Coffee drinkers know what they like. Walk into any coffee shop for a demonstration. As the line moves forward, patrons order their favorite beverages with more precision than that of a fine steak. Rare, medium, and well done are the basic gradations for steak; but when it comes to coffee, numbers come into play. In the past, one lump or two was suffice enough to determine coffee preferences. But in today's world, a dozen different sweeteners and creamers are available--not to mention temperature-specific preferences. As diverse as the world of coffee (and caffeine in general) has become, there is … Read more
Google is hell-bent on digitizing the world's books, but it's also aware that sometimes you just want to turn the pages.
On Demand Books, makers of the Espresso Book Machine, are expected to announce Thursday that they have been granted access to Google's library of public domain digital books for use with their product. The Espresso Book Machine can print a 300-page book in four minutes, complete with a cover and a bound edge. It ranges in price from $75,000 to $97,000, depending on the configuration, and is found mostly at universities, libraries, and institutions … Read more
The corner caf? may be a symbol of coffee culture, but that doesn't mean it's necessary to frequent one to get your coffee fix. Any coffee aficionado is familiar with the abundance of options that exist for home brewing the magic elixir. From stovetop configurations to press pot models, if you have a preferred method, rest assured there is a way to brew it at home. For espresso fanatics, this means an espresso machine.
The Breville Programmable Espresso Maker with Integrated Burr Grinder combines all the features one would expect from any caf? machine. With a gauge to … Read more
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Many of us make a trip to the local Starbucks first thing in the morning because we don't want to have to mess with making our own espresso. There's a process to making good espresso, and sometimes it's just easier to leave it up to an expert. But with the Automatic Espresso Machine XP7225 from Krups, it's possible to put an expert on your kitchen counter.
This espresso machine is fully automatic: all you need to do is add the necessary ingredients and it will brew a cup to your specifications. Even cleaning it requires minimal … Read more
If you need an espresso to start your day, Espressi had you in mind when the company designed the Mypressi Twist. The Mypressi Twist is a portable espresso maker that ensures you have a fresh espresso any time you want one, without having to lug around a full-size espresso machine. To use it, you place fresh espresso or an ESE pod in the holder, add water, and pull your shot. The Mypressi Twist uses a pressurized cylinder, rather than pumping, to power a shot through the extraction cycle with constant pressure. The CO2 cartridge used to create that pressure will … Read more
As a means of saving money, I've started to make my own coffee at home as often as possible. I've made enough pots in my French press to know how to get the brew just like the corner store does it, extra thick and black without being too bitter. This works out to the mutual benefit of my roommates, since I usually make a whole pot and don't drink all of it (although I've been known to do it every once in a while).
But sometimes, a girl's just got to get something a little … Read more
For the past two years, several independent Mac software developers have teamed up to put together a bundle of award-winning Mac apps at a vastly reduced price--with 25 percent of the purchase price donated to the charity of your choice (chosen from a list). The whole thing takes place at a very well-designed site called MacHeist.com and over the past two years, thousands of Mac users have snapped up the limited time offer--it's really a great deal! The fun part about the MacHeist offer is the developers of MacHeist make it into a kind of scavenger hunt. They … Read more
This numerical color-standardization system is called the Pantone Color Matching System, introduced in 1963 by the Pantone Company. The company's main product is a series of cardboard strips, printed with closely matched colors and bound as tiny books. These booklets have made color matching a more straightforward task for painters, print companies, and graphic designers. … Read more
Because I married the greatest guy in the world, he understands my need for coffee. So for my birthday, he upgraded my Nespresso C190 to a fire-engine red D290 Concept machine. And I am in love. With the machine and my husband.
Nespresso machines use proprietary capsules (pods), which means you can make espresso drinks in moments, without the mess and effort involved in grinding and tamping beans. And the most shocking part of these nontraditional coffee makers is that you're not sacrificing quality for a cleaner kitchen. In fact, loyal Nespresso drinkers wind up preferring their brew to … Read more