You think it's geeky to talk about the notes of chocolate, plum, and hazelnut you taste in that single-origin coffee? Up your coffee-nerd ante with a pair of high-tech tools to quantify your brew.
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In order to make the perfect shot of espresso, the coffee's got to be under pressure—not only from the water being pushed out of the espresso machine, but also from the barista herself. Today we explain the what, why, and how of tamping. (May the force be with you.)
No true coffee geek is ever far from the tools of their trade, and in many cases this toolkit includes an iPhone—a brewing timer at the ready, that, sometimes, also makes phone calls. But for those who'd prefer a more in-depth pocket reference, or something to hold their hand while brewing coffee at home, there are a few apps on the market that may be just the thing.