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A little bit of El Salvador in Madison

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Flickr photo: VixyView Stephanie Bedford, writing for 77 Square, talks about the Salvadoran grocery store on far eastern Commercial Ave. called La Zacatecana. If you’ve been to El Salvador, you may have experienced a bit of local cuisine called pupusas. They’re hard to find in Wisconsin unless you make them at home. There’s a place in Milwaukee that makes them, and in Madison, the only place to get yourself a fresh, hot pupusa is La Zacatecana. […]

Electric Monkey: Madison’s freshest espresso

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Yesterday, we talked about coffee beans that you could buy from some of Italy’s best and biggest roasters. But the downside of that circuitous coffee route (Central America to Italy to the U.S.) is you’re not getting the freshest roasted coffee. Freshness counts for a lot. Fortunately, Madison has Just Coffee Cooperative to serve your needs for super-fresh roasted coffee beans. All of Just Coffee’s coffee is 100% fair trade. They are part of Cooperative […]

Italy’s coffee: three recommendations

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With an espresso machine at home, you have control over the quality of your coffee. Water is important. Poor tasting water will produce an inferior cup, and hard water will gunk up your machine. But besides the water, what else is important in producing a tasty espresso? Oh yeah, the coffee! Today we venture into the world of Italy’s coffee roasters. It’s the modern world senza frontiere. You can have Italian brands delivered to your door. And […]

How to make perfect espresso

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The best espresso in the world can only be had in the land of its invention–Italy–where “un caffè per favore” will get you the real deal. In this country, eyes look to the Pacific Northwest. And it’s there that we find some guides for brewing espresso at home. Portland’s Stumptown Coffee Roasters has a ten-step guide with photos. Going north, Seattle Coffee Gear breaks it down into four descriptive techniques. No excuses, it’s time to […]

Garagiste: $30M of garage wine via email

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There’s a great profile in The New York Times Magazine of Jon Rimmerman who sells wine on his email list Garagiste. Rimmerman went from “an ad hoc wine-tasting club at the University of Wisconsin-Madison” to $30 million in sales a year. Article by Daniel Duane @ NYTimes.com Garagiste Wikipedia page about the French garagistes

Gaggia Classic and Coffee Videos

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Mark Beattie of NYC writes on his blog marybicycles (slogan: “Socialism can only arrive by bicycle.”) about how he scored a used Gaggia Classic semi-automatic espresso machine via Craigslist. Sounds like it was in pretty good shape. I’ve owned a Gaggia Classic since about 2002 and have always loved the espresso and cappuccinos I can coax out of it. Lovely stuff. I got my Gaggia Classic from Whole Latte Love, who I can wholeheartedly recommend. […]

Consumer Reports highly ranks Kickapoo Coffee

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In their March 2009 issue, Consumer Reports takes a look at Colombian coffees and conducts some taste tests of various brands. Their rankings include cost per pound of coffee, milligrams of caffeine, and a matrix of six taste attributes including three positive attributes (earthy, fruity, nutty) and three negative attributes (woody, papery, burnt). First the unsurprising part. Eight O'Clock Coffee’s 100% Colombian was ranked #1 and is also a Customer Reports Best Buy. Eight O'Clock […]

Coffee roasting on the cheap at home

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Dave Shea of mezzoblue has a great little photo set up on Flickr that documents his process for roasting coffee beans at home. He buys green coffee beans from a local roaster and puts them into his air-popper normally used for making popcorn. The photo set has photos showing the process along the way and contains annotations that describe his procedure. Looks like a fun home activity. Certainly there is home roasting equipment that you […]

Mentos / Diet Coke Carbonic Geyser

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We’re posting this story for the benefit of Scott who is a Mentos fanatic. Mentos are apparently some sort of disc-like candy that have highly addictive properties. Not only that but if you mix them with Diet Coke, you get an exciting lesson in chemistry. Here’s what you need: 8 or 9 pieces of Mentos candy 2-liter bottle of Diet Coke or Diet Pepsi a budding sense of adventure Check out this video if you […]