September 20, 2006

The I-Roast 2 Home Coffee Roaster arrives for Review at


We recently received our I-Roast 2 home roaster and I am looking forward to roasting up some coffee to try out in the Jura Capresso E8 Super Automatic Espresso Machine that we have in for review also. (I’ll be writing up a review of the Impressa E8 in the coming days, but will be keeping it on to try out our home roasted coffee.)

A lot of people are fanatics about fresh coffee, and go to great lengths to make sure that their coffee is fresh. When properly stored, green coffee is good for a long time, and with a home roaster, we’re hoping that it’s easy to whip up a few batches of coffee to use in our espresso machine. So while you can get espresso coffee in whole bean or ground at many coffee shops, and stores, you may wonder, where to get green coffee. It’s not hard. We strolled over to Sweet Maria’s and there is lot’s of variety and lot’s of pre-blended options, even some for espresso. (I already have some on the way.) So it’s not an issue. I have also seen some available at some local cafes and Whole Foods stores.

Over the coming weeks, I’ll be learning a bit more about home roasting and I’ll see what I can do in the way of creativeness and excellence in fresh coffee. I know from my experience already that coffee changes for the first few days after roasting, and there is nothing like freshly roasted coffee. Used over the first few days, you can see flavors develop and wonderful flavors change. The I-Roast 2 has built in programs that allow you to start out with training wheels at first. You can then alter how you roast the beans based on your taste and own experiments. Sweet Maria’s has recommendations and extensive reading on how to roast; I’ll be studying up before roasting.

The i-Roast 2 is available at the i-Roast Home page. They are offering a special through the end of November: Buy an i-Roast 2 for $169 and get 2 pounds of Organic Bolivian green coffee for Free.

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September 6, 2006

Review: Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother from Nespresso


Thought we would highlight this over at - our sister site. They reviewed a new way to froth milk for your coffee/espresso drinks - The Aeroccino Automatic Milk Frother from Nespresso.

The Aeroccino is a new, automatic and simple way of creating light, creamy milk froth. You just pour in some cold or hot, fresh skim milk and press the button.

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July 10, 2006

Summer's Here: Iced Espresso is Too!


Summer is definitely here, and I don’t know about you, but I’ve been pouring a few iced coffees recently – or I should say iced espressos. I usually do them into the Bodum Pavina Double-Wall Thermo-Glass 15 ounce glasses that stand up to the heat and the cold.

I pull two espresso shots and dump them into the Bodum glasses, add sugar, milk, then ice and stir. I usually add 2 parts espresso, one part milk, add sugar to taste and ice it until it’s cold. Yum! With an ESE machine, it’s easy, and it takes about 2 minutes. The flavor is impressive, and it's easy to do in the morning for yourself, or for guests.

While I tend to like a bit of espresso/robusta bite to my hot espresso, I tend to like cleaner 100% Arabica coffee for my iced espressos. For this I use something like either Illy Medium Roast Espresso Pods or BioAroma ESE Pods from Miami Espresso.

Enjoy the summer!

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June 14, 2006

Frothing Pitcher and Termometer Set


Besides the coffee, the brewer and the cups, what’s needed for a nice cappuccino or a latte? The frothing pitcher. Well, we found a frothing pitcher and thermometer set that can help you make better capp’s in no time. The thermometer is a key part of getting he milk just right – if you don’t steam the milk long enough you get a cold cappuccino, if you froth too long, you get funky ruined milk. We recently posted a story about some great tutorials from Gimme! Coffee of Ithaca, NY that tells you how to get great textured milk with little designs on top. The key is to get the milk between 140F and 150F – so go out and get a thermometer! If you already have a pitcher and need a thermometer – take a look at this frothing thermometer set with a nice big readout and a clip to grab onto the side of your frothing pitcher.

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