I am often asked “Levi, what’s the best espresso machine for home?” which can lead to SO many answers, depending on what you want exactly. But to be a generalist, here is usually what I point to: this espresso machine for $1,295 or $685, paired with this grinder. Its usually the best option. I have used the Nuova Simmonelli Oscar for dozens of events, its perfect for home and smaller events.
Home setup =]
Yes the above suggestion is fairly pricey, but you could actually buy one of these gorgeous beasts designed for home, Slayer/La Marzocco/Synesso for more than a few thousand dollars each.
The big thing for making great coffee is to simply use the right water and BAM you have a HUGE head start. Great blog post on the correct water to use, to make it easy on you I *generally* suggest spring water. Now, you have to buy coffee to brew coffee, right? Well don’t buy coffee with expiration dates, instead focus on coffee that is 2 days up to 2 weeks old, or ‘from roast date.’ That’s generally the sweet spot.
1) Coffee crawling through Tulsa, OK
2) Meeting baristas is a great thing
3) Get out there and try stuff, bring people with you
4) Thank you to Samuel Smith (video below), for coming along with me on the trip
1) Ask baristas ‘where should I go next’ and use Yelp to save the answers
2) Cold Brew nitro with vanilla and cream was outrageously great
3) Maple Soda uses shelf stable ingredients that don’t expire or require to be ‘dialed in’
Reason to interact:
1) Map of the places I went
2) Maple Soda and Sparkling Green Tea recipe
3) Photos of the drinks (below!)
“How do I use Yelp to find cool places?”
1) Look for 3-5 star ratings
2) Number of reviews and photos should be higher relative to other local cafes/places
3) Keep track on your favorites list when someone suggests a place, then when in a new area open up your “Bookmarks” tab in the mobile app
4) Checkout podcast #54
Visit the show notes for ISI Whipped cream recipes. I’ve seen some sped-up extraction recipes.
How can you tell if its real ice? …It melts.
Different levels of carbonation for different brands
Real Maple or Honey does change the mouth feel, LINK to brands and their level of carbonation. Sometimes a high level of carbonation is great because some recipes have a lot of other ingredients competing for the total volume of the drink itself.
Espresso Tonic recipe, Levi uses just a hint of espresso in his recipe to allow for coffee to be the background flavor, rather than having it dominate the flavor profile.
Thought – why don’t we look at espresso as a background flavor?
Owl Puccino signature drink, the name plays into what the cafe used to be called. What about a signature drink called the Al-Puccino, and it can be made with almond milk?
Foolish Things Coffee Company, don’t be foolish, ask questions.
Oak Aged Cold Brew Float – was cool, you can use a brand like Time & Oak to get those flavors. They used local ice cream but not enough, lost the woody-flavor but like the idea and it was fun.
Cold Brew Soda with Blueberry Shrubs –
Do the next thing, hop on Yelp and find a cafe then ask the barista ‘where should I go next?’ and they may direct you to some wonderful place or party that only the locals know about. I also use Yelp to bookmark places I will visit in the future when you’re in that town.
Why don’t we list the barista that came up with that signature drink like they do at fancy bars?
Thank you to Podington Bear, for lending the track Gravy.
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