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Answers to questions and post on Quora that cover everything you wanted to know about coffee.

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Video on the steps to the perfect Shot of Espresso

The perfect shot of espresso is one of the greatest gifts you can enjoy in your day. It's hard to describe unless you taste it. However, in this video you find the steps to the perfect shot of espresso.

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Beautifully presented video showing the steps to making that perfect shot of espresso.

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Slow Motion Espresso Extraction

Making espresso shown with a high speed camera
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What an espresso extraction looks like when slowed down with a slow motion camera. Entertaining.

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History of the Espresso Machine – Part II

History of the Espresso Machine – Part II | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it
In a crowded bar in downtown Milan, where the coffee grinder was going non-stop, spreading a haze of coffee aroma, and a spoonful of sugar was being stirred in the cup as if its sweetness grew with the stirring, a cup of espresso was really something ‘black as the devil, hot as hell, pure as an angel, sweet as love’. We publish the second of our three part piece comprising edited extracts from Ian Bersten’s book  ‘Coffee Floats, Tea Sinks’; the chapter entitled: ‘The Espresso Coffee Machine Revolution’.
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Coffee History from 850 to the present

Coffee History from 850 to the present | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it
Great visual and textual reference on the history of coffee from 850 to the present. The history of coffee... a simple timeline of events? I think not! No, the journey of coffee, my friends is so much more. It's a swashbuckling adventure spanning a thousand years, filled with death-defying escapes, international intrigue and - oh yes! - torrid romance. From distant, tropical islands to the power centers of international trade, it has been banned, berated, hailed and championed, generating as much fear as enjoyment. This is not just a drink, this is magic, infusing itself into our psyche, stirring conflict and controversy. Read on, friends, and enjoy the bold, robust voyage that is coffee.
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Wake Up and Smell the Espresso

Wake Up and Smell the Espresso | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it

Making espresso and the related drinks is an art—a balance of technique and timing, intuition and charisma. The barista not only creates a product, he is the product. Beyond crafting a beverage, he is curating an experience.

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The Evolution of the Stove-Top Espresso Maker

The Evolution of the Stove-Top Espresso Maker | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it

Bialetti created a prototype stove-top espresso makers that was manufactured out of aluminum. It was not until 1933, after going through several other prototypes that Bialetti was able to create the world’s first stove-top espresso maker—the Moka Express. With a distinctive design and octagonal shape, the Moka Express was based on a silver coffee service, popular at the time in many wealthy Italian homes. Bialetti boasted that now anyone could enjoy “in casa un espresso come al bar” (an espresso in the home just like in a coffeehouse).

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Coffee good for you, but it's OK to hold back

Coffee good for you, but it's OK to hold back | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it

If you can't get through your day without a coffee break or two, here's good news for you: What scientists know so far suggests coffee may help you stay healthy.As usual with medical research, the operative word is "may."

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Which profession drinks the most coffee?

Which profession drinks the most coffee? | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it

Which professionals need coffee the most? Dunkin' Donut and CareerBuilder did their annual survey on U.S. coffee consumption trends in the workplace. Here is a chart based on their survey.

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13 Coffee Books that cover 'all about coffee'

13 Coffee Books that cover 'all about coffee' | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it

13 books that cover all you need to know about coffee.

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The 20 events that shaped the history of coffee.

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17 Things You Didn’t Know about Coffee

17 Things You Didn’t Know about Coffee | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it
We talk about a lot of serious business around here, but sometimes it's fun to keep it light. After all, at the end of the day food and drinks are supposed to be something we enjoy, right? This infographic illustrates 17 lesser-known coffee facts!
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Coffee Story Ethiopia Trailer

It's the twenty-first century and Ethiopia, in the global consciousness, is fighting to shed its history of drought, famine, and war. It's doing so by embracing the heritage and potential of its defining crop: coffee, a plant first accounted for in legend more than three thousand years ago that now ranks among the world's ten most-valued commodities. Coffee Story: Ethiopia is the recounting of that process: a visual and narrative tale of opportunity, resources, education, and tradition.

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Extracting 'the god shot' - perfect espresso coffee.

Extracting 'the god shot' - perfect espresso coffee. | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it

The perfect espresso is known in barista circles as 'the god shot' because they figure that it's a cup that would taste heavenly, even to the most discerning palette. Passionate baristas working in cafes the world over look for 'the god shot' in every cup, but they don't always get it due to the volatile nature of the ingredients and the number of process variants in the making, some of which are out of the barista's control. 'The god shot' seeks to extract the prized aromatic ingredients from the 800 scientifically found in ground roasted coffee, while controlling and maintaining the quality of the water, equipment, temperature, pressure, timings and storage factors. 

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What's The Secret To A Successful Coffee Shop? - Forbes

What's The Secret To A Successful Coffee Shop? - Forbes | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it

A follow up answer to whay do so mant coffee shops fail, I have outlined the key ingredients in what makes a coffee shop succeed.

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An article I wrote for Quora and published on Forbes.

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How to Create Latte Art

Beautiful latte art is a sign of a perfect espresso drink and a talented barista. With a little practice, you too can learn to create latte art when making espresso drinks. See how it's done!

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History of the Espresso Machine – Part I

History of the Espresso Machine – Part I | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it
Confusion and error still plague the history of the espresso machine and its inventors. Coffee expert Ian Bersten has gone further than anyone else in getting to the true story in his book ‘Coffee Floats, Tea Sinks’. We publish the first of a three part piece comprising edited extracts from the chapter entitled: ‘The Espresso Coffee Machine Revolution’. From the first days of brewing coffee, inventors were confronted with the interplay of grind size, water temperature and brewing time, the interaction of which they never fully understood. These critical factors had to be just right for a complete extraction of the coffee flavour.
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Caffeine content in espresso vs drip coffee.

Caffeine content in espresso vs drip coffee. | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it

According to the National Coffee Association (NCA) a typical cup of drip coffee (8oz) contains approximately 65-120 mg of caffeine.

 

Why such the large variation in caffeine?

 

Well without getting overly technical, there are several factors including brew time, dwell time, water temperature, grind level, roast level, bean type, blend, etc. that all have a significant affect on the final extraction of caffeine. We'll discuss those a bit later.

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'The Naked Espresso' - Breville Dual Boiler

For the project ‘The Naked Espresso’ that highlights the features of an espresso machine, Australian ad agency Reborn hacked a Breville Dual Boiler espresso machine to include: an Arduino, flow meters to access espresso flow rate, steam LED to indicate when the steamer was activated on the machine, NTC temperature sensors, and pressure transmitters.
As an espresso gets brewed from the coffee machine, the science behind its making (temperature, flow rate, pressure and steam) gets collected and artistically visualized in a real-time animation.
The speed of the animation is based on the pressure and flow rate of the espresso; its color palette, frequency and variety of shapes, based on the temperature and steam used to make the espresso—making each piece of art one-of-a-kind and a summary of the espresso.
The artistic pieces were printed and attached to coffee cups, to give customers a unique coffee experience and create identifiable coffee cups—even if they all drank the same drink—as they were different based on the visualizations.

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Coffee History: Luigi Bezzera, Inventor of the Espresso Machine

Coffee History: Luigi Bezzera, Inventor of the Espresso Machine | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it

During the late 19th and early 20th century, Italy's Industrial Revolution was in full force, with big, cranking industries popping up faster than you can say "a-pizza pie." Before long, factory bosses noticed how much more productive their drones after a coffee break. But there was one big downside: The coffee break took too darned long.

 

Each coffee had to be brewed in smallish batches—usually as something similar to what we consider Turkish coffee, with pulverized coffee grounds boiled in water—which could take upwards of five minutes to make and even longer to sip.

 

What to do? Make it faster, of course.

 

One enterprising young Milanese man named Luigi Bezzerra did just what was needed to solve the productivity problem: he built a machine. Specifically, the world's first single-serving espresso machine, patented in 1901—capable of making very concentrated, gulpable drinks in as little as half a minute.

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Masterpieces of art recreated using espresso instead of paint

Masterpieces of art recreated using espresso instead of paint | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it

Masterpieces of art recreated using espresso instead of paint. Coffee Creations: famous paintings recreated with espresso by Karen Eland

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Coffee History 101

Coffee History 101 | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it

Most of the world begins the day with a fresh cup of coffee. What has become the most popular beverage today was literally unheard of several centuries ago. If it hadn’t been for a shepherd in Ethiopia, we may not know about coffee at all. The history of coffee is definitely an interesting one, with multiple stories weaving throughout history, right up until present day…

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What's Inside a Cup of Coffee?

What's Inside a Cup of Coffee? | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it

What do you know about - Caffeine, Water, 2-Ethylphenol, 3,5 Dicaffeoylquinic acid, Dimethyl, disulfide, Acetylmethylcarbinol, Putrescine, Trigonelline and Niacin ... because you will find them in your coffee.

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How Coffee Changed America

How Coffee Changed America | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it
Here's an infographic created by Lumin Consulting that shows how coffee changed America.
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What makes a good espresso coffee?

What makes a good espresso coffee? | Espresso Coffee | Scoop.it

Often at parties and special occasions I get asked to make people a coffee because well, I’m the barista. I’m often presented with a cheap $200 coffee machine or even worse a Nespresso. So what makes me feel uncomfortable at that time? What makes me feel like a surgeon given a rusty knife and no anesthesia and forced to operate on a poor victim? Well, there is to put it simple complexity in coffee. Here are the 5 main factors that contribute to a good espresso – or a bad one for that matter

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