Whole Latte Love Semi Automatic Espresso Machines

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In the Ring: Classic-VS-Silvia

The Gaggia Classic and the Rancilio Silvia are two big names in quality, entry level semi-automatic espresso machines for home. Both have features that make them strong choices as capable, long lasting and durable home machines.   Maybe you’re like Jason Stern who said in a...

By Hannah
The Gaggia Classic Your Ambassador To Italian Espresso

  The Gaggia Classic has a long lineage and I’ve seen it evolve from the original Gaggia Coffee that was the premier machine in Italy. It did not do well in this market because it was comparatively very expensive and required some serious insider knowledge. The US market was...

By Tracys
The Breville BES920XL Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

The Breville BES920XL is a modern take on the traditional dual-boiler. It’s got a very different look than the typical Italian style espresso machines on the market.  A modern design means it’s convenient too. Breville does a lot of research and they take average products...

The Rocket Espresso Giotto Evoluzione V2

The Rocket Espresso Giotto Evoluzione V2 semi-automatic espresso machine is the most exciting model in its class. With commercial sensibilities and world-class construction, this prosumer unit seamlessly merges form and function to deliver a top-of-the-line home brewing experience. Available...

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
Espresso Machine Boilers Types

So you’ve been thinking about purchasing a semi-automatic espresso machine for home use. You start your research and boom!  …out come a number of acronyms that do not make sense to a newbie.  If you have not seen them yet, you will. The main ones are SBDU, HX and DB. ...

Don't Blow a Gasket, Miss Silvia!

  Owning a semi-automatic espresso machine certainly has its charm. Grinding and measuring coffee, tamping by hand, and timing the shot are all part of the traditional brewing experience. For me, having full control over the entire process makes the end result...

Temperature Surfing Your Way To Great Espresso

Most espresso machine manufacturers have short-listed one goal to the very top of their list:  provide you with the proper environment to pull the best shot possible. Like the perfect storm, the right conditions hinge upon having the ideal pressure and temperature. For espresso enthusiasts,...

By Tracys
Expobar Brewtus Tech Tips: Testing Electronic Systems in PID Machines

Todd from Whole Latte Love covers basic internal electronic systems diagnosis and repair on Expobar Brewtus machines equipped with PID. Please be advised you will be working around live electrical power when troubleshooting these systems so use caution when doing so. Basic electrical knowledge is...

Expobar Office Tech Tips: Pressure Stat Adjustment - All Models

Learn how to adjust the pressure stat on Expobar Office semi-automatic espresso machines. Todd from Whole Latte Love shows you how. Todd shows the style of pressure stat used in current machines as well as a type found in older machines. He also discusses and simulates the symptoms of a pressure...

The Rocket Espresso Story

Three espresso enthusiasts – Jeff Kennedy, Danielle Berenbruch, and Andrew Meo – decided to “give a new lease on life” to the domestic products ECM had created, starting with the Cellini and the Giotto. These prosumer machines boast commercial grade features, like lead-free copper boilers, Faema...

Profitec Pro 700 Tech Tips: Vacuum Relief Valve

Learn how to remove, clean and/or replace the vacuum relief valve on a Profitec Pro 700 semi-automatic espresso machine. It's normal for some water to drain to the drip tray as a machine is heating up. If water continues to leak after machine has reached operating temperature it could indicate a...

Profitec Pro 700 Tech Tips: Reset High-Limit Switches

Learn how to reset the high-limit switches on a Profitec Pro 700 espresso machine. If your machine is not heating up, resetting the high-limit switches may solve the problem. The high-limit switches can trip if a machine is turned on and there's not enough water in a boiler causing it to...

Profitec Pro 700 Tech Tips: Brew Pressure Adjusment

Learn how to adjust the brew pressure on a Profitec Pro 700 semi-automatic espresso machine. http://www.wholelattelove.com/products/profitec-pro-700-dual-boiler-espresso-machine

In-Depth: ECM Classika PID Espresso Machine

The ECM Classika II PID is a high performance semi-automatic espresso machine for those who demand quality without the restriction of cost. The result is a machine that utilizes many of the same commercial grade components ECM relies on for their prosumer models but at a more modest price point....

In-Depth: Breville Duo-Temp Pro Espresso Machine

Marc and Morgan from Whole Latte Love discuss the features of the technology driven Breville BES810BSS Duo-Temp Pro Espresso Machine. Available here: http://www.wholelattelove.com/products/breville-bes810bss-duo-temp-pro-espresso-machine Great espresso requires that we achieve the right...

ECM Classika Tech Tip: PID Programming

Todd from Whole Latte Love shows you how to program the PID on the ECM Classika semi-automatic espresso machine. PID allows you to set very accurate temperatures for brewing and steaming. ECM Classika: http://www.wholelattelove.com/products/ecm-classika-pid-espresso-machine

Profitec Pro 700 Tech Tips: PID Programming

Learn how to program the PID on the Profitec Pro 700. The PID allows you to set/adjust precise temperatures for brew water and the steam boiler. Profitec Pro 700 Espresso Machine: https://www.wholelattelove.com/products/profitec-pro-700-dual-boiler-espresso-machine