Most Popular Blog Articles of 2013

As 2013 winds down, we’re reviewing the most popular articles we’ve posted this year here on Barista Magazine’s daily blog. These are the posts that attracted the most thousands of views. In case you missed them, we’re revisiting them this week ¦

New from David Schomer

We love David Schomer. His is such a remarkable brain in the specialty coffee industry, but even with all those smarts, he is kind and humble, and generous with his praise for baristas just starting out. I used to judge with him at the Coffee Fest latte art championships, and he would be so nice to each competitor, so appreciative of their efforts and and supportive of their courage. Even though David has been a great barista for who knows how many years, he’s still quite aware of the strength of character and determination it takes to be a great barista. To aspire to be great is even harder.

So we do well to learn from David. He emailed me a few days ago to let me know that the third version of his seminal tome  Espresso Coffee  had just been published. He sent me a copy and I’m glued to it. He also sent a copy to be used as a Humpday Giveaway prize ” holla! ” so look for that in coming weeks.

The latest edition of David Schomer's beloved book is out now.
The latest edition of David Schomer’s beloved book is out now.

“The reason for writing revision three of my book is twofold,” David told me when I asked. “First, I have not covered theory and technique [for] using  bottomless portafilters, and secondly the perfection of milk texture made possible with Shojiro’s steam tip, the  Foam Knife1.  It is a revolution in milk texturing and once again I get to eat my words as I previously recommended a four-holes traditional Italian steam tip.”

“The book is targeted at cutting-edge [baristas], professionals and home espresso makers that have gone bottomless and aquired Shojiro’s steam tip.   My updated version of my book is still available and quite good for machines outfitted with traditional Italian portafilters and steam tips.
“Also, I have expanded latte art instructions and included a color plate section of my favorite pours at Vivace over the years.”
To order your copy of David’s newest version,  go here!


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