I was invited on Portland’s KPTV to talk about making great coffee at home. It’s very difficult to get all the crucial information in a 3 minute segment, but hopefully the message of fresh coffee made correctly came through. Click the image to view on KPTV/Associated Content.
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We set up the Izzo Duetto in our showroom back in December, and it’s been one of the most popular machines on the floor. The ability to precisely dial in the brewing temperature with the PID takes the guesswork out of pulling delicious straight shots. The separate boiler for steam means meringue-like micro foam for cappuccinos. This machine is built to last for decades, and we can service this machine here in Portland. When you’re ready to invest in the craft of high quality espresso at home, be sure to take a look at the Duetto.
Delaney Kelly of Carthagh Craft & Design just dropped of the first edition of the Clive Stand Triple. I couldn’t wait for our real photographer to take her sweet time with it, so I took a quick shot. It’s a beauty. Water Avenue Coffee will be the first shop in town to put this to good use. Read more about the stand, then get ready because the Triple will be available for purchase in early January.
After several months of hard work, we’re proud to open up our retail showroom to the public. It’s a work in progress, and admittedly looks a little “temporary.” We were planning on moving to a much bigger, brighter location this summer, but the lease fell through and so we’ve decided to make the best of our current location for now. We’d love to have you stop in to say hello!
To kick things off we’re throwing an impromptu, casual party for Black Friday. Stop by from 4-6 pm on Friday Nov 26th for local booze, great music, and 10% off for our local friends. See the details here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=163979780305546
Google Map here: http://bit.ly/gvQxlS
There’s a great article in the Times about old fashioned espresso that doesn’t compromise quality for convenience. It encapsulates so well why we don’t sell super-automatic espresso machines at Clive. If you’re going to make espresso at home, we believe it’s worth investing the time and money required to make real espresso. It doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive, and with a little bit of practice you’ll be well on your way to making authentic, old fashioned espresso.
Baratza has once again upgraded its excellent Virtuoso Preciso Grinder. In addition to providing micro-adjustment capability, they’ve added a superior set of conical burrs. These new burrs provide the precision to grind for great espresso, as well as great uniformity for French Presss with minimal fines. These new burrs grind coffee 2.4 times faster than other conical burr grinders.
We still have a few Precisos in stock, with the upgraded burrs. More will arrive in mid November, so if you don’t want to wait, place your order now.
The long-awaited Baratza Virtuoso Preciso has finally arrived! Baratza took the sturdy and elegant design of the Virtuoso and added microadjustment for fine tuning your grind for espresso. The Preciso offers the fine tuning capabilities of a stepless grinder with the easy adjustment of the Virtuoso. It has the same timer switch and on-demand grind button with the addition of a portafilter holder for hands-free dosing.
A small quantity of Precisos will be available for pre-order at the end of September, with more coming in at the end of October. Check out the Preciso and place your pre-order here.
Espresso grinds should be fine, but not powdery. When you pinch the grounds between your fingers they should clump together, but disperse when you drop them on the counter.
For both Technivorm and manual pour over, your coffee grounds should be about the consistency of a fine corn meal.
Since the Gold Filter will allow more sediment to pass through, you should grind your coffee a little coarser than you would for paper filters.
When grinding for the French Press, your coffee should be about the consistency of sea salt. If your press is hard to plunge it’s a good indication that your coffee is ground too fine.
We’ve put together a handy little guide to selecting coffees based off of the dominating flavor profile. We’ve categorized our coffees by Bright & Fruity, Robust & Smoky, Chocolaty & Nutty, and Sweet & Balanced. Check it out and explore some new coffees!
Heading to the beach for camping and surfing? Maybe suffering through pitiful coffee at the office? Or perhaps you just like hand-operated tools that don’t require electricity. We’ve got the tools for you to make great espresso or coffee wherever you go.