Freshness of coffee beans – huge difference?

Ever since I got my Breville 870XL, I’ve read numerous comments about how important it is to get fresh beans. Out of laziness, I usually go to the supermarket to get my coffee. There is a self-service counter in the store where I can pour the amount of beans I desire. The beans were prepared by Tsit Wing, a reputable coffee and tea company in Hong Kong who supplies products to…

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Frothing milk for coffee

For semi-automatic expresso machines, especially the inexpensive ones, they are usually equipped with froth-assisted wands, AKA Panarello wands for Gaggia machines. These wands have little breathing holes on the wand which push in additional air to help with the frothing process. This type of wand is typically found on small machines where smaller boilers are found. While it is possible to froth milk with froth-assisted wands with no special skills –…

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