Monthly Archives: March 2008

Hand Built Espresso

| March 26, 2008

With all the coffee world chatter about $20,000 halogen siphon machines and the breaking news of Starbucks buying the exclusive rights to the technology-driven Clover brewing device. We thought it was a good time to let people know about a trip Caffé Vita took last month to visit the BOSCO plant in Naples, Italy. Below is a choppy little video from our trip to the quaint and rustic little workshop.

BOSCO has been meticulously crafting artisanal espresso machines by hand for the past 50 years – the machines are arguably the most carefully built machines on the planet. The BOSCO requires the care of a trained barista – no push button operation, each shot must be hand pulled, but with dedication the slender and towering levers are mastered and the machine extracts an incomparable shot.

There are less than a dozen BOSCO machines currently in the U.S. – one famously resided in Francis Ford Coppola’s office at American Zeotrope and now has migrated to his Bay Area café by the same name.

Hand Built Espresso in Naples. from hebberoy on Vimeo.

New machine arrives from Naples.

| March 21, 2008

Here are some pics of the new 5 group monster we just had imported from Naples. Mike and Tom just got back from visiting the workshop and hanging with the founder Atillio – his machines are like intricate clocks – hand-made – carefully tuned – every detail is attended to and the espresso it pulls is remarkable. and imagine the sheer joy of grabbing a hold of one of those towering handles…

We have been bench testing it for a few weeks and it is headed to the Fremont location in a couple days…

| March 18, 2008

one pot + the fortune cookie chronicles + jerry traunfeld + xuan che = sunday march 30th.

we owe yet another promising one pot evening to kim ricketts – here is the line-up:

jennifer 8 lee – acclaimed nytimes metro reporter and author of the brand new non-fiction thriller the fortune cookie chronicles – there is much to be said about her remarkable piece of investigative journalism and the critics sometimes say it best.

jerry traunfeld – former chef at the herbfarm and chef/owner of soon-to-open capitol hill establishment to be called “poppy” – I think jerry has won every award one can foist upon a chef and there is no doubt the man deserves the credit.

xuan che – the daughter of a chinese-american chef and a graduate of the california culinary academy, worked with jerry in the herbfarm’s kitchen, and now cooks at crush. xuan studied cooking in shanghai after winning the woman chefs and restaurateur’s barabara tropp scholarship

needless to say – it should be quite an evening. expect a thoughtful menu by jerry and xuan, and spirited conversation with jennifer about her work. we will be tucked into a hidden but unbelievably beautiful capitol hill loft.

80/person – email to reserve.