We are pleased to announce our new book, Craft of Espresso: A Guide for Home. We love to help aspiring home baristas choose the right espresso machine setup, then learn how to use it to make beautiful & delicious espresso drinks. This book is an introduction to the fundamental principles of making espresso and steaming milk, but it’s also much more than that thanks to the collaboration of multiple talented people.
From the introduction:
Coffee, black. Espresso, neat. A cube of sugar and a dash of cream. These are small drops in the bucket of human experience. But does anything straighten your back as well as a morning ritual? Is anything better than coming to your senses with your hands wrapped around a warm cup?
In an age of virtual everything, what could be more exotic than getting your fingers smudged with fresh-ground coffee, then bearing down, making a mess, and feeling old school for ten minutes a day? Coffee is either nothing—a brackish fuel, a necessary accomplice—or it is something: an education in taste, a way to be playful, a daily sacrament. Read from the comfort of an easy chair or while afoot in the kitchen, this book is a primer for those who want to tap into the somethingness of coffee through its most exalted method: the art of making espresso.
The illustrations are by Ben Blake of DrawCoffee.com. Ben has developed a distinctive style of sketching coffee & espresso themes and we are thrilled to have him illustrate the project. A sample:
The book is shipping this week. Order yours today!
We’ve put together some fantastic deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! To get the deals, note the coupon code in each box below and type it into the “coupon” field at checkout. The amounts listed will be deducted from your order. For our Double Gift Certificates promotion, click the box below for details on how to redeem. As always, these promotions are valid on purchases made 11/23-11/26 and cannot be applied to prior purchases. Considering an espresso machine? Give us a call and we’ll spend the time to put together the perfect setup for your needs and budget. Our prices are competitive and the knowledge is free! Give Chris a call at 800.520.2890 or email@example.com.
Attention all aspiring and inquisitive home baristas! Clive Coffee is very happy to announce an expanded barista class schedule! From now until the end of the year, Clive will be offering the Home Barista 101 class nearly every Saturday morning here in our Portland showroom. It’s a great way to polish skills you may already have, or, if you are new to espresso at home, I can’t think of a better way to quickly get started. Yours truly (Chris Ryan), or our new barista teacher, coffee star Jen Macias (Cartel Coffee Lab in Tempe, AZ and Barista here in Portland) will run you through the basics of espresso extraction, milk steaming, and machine maintenance. Each class participant will pull a ton of shots and steam pitcher after pitcher of milk with a teacher right there next to you showing you the way step-by-step. Class size is limited to 4 folks maximum to ensure that we have enough time with everyone. Classes start at 9am, and generally run to 11-11:30am. You know all those questions you have while watching a barista at work, but don’t feel you can ask? This is your chance! Come on in, learn a little something, have a ball, and drink a copious amount of coffee. Cheers!
Check out class dates and sign up here: http://www.clivecoffee.com/product/barista_class.html
Questions? Please feel free to contact Chris Ryan at firstname.lastname@example.org
Left Coast Roast, by Hanna Neuschwander, is a caffeine-fueled guide to 55 key companies in Washington, Oregon, and Northern California — from small artisan roasters like Heart, Coava, and Kuma and history-making icons like Peet’s and Starbucks, to rapidly expanding shops like Portland’s Stumptown and San Francisco’s Blue Bottle. Profiles describe each company’s background, roasting history, and style, and explain how to visit and order beans for home brewing. Not to toot our own horn too much, but there’s a great little writeup about Clive in this book as well.
Timber Press is hosting a launch event at Spirit of 77 in Portland on Monday, August 27. Come on down and enjoy specialty cocktails, coffee-inspired beer, hors d’oeuvres, and many other delights as we kick-off the exciting release of the book and celebrate the craft of West Coast coffee!
We recently paired up with Megamouth Film & Design to create a new Clive Video Short. Inspired by a Chet Baker song (which provides the soundtrack), this is an homage to slowing down and developing a worthwhile routine, a ritual if you will. We love the ritual of making traditional espresso, and here’s our tribute.
Our own barista Chris Ryan tackles the topic of home grinders in Fresh Cup Magazine, a respected coffee industry publication. Scroll to page 50. From the hand grinders like the Camano to the staff favorite Baratza Vario, Chris talks through the questions to ask when considering a grinder. Got a question? Send him a note: email@example.com.
For a long time, we’ve only sold the Technivorm brewer. It was the only high quality brewer we could find that was simple, reliable, and brewed at 200 degrees for 5-6 minutes, two important factors for delicious, flavorful (and not bitter) coffee.
As you would expect, a lot of people are comparing the two brands and asking our opinion of which model to purchase. The Bonavita and the Technivorm have similar claims to brewing time and temperature, so we did a side by side test of each brewer, and here is our opinion of the pros and cons of each:
Ellanie and Ethan give it a go in the Clive Coffee showroom, using the Izzo Duetto.
If they can, you can too.
Clive at Five is back! We’ve got some excellent cocktails in the works. Sneak away from the relatives for a minute and enjoy some good music and company. In the mood for shopping? We’ll have some showroom-only discounts available during the party. Whether you’ve got $20 or $6k to spend, you’ll get a little extra boost to your buck.
Jenn Lawrence of Letterpress PDX will have a mobile letterpress on hand. See it in action and take home a pre-holiday momento.
Bring a friend!