we learned all about latte
art and the various barista competitions
held around the
world. This month we've included the 12 Steps to
Latte Art in our newsletter.
Now it's your chance to enter and win – just
send us a digital photo of your best latte art! There are
three categories for all skill levels – beginners,
intermediates and professionals.
First Place Prizes
David Schomer's video Café Latte Art and a two pound bag of Lavazza Super
Lavazza Sampler pack that includes six pounds of coffee and a set of Whole Latte
- Fresh coffee for a year – with
a bag of fresh coffee delivered each month!
Mother's Day Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to Jeffrey Bruce, winner of our Mother's Day Giveaway
and the proud owner of a new Gaggia Titanium, valued at $1299!
a chance to win your own prizes and see your name in print? Enter our
Latte Art Contest today!
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Adam Dean -
the largest water reservoir of any super automatic
we carry, and a dump box that holds up to 25 spent
coffee pucks before it needs to be emptied, the
F60 is the perfect machine for small offices. Yet,
its stylish frame uses space so efficiently that
you'd never guess it's capable of making up to 80
cups of espresso without refilling the reservoir.
Of course, the F60 still has all of the great
features you've come to expect from Capresso,
including a range of adjustable settings so it
can satisfy every coffee drinker in the office.
Whether you plan on using it at home or for a
business, the F60 is large enough to accommodate
the different tastes of any number of coffee lovers.
All of the Capresso F60's features are designed
around a 1-touch brewing system, which means your
machine will grind, tamp, brew, rinse and more
at the press of a button. Read
Walk Softly, and Carry a Lot of Espresso
When you first glance at this machine, you might
not notice that it features a water reservoir
that is twice as large as other Capresso F-series
machines. The unit itself is only about an inch
larger in each direction than other models, but
the F60 manages much larger storage components
without sacrificing any of the ingenuity you've
come to expect from Capresso. The F60 features
a redesigned, oversized drip tray and a powerful,
1450-watt stainless steel boiler to ensure...
to be used in small offices yet compact enough to compliment
any home kitchen, the F60 manages to combine the best of
both espresso worlds."
Nicole Jones -
Considered by coffee enthusiasts around the world
as the crowning touch, latte art is steadily emerging
as the ultimate ending to a perfectly prepared espresso
drink. For many years, barista competitions were
limited to simply skills and techniques, but as
we learned from professional barista Chris Deferio
in last month's newsletter, latte art tournaments
like the Millrock Latte Art Competition are becoming
"Millrock itself is getting to be more and more prestigious," Deferio
said regarding the competition in June. "It's gaining
in notoriety and is becoming a norm in the lexicon
of the coffee professional."
This year's Millrock Latte Art Competition will be
held in Las Vegas and will once again test the best
baristas in the United States not only on the visual
aspects of their drinks, but also on the taste and
aroma. A café latte finished with a free pour,
as it is called in the world of latte art, is visually
stunning and captures something incredibly special... Read
Latte Art photos courtesy of
is like the professional ethos of a barista," Deferio said. "Like
a handshake after the deal is made."
Adam Dean -
Coffee has been a major part of our world history for
over 1000 years, and as its popularity has expanded
across the globe, its rituals have been embraced in
different cultures. For generations, many countries
have enjoyed unique varieties of coffee, but until
the invention of the espresso machine, the full flavors
of the coffee bean were widely undiscovered.
At the turn of the 20th century, coffee was becoming
increasingly popular, but new demands for a more concentrated,
higher quality cup of coffee were slowing the ongoing
development of coffee bars. For coffee lovers worldwide,
centuries of traditional brewing techniques were soon
to be challenged by the rich textures of espresso that
were about to be unlocked by its Italian forefathers.
An Early Coffee Uprising
On the subject of founding fathers, it's a good time
to point out the connection between the espresso revolution
and another, more poignant caffeine conflict from our
not-so-distant past. As the world's 2nd most commonly
traded commodity, the widespread popularity of coffee
has sometimes caused it to be a part of political and
social upheaval- and at no time more spectacular than
during our early colonial strife. To truly appreciate
the role that coffee has played in American culture,
let's rewind... Read
"Each of the espresso machine companies that were
started by the 3 founding fathers still flourish today,
and their tried and true creations are still considered
the keystones of great espresso."