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Soccer balls, books, beverage coasters, beanies, T-shirts... Enjoy the randomness of things that just don't fit anywhere else.

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  • SALE - Saloon T-shirt

    What does this have to do with coffee? Nothing at all. Well, these lovely ladies are from a photo I took of a Saloon, er, Salon facade near Karatina, Kenya. You see, Salons are called Saloons quite often, and Saloons are called Bars ... just so nobody gets confused. So now that you know the story, you don't need to ask, "which one is Maria?" Nice, soft, American Apparel shirts, too! *The green is a little more forest colored and less bright than these flash pictures.

     

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  • SALE - Painted Copper/Tin Slavic Style Ibrik 16 oz. - NEW

    We have two styles of these pots now, the traditional type with a flared bottom, and what our importer calls "Slavic style" with the pot being more rounded.

    The handle on this ibrik screws off which makes this a very handy pot for travelling or camping too. The wood handle is nicely turned and functional - the wood stays cooler longer.and has a good feel to it. The pots are copper on the outside, lined with tin inside.

    This pot holds 16 oz. and is 4.25" tall.  You ought to be able to make 12 oz. of turkish coffee in this Ibrik.  We have a tip sheet on brewing with an ibrik on this page.



     

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  • SALE - Gaggia Espresso Machine - Model: New Baby, Black - USED, REFURBISHED

    This machine has been used, as well as refurbished by the manufactuer.  There are a few noticeable scratches.  We will provide a 90 day warranty.  This machine does not include any accessories.

     

    This is the original Gaggia home espresso machine in its newly redesigned Thermoset plastic housing. The Baby has been made for over 25 years and is a proven winner. It features the 3-way valve to release excess pressure, or to backflush-clean the machine (see note above about safety), as well as leaving behind a nice dry "puck" for easier cleanup. It has the same internals as the more expensive Classic model (which also has the 3-way valve), and a 64 oz. removable water reservoir. The good news is that unlike the other models, the water reservoir fills from the top! Overall this is a really attractive machine too (hey, looks count when it's out on your kitchen counter all the time). Along with all the other accessories, we also include our new top-of-the-line 58mm all-Stainless Steel Machined Tamper with the Baby (Gaggia includes a plastic tamper with the machine).

    Check out our Gaggia Details Page for more information.

    Features of the Baby Class:
    *Brushed stainless steel housing
    *Removable 60 oz water reservoir
    *Three-way solenoid valve
    *Chrome-plated marine brass commercial-style portafilter for use with ground coffee or coffee pods
    *Turbo-frother mounted on a ball joint
    *High wattage boiler with two heating elements
    *15 bar pump
    *Passively heated cup warmer
    *1425 Watts - 110/120 Volts
    *15.7”H x 9.6”W x 10.4”D
    *17 lbs In Stainless Steel

    No Canadian or other International sales - sorry.

    This espresso machine has brass components.  Brass is made with lead and so the espresso machine will ship with this warning label:   Proposition 65 Warning: Consuming beverages that have been prepared in this espresso machine will expose you to lead, a chemical known to the State of California to cause birth defects and other reproductive harm.


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  • The Professional Barista's Handbook by Scott Rao

    The Professional Barista's Handbook is a very efficient training manual for espresso, and features some great information on brewing too (plus a couple pages on tea ... why?) I was impressed with how concise it is, and how useful it will be for the home enthusiast.

    Best of all, it cuts to the chase and shows the core methods for achieving great extraction without making you read too much theory. It also avoids being too specific in showing just one technique. In other words, read this book and over time you surely will develop your own variations. That's the way it should be.

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  • Coffee Flavor Chemistry by Ivon Flament

    This book is not for you! Okay, maybe it is, but only of you are either a. in the coffee trade; b. have a strong science background; c. are an incessant know-it-all; or d. are a hardcore home roaster. This is much more of a reference book than a reading book. Now that I have said everything wrong with it, let me say now that it is fantastic and a must-have volume for every serious coffee library.

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  • Coffee: Growing, Processing, Sustainable Production by Jean Wintgens

    This is the mother of all coffee books. Sure, Illy likes to show off what they know, but Nestle, Kraft, P&G etc have far more information. That is what this book is, a compendium of information from seasoned researchers and professionals, with quite a few (like Wintgens himself) having spent quite some time at Nestle. This book is oriented towards those with real information needs about coffee production, or those with an insatiable appetite for coffee information.

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  • Coffee Cupper's Handbook by Ted Lingle

    The full edition of the Coffee Cupper's Handbook by Ted Lingle.  This is a 66 Page, 8.5 x 11 cupping manual that includes a full-color reproduction of the Coffee Cupper's Flavor Wheel on the inside covers ... very handy!
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  • Espresso Coffee: The Science of Quality by Illy and Vaini

    Espresso Coffee: The Science of Quality is by Rinantonio Viani of Nestle Research Laboratories in Switzerland and Andreas Illy of Illycafe and Nestle. This is the hardcover, rewritten Second Edition of the famous Espresso Coffee: The Chemistry of Quality. Famous? Well, among home roasters it is, because there are just too many "coffee recipe" and hokey espresso cookbooks out there ... and this book is 180 degrees opposite.

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  • Home Coffee Roasting: Romance and Revival by Kenneth Davids

    The book for home roasting --- for newbies and oldbies alike. A must-have. This is the latest edition (late 2003), and the only book devoted entirely to home roasting. It happens to be an excellent resource and reference for our craft. A book that is both technically descriptive and fun to read, you might notice references to it throughout our web pages.



     

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  • The Coffee Roaster's Companion by Scott Rao

    The Coffee Roaster's Companion is a great resource for the home roaster. It explains what happens to coffee as heat is applied and roasting techniques. It also dives a little into cupping, brewing and how to choose a roaster. The photos are great and so are the examples of curves and charts. This is a basic consolidation of roasting info. It may be a bit elementary for professional roasters so expect to breeze through this book if you have been roasting on large machines for a while. We still think it's an excellent book and are glad that Scott Rao took the time to create it.

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