Meet the Saeco Vienna Plus’ Little Brother: the XSmall Vapore

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Espresso, coffee and milk based coffee drinks in a tiny package.

Updated January 18, 2016
Hey! What happened to the Saeco Vienna Plus?

After a successful run of about 7 years, the popular entry level super automatic has been retired. This could be sad news to many current users who like to recommend it, especially since the refurb aftermarket supply for the unit is shrinking.

But, not to worry, Saeco has introduced a replacement for the venerable Vienna. Continued

Want Better Coffee? Use a Quality Coffee Grinder

What is a Burr Grinder?
A good quality burr grinder will bring out the best in your favorite beans as they’re brewed via your favorite method.

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When you’re ready to move up to a better cup of coffee, one of your first considerations is probably going to be upgrading the type of beans you use. Maybe even start looking for a specialty roaster.

Want to know a secret? Continued

This Map Shows the World’s Major Coffee Producers

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Where is coffee grown? This map shows the world's major coffee producing countries
Where is coffee grown? Here are the world’s major coffee producing countries. The top 10 are in yellow.

I don’t know about you but I’ve been curious as to who the big coffee producing countries were. So I did a little data diving and found out some interesting stuff.

Thing is, when you buy online or at the local coffee specialty store, it’s hard to picture that the beans can travel 15,000 miles or more depending on where you are in relation to where they’re grown.

I thought it would be interesting and fun to be able to see what kind of trip your favorite coffee has to make before it winds up in your cup. Continued

Wired for Coffee Lab: Viper Coffee Review

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Viper Coffee offers a wide selection of whole bean and ground coffees sourced from around the world

Looking for a little adventure from your coffee? You may not notice it, but at some point, drinking the same selection of coffee dulls the appreciation of that morning cup.

It runs the risk of becoming the same-o, same-o and before you know it, you’re drinking tea for a change of pace.

Then it’s a rapid descent to flavored infusions. . . Continued

Mazzer Mini Doserless – Get Your Espresso, Faster

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Mazzer Mini Electronic doserless coffee grinder
Coffee shop quality at home from the Mazzer Mini Electronic doserless grinder
Updated 2/3/2017
Grind fast. Brew fast. Espresso drinker? Then you know that’s what you need for a great espresso. Over 40 seconds and you’re losing a lot of what a bean has to offer.

Speed is what you need.

But most coffee grinders that can do this sound like jets taking off when doing the crucial work.

How about quiet with the speed? Continued

2 Best Ways to Get Your Iced Coffee

When it’s time to beat the heat, a tumbler of iced coffee fills the bill                                                          image source

Man, it’s hot. You want something caffeinated, but don’t want the extra heat? And you don’t care for the high sugar and milk concoctions at the local coffee palace?

I totally get it.

Maybe you’ve had common iced coffee.

And hated it.

Especially if you’ve made iced coffee the way a lot of people do. By pouring coffee, straight from the pot, onto ice.

Or worse, use yesterday’s coffee.

There’s a better way…

Clobber Counter Clutter With a DIY Home Coffee Shop Counter

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There’s coffee making equipment in there, somewhere. Get it together in one spot and be happily brewing forever after.

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Kitchen counter getting a little crowded? Weary of trying to maneuver the coffee pot around the microwave and the blender?

How about a DIY project to help you get your coffee stuff organized into a cool home coffee shop counter? That way, you can get everything in one spot without having to mess around with the other kitchen gadgets. Continued

3 Tips to Keep Your Grinder in Tip Top Shape

Lower burr set
Keeping your grinder clean keeps your coffee flavorful and clean tasting. Pictured is the lower burr set.

Whether your grinder is a shiny new model or a trusted old war horse, if you clean your coffee grinder, there are a couple of big payoffs:

Fresh coffee every time is the biggest one.

Ever have coffee at a bagel shop or bakery and the coffee flavor seems to change slightly from day to day? Yep, I’ve noticed too.

They’ve either messed up the coffees or, more likely, that big commercial grinder they use hasn’t been cleaned recently.

If at all. Continued