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.

Bottomless (Naked) Portafilters

Bottomless portafilters look exotic when brewing espresso, and have a cult following among baristas. There also are practical reasons to use these. If you have a home espresso machine, here’s why you might want one of these among your accessories.

Pressurized vs. Non-Pressurized Portafilters

Portafilters come in many sizes, shapes and styles. The aesthetics can vary (e.g. handle wood/color, single spout/double spout), and so too can the functional design (e.g. size, basket/naked). One of the most fundamental differences in portafilters is whether they’re pressurized or non-pressurized. How Espresso is Made At its most basic, espresso is brewed by extracting ...

What to Look for When Buying an Espresso Machine

The right espresso machine will provide many enjoyable moments at your coffee bar, and it’ll make many delicious drinks. You’ll want a machine that’s well-suited for your needs and preferences, though, and there are many different factors and types of espresso machines to consider. Here’s what to look for when buying an espresso machine.

What are the Different Types of Espresso Machines?

Espresso is a single category of coffee, but within the category there are diverse aromas, flavors and profiles that espresso can have. Similarly, there are diverse methods among the machines that brew espresso. Espresso machines can be grouped into several categories based on the level of effort vs. convenience, and other features further differentiate various ...

Copper Espresso Machines

5 Beautiful Copper Espresso Machines That Make Excellent Espresso Home espresso machines are fun to use and can make delicious coffee (with experienced hands). Copper machines only further enhance the experience, with a captivating aesthetic that recollects espresso’s early days and complements a well- pulled shot’s inherent beauty. If you appreciate the look of copper ...

Pump Espresso Machine vs Steam

What is the difference between steam and pump espresso machines? Pressure is the primary variable that distinguishes espresso from other methods of brewing coffee. All types of espresso machines must generate pressure, and there are two methods that machines use to do so. Pump espresso machines and steam espresso machines fundamentally differ in how they ...

Japanese Coffee: Innovative Drinks, History, Brands, Culture

Specialty coffee culture has spread throughout much of the world, extending from Italy to much of Europe, North America and Australia. One country that has a historic and prominent place within coffee, yet frequently gets overlooked, is Japan.

Red Eye, Black Eye and Dead Eye Coffee

Sometimes brewed coffee simply isn’t enough on its own. When you need an extra jolt of caffeine, the red eye, black eye and dead eye coffees offer varying degrees of what you’re looking for. They are all combinations of brewed coffee with added shots of espresso.

Pour Over Coffee Makers (Manual)

The pour-over coffee brewing method affords precise control over each aspect of brewing. Those who practice and perfect their pouring can make excellent cups of coffee — if they have a high-quality pour over. Here are some of the best pour-over coffee makers depending on your needs.

Siphon Coffee

The art, the craft & the flavor Siphon coffee is among the most artistic and most scientific ways to brew, and it happens to make great-tasting coffee too. For those who love the visual appeal of a Chemex or French press, siphon brewing is also worth exploring.