Monday, October 3, 2016

Is the Linea Mini all it's cracked up to be?

The simple answer would be yes, but let us explain why.

The linea Mini is a compact version of the popular, well-known, classic Linea. If you don't recognize the name, than you don't know espresso! 

This miniature beauty is available in 3 bold colors - red, white, black, and of course stainless steel. 

The simplicity of this machine makes it not only a breeze to use, but to maintain for years to come. 

Although the brew paddle resembles that of the GS/3 MP don't be fooled, you cannot play around with the pre-infusion. La Marzocco has it pre programmed for you, eliminating inconsistency in your shots. 

The steamer on this workhorse is unbelievable! You can steam 8 oz. of milk in the blink of an eye. Be careful, because if you're not use to this kind of steam power you can burn your hand on the pitcher (GUILTY!) 

The proof is in the pudding, and as you can see from that latte art above, this machine delivers. It has quickly become one of our favorite machines to use here at Chris' Coffee Service.

Check out how beautifully the Linea Mini pairs with the matching Fiorenzato F4!


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 Linea Mini Overview by Mackenzie

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Barista Series Volume 2: TAMPerfection


By: Taylor Nachtrieb

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 in pulling a shot of espresso can be a make or break scenario. The reason why tamping is such a crucial part of this process is because it greatly affects the taste of the espresso. A ‘bad’ tamp will cause uneven extraction and channeling, where all the water goes through one part of the espresso rather than being evenly distributed throughout. The end result – bitterness, yuck! The key to a successful tamp is even, consistent downward exerted pressure. Therefore, consistent tamp pressure = consistent espresso extraction.

You may be thinking to yourself, ‘this all sounds well & good, but how the heck do you actually achieve this perfect tamp?!’ The first thing you want to do is step up to your espresso station with confidence like you are about to strike a home run at the World Series, Yankees vs. Red Sox final game. Once you have ground only the best espresso, Machristay Black Pearl, and filled your portafilter you are now ready to tamp. You should rest the portafilter on either the edge of the countertop or your preferred tamping mat to ensure stability. It’s important to hold the tamper loosely in your dominant hand while making a 90-degree angle with your elbow and press straight down with even pressure. Some people will choose to knock on the side of the portafilter after the initial tamp to allow for any excess espresso to settle before tamping again. However, this may cause the seal of the espresso puck to break, which could affect the extraction process so we do not recommend this.

If you want to practice your new tamping skills but aren’t necessarily an espresso connoisseur when it comes to taste & aroma, the answer is go naked! Don’t worry you don’t have to take your clothes off, but you do need a bottomless portafilter. A bottomless portafilter will not lie to you because if the tamp is uneven the espresso has a tendency to shoot out in all directions & can give you quite the shower. Pictured below is what you want your extraction to look like, beautiful brown and caramel coloring concentrated in a single centered stream of espresso. Another indication that you have succeeded with your even tamp is when you knock the espresso out of the portafilter it comes out as a perfectly round shaped ‘hockey puck.’


For the commercial setting espresso user you may already be an expert tamper but you are also probably one step closer to carpal tunnel after tamping up to 100 times each day. We have the answer to this problem and it is called the Puq Press automatic tamping system! All you have to do is place your portafilter into the system and the tamper is automatically activated giving you the perfect, even tamp time and time again! Some of the features of the PuqPress include; adjustable tamping pressure between 10-30 kg, consistent pressure no matter the coffee dose, and the ability to use any style or size portafilter. Visit our website for more information, photos, & videos, and to place your pre-order today.

Happy tamping to all!

 PuqPress Tamper

Monday, August 15, 2016

Barista Series Volume 1: But First, Coffee

"But First, Coffee"

(Image from Google)

MacKenzie at Chris' Coffee will fill your espresso cup with helpful facts and techniques to make the most of your espresso experience!

The first thing to consider when making your espresso is simply your coffee choice. Taste being individual you may prefer a light, medium, or dark roast coffee for your espresso. Buying from a reputable and recognized roaster (like Chris' Coffee of course!) will ensure you are getting the fresh coffee you need. Remember, however, to save the bubbles for your champagne! Too fresh a coffee with result in espresso with too much gas and bubbles and not the smooth, strong flavor of espresso.

The ultimate goal for your delicious espresso is to have the famous 3 layers (pictured above): the heart which is the very bottom of the espresso should typically be a deep brown color. The heart contains the bitterness that will provide a balance to the sweet crema. The middle layer is the body and is typically caramel brown in color. The top layer is the crema and is typically thin and foamy with a golden brown color. This top later holds the sweet flavor notes as it contains concentrated sugars and oils. 

Monday, July 25, 2016

Andreja Premium Evo Review

Watch Mackenzie go over the features, and new changes made to the Quick Mill Andreja Premium Evo heat exchanger espresso machine!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Custom Wood Panels for La Marzocco GS3!

Article Written By:
MacKenzie Nachtrieb

Our master craftsman, Ward of the Wood, decided to tackle the challenge of making La Marzocco panels for us. To his surprise they were even easier to build, and assemble, than the Spaziale panels! 

The quality of  these gorgeous wooden accents is second to none. 
They have a certain wow factor to them, that will have your friends and family left drooling in your kitchen. 

What sets ours apart from others is the fact that we not only offer a variety of wood to choose from, but we also attach the La Marzocco logo right on each panel so that recognizable brand name doesn't get overlooked in the beauty of the panels themselves.

We will be offering these panels in Walnut, Mahogany, Cherry & Sapele!



Monday, October 19, 2015

Getting to the Bottom of Bottomless Portafilters

Article Written by:
MacKenzie Nachtrieb

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 comes with plenty of fun gadgets and upgrades which make your brewing experience much more rewarding. 

A bottomless portafilter is a great example of one of those toys. Some people are still left scratching their heads when they hear the term bottomless, or naked portafilter. What exactly is this mysterious tool and why is it walking around in the nude?

5 Reasons why we highly recommend getting yourself one whether you're new to the game, or have been brewing espresso your entire life:

1. Consistency in your shots
2. Less heat loss from the portafilter to the cup
3. More crema
4. Better tasting shots
5. Great learning tool

In regards to #5 on our list a bottomless will show you exactly what you're doing wrong (or right)! Whether your grind is slightly off, you're tamping too hard on one side, or your beans are a little too fresh. By exposing the base of the insert basket any of those imperfections that were once hidden beneath a spouted portafilter will now be visible. 

Although somewhat frustrating and messy at first, you will find yourself becoming obsessed with perfecting your technique... which isn't necessarily a bad thing! 

Just try to remember one thing. If you're happy with how your cappuccinos, lattes or espresso shots taste, than you're doing a good job! 

Bottomless Portafilter on the La Marzocco Linea Mini 


Bottomless Portafilter using a 10 gram Precision Insert Basket

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Keep Your Coffee Fresh Longer

Article Written By:
MacKenzie Nachtrieb

Whether you're a coffee aficionado or a novice, you most likely understand how important it is to use FRESH coffee in all forms of brewing - espresso, drip, iced, etc. But not everyone knows exactly HOW to keep their coffee freshest. 

As soon as the coffee beans are exposed to oxygen they immediately start to breakdown, and oil residue will start to compromise the flavor of your coffee. Ground coffee goes bad even quicker, so DO NOT grind your beans until you're ready to use them! 

Things to keep in mind: 
1. Decrease air movement
2. Limit temperature fluctuations
3. Avoid exposure to light. 

We are now selling these Airscape canisters which, as the diagram shows, force air out and lock in freshness! 

They are available in small (32 oz.), large (64 oz.) and black or stainless! 

This item is suitable for not only coffee but all sorts of food like tea, flour, sugar, cereal, spices, walnuts, fresh fruit and even pet food! 

The inner lid is equipped with a special valve, which forces air out of the canister and thus creating an airtight environment.

- Restaurant grade 18/8 stainless steel with enamel paint finish
- Durable construction 
- Order & taste resistant
- BPA free
- Non toxic
- Hand wash recommended