Nutty Irish Creme Latte

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Here is recipe that is perfect for those cold March mornings – especially on St. Patrick’s Day. This drink could be made with Irish Creme Liquor or irish cream non-alcoholic syrup. This recipe is for a 16 oz. drink.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz. irish creme syrup
  • 1/2 oz. hazelnut syrup
  • 2 shots espresso
  • steamed milk
  • whipped cream

Put syrups in cup, add espresso and steamed milk, stir. Top with whipped cream and top with festive green sprinkles.

Cafe au Lait
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Need an afternoon pick-me-up but don’t want candy.  Here is a latte that has a rich chocolate and caramel taste similar to a Milky Way candy bar.  This recipe is for a 16 oz. drink.

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. chocolate syrup
  • 1 oz. caramel syrup
  • 2 shots espresso
  • steamed milk
  • whipped cream

Put syrups in cup, add espresso and steamed milk, stir.  Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with some chopped chocolate pieces.

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Having signature drinks keeps your customers from getting bored.  Offer daily or weekly specials and be sure to add your own unique touch.  Here’s a great recipe to get you in the holiday spirit.  This recipe is for a 16 oz. drink.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 oz. white chocolate syrup
  • 1 oz. peppermint syrup
  • 2 shots espresso
  • steamed milk
  • whipped cream

Put syrups in cup, add espresso and steamed milk, stir.  Top with whipped cream and decorate top with crushed candy canes or hang mini candy cane over the side.

Alfaroo Tech:  There are three possible reasons that your coffee is weak.

  1. Your water isn’t hot enough.  Cool or cold water won’t extract the flavor and color from the coffee.
  2. You aren’t using enough coffee.  You need anywhere from 1.25 oz to 3 oz of coffee to brew a 64 oz pot of coffee on most commercial coffee brewers depending on the coffee and the grind.
  3. Your coffee machine is missing the sprayhead.

Quick Test:

Let’s start with the most common reason you might have weak coffee a Continue Reading »

Q&A: My Pourover Won’t Brew

Question from Karl in Richmond, VA – “I bought a used commercial pourover coffee brewer online but it won’t brew when I pour water in.  Where is the brew button?”

Alfaroo Tech:  This is a problem because you may be causing damage to your machine without knowing it.  First, unplug your machine.  I mean, unplug it right now. Continue Reading »

Pourover Coffee Brewers

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Chances are you have used a pourover coffee brewer at one time or another. Most home coffee brewers fall under this category as well as some commercial brewers. In a nutshell, a pourover brewers do not require plumbing. A pourover brewer works by you pouring cold water in the top and the coffee brews immediately.

One benefit to pourover coffee brewers is that they are portable. This brewer is a great option when having meetings in conference rooms or offices where you may need to move the brewer from room to room. Continue Reading »

8 liter Water Softener

Your espresso machine won’t brew on one side so you call for service.  Your technician tells you that the gigleur is clogged and it can’t be serviced onsite, the machine has to be removed and taken to the shop.  Turns out minerals have been building up and now the repair is going to cost several hundred dollars to get the minerals stripped out of the espresso machine.  What happened? Continue Reading »

So you found a great deal on an espresso or coffee machine at a live auction, Craigslist or eBay and you’re ready to lay down your hard earned cash.  The seller says it worked fine when they took it out of their restaurant a year ago but they haven’t tried using it since putting it in storage.  You pay for the machine, sometimes thousands of dollars, only to find out when you have it installed it leaks and is unrepairable.  What happened?  Continue Reading »