Amazing Espresso Quantity Mix Graphic!

I was sent a link directly to this graphic that is a really nice piece of work. It shows how much of each ingredients goes into a variety of coffee drinks. The different coffee drinks are mentioned with an arrow to it’s ‘mix’ group. The overlapping circles show how much of what goes into a successful drink. It isn’t something you will actually base your pour on but it is a fun reference when you think of a drink for what it will be when handed to you.

At the bottom of the graphic is a t-shirt image and the link to the jpg is for a subpage. But, I have searched the site using the number in the graphic’s URL and for espresso/coffee… nothing. If I find the actual items with the graphic printed on, I’ll post later. For now… enjoy.



Classes and Tools for Making Better Espresso

I was reminded recently that not ‘everything’ is best done from a Web page. Sometimes, the personal touch of a human interaction can get you further. For myself, and perhaps readers of this blog, there are many options to get training in making a better espresso or coffee drink. No one is complaining about my current creations but you can always learn a new trick or more info behind the ‘why’ of a process.

Classes and tools can be great for someone just looking into pulling their own drinks at home. Get a espresso machine for Christmas?

I have added a new page (link in the right column or Click here to jump) to show many offerings for classes. They can be for getting better at home to folks looking to start a new Espresso Spot and want their Baristas trained. There are options to have training at your location, at a school, on a DVD and even for your iPhone. Take a look if your ever thinking about fine turning your skills.


A Diagram of your favorite Coffee and Espresso Drinks

Lokesh Dhakar, a designer, was looking for a visual representation of what makes up the many different types of espresso drinks.

Unable to find a single source for the information, he pulled together the data from many sources like coffee specialists, drink houses and wikipedia to produce a very handy visual chart. Below is a quick screen capture with a link to his higher resolution version on Flickr. As you can see, he has covered a nice variety from what we think of as a regular espresso through to drinks containing many ingredients – 9 in all.

coffee drink diagram

Lokesh’s site is here as well…


Making Great Espresso with the skills of a Barista

I found a nice article over at Home Barista on an Introduction to Barista Techniques.

The post is actually one part of a larger end-to-end on Espressos. About the beans, fine details on grinding, machines, cleaning, etc…

This one part is an important topic of the day, the actual act and timing of making a great Espresso. From the post: Barista technique breaks down into three time scales and skill levels:

  • The first is the minute or so spent grinding and making the shot.
  • The second is the time spent carefully tasting an espresso or series of espressos, identifying the flavor balance and defects, and making adjustments to ones pull or machines to correct them.
  • The third is acquiring experience and informed preferences with a wide range of coffees, blends, espresso equipment, and alternative techniques.

If your are looking for maximizing the flavor in every Espresso you make, take a look at their in-depth walk through of what makes a difference.