Behind the Scenes with Slayer Espresso

Inside the innovative coffee machine company's Seattle headquarters

With his father owning a roasting company, founder and CEO of Slayer Espresso Jason Prefontaine grew up quite familiar with the coffee bean. Prefontaine eventually became an espresso machine importer, selling and servicing machines. He then opened a roasting company and learned everything more he could about making coffee. The deeper he got into the world, the more he came to believe that the mechanisms …

Nespresso + Breville Creatista Plus

Two coffee appliance icons unite for a beautiful, easy-to-use automatic espresso machine

Simply put, the new Creatista Plus is what happens when two of the most respected names in coffee-making appliances unite. With Nespresso‘s simple, recyclable pod process and Breville‘s sleek, stainless steel design, it’s as easy to use as it is beautiful. And, after extensive testing, we can attest to the flavorful coffee produced in a very short amount of time. This is a single-serve espresso …

Discussing Coffee with Marco Lavazza at the US Open

The fourth generation coffee aficionado on global coffee aesthetics

It’s been a big year for Lavazza. Not only is it their 120th anniversary, they’ve also partnered with the Italian Pavillon at the World Exposition Milan 2015 and expanded their tennis partnerships to include a sponsorship of the US Open. We sat with fourth generation Lavazza family member Marco—the brand’s Vice Chairman—for a match at this year’s tennis event and had the opportunity to learn …

La Marzocco Home

The Italian espresso machine company now offers their GS3 professional-grade model for home use

Making your own espresso just got serious: Florence-based La Marzocco has recently made their professional-grade espresso machines (previously only available for commercial use) for the home. La Marzocco Home offers customizable GS3 espresso machines including both auto-volumetric and manual paddle models. Several design features include choice of glass side panels, maple and walnut accents and cool-touch padding for the steam wand. La Marzocco’s goal with …

Parlor Coffee Roastery and Tasting Room

The upstart roaster's new Brooklyn Navy Yard digs cut the noise to deliver the goods

by Stephen Varady If simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, Parlor Coffee’s new roastery and tasting room in the Brooklyn Navy Yard offers one the most refined coffee experiences in New York City. Because Parlor is focused on just one thing: making a perfect coffee, which we can attest to since sampling the newcomer’s beans last year. This refreshingly basic approach was born out of necessity …