Manual espresso machines are probably the most underrated brewers. They are great alternatives for pulling a shot for many reasons. The most important reason is the low tech design, with no electrical parts. They can be used anywhere, even in remote areas where there is no electricity. But what is the about manual espresso makers, is the great control over the brewing process. That control comes with a high price: inconsistency. You can ruin your shot very easily. Well, you can get a consistent shot, but you have to master the technique.… Read more
You are on the quest to getting the best shot of espresso, and naturally, you need to compare Espresso vs Nespresso. Even the most fervent Nespresso enemies have tasted it, just to have an idea. Whether they like it or not, Nespresso is here to stay, and it will serve millions of happy customers. The question is “Is it good enough for you?” Let’s try to answer this question together.
I know you want to buy an espresso machine right now, whether it is a regular semiautomatic, or a capsule based one.
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
Buying a semi automatic espresso machine is the best way to go for an espresso enthusiast who wants to learn and experiment with coffee. Yes, decent semiautomatics are not very expensive, but so are decent super automatics. The semi automatic espresso machines are more reliable, and they give you a bit more flexibility with brewing. This translates in a greater control over your shot.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