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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