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August 2010 Volume LXXVI

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Coffee Buzz - Be Stimulated! - August 2010, Volume LXXVI
In This Issue

Product Spotlight: Gaggia Accademia

2 Coffee Spotlight: Café La Semeuse
3 What's In A Burr?
4 Factoids: Coffee's Effects Differ in Men and Women
5 Blog: Lavazza's Concrete Espresso Machine
6 Expert Answers
Coffee Factoids: Coffee's Effects Differ in Men and Women

According to a study conducted by scientists at the University of Barcelona, men benefit from a caffeine boost after consuming coffee much faster than women. Though a shot of espresso yielded noticeable restorative effects within 10 minutes and the full caffeine concentration is absorbed after 45 minutes, men were more alert after consumption than women. However, within 10 minutes of drinking decaf coffee, women reported greater increases in alertness than men. While it’s too early to draw definitive conclusions from the study, this is certainly food…errr coffee for thought.

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Whole Latte Love Blog: Lavazza's Concrete Espresso Machine

Nobody has ever accused Lavazza of being an espresso lightweight. The company has recently cemented its name in the coffee history books with the jaw-dropping Espresso Solo machine designed by Shmuel Linski, a student at the Shenkar College in Israel. Set in stone, the Lavazza Espresso Solo looks to be a single-serve machine with two drink buttons capable of delivering long and short espressos. The brew group, grounds container, water tank and cup holder are all made of stainless steel, giving the machine an undeniably urban look.

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Expert Answers From The Whole Latte Love Spot

Q: I have had the Rancilio Silvia and Rocky Grinder for two weeks. My espresso is delicious, nice thick crema, etc. Here is my question: following the Golden Rule for a double or single shot, my extracted espresso comes out of the portafilter dark brown for only 10 seconds then turns the color of dark honey and continues to lighten. The extraction time is between 20-25 seconds. Should my extracted brew be dark brown from beginning to end?

A: That is how it should work.The lightening of the shot through the brew is called “blonding,” It is a normal part of the process. As long as you are between 20 and 25 seconds for a 2-2.5 oz. double-shot of espresso, you should be “golden.”

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Product Spotlight - Gaggia Accademia Espresso Machine

Gaggia AccademiaWhy brew the harder way when you can do it the smarter way with the Gaggia Accademia Super Automatic Espresso Machine?

Like a summer blockbuster, as soon as the Gaggia Accademia burst onto the scene, we knew we had a winner on our hands. With plenty of buzz and undeniable star power, this super-automatic espresso machine has just made its debut.

Full Story - The Gaggia Accademia

"Consider the Gaggia Accademia if you're looking to simplify your espresso routine without sacrificing coffee quality."
Coffee Spotlight: Cafe La Semeuse

Cafe La Semeuse Sampler PackThey say, “Practice makes perfect.” It’s amazing how a century of practice pays off. For over 100 years, Café La Semeuse has been roasting specialty coffee with care, in small batches at 3,300 feet above sea level, along the picturesque Swiss mountains.

This high-altitude roasting technique has resulted in utterly unique coffees—flavorful and full bodied, yet never bitter. Since water boils at a lower temperature at high elevations, the beans can be exposed to heat longer during the roasting process without the risk of charring. The prolonged exposure to heat is Café La Semeuse’s secret to bringing forth the flavor and aroma of the beans so that even the subtlest notes play on the palate. All of Café La Semeuse offerings feature premium 100% Arabica coffees.

Classique is the most famous coffee from Café La Semeuse. This well-balanced coffee is served at respected establishments including NYC’s James Beard House and Lutèce, The Quilted Giraffe in Florida, among others. Classique has well-balanced and full-bodied taste characteristics that make it well-suited for a variety of beverages.

A bit darker than Classique, Café La Semeuse Espresso features carefully selected Central and South American Arabica coffees. This blend is a Fancy Food Show Award winner and can be finely ground for espresso; a coarser grind will deliver dark drip or filtered coffee, if you prefer.

Full Story - Café La Semeuse

"Café La Semeuse has been roasting specialty coffee with care, in small batches at 3,300 feet above sea level, along the picturesque Swiss mountains."
What's In A Burr?: Burr Grinder Buying Guide
Baratza Vario Grinder

You’ve heard it before: Burr grinders are better than their blade counterparts for coffee, especially espresso, preparation. They minimize heat transfer, preserve flavor and aroma, and afford you the ability to fine-tune your grind. You’re sold on a burr grinder; good espresso will pay for itself in no time. But as you start to shop, you notice there are more than a few things to consider when purchasing a burr grinder.

If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed by your choices, consider this article your cheat sheet. We’ll delve into burr grinders and give you a breakdown of the different kinds of burrs and the materials used to make them to get you headed in the right direction.

Full Story - What's in a Burr?

"Regardless of the material and design, burr grinders are well-suited
for manual and semi-automatic espresso machine users."

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