Episode 25 on Sunday the 3rd of May 2009 De Lujo Espresso Blend

De Lujo was born as the result of some experiments for competition blends. These normally involve lots of coffee, lots of time on the cupping table, lots of time in front of the espresso machine, and most importantly, lots of tasting. There is something about this blend that excites me very much in espresso.

This blend contains 60% Bolivian Machacamarca, my favourite coffee of last year, which with its sweet chocolate and developed tones makes it a great base. Machacamarca also makes a very wonderful single origin espresso, though if it lacks anything it is a little acidity. So thinking about the very best coffee in our range for acidity, we have added my third favorite from last year, El Salvador La Ilusion, to the mix. This brings cleanness and brightness to the blend, along with a lovely winey characteristic.

This is some expensive blending, with two costly coffees. Combine two great coffees you hope to get an even greater blend, which is very much the case here. The coffees are each present in the blend for a reason, bringing very different attributes that compliment each other. They are both excellent individually, though together they amount to so much more than their component parts. Excellent espresso.


  • 4 May 2009, 4:22 pm

    dale says:

    order placed – this sounds good!

  • 5 May 2009, 4:08 pm

    Like the stylish new front end for the video blog, maybe you had it before but I usually enter via iTunes. Have put a couple of links up on my Links page. Hope someone finds them. My espresso machine is a very old Gaggia Factory, only less than 1bar pressure so whilst the result tastes Ok its extraction rate is very low, alas it would be expensive to run with this coffee hence I will give it a miss.

  • 5 May 2009, 4:12 pm

    It has now arrived in iTunes, and no seats !

  • 5 May 2009, 4:15 pm

    Seats are just for you nice people here on the website, pleased you like it

  • 6 May 2009, 12:25 pm

    i like the seats :-) how about some coffee?

  • 6 May 2009, 12:29 pm

    How about the big mug in the front of the shot and the jute down the sides Your mean Emily :)

  • 12 May 2009, 5:34 pm

    Mark Pearce says:

    New viewer here :) Really like the video’s Steve. I’ve just placed an order for some De Lujo along with a few other beans, can’t wait for the beans and also another episode of IMM!

  • 12 May 2009, 7:47 pm

    Thanks Mark for your kind words, top stuff love getting feedback.

  • 16 May 2009, 9:25 am

    Stunning video by Stephen Leighton about making espresso. Only one thing upset me – the pronounciation of the coffee called De Lujo. Here, the ‘j’
    sound is either like the ‘ch’ in Scottish ‘loch’ or in relaxed pronounciation may be a simple sound like ‘h’

    Yes, he knows about coffee. I have drunk coffee in many countries, my favourites being Italy and Spain. At times I have lived in countries of Latin America, but have not found the coffee very good there (don’t know Brazil, Argentina etc.)

    Here in Manchester coffee is very variable and costs about double what a coffee would cost in Italy/Spain. Myself at home I use a Miele (i.e. Gaggia) built-in coffee machine with fine results. Otherwise I believe in the new portable machines A Modo Mio by Gaggia/Lavazza/

    Buona fortuna, in bocca al lupo

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