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A brief history of coffee

A brief history of coffee

The history of coffee dates back to the 10th century. The origin of coffee is thought to have been Ethiopia. The earliest evidence of coffee drinking is from the 15th century, in Yemen. By the 16th century, it had reached the rest of the Middle East, South India, Persia, Turkey and Africa. Coffee then spread to the Balkans, Italy and to the rest of Europe, to South East Asia and then to America.
How clean is your machine?

How clean is your machine?

You have taken the trouble to find a beautiful espresso machine that suits your needs and budget – that’s the first step in your journey to making the perfect coffee. But like anything, its important that you provide your espresso machine with tender loving care, so it can go on performing for years.

By keeping your espresso machine clean you can avoid having to drink awful coffee and potential expensive repair work or maintenance.

Reuse ideas for coffee grounds.

Reuse ideas for coffee grounds.

Every time we make a perfect espresso we generate coffee grounds. Some people dispense their grounds in their Crema Pro knock box (if you’re lucky enough to have one!), others the kitchen bin. Others add to grounds to their composting and everyone knows that you are not supposed to wash it down the plug hole. But did you know that there are other ways in which you can re-use your espresso grounds?

Read on and see how many additional uses you can find for your grounds!

A coffee a day keeps the Doctor away!

A coffee a day keeps the Doctor away!

For a long time, the jury has been out regarding the health implications of drinking coffee. It seems that every few months there is a new theory, that often contradicts a previous theory and it can lead to confusion and uncertainty.
Equipment profile – Microfiber towels.

Equipment profile – Microfiber towels.

Now that you are on your path to making the perfect espresso, you need to be able to keep your workplace and equipment clean. Using microfiber towels will add to the longevity of your tools and ensure that you don’t have any dried milk or grounds from previous pours. It will also shine up your espresso machine and return it to your proud kitchen centerpiece.

One of our most popular products in the Crema Pro range is the microfiber towel so we thought we would dedicate this blog post to our barista towels.

The History of Crema Pro

The History of Crema Pro

This week we thought we would share a little of the history or Crema Pro, our online store is only 6 months old, but we have been around a lot longer than that. Incidentally as part of us celebrating the 6 month anniversary of our online store we are offering a 10% storewide discount and FREE shipping on everything for one week only! - here


We have been around for quite a while. Compact Designs evolved in 2003. After many years running our own busy cafe in London and then in later years Launceston, Tasmania, we understood the need for a stylish and functional receptacle for disposing of coffee grind, both domestically and commercially.

Espresso Machine Maintenance - lean clean coffee machine

Espresso Machine Maintenance - lean clean coffee machine

Espresso Machine MaintenanceWhether you are using a $10,000 top of the range espresso machine or a $100 Kmart bargain bin model, there is no dou...
How to make the perfect espresso

How to make the perfect espresso

Although for most of us this may be a subconscious task, it’s worth reminding ourselves occasionally of the steps we need to take to make the perfect espresso. We may have developed a few short cuts or bad habits that may be compromising our coffee potential – read on!

The key to great coffee is consistency in technique, equipment and product.

Step 1Beans. If you can...

Coffee - Facts around the world.

Coffee - Facts around the world.

Time for some coffee facts from all around the world. This global theme is designed to illustrate that people all over the world are crazy about espresso, that’s why Crema Pro offer FREE GLOBAL SHIPPING – absolutely anywhere in the world, we ship for FREE. So why not try our free shipping - here

On with the facts.

Did you know that in 2015, the largest coffee consumption (in litres per capita) was the Netherlands – Gulping down over double the amount consumed in the USA

Latte art appreciation

Latte art appreciation

Latte art is a method of preparing coffee created by pouring steamed milk into a shot of espresso and resulting in a pattern or design on the surface of the latte. Love it or hate it you would have to admit it can look very artistic and is definitely a way of taking your perfect coffee to the next level.
Do you need a knock box? (SPECIAL OFFER)

Do you need a knock box? (SPECIAL OFFER)

A knock box is one of the most essential tools you’ll need to accompany your espresso machine to make the perfect coffee, Sometimes called a ‘bash-bin’ or a ‘coffee column’ its a device used to store spent espresso grounds. They are a great investment if you are not already using one, you may wonder why you need one so here are a few reasons.
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How good is your tamper? (SPECIAL OFFER)

Choosing a quality tamper is a very important consideration in making the perfect cup of coffee.

Too much tamping pressure can result in a bitter shot and too little pressure can produce a very watery shot of coffee.