Best Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines


If you are looking to be able to make a great tasting espresso and have flexibility to do short and long espressos and want the ability to fine-tune your espresso, a semi-automatic espresso machine is what you are looking for. But, not all semi-automatic espresso machines are the same. The will vary in features, quality, … Read more

Espresso con Panna

An Espresso con Panna is similar to a macchiato except the milk froth is substituted with whipped cream. “Espresso con Panna” is defined as “espresso with cream.” These are available in most countries these days, but originate in Italy, as the name might suggest. Try different origins and roasts of espresso for a different flavor, … Read more

Hammerhead (Shot in the Dark)

A Hammerhead (aka A Shot in the Dark) is a shot of espresso combined with drip coffee. With the combination of the two coffees, it is a drink that is either loved or hated. But, one thing for sure is that you will get a good jolt of caffeine from it. It’s important to note that … Read more

Manual Coffee Grinder

One of the most important factors in making great coffee is grinding the beans just before brewing the coffee. There are numerous excellent electric burr coffee grinders, but if you are looking for something that is smaller, less expensive, less noisy, or simply has a nostalgic look, a manual coffee grinder is a perfect choice. … Read more

Long Espresso / Lungo / Allongé

A Long Espresso is a variation on an espresso shot. The shot is extracted longer than normal which creates an espresso that is less intense then a normal espresso. A Long Espresso is called a “lungo” in Italian and it is called an “Allongé” in French. Both words mean “long” in their respective languages. A … Read more

Café Bombon


Made popular in Valencia, Spain, a Cafe Bombon is a very simple to make coffee drink that has a great appearance and velvety taste. The drink simply consists of espresso and sweetened condensed milk at a 1 to 1 ratio. Since the drink has a wonderful look to it, it is typically done in a clear … Read more

Burr Coffee Grinder


One of the most important factors in making great coffee is grinding the beans just before brewing the coffee. But, you need to make sure that your coffee beans are properly ground to the correct coarseness for the coffee maker and that the beans are not burned during the grinding process. This is why having … Read more

Turkish Coffee

Turkish Coffee is a thick and strong unfiltered coffee that is traditionally brewed in an ibrik (a small coffee pot) or cezve (a long-handled, open, brass or copper pot). But, a small pot will work fine. Since this is unfiltered, the coffee needs to have a very fine grind. The coffee is combined with sugar … Read more

Oliang (Thai Iced Coffee)

Popular in Thailand, an Oliang Powder is a blend of coffee and ingredients such as corn, soy beans, and sesame seeds. It is traditionally brewed by using a “tung tom kah fe”. This is a metal ring with a handle and a cloth bag attached. The coffee is put into the cloth bag and hot … Read more


A Cortado is a coffee drink that combines espresso and steamed milk. It is popular in Spain and Portugal, as well as throughout Latin America and Cuba, as an afternoon drink. It is similar to a café macchiato except that the Cortado has an equal espresso to steamed milk ratio and the macchiato has foam milk … Read more