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February 2011 Volume LXXXII

Posted: 02/10/11
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story 1 Product Spotlight:
Gaggia For Illy Plus
story 1 Coffee Spotlight:
Filicori Zecchini
story 1 The Buzz on Blends, Single-Origin
and Estate Coffee
story 1 Coffee Factoids:
Bathe in Coffee
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Video Blog:
Ventilating the Gaggia Titanium

story 1 Recipe:
Amaretto Chocolate Con Panna
story 1 Expert Answers:
Ventilating the Gaggia Titanium
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Coffee Factoids: Bathe In Coffee

Whole Latte Love fans are obviously devoted to their coffee and espresso, but enough to soak in it? Japanese mega-spa Hakone Kowakien Yunessuni certainly hopes so. At the resort, there are 25 eccentric baths to choose from including coffee, tea, wine and sake spas.

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Video Blog - How To Choose An Espresso Machine

In the Expert Answers portion of this month's newsletter, we give you detailed instructions on how to ventilate a Gaggia Titanium super automatic espresso machine. This video covers the same topic to cater to visual learners; Todd will walk you through the entire process step by step. Enjoy!

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Recipe: Amaretto Chocolate Con Panna

Espresso con panna translates to "espresso with cream." Also known as cafe Vienna, this drink is an Italian favorite made with a single or double shot of espresso topped with whipped cream. Try our recipe of the month for a twist on the classic espresso con panna.

- 10ml of Monin Amaretto Syrup
- 15ml of Chocolate Sauce (We suggest Ghirardelli Flavored Sauce)
- A Single or Double Shot of Espresso
- Milk
- Whipped Cream

Add 10ml of Monin Amaretto Syrup to a tall glass or cup. Froth milk as desired and pour it over the syrup. Extract a single or double shot of espresso and add it to the mix. Top your beverage with whipped cream and enjoy.

Expert Answers: Ventilating The Gaggia Titanium

Q: My Gaggia Titanium espresso machine continues to say "Ventilate," even after I've run water through it. Do you have any ideas on how I should proceed? Please help, I can't live without my lattes!

A: Don't worry; this is a simple fix. Please try the self-prime steps listed below. Remember, when self priming a super auto, never attempt to prime your machine for more than thirty seconds. (You should never hear the pump running for more than 30 seconds at a time.) Also, never attempt to prime while the machine is warm.

Tools: Turkey baster (to siphon water)
Paper towels (to create a seal on the gasket)

1. Turn on the machine and make sure the water reservoir is full.
2. Turn the steam knob to start the pump.
3. Take the reservoir out and set it next to the machine.
4. Fit the turkey baster (filled with water) into the gasket. You may need to use rolled up paper towels to help form a tight seal around the baster.) Squeeze the turkey baster into the inlet gasket, which is where the water reservoir meets the machine.
5. When you hear a pitch change in the pump, close the steam knob and place the water reservoir back into the machine.
6. Open the steam knob to be sure the machine is drawing water from the reservoir

If you get a steady stream of water from the steam arm, your machine has now been primed and the ventilate message should disappear.

Product Spotlight: Gaggia for Illy Plus
Gaggia For Illy Plus

The Gaggia for Illy Plus Single Serve Espresso machine is the culmination of a joint venture between two of Italy's most respected coffee authorities. At first, Gaggia and Illy may seem like strange bedfellows but, upon reflection, the partnership makes perfect sense. Gaggia brings to the table its vast engineering expertise and rich history. After all, it was Achille Gaggia who invented the first espresso machine. With over 50 years of espresso innovation, Gaggia has earned its place as the #1 manufacturer of home espresso machines in Italy.

Gaggia's partner, Illy, has an unmatched reputation for delivering premium coffee and espresso; in fact, 2 million cups of Illy coffee are served daily in Italy, a true testament to the brand's popularity. One of Illy's most significant contributions to the espresso industry has been its invention of the revolutionary iperEspresso system. Unlike most single-serve systems, iperEspresso capsules use a patented two-step extraction process to ensure maximum flavor, aroma and crema extraction. Since the brewing process is self-contained within the individual capsules, you won't run the risk of contaminating your machine with residual coffee. iperEspresso capsules are available in medium, dark and decaf roasts.

So, what do you get when you combine the efforts of Italy's leading espresso authorities? The Gaggia for Illy Plus, of course!

This groundbreaking machine is designed especially for the iperEspresso system and it brews espresso so good you won't believe your drink came from a capsule. It's one thing to streamline and simplify the brewing process, but it's rare for single-serve espresso to taste as good as its hand-brewed brethrens....

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Coffee Spotlight: Filicori Zecchini
Filicori Zecchini Kave and Gran Crema Delicato

With nearly a century of experience, Filicori Zecchini is a pillar of the Italian espresso scene. This isn't a company that simply adheres to the Italian espresso tradition; it can be argued that Filicori Zecchini actually had an active hand in creating said traditions. Europeans and residents of the Middle East have made Filicori Zecchini's award winning blends a staple for years, indulging in the famed espresso at the company's flagship cafes as well as in the home. Now, Filicori Zecchini has made its specialty coffees available to the US, where Americans are sure to be enchanted with its exceptional blends.

The Credentials
Filicori Zecchini was established in Bologna, Italy in 1919. With the aftermath of World War I as a backdrop, Aldo Filicori and Luigi Zecchini set out to perfect the art of Italian espresso. What the two created has endured the test of time; Filicori Zecchini has remained true to its heritage to this day and still operates under the leadership of the original founding family.

Coffee and Espresso
Whole bean espresso is the heart and soul of most roasters and Filicori Zecchini is no exception. Its premium blends are created from carefully selected Indian, Brazilian and other South American beans. Filicori Zecchini individually roasts each origin separately to preserve the flavor profiles of each region and protect the integrity of the espresso.

There are four Filicori Zecchini whole bean espressos to choose from: Blend N.1, Gran Crema Delicato, Gran Crema Forte and Kave Decaffeinato.

For drip coffee drinkers, Gran Crema Delicato and Gran Crema Forte are also available as ground coffee. Filicori Zecchini also offers a pre-ground version of its flagship Kave blend, a dark roast with surprisingly sweet nuisances.

Not sure where to start? We've got two samplers—a whole bean and a ground coffee collection to give you a taste of Filicori Zecchini's most beloved blends....

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The Buzz on Blends, Single-Origin and Estate Coffee
Coffee Beens and Espresso

Traditionally, Italian espresso has been created from blends—be it a simple Arabica-Robusta mix or a complex fusion of geographically diverse beans. Some blends are created to maximize crema; while others have been fashioned to deliver specific flavor and aroma profiles.

The practice of blending coffee is akin to the art of making wine; as a Bordeaux may contain a mixture of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc, a fine espresso blend could include Hawaiian, Asian, South American or African beans. Premium coffee roasters, like Filicori Zecchini, take meticulous care of their espresso, roasting each origin separately to preserve the integrity of the beans. While the practice of blending espresso makes for rich, complex flavor bouquets, if you want to experience the specific tastes of a particular region, you may wish to explore single-origin and estate coffees.

Single Origin
Single-origin coffee refers to beans that have been grown and harvested in one area, which could comprise of a specific region or country.

Estate Coffee
A more precise breakdown of the single-origin category, estate coffee is grown and harvested from one farm. Premium estates have gone through great lengths to ensure the quality of their products, so branding a coffee with the estate name gives espresso connoisseurs an indication of the taste and quality of the coffee....

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