lelit ana

If you landed on this page is probably because you heard discussions about ‘dead espresso’. You probably got worried about it, and are now thinking: “Am I letting my espresso die?” The good news is you probably don’t! But stick with me, and you’ll that as legitimate as it sounds, a “dead espresso” is just … Read more