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This is the third installment in a series on the basics of coffee brewer components. For more info, read Part 1: Introduction and Part 2: Water Systems. The next component…

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Read the Introduction to Brewer Basics (Part 1) here Water is crucial in making coffee. All brewers combine relatively simple engineering systems to produce a complex product, and water is…

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coffee espresso beans

Hiring a tech and keeping them can be one of the toughest parts of any coffee equipment company’s business. Getting a solid tech and field-trained can cost as much as…

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by Michael Teahan Close Cousins Understanding pressure in an espresso machine is straightforward in many respects. We have a few benchmarks for extraction that have been borne out of years…

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I am convinced that coffee brewers come with their own gremlins. If by chance you don’t know what a gremlin is, there are numerous Bugs Bunny cartoons that can explain…

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by Michael Teahan When I speak to fellow industry nerds about espresso machines, one of the least understood topics is just how many factors influence temperature at the point of…

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Caleb Heinselman

Let me start by saying I do not work for the Australian Board of Tourism. That said, over the next few months, you will see a lot of articles about…

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espresso shot

This section of trouble shooting 101 concentrates on the problems plaguing brand new systems. In this case, failure modes are generally not related to aging, but instead to mistakes in…

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barista_accessories

Though it may seem like an oxymoron to some, not everyone who works on coffee equipment drinks or even likes coffee. This can leave some technicians in the dark when…

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Espresso_boiler

In any system where steam is generated, there is always a possibility that over-pressurization can cause a catastrophic failure of the pressure vessel. This could result in destruction of property,…

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