May 12, 2017

Puqpress: Valuable Barista Tool or Trendy Gimmick?

Tamping: a small act, but one that can affect espresso extraction, work flow, and even barista health. Training staff to all achieve the same tamp, while...

September 27, 2016

Mahlkönig EK 43: How to Avoid On-Demand Dosing Issues

 The Mahlkönig EK 43 might just be one of the most revered coffee grinders in the specialty scene. Yet while it’s become a fairly common...

June 15, 2016

Espresso Baskets and Their Effects on Extraction

Espresso baskets: they’re small but mighty. And so, despite their critical impact on extraction, they’re often overlooked. It was little more than half a decade...

March 31, 2016

Espresso Machine Mods: 4 Reasons to Use a Naked Portafilter

The naked portafilter is an increasingly popular espresso machine mod in the specialty world. But why? And does it actually make a difference to your...

January 13, 2016

How to purchase an espresso machine in eight steps

You’re all set and ready to launch your new coffee shop. You’ve found a great location. You’ve decided on most of your equipment. You’ve even...

October 13, 2015

Everything You Need to Know About The Mahlkonig EK43 Grinder

I don’t think many in the speciality coffee industry who foresaw the current popularity of the Mahlkonig EK43 grinder. Sometimes the future takes an unexpected...

August 18, 2015

Pressure Profiling: The Key to Perfect Extraction

With all the excitement that takes place when new grinders reach the market, specialty coffee’s previous poster child—pressure profiling—seems to have been forgotten. However, with...

July 2, 2015

Barista-Certified Rules for Dialing In A Coffee Grinder

If you’ve spent time in a coffee shop, chances are you’ve overheard a barista mention dialing in a coffee grinder. This refers to the process...