Coffee Gear and Equipment

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The Barista as John Henry

The alternate title for this post could be “Welcome our Robot Overlords” or perhaps, “Resistance is Futile.” The robots are coming after all, just like the steam-powered shovel came for John Henry. In the end it didn’t matter that John Henry could drive steel so well that he did in … Read more →

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Tamp Road Trip!

Prima Coffee‘s Prima Tamp is really awesome and unique: its adjustable angle allows the barista a more ergonomic option for putting that pressure on the coffee in the portafilter. The coffee nerds who made the tamp knew it would be met with some raised eyebrows, but they were confident it … Read more →

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Time Traveling with Unic

When the Specialty Coffee Association of Europe (SCAE) announced that its annual conference for 2013 would be held in Nice, France, the staff from Unic espresso machines jumped for joy. Why? Because unlike its competition—most of whose headquarters are in Italy—Unic is based in the French Riviera, just down the … Read more →

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Gettin My Science On

When I was 16, I somehow convinced the biology teacher to let me write poems about nature rather than taking biology class (I grew up in Berkeley, what’s it to ya?). I went on to major in English in college and study journalism in graduate school. That’s all to say, … Read more →

Café Imports Introduces Process-Specific Cupping Standards

  In response to the overwhelming popularity of alternatively processed coffees in the specialty coffee industry, Café Imports has developed groundbreaking cupping standards for use in evaluating these special coffees. These cupping standards—available for Washed, Natural, Wet-Hulled, Brazil, and Decaf—are the first of their kind in the world. Not only that, Café … Read more →

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