About my Home Cafe

Me and my bar as of March, 2013…
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Currently, the best time to come have coffee is between 6am and 2pm daily.

You can get in touch with me using the methods at the top of the left side bar.

 

I have been making coffee as a hobby since 1996 but started really taking it seriously in about 2008 when a sudden major life change afforded me lots more time for study and experimentation.

This page is meant to be an introduction to me as a home barista and a gateway to my ongoing coffee interests. It is therefore cluttered and image-heavy.

I do not see myself as a coffee snob or hardcore – I’m a coffee enthusiast. I love all coffee. I love Dennys coffee, I love Folgers, I love those Starbucks dessert drinks, I love Ben & Jerry’s Coffee Coffee BuzzBuzzBuzz! ice cream.
But I also love the science of making coffee. For years, I have watched hundreds of hours of videos, read hundreds of threads on Home Barista, I read books and Barista magazine, I experiment endlessly – I know the rules. I just don’t follow them all. I enjoy coffee and I know that coffee made and served right is the best coffee but my philosophy is to study study study to learn the traditional/correct way and then, if it stops being fun, do what works for me.

I tell everyone who visits my “home cafe” that I don’t claim my coffee is better than anyone else’s, I just enjoy making it more than most people. But, since I know the rules and have years of practice, I like to think it’s pretty good. I buy fresh beans, grind seconds before using them, minimize syrups and flavorings, and my guests like (and often love) my coffee.
I try to always be learning new drinks, new techniques, new tweaks to what I already know, and keep growing in the art and science of coffee.

Some guys have a garage or workshop – I have a coffee bar. And for similar reasons, I think.

My equipment includes a Gaggia Classic espresso machine (with the Silvia steam wand mod) and a Baratza Virtuoso Preciso. Aside from espresso-based drinks, I also make press, siphon, moka, and have been learning Turkish.

Note – I have retired my hand grinders pictured above but still keep them handy. They are a Porlex grinder for espresso and Turkish and a Kyocera CM-50 (with the lower bearing mod) for everything else.

 

To see blog posts about coffee that I make, follow these tags: coffee geek for general coffee geekery and home cafe for stuff specific to my experience. There is plenty of overlap between the two. The posts sometimes contain pics.

I have a photoset on flickr called The Joys of a Home Coffee Bar that I wish I updated more frequently because many of the old coffee pics are embarrassing. And, on my YouTube channel, I have playlist called We Love our Home Coffee Bar that has a few moderately interesting videos about what I do and a little of how I do it.

 

But, enough talk. How about some drink pics?

 

imageI never thought of a good name for this creation so I just call it an Iceless. Which is just short for “iceless iced latte sorta’ thing”. I wanted a milky summer drink with no melting ice. I use a press pot with a couple ice cubes in the bottom to cold-froth the milk. Frozen 8oz mug. The best I’ve achieved so far is 38 degrees, so the experiments continue.

 

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Summertime usually means it’s time for what I call ConPannaSicles. 1.5oz espresso, 1oz cream, .5oz vanilla/choc/hazelnut/whatever syrup with a demi spoon for a stick, served in a latte bowl. Very creamy. Sort of a frozen Espresso Con Panna with flavoring.

 

imagePiccolo Latte is considered the house special. A quick way to make two 4oz creamy drinks.

 

imageI serve Latte Macchiato in a champagne flute. That’s how I roll.

 

imageTraditional-recipe Irish Coffees are a special occasion favorite. Press coffee, single malt Irish Whiskey, hand-whipped cream.

 

imageSure, I’ll make you a Caramel Latte Macchiato if you insist.

 

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Or a hot chocolate for non-coffee drinkers.

 

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I love a simple cappuccino when drinking alone.

 

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Or one of each when sharing with my young son.

 

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A latte with a coffee cake baked in a latte bowl is a great way to start a day. (Coffee by me, baked goods by my wife.)

 

And now I am admittedly just showing off…

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  3. Tonight 5/5/13 I had my first taste of Christopher’s new creation that he does not have a name for yet. Here is my review for it……AMAZING!!!!!!!!! The texture was absolutely perfect, nice and thick on top and cold on bottom! I give this drink ***** 5 stars! Genius I tell you genius!

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