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Third Wave Coffee Explained

You've probably arrived here having just heard the term "Third Wave Coffee," wondering why the term exists at all. You like your coffee; it's hot, it wakes you up, and it really doesn't need to be more complicated than that. Or, maybe you're wondering what our definition is since, it would seem, everybody's take is a little bit different. Either way, the question exists. What is it, and why should you care? Today, we take a shot at demystifying Third Wave Coffee.

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The Top 5 Best Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines of 2018

Explore the Top 5 Espresso Machines of 2018
Hey espresso lovers, today we reveal our picks for the top five best espresso machines of 2018. These are our picks in five different categories ranging from best entry-level machine up to our favorite plumbable rotary pump dual-boiler boiler machine. We’ll also give our picks for best overall value, best heat-exchange machine, and best brand design. Along with our top machines in each category we’ll have some honorable mentions for your consideration.

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How to Find the Right Grind for Your Brew Method

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just say, "oh, that’s easy use a 3 for espresso, 20 for drip and 30 for press?" Unfortunately, even though most burr grinders have some reference numbers for grind size, the problem is they don’t transfer between grinders. So you can’t just say, if you have grinder “X” you should set it to such and such number for making drip coffee. This guide will help you zero in on the proper grind size depending on your brewing method and learn how grind affects flavor.

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How To Use a Bottomless Portafilter to Improve Espresso Technique

Learn how to use a bottomless portafilter to improve your espresso extractions and learn your machine. Marc from WholeLatteLove.com takes you through 12 naked extractions on the Profitec Pro 800 lever machine. See the extractions up close as he describes what he learned from each shot about his technique and the machine.

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Gaggia Brera Review

Working in a company like Whole Latte Love that encourages you to test the products it sells is a wonderful experience. Especially if you like using the products! Customers get great information and opinions from actual hands on testing, and I get to enjoy some of the finest coffee drinks anyone can make for free!

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The Rocket Espresso Evoluzione V2

It wouldn't be a stretch to say that I fell in love with Rocket Espresso machines after my dalliance with the Rocket Espresso R58 Dual Boiler machine. So, I was ecstatic this week when two new Rocket Espresso boxes turned up in my office. The Evoluzione V2 machines are the most advanced iterations of Rocket's line of Cellini and Giotto home espresso machines and I could hardly wait to get them out of the box.

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Why Buy a Used Espresso Machine?

Most of us have heard that a new car can lose up to 10% of its retail value the minute you drive it off the lot. Though the new-car smell and the allure of being the automobile's first owner does come with its own perks and advantages, increasingly value-conscious customers are flocking the used car lot in record numbers. Pre-owned shopping habits are trickling down to everything from electronics to clothing.

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Young People Choose Coffee Over Soda

It would be hard for anyone to deny that coffee has become increasingly more popular in the US within the last few decades. With cafes like Starbucks popping up on every corner, and home baristas taking the plunge into the world of specialty coffee, it’s no surprise that as we drink more coffee, we’d be drinking less of something else. In this case, that something is soda.

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Single-Serve Coffee Cups and Capsules Go Eco-Friendly

Ask the experts and many of them will tell you the same thing: the single-serve coffee category is hotter than freshly brewed java. Fueled by convenience, the time-saving system that lets users prepare drinks by the cup is gaining popularity worldwide. Yet, since their inception, single-serve cups and capsules have had to dodge the criticism that they’re inherently bad for the environment.

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