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Located in Duluth, GA, Chocolate Perks is a very down to earth shop that serves fine pastries and chocolates from local vendors. The scenery is beautiful and the employees will melt your heart with both drinks and words of praise. If you are looking for an easy going shop with mellow music, live and PA fed, and art from personal artists around the state, this is the place to be. Beans are all organic and direct trade. Don't miss out on it. I feel so at home there. The machine they use is a La Marzocco Linea with two La Pavoni bean grinders. Feel free to walk in and show off your latte art anytime. Other customers eat latte art up. More...
Last night I attended a CoffeeHit open day where Paul generously laid on coffee, milk and beer, and allowed all who turned up to spend as much time as we wanted on the La Marzocco Strada coffee machine they have recently installed (and are retailing). The coffee was supplied by Square Mile and was their Autumn Espresso blend. We had a choice of grinders (Mazzer Robur E, Anfim and Mazzer Luigi (Super Jolly Electronic?) as well as pretty much every cafe accessory known to man. The only limitations were our skills (or lack of as we discovered) as we tried numerous extraction techniques in the quest to pull a decent shot. The pressure profiling challenged our beliefs and we tasted shot after shot as they were pulled in order to assess how the pressure affected the espresso. The side and top panels of the machine had been removed so we could peer right inside for a look and watch the solenoids kick in, switches move and even the water exit into the drainpipe. There were also a number of different steam tips we could use, including one that shoots steam out like a knife (or the end of a screwdriver , flat and thin) as well as a range of shower screens we could use (a glimpse into the 2011 offerings from CoffeeHit). I was surprised by how quick the milk steamed but got decent microfoam first go. I'm already looking forward to my next visit Make sure you follow @coffeehit for notification of future open days I'll leave you with a selection of images from last nights session Click here to view