I'm the (self-proclaimed) "Espresso Guy." I created this website to educate the home espresso making newbie and to provide recipes, tips, and troubleshooting steps for those already pulling their own espresso shots. If you're having trouble deciding what to buy, there's guides on buying beans and equipment.
Slate Video reports on a latte artist who does detailed 3d artwork, including renderings of customer’s pets. Sound adorable? It is. Perhaps unsurprisingly, this type of artwork originates from Japan.
Seriously, go watch the video now. You won’t regret it.
Metal Floss quickly covers 27 types of espresso drinks. (Well okay, a couple of them don’t involve espresso, but most of them do.) It’s all crammed into one six minute video, so you’ll want to have a few shots of espresso before hitting play.
A cloud service company called ZipWhip hacked a superautomatic espresso machine to take orders via text message.
The device is based on the Raspberry Pi platform, and uses ZipWhip’s own text-internet gateway service to take your order.
While this may not sound terribly useful on its own, perhaps if combined with a robot arm to to position a cup and a toy drone to deliver the espresso to you, you’d have a completely automated espresso service. Someone should get on that!
I’ve never made it a secret that I don’t like Starbucks’ espresso. For a chain so associated with espresso beverages you’d think they could do a good job with the main ingredient, but that would require a level of detail and quality control that Starbucks has never attempted to achieve.
Now I’m not saying I won’t order something from Starbucks when I’m stuck in an airport and need to stay awake. But espresso? No way.
I know I’m not alone in dismissing their espresso, but some feel more strongly than others about it. According to a recent PostCity.com article by Jon Sufrin titled Eating Gross Things: espresso at Starbucks, the espresso at Starbucks is “one of the grossest things you can buy, anywhere, period.”
He goes on to conclude that:
The texture is watery. There is little to no crema. It has notes of turpentine, tar and botched moonshine, the kind that makes you go blind.
Now, that may be overselling it just a little, I don’t think anyone has gone blind from drinking espresso at Starbucks. But I can appreciate what he’s getting at. Still, I encourage anyone who likes espresso to try ordering one at Starbucks — sometimes watching a bad movie helps you appreciate good movies. Espresso is the same way.
Some people think espresso machines are a luxury item. Personally I think there’s still good values if you’re willing to hunt around. But with the price of some of the machines (and some of the coffee beans) it can be hard to disagree.
The new machines from Espresso Veolce that are shaped like powerful car engines certainly falls into the category of silly luxury items, however. It seems like a novelty item for people who like both cars and espresso.
As Gizmodo points out, the machines do not currently have a price, but (emphasis mine):
given the V12 is going to be limited to just 500 units and is made from such materials as titanium, magnesium, and aluminum, you can safely assume they will cost a small fortune.
Little is known about Espresso Veolce — I’ve certainly never heard of them. For all I know the whole thing could be an early April Fool’s joke. But as they say, truth is often stranger than fiction.