Monday, August 26, 2013

Latte art progress

Ever since I started with espresso, I have been fascinated with latte art. 
I have been practicing and trying ever since. 
I have come to learn, that the milk texture is the important thing in the process. 
To get the best possible microfoam I have set my Giotto pressurstat at 1,3-1,5 bar. That's pretty high, and I do have to flush quite a bit. But the foam I make after the adjustment is all worth it. 

In this post I will show my progress in art. I will start with the basic. A heart. 
When I conquer the heart I will advance :)

Some where along the way I will show a video of my steam and pour technique - but I'm not quite there yet. 

Furthermore I have bought new cups. They look pretty, but the surface is rather small, which makes it even more difficult. So I'm actually back to basics 
Day one

Actually pretty good, need more structure though. 

Bad in many ways :) hope for better results tommorow


More structure - but pretty far from center.  


The last couple of days art work. 
I'm getting a better feeling of introducing the milk now, wich makes it easyer to create the right shape. Though it may not look like it yet :)
My latte art has never looked this bad, or caused me so many troubles !!
I'm starting to blame the coffee. It's rather thin and bubbly.. 
I'm gonna keep trying - but really lookin forward to try some new beans. 

New coffee- new progress

I feel pretty confident in the heart now ! And, it's getting a bit boring doing 

From now on I'm gonna try the tulip. Maybe I'm doing a heart once I a while aswel 

Apparently the tulip is easyer for me than the heart 

Great results with the tulip. 

Vacation cappas

Overall symmetries are getting a lot better.  Still struggling a bit with the endings though. 
Coffee channel are attending a latte art course with Soren Stiller Markussen at the end of the month. 
I sure hope to provide beautiful art after that !

My best tulip so far !!
I tryed pushin some more rings in there. 
Need some more practice. Another regular one, I think I got these under good control by now...

Startet practicing the Rosetta.. This I my first try. Hooping to get it a bit better, before our course with Søren Stiller Markussen 

Brand new cups from Great Coffee, used by Mr Stiller in his shop..
Hopefully my latte art technique will improve !!

It may be beginners luck, but this is the best Rosetta base I have ever made. 
It feels a lot easier to break the crema with these cups. 
It's still not pretty - but never the less my prettiest one yet. 

Still got a pretty long way ahead of me, before I can present a nice Rosetta 
From the past week

A couple of swirl hearts

Some of the throws from tha last couple of weeks. Still trying for the Rosetta. Got a lot of problems with that....

I thnk this is my best one so far

Belkin WeMo - Brilliant Invention

In my summer holidays I have spend a lot of time working with coffee at home.

I have acquired a gadget which I, at first glance, was sure I could not live without.

The amazing thing is called Wemo swicth

When you open the box, the first thing in hand is the manual, which is so simple it's made with four drawings.

First thing is to downloade the WeMo app. Go to app store and search for WeMo. 

It is pretty simple to setup. Plug it in to the device you want to control, find the WeMo wireless network on iPhone and connect. If you can not find the WeMo, just press and hold the reboot button in the end,while you put it to power, and then hold for at least 15 seconds. Then the firmware reboots, and you should be able to find the switch.

Here after you go into the app and setup the switch. Everything is made super straightforward.
It is also possible to receive a notification if the switch is activated manually.
Once you have selected the options you want, you can explore.

There are the first page where you manually turn on and off, response time is less than 1 second no matter how far away you are.

Furthermore, you can set up rules for the contact.
Here I have set it to 06:20 - the machine is then warm when I get up at 07.00. A routine can be  set for it, every day, every Thursday, etc. However, one must remember to disable it if you only need it once.

 Of course the machine must always be ON - so that the socket can supply power and remove it to an always on machine.
If you are standing at the switch and must have power, press the power button. As mentioned previously made so it can not be done wrong.

I have enjoyed the switch so much already. One can certainly do without it, no doubt about that, but when I drive home from work, it's really nice there is a warm machine to come home to. You quickly get used to the comfortable luxury, working in the garden, it's also nice just to pick up the phone when you get your urge for coffee.

If you do not have an iPhone to control with, you can also use IFTTT. It still requires an Apple product to connect and set up WeMoen. I have not used or tried IFTTT but have heard of several who use it without major problems.

Bottomline for me; this is a great gadget with many opputunities. I can only recommend it. The price isn't to bad, and the functionallity is beyond expectations.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Instagram: Espresso shot


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Instagram: Coffee Syphon


Monday, August 5, 2013

Coffee Channel introduces Wilfa Svart