Kickstarting Home Espresso: ZPM Nocturn

Nocturn Machine

Update ZPM’s espresso machine Kickstarter project failed to produce the machine. What follows is the original interview, published back in March, 2013: ZPM‘s Gleb Polyakov and Igor Zamlinsky introduced me to Kickstarter through their Nocturn espresso machine. I’m geeky enough to know what a PID controller is, and why that’s something £5k+ professional machines tend […]

over-engineering disappointment

Fool’s Gold As a child in Colorado, I have a distant memory of finding a nugget of pure gold, bigger than the tip of my thumb. I instantly became the richest kid in America! I thought I could buy a husky (with a sled) and a Tama Starclassic Birch studio set with a full range […]

British Coffee: The British Imported Coffee Culture

photo of siphon-brewed coffee on a windowsill in San Francisco

The British have a strange relationship with coffee. On one hand, they have an overwhelming love for hot beverages. Only here will you be offered a cuppa during a break from gardening in hot sunshine. You will have a hot drink during family visits, dinner parties, and any time when it is not virtually impossible to hold […]