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February 18, 2013 / Baca

VCR Street Smarts #7 AeroPress

Unmistakably different than traditional pour over or french press brewers, the Aeropress offers a quick and easy way to make coffee anywhere.

February 14, 2013 / Baca

La Marzocco USA Presents: “Pressure + Flow”


This month, our good friends at La Marzocco USA are hosting a four-city event series dubbed “Pressure + Flow”.  It’s free to the public, with events taking place in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, and Chicago.  The San Francisco installment takes place this Saturday at the Guerrero Gallery.

The event is broken into two parts:

PRESSURE: A guided hands-on learning experience with the Strada EP. Hear about how the Strada EP came to be, what we’ve learned about brewing coffee using the Strada EP as a platform, then spend time with the machine.

FLOW: This session will give an overview of water science, the interaction of coffee and water, and leave participants with information on how to test their water and make informed water conditioning purchase decisions.

10-12pm // Pressure Session #1

2-4pm // Pressure Session #2 (same content as session #1)

4-5pm // Espresso Q&A with La Marzocco’s Scott Guglielmino and Verve’s Chris Baca

5-7pm // Flow Session

If you love espresso machines, coffee, and water you should swing by to play with all the toys and learn something to boot!

February 12, 2013 / Baca

VCR Street Smarts #6: Bonavita Brewer

If you like the idea of awesome coffee at the push of a button, this is the brewer for you. I played with this thing for a couple months and decided it was so good that I had to buy one for my mom. Enjoy!

February 8, 2013 / Baca

VCR Street Smarts #5: French Press

French Press is an easy, awesome way to make coffee at home. Here’s a quick tutorial to get you off and running!

February 5, 2013 / Baca

VCR Street Smarts #4: Cascara

Cascara has been getting a lot of attention in the coffee world lately.  We had a few people write us on Twitter asking us what exactly is Cascara, and where specifically does our Cascara come from. Here ya go!

February 1, 2013 / Baca

Linea Love

If you’ve been in or around specialty coffee for any length of time you’ve probably made or have been served espresso from a La Marzocco Linea. The Linea is the quintessential espresso machine and many Baristas first revolutionary espresso experiences have been had behind the wheel of this machine…I know mine was. At the SCAA Expo in Boston this April La Marzocco USA will unveil the next generation Linea, the Line PB. To celebrate this La Marzocco USA has launched The Linea Love Campaign. Linea Love focuses on people sharing their stories of this legendary machine and what the Linea means to them. Here’s our contribution to the Linea Love campaign. You can see all the videos, stories, and pictures for this campaign here: Linea Love

January 28, 2013 / Baca

VCR Street Smarts #3: The Popcorn Project

We received a question on Facebook about home roasting and whether or not it’s worth trying. There are lots of options for roasting at home but a popcorn popper is by far the most affordable and readily available so we scored one for thirty dollars and gave it a go.


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