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Costa Rica Gourmet Coffee- Espresso & Tarrazu; Home, Business & Office Coffee Service
Philips SAECO, GAGGIA & Solis Espresso Machines - Sales and Service Repair Specialist
Maryland,Virginia and the Washington, D.C. Area
Located in Montgomery County, Maryland
(301) 424-3818
Updated March 30, 2015

(Did you know... about coffee & machines)

Did you know...

Tarrazu & Espresso Gift Package
Costa Rican Painted Oxcart

Did you know...about Costa Rica Coffee:

Did you know that the two most popular types of coffee beans in the world today are "coffee arabica", known as the Arabica coffee, and the "coffea canephora", known as the Robusta coffee? The Arabica coffee is grown at higher altitudes and characterized by a smooth, yet slightly acidic, taste. 100% of Costa Rica coffee comes from the Arabica specie. Below is a table that compares robusta coffee and arabica coffee beans.


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Coffee Bean Type - Comparison Chart:

Robusta Coffee Bean

Arabica Coffee Bean*
(Costa Rica Coffee)

  higher caffeine content   lower caffeine content
  supermarket-grade blends   gourmet coffee
  more bitter & musty flavor   superior tasting; sweet
  tolerant of warm conditions   climate sensitive
  grown at lower elevations   grown at higher elevations
  most always machine harvested   most always hand-picked
  trees are easier to grow   trees are harder to grow
 
* The Specialty Coffee Industry uses mostly the Arabica beans for fine gourmet coffee. CoffeeTico Services™ only imports Arabica coffee beans.
 

Did you know..about coffee beans:

  • The process of roasting beans manipulates their natural bitterness and acidity. The beans become more bitter and less acidic the longer they are roasted.
  • In northern Italy, consumers prefer medium range espresso roast (similar to the Costa Rica Espresso Gourmet Coffee by Cafe Rey) that we offer. In California consumers prefer the darker, French roast.
  • The freshest coffee beans are NOT found in a grocery store, especially if they are pre ground coffee.
  • When making espresso coffee, good quality beans and the shortest lapse between grinding, tamping, and brewing, is the best combination.
  • Many consider espresso as the strongest form of coffee. However, espresso coffee actually contains about 1/3 the caffeine level of a normally brewed cup of coffee. This is partially due to the fact that espresso is typically made using top premium arabica beans.
  • Costa Rica is the only country in the world which has issued an executive order (N°19302-MAG, 4 December 1989) banning the production of any variety of coffee other than Arabica.

Did you know...why is coffee bitter and what can I do to eliminate bitterness?

Bitterness of espresso is related to:

  • Duration of its extraction... Philips SAECO, GAGGIA & Solis automatic espresso machines are programmed to reduce extraction time automatically (long extraction times result in burnt and bitter tasting coffee).
  • Freshness of roast
  • Type of bean... Robusta coffee is bitter. Costa Rica Cafe Rey coffee beans are arabica beans which are superior tasting and sweet.
  • Type of roast... (the darker the roast, the more caramelization of sugars which reduces sweetness)... Costa Rica Cafe Rey gourmet coffee is a medium roasted coffee, non-bitter and sweet).
  • Oil in beans makes for bitter coffee... Costa Rica Cafe Rey gourmet coffee beans are non-oily.
  • Fineness of grind... (Fine grind results in over-extraction and bitterness)... medium grind coffee or use Philips SAECO automatic espresso machines to grind coffee at a programmed medium grind.
  • Mineral content of the water... use water softners; if not, descale the machine every two (2) months.
    Note: Water filters remove odors and chemicals from water but not minerals.
  • Temperature of water for extraction... Philips SAECO, GAGGIA & Solis automatic espresso machines are programmed to provide exact temperature for best extraction.
  • Brewing procedure... Philips SAECO, GAGGIA & Solis automatic espresso machines have a removable brew group programmed to tamp, brew and dispense the coffee in one cycle.
  • Soaking... Soaking the coffee grounds for 5 to 8 seconds before brewing reduces bitterness... some Philips SAECO, GAGGIA & Solis automatic espresso machines have a pre-brewing function; in semi-automatic machines, pre-brewing can be done by turning the machine off for 2 seconds.

Did you know...tips for making coffee:

The best espresso drinks are made with non-oily medium roast beans (such as Costa Rica Cafe Rey)! Try Costa Rica Cafe Rey gourmet coffee. We know you will love it, we do!

Avoid using oily beans with fully automatic machines. Oils increase caking of coffee grounds and accumulate in crevises that are difficult to be cleaned. Accumulation causes automatic machines to malfunction.

For stronger espresso, use less water instead of more coffee. Two shots of 2 oz. espresso (made with 7 grams of coffee) are more flavorful & sweeter than one shot of 4-oz. espresso made with 14 grams of coffee.
 


Did you know...How did we get our "Coffeetico" logo?

Coffee and sugarcane were the reason for creating the Oxcart in Costa Rica. Original Costa Rica Oxcart
Painted Costa Rican Oxcart...gave us the idea for our logo.Painted Costa Rica Oxcart
 

Did you know...about Philips SAECO, GAGGIA & Solis Automatic Espresso Machines:

Did you know that Philips SAECO, GAGGIA & Solis automatic espresso machines have a built-in grinder, a removable electro-mechanical brewing device, waste box, drip tray and a built-in frother. These espresso machines are equipped with electronically controlled switches that function with the push of a button to grind coffee for one cup at a time (no more wasteful coffee sitting in the coffee pot), light tamper, infuse water (pressured at 9 bars), extract coffee between 10 and 14 seconds with 3 seconds pause for pre-brewing, deliver one or two shots of classic espresso or regular coffee, and empty the dose.

The higher prized Philips SAECO, GAGGIA & Solis automatic espresso machines have a digital display window that displays the function in progress and any machine functional errors. Most of the digital models have dual boilers and a pre-ground function (grinder by-pass) for manual pre-ground coffee feeding. The Philips SAECO, GAGGIA & Solis espresso machines are equipped to brew “regular” coffee, espresso, and many other coffee-based drinks.

Philips SAECO, GAGGIA & Solis have unique accessories to speed up frothing time, such as the Pannarello frother, and the Cappuccinatore auto frother. However, for faster frothing with espresso machines that do not have double boilers or these unique features, microwave milk first, then froth a little with the steam wand.


Did you know...Cost of Buying vs Cost of Making your own drinks:

Did you know... As the cost of coffee drinks continue to rise, especially with rising dairy costs, consumers are more and more justifying purchasing a good machine for home and/or office use. Today, an average straight coffee drink cost a little over $2 and the popular Latte costs over $4. If you drink one of these coffee drinks a day, in a period of a year, you would have paid for a high end espresso machine! ...or average espresso machine in six months!.....and with our coffee bags which provide you with 57 espressos, your cost is only $0.21 per espresso or coffee cup! Contact us for more details!

 
 
 

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Costa Rica Gourmet Coffee- Espresso & Tarrazu; Home, Business & Office Coffee Service
Philips SAECO, GAGGIA & Solis Espresso Machines - Sales and Service Repair Specialist
Maryland, Virginia and the Washington, D.C. Area
Located in Montgomery County, Maryland
www.coffeetico.com  
(301) 424-3818
 
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