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Great Infusions Coffee Blog

What about that "Mountain of Cardboard?"

For many of us it's become second nature to purchase items online rather than picking them up at the store. Savings and convenience are most likely the chief reasons to shop online. For my customers at Great Infusions the items are probably simply unavailable to purchase at a local store. Whatever the reason, it is [...]

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The Dr. working on his patient.

We had an old Olympia Maximatic espresso machine in the shop this week.This one was badged by Pasquini - but it's exactly the same as the Maxi's we have serviced.On these older modlels it's not uncommon to have pinhole leaks develop in the boiler just around the heating element. The replacement boiler part is simply [...]

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Video from Marzocco Factory in Florence Italy.

We are Marzocco fans. We also sell and service Marzocco equipment & stock most common parts.

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Meanwhile, Back at the ranch...

Recently seen around the shop (and on site)Old Barefoot Coffee posterWork Bench with all kinds of trouble going on.Oooh - someone got a shiny new toy.That steam valve leaks - needs a lock nut.

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Our Next Great Infusion

Cart Project takes a new turn with this just acquired a La Marzocco FB70.We just aquired this new project. This ordinary coffee cart will be a state of the art plug and play coffee set-up. It will be available for rent as equipment for events or we can send it staffed with a Barista to [...]

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Home Barista's talking 'Ristretto' cups...

I love the home-barista community. They are such a great bunch of espresso obsessives. In this world there are lots of choices for coffee gear. You can choose cheap stuff, fancy frou-frou or anything in-between...  We carry a bit of a serious range, designed for the quality & value minded individual. Check out this thread on [...]

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Vietnamese Coffee - Ca phe phin

This brew method is known as "Vietnamese coffee." It makes a clean strong small cup of coffee. Use medium drip grind.1) Spoon a few teaspoons of good finely ground coffee into the filter.Make sure you can see the threaded post emerging above the coffee grounds.Screw the filter disk into place without compacting the coffee grounds.2) [...]

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Rancilio User Guide

Silvia and Rocky Price $1040.00: 1) The Silvia is well constructed, withbrass boiler, brass lines and chromed brass brewing head all which help to maintain temperature and heat distribution for the perfect espresso. One important point here; Get a good grinder! Your Silvia will be severely handicapped with a sub par grinder. [...]

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Tamping Technique

Why should I tamp and why not use the plastic tamper that came with your espresso machine? Tamping is not strictly required to make espresso. Some even believe that you will get the same results from just inserting the ground coffee filled portafilter (coffee handle with basket). I believe that tamping will in fact result [...]

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Frothing guide

Use cold milk and a cool stainless pitcher. For making latte art a pitcher with straight walls is preferred.When getting started, use homogenized milk as 'cream top' can be a little tricky.Milk level will be about 1/4 to 1/3 in the pitcherThe tip should be inserted enough so that the holes are below the [...]

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