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Buy A DeLonghi Espresso Maker

Updated on January 27, 2010

DeLonghi Espresso Maker EC155

The DeLonghi Espresso Maker EC155 has a double function fully patented holder for its filters specifically designed for use with ground espresso coffee. The DeLonghi Espresso Maker unparalleled filter is able to blend fresh air into the process of brewing the coffee in order to produce a crema which is only equalled at truly Italian coffee bars at the hand of a master barista. The crema is the absolute heart of true espresso and the DeLonghi Espresso Maker creates one with such a rich caramel color that you'll swear you're sitting at the Via Veneto watching the movie stars parade by. The DeLonghi Espresso Maker is the true La Dolce Vita machine.

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Coffee Chronicles, Part 1

In the system which precisely classifies the plant world that was created by Carl Linneo, the renowned Swedish botanist, coffee becomes catalogued in the plant family of the 'rubiacee' which incorporates more than 4,500 varieties including 60 species which are generally understood today to be forms of coffee. From these approximately 60 species there are about 25 which are commercially used directly for the production of coffee beans. However, only four of these 25 species have a foremost place in the market and these are Arabica, Robusta, Liberica and Excelsa. These are the primary species which have been cultivated and selectively bred for many centuries.

Of all of these, the most popular is the Arabica and the most renowned subtype is the variety known as Moka which is grown primarily in the Arabian Peninsula. This Moka variety has fairly small beans and an extremely powerful aromatic flavor and taste. The color of the Moka is primarily a copperish green while the form it is rather flat and elongated, somewhere along the lines of a fat grain of rice. Some of the other varieties include the typical Bourbon which is very widespread throughout Brazil and alongside this type is the Maragogype which is known for its exceptionally large and heavy beans. The magnificent and prized plants of the Arabica variety primarily prosper in soils which are very rich in minerals, especially those whose origin is volcanic and primarily about 600 meters or approximately 2,000 feet elevation and up. The perfect climate for the growth of this bean is that the median temperature should be approximately 70 degrees F or 20 degrees C.

The cultivation of other species has also been introduced at the end of the 19th century after a series of plant borne diseases hit and decimated the Arabic coffee crop in a wide number of regions. From then on there was a very intensive program of selective breeding in order to provide the coffee plantations with resistance to these various plant borne diseases and also to provide it with the consistency and variety which was required to be successful in the International marketplace.

The Robusta coffee is an exceptionally important variant. Next to the Arabica coffee bean, the branches of the Robusta tend to be more umbrella like and tend more to fall towards the earth. The flowering of the Robusta tends to continue right through the year and it's beans are somewhat smaller and rounder, however, they have a greater caffeine content as compared to the Arabica beans. Once they are properly roasted the perfume and taste of the Robusta tends to be as its name implies, quite robust.

Continued in Coffee Chronicles, Part 2


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