Scott M. Brodie

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Scott M. Brodie has over 20 years of professional experience working in coffee shops and writing about coffee (including selling superautomatic machines). When not writing, he can usually be found roasting a new African single origin or composing a fictional work.

Espresso 101: Beginner’s Guide to Espresso

Espresso is perhaps the most vibrant way to enjoy coffee. The use of pressure during brewing brings out aromas and flavors that other brew methods can’t produce, and espresso’s strength makes it suitable for many different drinks. It can be a bit daunting to know how to get started – there’s a lot of equipment ...

The History of Siphon Coffee

Siphon coffee is enjoying a resurgence among cafes and home baristas that enjoy the performance of brewing. The brew method is hardly new, however. Where Does Siphon Coffee Come From? Siphon coffee was originally invented in the 1800s, as people were looking for an alternative to boiling coffee. Espresso (~1901), pour-over (~1908), French press (~1929) ...

Lever Espresso Machine vs Pump Espresso

Espresso uniquely uses pressure during brewing. While all espresso machines generate pressure, there are a few different ways that they can do so. Lever espresso machines and pump espresso machines use different methods to generate pressure. We’ll explain the differences so that you can decide which kind of espresso maker will be best for you. ...

How Does a Lever Espresso Machine Work?

Lever espresso machines allow you to literally “pull” shots, just as baristas did during the early- and mid-1900s. No other way of making espresso is more hands-on. A manual machine is not for everyone. If you just want convenience, a different kind of espresso maker would be better. But if you want to get hands-on ...

Gaggia Classic Pro vs Breville Barista Express

The Gaggia Classic Pro and the Breville Barista Express are two popular semiautomatic home espresso machines, but they differ in the capabilities and experience that they offer. Here’s a breakdown of the different features that might lead you to choose either the Gaggia Classic Pro or Breville Barista Express.

Magic Coffee

Magic Coffee From Melbourne: Sweet Espresso and Smooth Milk Australian coffee culture has become a significant influence on specialty coffee, and Melbourne is at the heart of Australia’s influence. One of the most notable creations that originated from Melbourne but now can be found many places is magic coffee.

Siphon Coffee vs. Pour Over

Siphons and pour overs are two of the most elegant slow coffee-brewing methods, and both are capable of brewing delicious coffee once you master the technique. Each has a place in the home barista’s kitchen (or dining room). When you have to choose between one or the other, however, here are some of the differences ...

Rocket Appartamento vs La Marzocco Linea Mini

The Rocket Appartamento and La Marzocco Linea Mini are both compact and capable home espresso machines, but they differ significantly in price and quality. While you’ll be happy with either, there are good reasons to upgrade with the La Marzocco Mini if it’s within your budget.
Hario v 60 review

Hario V60 Pour Over Brewing Method and Recipes

The Hario V60 is one of the most dominant manual pour-overs, commonly found in kitchens, cafes and brewing competitions. It’s the brewer that has won the most World Brewers Cup (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2021), yet is also a favorite of home baristas. With so many professional baristas using the Hario V60, a number ...

Portafilters and Filter Baskets (All the Details!)

Portafilters and filter baskets are essential for making espresso. While they might seem simple and all similar, there are major and minor details that can make a difference in your at-home coffee experience. If you have recently purchased an espresso machine or are looking to upgrade one, here’s what you should know about portafilters and ...