Aug 30, 2002, 8:25am
Micro Casa Semi Automatica
What a beautiful, functional piece of machinery, in brass, gold, copper, polished rosewood, and chrome. Click to enlarge.
I've said it before in other venues, but man, am I happy Elektra is a company that exists in the world of coffee and espresso.
I mean, talke a look at the photo to the right (you can click it to enlarge the picture). Is that a work of art, or what? That there is the Micro Casa Semi Automatica, from Elektra. A real work of art, and a functioning one at that. This is a pump driven espresso machine. Most of the machinery is quite visible but it's all polished and shiny. This belongs in a museum, but for the next few months, it is sitting on my countertop, how cool is that?
I spent the evening sweating like a peeg under hot lights as I photographed five different products for upcoming product reviews, first looks, and other articles. I have a tungstun light setup which is great, but man, does it get hot. I was so hot that sweat was dripping on the machines as I positioned them. Hrmm, maybe that's a good way to lose weight! :)
A couple of you have been very kind to me in emails and in here, expressing your well wishes and thoughts about my Mom and her bought with cancer. It's appreciated more than you know. Just a short update here. She's trying her best to be optimistic, and I'm trying my best to be optimistic for her. They will be testing her platelet count on a week to week basis, while commencing chemo again. I'm not sure I understand that. They haven't done anything to help boost her platelet count, or offered any recommendations or advice, yet they are pushing chemo, which further reduces platelet counts. We're looking into this.
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Photos from Algonquin Park
Photos from my trip to Algonquin Park this fall with my Mom and two brothers.
Making Snow for the Fortress
One of the worst jobs I ever had... till I got out.
Tools I Use
The tools I use to build websites and lead a tech life.
iPod and iTunes Offline
iMark's iTunes and iPod isn't iPlaying anything right iNow.
Most Recent Songs
Fiddlers Green by The Tragically Hip
Around The Bend by Pearl Jam
Here With Me (Rollo's Chillin' With the Family Mix) by Dido
With arms open wide by Creed
truffle pigs by Matthew Good Band
In the News
Burundi and Beyond - NY Times
Great article by Peter Meehan - provided some background.
St. Petersburg Times
Side mention in an article about good machines
AP Story on Espresso
Background and information provided
NY Times - Grinders Article
Especially proud of this one - got the reporter to focus on grinders
Globe and Mail
LOL - showing bad reporting, dude says I'm an American-based site!
The Olympian, WA
Talks about my love for the El Sal Siberia Pacamara
Seattle Times - Clover
Interviewed for comments on the Clover brewer
NY Times - How it Works
Background and information for various espresso machines
Time Mag Article
Just a brief mention, article about roasting beans.
Front page article about consumers getting into specialty coffee.
Quoted reference to what I wrote in an article at CoffeeGeek.
USA Today - Barista Jam
Intereviewed for my thoughts on what the epitome of espresso is.
The Wall Street Journal has interviewed me 3 times. This is the first time my name got in a story.
Interview with Reuters, Jan 2 - this is the USA Today version.
My Other Stuff
Launched Dec 22, 2001, this is THE online community for espresso and coffee fanatics.
It's all new, as of March, 2002. My personal coffee obsession site.
My company's site - needs an update!
Hey, if you feel the need to buy me something, check here!
Great gadget site run by the guy who used to do Gizmodo.
This is how I get my daily news fix.
The most active forums for digital photography online today.
Need my Daily Zen fix!
A blog about car stuff. Vroom Vroom.
An industrial design blog. Very cool stuff.
Friends and Family Plan
Beata's got her own blog! She updates it most days.
Riddla on Flickr
Matt Riddle's flickr account, updated regularly
Irdy, my friend from Jakharta, on Flickr
Canon EF 24-105 f4 L Lens
The best lens I've ever owned. Super sharp and quick.
A full frame dSLR, with luscious colour reproduction.
Alzo Digital Lights
Some amazing florescent cold lights for product photography
Canon Xsi dSLR
Amazing technology and image quality in a tiny package.
Latest prosumer camera from Canon - a much better upgrade than the 30D
Great 2.2lb computer that does most of my travel / writing needs
28mm f1.8 Lens
A great lens for closeup work and full picture photography
Finally got the right tools for freezing green coffee.
Canon 50mm 1.4
Most amazing lens I've ever owned. Produces stellar photos.
Super wide angle (full frame fisheye) zoom for my Canon 20D