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Kazuki Yamamoto has his enigmas

We Wish We Knew The Meaning Behind This One…

But, sadly, we don’t watch enough anime. Here’s one of the many, many Anime characters Yamamoto has painted.

Wabi-sabi enigma

The girl we do not know another Wabi-sabi
enigma

The Best Part of Waking Up?
It’s finding a 3D foam cat in your cup!Amiright guys? Amiright?! Am I? …..Because I sort of accidentally dropped our cat in the coffee today. I, uh, I’m really sorry about that.

fat cat takes over

Fat cat takes over the coffee cup

What better way to show off your over-the-top creativity than crafting a sculpture of the most vertical of creatures, the giraffe? I would have major guilt destroying this work of art in order to get my caffeine fix.

giraffe in a cup

How did the giraffe get into the coffee cup?

Yamamoto’s Dedication to his Craft is Inspiring.
His intricate and beautiful works of art remind us to find playful moments even in the most mundane of situations. They are truly joy in a cup.

Salvador Dali's melting clocks painting.

A coffee version of the meaning of the famous Surrealist artist Salvador Dali’s melting clocks painting.

This Yamamoto’s coffee version brings a new meaning of the famous Surrealist artist Salvador Dali’s melting clocks painting.

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Why bother creating a masterpiece if it’s going to disappear ?

Come On In!
The water’s…well, the water’s actually coffee. But it sure is nice and toasty in here.

Coffee-thumbs-up

Nice and warm I feel good in here!

The Philosophy Behind Ephemeral Art
Why bother creating a masterpiece if it’s going to disappear down someone’s throat? According to design philosopher Leonard Koren, ephemeral art has its roots in traditional Japanese aesthetics.

Two Japanese concepts — Wabi-Sabi centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection and mono-no-aware literally “the pathos of things”, and also translated as “an empathy toward things”, or “a sensitivity to ephemera”, is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence (無常 mujō?), or transience of things, and both a transient gentle sadness (or wistfulness) at their passing as well as a longer, deeper gentle sadness about this state being the reality of life — hold that “many things are beautiful precisely because they are short lived.”

The pathos of things", and also translated as "an empathy toward things", or "a sensitivity to ephemera", is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence.

The pathos of things”, and also translated as “an empathy toward things”, or “a sensitivity to ephemera”, is a Japanese term for the awareness of impermanence.

Kazuki creations incorporate those elements to perfection.

Speaking of Impermanence…
You could read this as a sad statement about the plight of the polar bear or you could gape in awe at Yamamoto’s magnificent attention to detail.

The polar bear melting

The polar bear melting away in a cup just like the icebergs in the Artic

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Even Twitter friends get treated by Yamamoto!

Fans Say He’s Also a Real Nice Guy

In the past, he’s created latte portraits of his Twitter followers. This is Twitter fan Peter Harrison, before his latte transformation.

Peter-Harrison

Peter Harrison before 3D treatment!

Yamamoto did his magic and here is Peter Harrison after:
(According to Mr. Harrison, the gift was a complete surprise.)

Peter Harrison after Kazuki creation

Peter Harrison after Kazuki creation

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Kazuki is Like Picasso on Speed

Yamamoto must work quickly to satisfy customers’ desires for a fresh cup of joe. He claims he completes each work of art in under four minutes, so the coffee is still hot when he serves it that puts him like Picasso on speed.

Snoopy laying on the froth!

Snoopy laying on the froth!

Sometimes One Cup Is Not Enough

Some of his creations even climb out of their cups and reach out to others ( I’m afraid those fish are not long for this world. -¦) 

Cat catching fish in the neighboring cup!

Cat catching fish in the neighboring cup!

Especially if the target is some little fish in the cup next doors!

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Kazuki Yamamoto and The Magic 3D Coffee Foam Art

Some People Should Never, Ever Quit Their Day Jobs Kazuki Yamamoto is a Japanese barista who constructs eye-popping works of 3D art using just foam and coffee.

Kazuki Yamamoto

Kazuki Yamamoto 3D foam art Coffee Magic

With his creations with coffee foam, he has earned more than 100,000 Twitter followers obsessed with his latte art within the six years Yamamoto has been working at a coffee shop in  Osaka.

Mr. rabbit

Mr. Rabbit sits on your coffee cup tray.


Coffee Rabbit

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Cleaning Milk Frothing System

Cleaning Milk Frothing System – Office coffee machines

As we all know the Office [easyazon_link identifier=”B00EI7DPPI” locale=”US” tag=”allsportsjobs-20″]Coffee Machine[/easyazon_link]is loved by everyone, because it is so efficient and froths your fresh milk automatically, but all the love stops right there, because no-one loves cleaning the milk frothing system – and some awful bacteria is starting to grow in it!

The milk frothing system – which include the milk line and milk frother or steamer, must be kept bacteria free and sanitized to maintain good standards of health and hygiene for office coffee machine users.

So preventing the buildup of bacteria in the [easyazon_link identifier=”B000CELRH4″ locale=”US” tag=”allsportsjobs-20″]milk frothing system[/easyazon_link]is a major issue.

If the coffee machine is located in a relatively warm area or if the milk line is not refrigerated, it is even more important to keep a watchful eye on the condition of the milk frothing system.

Particularly in this situation we suggest that, every time the machine is going to be idle, fresh water should be flushed through the milk line and frother .

As a preventive measure to avoid possible buildup of bacteria, and to keep your cup of coffee tasting delicious, we recommend the use of a cleaner such as the [easyazon_link identifier=”B004BDSFE0″ locale=”US” tag=”allsportsjobs-20″]Urnex Rinza Milk Frother Cleaner[/easyazon_link], to clean and sanitize the milk frothing system.

Do follow the office coffee machine manufacturers instructions, but if there are none available, just do the following:

• Either manually or automatically (depending on your machine type and instructions) run a rinse cycle through your milk frothing system with fresh water

• Mix 20ml [easyazon_link identifier=”B000FDL68W” locale=”US” tag=”allsportsjobs-20″]Urnex Rinza Milk Frother Cleaner[/easyazon_link] in 300ml of warm water

• After Inserting the milk frother suction tube into the solution, run for 2 cleaning / flush cycles or until solution is completely used up

• Fill up a container with clean fresh water (about 500ml), remove milk frother suction tube from solution container and place in it new fresh water container – run for 2 flush cycles or until water container is empty

• In some cases you may need to reconnect tube to milk prime line (read manufacturers manual)

Always watch your coffee machine at the office or home and use this simple procedure to keep a clean and healthy coffee environment by preventing excessive bacteria buildup in your milk frothing system.
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Cleaning Espressione Espresso Machine

How to do the cleaning of the espressione espresso machine?

When cleaning Espressione Espresso Machine you must beaware that regularity is part of keeping it functional. This can save you a considerable amount on repair and replacement costs. By cleaning the machine after each use, you can enjoy your investment for years to come.

Clean the Drip Tray
Once each brew cycle is complete and you have enjoyed your cup of coffee or espresso, you must clean the drip tray by wiping it with a damp cloth.

If you do not do this, you will find that the coffee drips dry and will burn on the drip tray when the machine is started again. While this will not directly affect the taste of your coffee, it can cause the heating element to heat unevenly, which can scorch the coffee.

Rinse the Filter
After each use, you must rinse the portafilter. To do this, simply remove it and rinse it under warm water until any coffee in it is removed. Not only will this help keep the machine functional, it will also prevent coffee from a previous brew from mixing with the coffee in the new brew.

Wipe Down the Exterior
Any dirt or dust that gets into your Espressione Espresso Machine can damage the machine. As such cleaning the exterior of the machine is vital. To do this, wipe the machine off with a damp cloth. Once a week, you should wipe around the buttons with a cotton swab.

However, when you do this make sure that you squeeze any excess water from the swab. This will prevent water from getting under the buttons and short-circuiting the electrical system.

Although cleaning your coffee machine after each use can help it to stay functional for many years, cleaning must take place on the inside of the machine.

If you limit your cleaning Espressione Espresso Machine regime to only cleaning the exterior, you may find that your espresso tastes different than it did when you brewed for the first time.

If your machine has a three-way valve, you can remedy this problem by back flushing the machine, as this will remove any old coffee oils from the machine.

Change the Filter
When you back flush the machine, the portafilter has to be removed. One this is done, you should replace it with a back flush disk. This filter does not have holes so it prevents water from flowing through it.

Add Cleaner and Water
In order to remove all of the coffee deposits from the machine, you must add some back flush cleaner in the basket. Once you do this, you should fill the water tank as you would to brew espresso.

Start the Brew
Turn the espresso machine on. You will hear the pump start. Listen carefully to the sound. After about twenty seconds, you will not hear it anymore.

At this point, you must turn the machine off.
After turning the machine off, you will notice that a foam will begin emptying onto the drip tray.

The cleaner reacting with deposits causes this foam. As such, you must continue the back flush process until the water comes out clear. However, you do not have to add more cleaner. You just need to add water as necessary.

This should be enough to do a proper Espressione Espresso Machine cleaning. If you have questions or suggestion please feel free to contact us!

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Cleaning and Maintenance of the Cuisinart SS-300 Single Serve Brewing System, Silver – Powered by Keurig

Cleaning External Parts

We recommend regular cleaning of the brewer’s external components.

1. Never immerse the brewer in water or other liquids. The housing and other external components may be cleaned with a soapy, damp, non-abrasive cloth.

2. To remove the drip tray, simply slide it toward you, keeping it level at all times in order to prevent spills. The drip tray and drip tray plate are dishwasher safe.
Do not clean drip tray with cleansers, steel wool pads or other abrasive materials.

Maintenance

Any other servicing should be performed by an authorized service representative.

Cleaning the My K-Cup® Reusable Coffee Filter

1. Open the storage compartment located on the right side of the brewer by pressing the finger indent. Remove the My K-Cup®.

2. Disassemble the My K-Cup® by turning the lid in a counterclockwise direction.Remove the filter basket from the holder.

3. Wash the My K-Cup® lid, filter basket and holder in warm soapy water making sure to rinse and dry thoroughly. All My K-Cup® parts are dishwasher safe.

Cleaning the K-Cup® Holder

1. The K-Cup® holder is top-shelf dishwasher safe (use low temperature cycles in the dishwasher).

K-Cup® holder

To remove, lift the handle to open the brewing chamber. Grasp the top of the K-Cup® holder and pull toward you. After cleaning, replace the K-Cup® holder, being sure to align the arrow on the K-Cup® holder rim with the arrow on the brewing chamber.

2. Cleaning the Funnel – The funnel can be removed from the K-Cup® holder by pulling on it until it pops off (see figure).

The funnel is top-rack dishwasher safe. To replace it, just snap it back onto the K-Cup® holder assembly.

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The Quest for the Perfect Cup of Coffee

There are four elements to consider when you are in the quest for brewing the perfect cup of coffee.

Keurig has some very simple but rather practical advise that you should follow when brewing a tasty cup of coffee, especially if you are using Keurig K-Cup pre-measured

Element 1
Water
Any hot beverage is made up primarily of water. Often overlooked, the quality of the water is as important as the quality of the coffee, tea or cocoa.

A good rule of thumb is that if your water doesn’t taste good from the tap, it won’t taste any better in your beverage.

That’s why the Cuisinart® Compact Single Serve has added a charcoal water filter that removes chlorine, bad tastes and odors, for the purest cup of coffee every time.

Element 2
Coffee
While the bulk of the liquid is water, all of the flavor should be from the coffee, tea or cocoa.

To achieve the same great quality you receive at coffee bars,
you need to use the same quality ingredients. By using the K-Cup®, brought to you by some of the most premium brands on the market, you can be assured that you’re getting the finest, freshest gourmet product with every cup you brew.

If you choose to use your own coffee in the included My K-Cup®, make sure all your ingredients are at their freshest.

Element 3
Grind
The grind of coffee and cocoa, or the refinement of your tea leaves, is critical for proper flavor extraction.

With the pre-measured, pre-ground ingredients found in every K-Cup®, you can rest easy knowing that it’ll brew perfectly each and every time, locking in maximum flavor and freshness.

Element 4
Proportion

Cup of coffee

Brew a delicious cup of coffee

No matter which cup size you choose, the Cuisinart®
Compact Single Serve, working in conjunction with K-Cup®, always produces the perfect cup every time. When grinding your own coffee and using it in the included My K-Cup®, remember to add the amount of ground coffee that corresponds to the number of ounces being brewed.

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Senseo® HD7832 Supreme

Senseo® HD7832 Supreme Coffee Machines reviews and comparisons of Senseo Coffee Machines.

Single Serve Gourmet Coffeemaker Review

The Senseo® HD7832 Supreme Deluxe is an economically priced single serve coffee maker with a growing customer base.

It brews a single cup of coffee, complete with foam, in under one minute.

Because this coffee maker appliance uses pre-measured coffee pods, it produces a guaranteed fresh coffee with a consistent taste and aroma every time.

senseo-supreme-coffee-makerThis Senseo® Supreme Single-Serve gourmet coffeemaker has a series of new features and improvements which were designed to enable the users to make their coffee experience at home even more individual.

Since this machine brews the coffee directly into a cup, thermos or travel mug, cleaning up afterwards is very easy.

Because of these attributes and more, the Senseo ® Supreme consistently receives excellent reviews.

Adaptability

senseo supreme spout Users commented most often on the machine’s adjustable spout and in some cases negatively.

The spout moves up and down, enabling the user to brew either a small cup of coffee or a large travel mug of coffee.

Couple the adjustable spout with the six different coffee volume selection options and this machine can easily adapt to any size of individual mug or thermos.

Easy to use interactive LCD screen

senseo supreme LCDAt the touch of a new button, you can illuminate up to three bars on the interactive LCD screen, with the following corresponding coffee volumes.

To brew three, four or five ounces of coffee, use one pod, press the one cup button and select one, two or three volume select bars, respectively.

To make six, eight or ten ounces of coffee, use two pods, press the two cup button and select one, two or three volume select bars, respectively.

Wide Range of Appeal

These Senseo® coffee machines use single serving drink pods instead of paper filters and loose grounds, ensuring that the coffee is always fresh.

The pod holder in this machine can accommodate one or two drink pods at a time allowing the user to brew a larger container of coffee when needed.

This feature also lets the user to brew different type of hot beverages to please any household member or guest. The pods are available in coffee, hot tea and hot chocolate varieties.

Value

senseo supreme larger water tankPriced at under $200, this coffee machine provides gourmet coffee at a reasonable senseo® supreme larger water tank price.

This coffee machine is made of sturdy steel, and the only major component made of plastic is the 32 oz removable water tank.

Like other Senseo® products, the Supreme offers top quality workmanship and parts.

Senseo HD7832 Supreme Features (from Manufacturer)

* The first Senseo® to feature interactive LCD screen technology that enables brewing of a variety of cup sizes (up to 10 ounces), customizing the strength of each cup
* Fast and easy to use
* Brews high-quality, great-tasting premium coffee available in varieties to suit every taste
* Revolutionizing the at-home coffee by providing gourmet cup of coffee at the touch of a button
* Attractive solution for the coffee lover seeking convenience without sacrificing taste
* Specially designed pre-measured pods, mean virtually no clean-up
* Sleek, modern design
* Measures 13-1/2 by 12 by 8-1/2 inches
* Includes two pod holders: a shallow holder that holds one coffee pod for one cup, and a deeper filter that holds two pods for two cups (or one 8-ounce mug).
* Adjustable spout
* All removable parts are dishwasher-safe
* Two-year limited warranty
Reviews and Ratings of the Senseo HD7832 Supreme

Overall Rating: ****

CoffeeSnoop collects and analyses reviews from international magazines, our website and other websites.

User Reviews:

Pros: **This was my 2nd Senseo HD7832 Supreme model unit** the first had to be replaced by Amazon because the power on button was broken (it wouldn’t turn off) and the boiler unit simply wouldn’t heat the water. Senseo customer service and Amazon customer service was great during the exchange, which was handled professionally and promptly.

Cons: After unpacking and using it for a while, I realized it was all marketing hype. Here is what I found (objectively, for all to benefit)

1) The ‘adjustable spout’ is only adjustable DOWN. I measured both the original and the new spout, and both are 4 9/16 inches from the drip plate to the bottom of the spout. SURE, it adjusts DOWN to the different mug sizes, but NOT any higher as the marketing words would imply.

2) The ‘multiple serving sizes’ is also a farce. Using the same mug on both machines, I had to use the ‘brew 2 cups’ button and then the ‘brew 1 cup’ button to get the mug to fill up to the same place (both machines produced the same amount of liquid). Again, a farce.

So, what I can figure is this: I paid $50 more for a machine that has blue lights instead of red ones.

Oh, the quality problems really do exist – read the other reviews carefully (I should have!) While the “standard” model is sturdy and well-built (including fit-n-finish), it is very true that the tank does not “feel” as snug as it should. This isn’t a functional problem, but it just makes you wonder if the fit isn’t quite right, what else is lacking in quality?

The Bottom Line: My bottom line? Buy the original, no-frills model and an extra-capacity tank and get good coffee without spending the extra money. They both fit the same size mug, and make the same coffee.

User Reviews:

Pros: In particular, a great advantage of the Senseo HD7832 Supreme is that, unlike most coffee makers, it does not have an exposed heating element. That means it can be used in places where electrical appliances that have exposed heat elements are forbidden. I have given a Senseo to a college student living in a dorm room where this was allowed but other coffee makers were not. I have given one to an elderly friend, living in an assisted living facility, again, where the rules state that appliances with exposed heating elements are forbidden in resident’s rooms.

Cons: The extra-large water tank offered as a “Better Together” bundle does not fit this machine. My mistake was not looking at the item description where it clearly states it fits only the HD7810 model.
Buy the machine but don’t buy the water tank. I had no problems returning the item (Amazon is very accommodating)- I had already purchased extra-large water tanks for all of my other machines.

The Bottom Line: I purchased my first Senseo in July 2004. Since then I have purchased several more, both for my own use, for my office, for gifts and in my opinion the machines keep getting better and better. I like the option on this one of dispensing 3 portions into a large mug and the adjustable height of the spout is a great improvement.

User Reviews:

Pros: I very much like the variable cup volume size for those who like stronger or weaker coffee. The extra tea pod holder is great. I also like the blue lights on the base and in the display on the top. I like that the heating cycle is displayed on the top and the cup volume selection is easy with the top display. Extra tank capacity is very nice as well.

Cons: This is the second Senseo Supreme I have gotten from Amazon. I returned the first, as the water tank did not fit into the back of the unit completely. (Unlike the profile picture shown with this item, my tank did not fit snuggly at the top and sticks out a little more than a quarter of an inch. Not huge aesthetically, but the valve in the bottom of the water tank couldn’t get pushed up enough to let water into the machine.)

The second machine I received is a little better, but the tank still doesn’t fit properly. The machine functions fine, so I will keep this second one.

The Bottom Line: Overall, a great machine, love the look. Missed 5 stars with a poorly fitting water tank.

User Reviews:

Pros: The choice of 1 or 2 cups, plus three brew levels, equals 12 brew strength/volume options. I measured the output to confirm the difference, and it is real. Choose 1 cup, 1 bar of water output to get a 4 oz shot of coffee, 1c/2b = 5oz, 1c/3b = 6 oz. Choose 2 cups, 1 bar of water to get an 8 oz shot, 2c/2b = 10 oz, 2c/3b = 12 oz.

A larger water reservoir is included. The LED display lets you know not only when the water tank is depleted, but also when the unit needs cleaning, a really nice upgrade.

In the Senseo HD7832 Supreme descaling is simple using plain old vinegar, and the external parts are easily disassembled for washing in the dishwasher.

The unit is relatively compact in design, so it takes up less counter space than some other brands, and it is a sleek, stylish looking machine in chrome to blend with any decor.

Cons: None.

The Bottom Line: We are very pleased with this machine and highly recommend it.
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