Monthly Archives: November 2009

1st in Coffee Tip: Take Good Care Of Your Espresso Machine And Steamer

cafiza_20oz Photo for Nov 9 2009 Blog“We’ve been through a few home espresso machines over the years before we decided to spend a little more and get closer to a commercial type of machine.  I worked as a barista for several years at a local shop and wanted to duplicate the quality of shots we made there.  We finally settled on a “Jura” semi-automatic machine.  Since then, every one in my family has become professional at making latte’s and cappuccinos.

One thing I learned while working in the coffee business was to take care of the espresso machine and steamer.  We did a daily cleaning at the shop because of the volume business.  At home, I make it a regular routine on the first of each month to do the cleaning of our machine.  The Jura espresso machine came with a small disc and instructions that show how to back-flush and clean with a product we can order on line called “Cafiza”.  Cafiza works well for all brands of espresso machines.

The company we order from (1st in Coffee) suggests cleaning our machinery once every few months.  However, we have a large family and use our machine several times daily, so we need to do it more often.  It’s such an easy chore, and I know that it will keep our equipment in good working order for a long time.”
Judy Mills, Mt Vernon, WA.

At 1st in Coffee we feature espresso machines, coffee grinders, frothers and coffee makers.  We feature the Jura espresso machine, Rancilio silva , Super Automatics, Saeco, Saeco Coffee Machines, La Pavoni, Electra, Pasquini, Isomac, DeLongi, Francis Francis, Nespresso Machine,  Salvatore, Vibiemme and Cuisinart brands.

1st in Coffee offers the finest espresso beans illy and Lavazza.1st in coffee offers a 30 day guarantee, free shipping on espresso machines and coffee makers purchased over $50, lowest price guaranteed, sales tax not charged, except in New Jersey. 1st in Coffee also carries like-new refurbished espresso machines.

1st in Coffee offers the finest espresso beans illy coffee and Lavazza.

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1st In Coffee Had The Perfect Holiday Gift for My Daughter – The Saeco Stainless Steel Espresso Machine

Saeco Aroma Stainless Steel Espresso MakerA few times each year, I visit family in Wisconsin.  It’s been getting easier in the past couple of years to find good espresso places back there, but I had to convince my daughter that lots of money could be saved if she would just make her morning latte’s at home as we do in Washington. 

About a year ago, I found that she didn’t even have a coffee maker any more because she and her husband had grown accustomed to their local Coffee House drinks and couldn’t figure out how to make them at home.

Their holiday gift from us last year was a Saeco Aroma Stainless Steel Espresso Machine. We couldn’t have chosen a better machine.  She was so proud of her barista skills when I visited her in the spring, and couldn’t wait to show off.  I’ve been hooked on espresso drinks since the 90’s when my husband and I moved to Washington State.

We were careful to include a Saeco Maintenance kit and I’m happy to say that they use it faithfully to keep that machine humming along.  In fact, they had just ordered a replacement kit.  She says that the older she gets, the smarter I get.

At 1st in Coffee we feature espresso machines, coffee grinders, frothers and coffee makers.  We feature the Jura espresso machine, Rancilio silva , Super Automatics, Saeco, Saeco Coffee Machines, La Pavoni, Electra, Pasquini, Isomac, DeLongi, Francis Francis, Nespresso Machine,  Salvatore, Vibiemme and Cuisinart brands.

1st in Coffee offers the finest espresso beans illy and Lavazza.1st in coffee offers a 30 day guarantee, free shipping on espresso machines and coffee makers purchased over $50, lowest price guaranteed, sales tax not charged, except in New Jersey. 1st in Coffee also carries like-new refurbished espresso machines.

1st in Coffee offers the finest espresso beans illy coffee and Lavazza.

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Better Espresso Drinks from a Clean Machine – Jura Capresso Cleaning Products at 1st in Coffee

Jura Capresso cleaning Tablets“We own and manage a few coffee houses and do an ever growing business, not only in the morning, but also in the afternoons with many customers dropping by for a lunchtime or afternoon break or take-out service.  We use Jura Capresso Espresso Machine because of their quality and dependability.  It’s been important for us that our employees help us maintain the quality of our drinks and keep our machines running at optimum level.

We use the Jura Capresso cleaning tablets for our regular cleaning routine because #1, they are easy to use so our baristas aren’t apt to skip the cleaning at the end of a busy day, and #2, we believe that it’s important not to allow any build-up in our machines which might cause maintenance problems and may even affect the flavor of our drinks.

Jura Capresso Auto Cappuccino CleanerWe also use the Jura Capresso Auto Cappuccino Cleaner for the milk frothers once or twice a week to make sure we don’t have a build up or clogging problem.  We also do a daily process of cleaning the wands with clear, filtered water at the end of each day.  Our customers expect and deserve consistent quality in their drinks and we believe we deliver just that with our care of our machines.  It’s great to see our business grow in this economy”!
Jade Collins, Brandon FL

At 1st in Coffee we feature espresso machines, coffee grinders, frothers and coffee makers.  We feature the Jura espresso machine, Rancilio silva , Super Automatics, Saeco, Saeco Coffee Machines, La Pavoni, Electra, Pasquini, Isomac, DeLongi, Francis Francis, Nespresso Machine,  Salvatore, Vibiemme and Cuisinart brands.

1st in Coffee offers the finest espresso beans illy and Lavazza.1st in coffee offers a 30 day guarantee, free shipping on espresso machines and coffee makers purchased over $50, lowest price guaranteed, sales tax not charged, except in New Jersey. 1st in Coffee also carries like-new refurbished espresso machines.

1st in Coffee offers the finest espresso beans illy coffee and Lavazza.

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Have You Outgrown Your Espresso Machine? The La Pavoni Is The Best Of The Best

La Pavoni Gold Europiccola Espresso MachineI may have outgrown my Espresso machine.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my current system with its simplicity, its ease and the great coffee.  I guess I’m yearning for more control of the coffee bean, the flow of the water, the extraction, the temperature, the capacity, etc.  – in short, a perfect cup of espresso for all my perfect guests, all at the perfect time.

I’ve been looking at the various espresso machines and it looks like The La Pavoni has it all – it’s the best of the best, the “Crema de la Crema” if ou will.  The La Pavoni is a great choice.

Anyhow, one of my main complaints about my current system is its inability to produce volume.  I throw lots of parties and when it comes to the final course of the evening, desserts and espresso, by the time I get to the last guest (usually me), the first guests (usually my brothers) are already asking for another cup.  Sheez.

So the good news is that a couple of websites, especially this one, have all the answers to my questions about the next step up.  With the amount of money I’m considering shelling out for the next step up, I’m not taking this investment lightly.  I want the best advice, with the best follow-up service.

And this website is definitely one of the “Crema de la Crema”.  Heh, heh, barista humor. 

At 1st in Coffee we feature espresso machines, coffee grinders, frothers and coffee makers.  We feature the Jura espresso machine, Rancilio silva , Super Automatics, Saeco, Saeco Coffee Machines, La Pavoni, Electra, Pasquini, Isomac, DeLongi, Francis Francis, Nespresso Machine,  Salvatore, Vibiemme and Cuisinart brands.

1st in Coffee offers the finest espresso beans illy and Lavazza.1st in coffee offers a 30 day guarantee, free shipping on espresso machines and coffee makers purchased over $50, lowest price guaranteed, sales tax not charged, except in New Jersey. 1st in Coffee also carries like-new refurbished espresso machines.

1st in Coffee offers the finest espresso beans illy coffee and Lavazza.

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1st In Coffee – French Presses – Taking the Plunge

Bodum Chambord 12 French PressSome moments I just yearn for a good cup of coffee.  Now sometimes, I just make an Americano – a shot of espresso, just adding hot water to my desired strength.  And this works nicely.

But like I said, some moments I just yearn for a good cup of coffee.  And this is where my trusty old French Press comes in.  It’s really something simple to use, and truly something of a treat for you and your guests.

Freshly grind your coffee beans to a coarse setting (you are grinding coffee beans as you need them, right)?   Scoop one tablespoon for each 4oz of water in the press.  Add hot water and place the lid and plunger at the top.  Let it steep between 2-4 minutes, depending on how strong you like your cuppa.  Then take the plunge.  Slowly depress the plunger till it reaches the bottom.  Remember, slow and steady wins the race.

Then pour into your favorite beverage vessel, relax, breathe in the robust aroma and enjoy.  Aaahh.

 Holiday Tip: Last year, I had a French Press at each place setting for the dessert portion of our holiday party.  Not only did each of our guests get to experiment and enjoy this traditional method of brewing coffee, but they also got to take the French Presses home, as this was their holiday gift.  Now that’s a double-good cup of coffee.

At 1st in Coffee we feature espresso machines, coffee grinders, frothers and coffee makers.  We feature the Jura espresso machine, Rancilio silva , Super Automatics, Saeco, Saeco Coffee Machines, La Pavoni, Electra, Pasquini, Isomac, DeLongi, Francis Francis, Nespresso Machine,  Salvatore, Vibiemme and Cuisinart brands.

1st in Coffee offers the finest espresso beans illy and Lavazza.1st in coffee offers a 30 day guarantee, free shipping on espresso machines and coffee makers purchased over $50, lowest price guaranteed, sales tax not charged, except in New Jersey. 1st in Coffee also carries like-new refurbished espresso machines.

1st in Coffee offers the finest espresso beans illy coffee and Lavazza.

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1st In Coffee – Regular Maintenance Keeps Your Espresso Machine Investment Humming

Capresso Water FiltersJust like I’ve got to take my car into the dealership on a regular basis to keep my warranty alive and kicking, I’ve set-up a schedule to keep my espresso machine humming smoothly (keep in mind, each brand will differ in terms of actual usage, so just consult your manual).

 Water filters have the best bang-for-your-buck return.  They keep the machine from clogging up from hard-water deposits which definitely results in a longer life

Plus they don’t cost much upfront, which means less money spent on replacements, which results is more money in your pocket.

Now, if you’ve been complacent in your filter program, you might have to shell out some dollars for decalcifies – these are the formulas that help remove hard water deposits and keep the internals running at optimal levels.  And yes, they are available in non-toxic, biodegradable compositions.  You can usually also get them as part of a Maintenance Kit that provides brushes, descalers and filters.

These are simple and inexpensive methods of extending the life of your Espresso Machine, and in these times, every penny counts.  Besides, the added bonus of utilizing better water through a better-working machine is a way better tasting espresso – and isn’t that the reason why an espresso machine is on your counter in the first place.

At 1st in Coffee we feature espresso machines, coffee grinders, frothers and coffee makers.  We feature the Jura espresso machine, Rancilio silva , Super Automatics, Saeco, Saeco Coffee Machines, La Pavoni, Electra, Pasquini, Isomac, DeLongi, Francis Francis, Nespresso Machine,  Salvatore, Vibiemme and Cuisinart brands.

1st in Coffee offers the finest espresso beans illy and Lavazza.1st in coffee offers a 30 day guarantee, free shipping on espresso machines and coffee makers purchased over $50, lowest price guaranteed, sales tax not charged, except in New Jersey. 1st in Coffee also carries like-new refurbished espresso machines.

1st in Coffee offers the finest espresso beans illy coffee and Lavazza.

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