Chris' Coffee
Coffee & espresso coffee has been a part of our life for decades. Over that time we've learned so much and hope to further enrich your coffee drinking experience by sharing everything we've picked up along our journey. Keep tabs on industry news, barista tips, how to care for your espresso machine, buying guides, and more!

Chris' Coffee Blog

How to Make Espresso at Home

The building blocks for any espresso at home include the following: the correct espresso machine that will fit not only your physical limitations at your location, but also the types of espresso...
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How Does an Espresso Machine Work?

Richly aromatic, highly-concentrated, extra-viscous coffee with delicious crema on top. Nothing quite compares to a freshly-brewed cup of espresso! Developed in Italy in the late 1800s, espresso is the...
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How to Make a Latte With An Espresso Machine

One of the benefits of having an espresso machine at home is being able to make café quality drinks in the comfort of your own kitchen. If a latte is your drink of choice then let’s...
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Why We Charge Sales Tax

We continue to be asked WHY we must charge some of our customers sales tax on our products. We do that because we are following the law.In June...
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Buying a Home Espresso Machine

Whether you are a dialed in connoisseur, or a green bean newbie, buying a home espresso machine is not as easy as “I see it, I like...
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The Importance of Tamping

The importance of a good espresso tamp can easily be compared to the quality of grapes that go into making a fine wine. The tamping process involved...
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How To Choose The Right Grinder

A consistent grind is hugely important in the process of making a high-quality cup of coffee, which is why the grinder is the most important piece of...
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Why Soft Filtered Water Is So Important

So, you’ve done all of the research on which espresso machine is best for you and after what seems like forever, you decide on a gorgeous direct...
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All About Bottomless Portafilters

When it comes to making espresso, the only thing that really matters is that your drinks taste good, right? Yes. However, like any hobby enthusiast this one...
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Heat Exchanger vs. Dual Boiler

Home espresso machines may produce the same delicious beverages, but the mechanics involved can vary from one machine to next. Two popular types of espresso machines that...
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What Are Fractional Packages?

Fractional packages, or "frac packs," are perfectly ground and measured for home or business use. Most common in the business environment, food service specifically, fractional packages or pre-measured...
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Third Wave Water Review

The Importance of Filtered Water    Hardness. Alkalinity. Buffering Potential. Saturation Index. There are a lot of fancy and complicated terms being bandied about where water is...
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Vetrano 2B vs. Alex Duetto vs. R58

So you’re ready to make the jump and purchase your next espresso machine. You’ve had a single boiler or a heat exchange machine that has served you...
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Using an Espresso Leveler

Anyone who knows me will know that... I like coffee. And not just coffee, but the process of making coffee. I’m the nerd who likes to spend...
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