I personally love black coffee, sometimes I add a little sugar to it, but that’s all. During my time as a barista though, I made thousands of lattes and cappuccinos. I still make one from time to time for my wife, or my guests. I used to make it with the steaming wand, from my semiautomatic, but I got lazy, and my wife wanted to be able to make it when I wasn’t there. I tried to teach her the trade, but then I realized, why bother when there is an easier way… You probably understand that.… Read more
What is the best home cappuccino maker? This has been a question that I have been asked a lot recently. Not an easy way to answer that question. It is easier when you know the person, their personality, budget, and barista skills. But when you write about it, you need to take all budgets in consideration, and all barista skills. At the end of the day a great semiautomatic espresso machine is good for me, but my wife hates to use it, she says is too geeky.
Everybody wants to know how to prepare a delicious espresso or cappuccino without breaking the bank and without causing too much fuss.… Read more
Breville Oracle is Not a Super-Automatic
The price tag of the Breville BES980XL Oracle is within the range of super automatic espresso machines, yet the Oracle is just a semiautomatic machine. Well, not exactly a semiautomatic either, but this is where it got me. You’ll see why in a bit.
Breville’s marketing team was inspired when they named its high end espresso machine “Oracle”. Yes, this machine has all the brewing answers espresso lovers were looking for. It seems a bit steep for a machine that doesn’t qualify as a super-automatic.… Read more
What Is the Difference Between a Latte and a Cappuccino Machine?
Most of the espresso machines on the market will let you brew both latte and cappuccino. So is there really a difference between the equipment that brews latte or cappuccino? Yes there is a difference, and that difference could save you serious money. Most manufacturers won’t tell you what that feature is, because they want you to buy the more expensive equipment. However, latte machines are less expensive.Read more
When my cousin asked me a couple of weeks ago : “What is the best latte machine?” I didn’t have an answer on the spot. When it comes to coffee brewing, obviously, all friends and family rely on my expert advice. I was a bit disappointed by myself for not being prepared for this question. In my defense, I am not a latte drinker. I can fix a perfect one, I can even throw in some latte art if I’m in good mood, but it never occurred to me that many people are actually using the espresso machine to make exclusively lattes.… Read more
The Gaggia Accademia espresso machine or the Gaggia 1003380 Accademia is right up there, in the first row of super automatic coffee machines. Designed for brewing approximately 60 cups a day, the Gaggia Accademia has rapidly become a much loved office espresso machine. The unit is also one of the most searched commercial super automatic espresso machine for bars and coffee places. Due to its intuitive operating system, many coffee drinkers choose the Gaggia Accademia for use at home. The machine is extremely easy to operate, anyone can learn in just a few minutes how to use it, and it gives you the exact coffee that you want.… Read more
The Jura Z family comes once again with a very nice surprise, the Jura IMPRESSA Z9. This super automatic, although a little spicy on the price side, promises only the best quality and truly doesn’t fail to deliver. IMPRESSA Z9 Professional raises the standard for automatic specialty coffee machines, featuring ideal preparation conditions all within the uppermost clear-cut Swiss technology and presented in the already known Jura trademark elegant and luxurious design.
With a TFT color display, the Impressa Z9 extremely user-friendly coffee machine offers 11 coffee specialties that can be prepared at the touch of a button, including coffee, espresso, cappuccino, latte macchiato and one that I’m really grateful for, ristretto.… Read more
Why an Office Needs a Professional Espresso Machine
A commercial espresso machine is the best choice for an espresso lovers’ office environment. It is common practise in many businesses to buy an espresso machine for the employees. It’s one of the percs to make employees happy. Once the decision to buy an espresso machine is taken, the hard part just begins: choosing the right equipment. Invariably, the price is always a factor when taking the decision, and sometimes the cheap equipment has an unfair advantage, and I’ll explain why. It might seem like a big expense to pay double or more than the cost of a residential espresso maker, however, it is worth the price.… Read more
The espresso knock box is one of those devices that you never miss if you haven’t used it before, but once you get used to it you can’t live without. OK it’s a trivial plastic box, you might say, what’s the fuss about it. Yeah, you are right, a cheap plastic bin to dump your espresso puck, and that’s all. But I need mine to look neat on the counter, not an ugly object that I need to hide after use. And if you analyze closer, there are a lot of thing to consider when you buy the simple bash bin.… Read more
For a coffee lover on a budget, buying an espresso machine might prove challenging. How do you choose the best cheap espresso machine? What are the criteria that separates a good espresso brewer from a bad one? This is what this post proposes, to familiarize you with the technology, and give you a few hints on how to choose the best espresso machine for your budget.
For years owning an espresso machine was synonym with spending a lot of money, and the espresso and latte preparation was reserved to professional baristas, or wealthy people.… Read more
The Breville BES870XL Barista Express espresso machine is one of the most impressive devices in the semiautomatic class. With an overwhelming feature set, with a modern look, and a great reliability, the BES870XL is a great choice for any serious espresso enthusiast. If you are on the market for a new semi automatic espresso machine, you probably looked at least at another few options including Gaggia Classic and the Rancilio Silvia, which are the standard for the price bracket. What is it that makes Breville BES870XL so wished for, and how does it compare with the other two?… Read more
Should I buy a Rancilio Silvia or the Gaggia Classic?
If you are looking for a semi automatic espresso machine that will give you consistent shots, and will look great on your kitchen counter, you probably have in mind the Gaggia Classic and the Silvia from Rancilio. There are other machines within the same price range, however, these two espresso machines are the best rated by customers.
Let’s see what technical aspects of the two machines we can compare: brew group, boiler size, shot consistency, quality, temperature stability, versatility, reliability, and price.… Read more
Fully automatic machines are very expensive, depending on brand and features, the price tag can go very high. Krups Espresseria is a nice compromise between price, level of automation, and reliability.
One remarkable thing about it is the capability to use oily beans. Most super-automatic cannot be used with oily beans. Espresseria from Krups has a divider for oily beans, and there is no problem grinding them.
Obviously, the price is very affordable, and most of us think that “It must be missing great features, at this price”.… Read more
Intelia is one of the best fully automatic espresso machines on the market. This is not a surprise for a Saeco product. With a long history in the industry, Saeco confirms even after joining Philips.
Intelia automates all of the steps for brewing an espresso shot, or a cappuccino, and minimizes your work, and the risk of brewing errors. With this machine, even the least talented home barista can pull a great espresso shot, and make a stunning cappuccino.
But all these are the norm for any machine in its class, so it is somewhat expected.… Read more
De’Longhi ESAM Magnifica is a super-automatic espresso machine on the lower price range, and it’s often compared to Krups Espresseria. The two offer about the same feature set at a comparable price. Each of the two has its strength and weaknesses, and depending on your needs and preferences, you might choose one or the other.
Summing up some of the De’Longhi‘s great features:Read more