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Colino Coffee Grading Kit


Last week Marko Luther send me the Colino coffee grading kit. The Tonino team consisting of Marko Luther and Paul Holleis developed a system with a full array of sieves for Arabica, Robusta and even peaberry green coffee beans under the name Colino. The colino kit was partly inspired by my lasered coffee grading kit, but improved on many aspects. My kit was large, made of plastic and expensive to produce. The Colino kit however is small, completely biodegradable, can be easily stacked and can be produced & shipped at lower costs.




See for more information and an assembly instruction this post on Frans Goddijns’s blog.

P120 Creator review: 3D printing for all

Two months ago I bought my first 3D printer, the PrimaCreator P120. This printer retails for less than 300 euro’s in the Netherlands. This small 3D printer has great looks and fits easily on your desktop. The printer is sold under different names under the world. You can also find it as the Malyan M200 and Monoprice Mini Select. I decided to buy the PrimaCreator P120 because that version was locally available and I wanted a fast shipping and a nearby shop in case of problems.

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Measuring the effect of the Londinium Distribution Tool

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The recently launched Londinium Espresso Distribution Tool promises to reward you with a very high level of consistency to your espresso extractions. What is the effect of using the LDT? Does an espresso made with this tool taste better? Frans is doing a series of experiments of the tool in combination with different Compak Grinders. Blind tasting is a great way to measure the effect of the LDT but a downside of this method is that it’s very time consuming. One would need many samples tasted and compared. Also this method is not completely objective. The selection of the espresso tasters would influence the result of the experiment. Read More

Easy brew head cleaning with the Espazzola


The cleanness of your espresso machine will highly influence the cup quality. Dirty water from the brew head will lead to a dirty cup, it’s as simple as that.

There several ways to clean the brew head. Methods include back flushing and cleaning with a stiff-bristled stick. Although important, I have to admit that these are not my favorite activities. Espazzola is a cleaning tool you can insert into your group head instead of a portafilter. The tool is supposed to make cleaning of the brew head much faster and easier. Instead of brushing out the group-head by hand, you can simply wash the dirt away. The designer of the Espezolla claims that by using it you will only need to back flush your machine once a week. I tested the Espazzola to find out if it does live up to its promises. Read More