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Salted Caramel Mocha Frappe

A salted caramel mocha frappe is always a crowd pleaser. It is so delicious, and with the method I’ll share with you, it is quite easy to make. In fact, just keep our secret ingredient in the fridge and with that you can make one anytime and it’ll only take a couple minutes....

Grind Smart with Breville

When considering a grinder for espresso theres a basic recommendation to get as much grinder as you can afford. If your budget for an espresso machine and grinder is say $500 most will tell you to put $250 towards the grinder and $250 towards the machine.Today we take a look at the Smart Grinder...

By Hannah
Xelsis Evo Super-Automatic Espresso Machine

The “Evo” in Xelsis Evo stands for evolution. Saeco listened to user feedback and made a couple of improvements since the last version. Most notable is the milk carafe. A comment we hear often is users want their milk froth hotter, so Saeco redesigned the carafe to do just that. The...

Quamar: Grinding on Demand with the M80

If you’re looking at grinders like a Mazzer Super Jolly or Electronic, how about similar performance for about 25 percent less?   To make a long story short, Quamar grinders are based off the design of the Fiorenzato T80, a proven workhorse. Daddy Fiorenzato had sons that took...

By Hannah
Classika PID: Taking the Guesswork out of Temperature Surfing

The ultimate in prosumer espresso is dual boiler machines with PID temperature control; however, if a dual boiler is a little out of reach cost wise, but things like the PID, E61 brew group and build quality without compromise are on your list of must-haves, then I’ve got a machine that...

By Hannah
Gimme! Coffee

Gimme! Coffee cultivates relationships with farmers around the world who produce some beautiful coffee. And through those relationships they’ve earned the good food award 3 years in a row. If you’re lucky enough, you can try Gimme Coffee in person, they have an espresso bar in...

Cleaning and Germs: What is hiding in your coffee maker?

NSF is a non-profit organization that certifies products and writes standards for food water, and consumer goods to minimize adverse health effects. In 2011 NSF did a study on the germiest places in the home. And coming in at number 5 in the top 10... coffee maker reservoirs. Bathroom faucet...

Behmor Brazen Plus Coffeemaker

In our sales office we drink a lot of coffee, and lately we've been brewing the Behmor's Brazen Plus. Having spent quite a bit of time with this capable coffeemaker, I wanted to take some time to talk about some of the features that make it one of my favorite drip machines we...

Ceado E6P Grinder

Ceado makes some serious commercial grinders. So what they’ve done with the E6P is take the same quality used in their big boys and put it into a smaller package. The E6P delivers a commercial quality grind but in a size more suited to serious home users. The E6 has been available in a...

In Depth look at the Saeco Minuto Class

Today we’re taking a look at the Saeco Minuto Class. It’s a machine that’s worth a look for someone who’s considering a capsule machine for the convenience of a quick cup of coffee, but also wants the ability to make espresso, cappuccinos and lattes.   This...

By Hannah
Prosumer Expo: Office Lever Plus

Calling all coffee aficionados! If you’re looking for a professional brewing experience in a home setting, take an extra-hard look at the Expobar Office Lever Plus. This upgraded and plumbable Expobar model gives you the option of plugging directly into a water source. An endless water...

By Hannah
What is a Prosumer Espresso Machine? (Part 2)

Prosumer machines will also come with commercial portafilters which is the handle where the ground coffee is placed. Nothing too fancy here, just a load of marine brass coated beautifully in chrome. They generally will be 58 millimeters in diameter and come with either single or twin spouts. They...

What is a Prosumer Espresso Machine? (Part 1)

The concept of Prosumer equipment is gaining more and more consumer attention these days. Let’s begin by explaining what the term Prosumer means. It’s simple.  The word itself broken down, "Pro" = professional, "sumer" = consumer. Put this odd couple together...

Portafilter Types

Portafilters hold the coffee when making espresso and come in a variety of styles; single spout, dual spout or bottomless. Some are light, some are heavy, some have straight handles and some are angled. What should you be looking for in a portafilter?  Weight is an important factor....

3 Way Solenoid Valve

If you have a budget semi-automatic espresso machine, you pull a shot and remove the portafilter you may notice it’s like the machine sneezes out a messy mix of brew water and grinds.  Or, maybe you’ve seen how easy a nice dry coffee puck knocks out of a portafilter on other...

How To Properly Store Whole Bean Coffee

To get the best from a coffee you want to use fresh roasted beans, grind immediately before brewing and use them within 2 weeks; unless there’s a coffee roaster around the corner from you that’s not always practical. So what’s the best way to store your beans? Well the...

Americano vs Cafe Crema, What's The Difference?

There are two beverages which result in a brewed coffee size drink made using an espresso machine: Americanos and Cafe Crema.  Both of these drinks use the espresso brewing process which forces hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee. The resulting beverage has a different...

Common Espresso and Coffee Grinder Terms

Stepped or stepless, doser or doserless, conical or flat, steel or ceramic...  grinder terminology sure is confusing. Actual grinding is done mostly by burrs which come in two basic shapes: flat and conical. Budget grinders tend to use conical burs while more expensive grinders use flat...