Ember Coffee Mug 2 Review: Who Is It For?

Ember Coffee Mug has a lot of positive reviews. And for a good reason, it works as advertised. The real question isn’t whether it keeps your coffee warm but whether it’s worth ten times the price of a standard ceramic mug. So that’s what HomeGrounds decided to find out in this review. Does the Ember … Read more

What is a cappuccino?

Cappuccino is an espresso-based coffee drink found at coffee shops worldwide. It is a popular drink made of one-third espresso, one-third steamed milk, and one-third frothed milk. Cappuccino is characterized by its airy, frothed milk topping. The cappuccino was invented in the late 1900s, and it originated in Italy. The name cappuccino derives from the … Read more

What is Espresso Macchiato

Espresso Macchiato is an espresso-based coffee drink. It consists of a single or double shot of espresso served in a demitasse cup and topped with a spoonful of steamed milk. You pronounce it “ess-press-oh mock-e-ah-toe,” but it is known as a Caffe Macchiato in Italy. Baristas introduced espresso Macchiato in Italy in the late 1980s. … Read more

What is a Flat White?

A flat white is a coffee drink made with espresso, steamed milk, and microfoam. Microfoam is steamed milk that has been lightly infused with air, which produces smooth, velvety milk with tiny air bubbles. When adequately prepared, the air bubbles should hardly be visible to the coffee consumer. The key to a successful flat white … Read more

Best Coffee Creamers

Coffee creamer is an excellent alternative to milk or half-and-half if you don’t like to take your morning coffee black. As well as whitening your coffee, it adds creamy texture, sweetness, and even additional flavors. Coffee creamer is also a good option for anyone who is lactose intolerant. You do have to be wary of … Read more

10 Minutes with Maurizio Giuli: Part One

We chat with Maurizio Giuli, a longtime executive at Simonelli Group, about his lifelong commitment to the coffee world, and the well-being of the baristas who make it possible. BY SARAH ALLENBARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE Photos courtesy of Maurizio Giuli While Maurizio Giuli’s is a familiar face at all the biggest coffee conferences throughout the world, … Read more

What is Ristretto Shot?

Ristretto is an intense shot of espresso served black. You make ristretto the same way you make an espresso: with an espresso machine. But the volume is smaller than a typical espresso. A ristretto shot has a volume of 15 to 20 mL, while espresso is 25 to 35 mL, but you make both with … Read more

10 Minutes ith Maurizio Giuli: Part Two

We finish our interview with longtime coffee professional and Simonelli Group team member Maurizio Giuli by discussing the progression of barista culture and his fascination with coffee research. BY SARAH ALLENBARISTA MAGAZINE ONLINE Photos courtesy of Maurizio Giuli From the editor: Yesterday, we began learning more about Simonelli Group executive Maurizio Giuli, and how he … Read more