Delonghi EC9335 La Specialista – Espresso Machine Review

La Specialista Ec9335m Espresso Machine

DeLonghi La Specialista is a relatively new product in the espresso machine market. There has been a lot of discussion around La Specialista, because people felt like DeLonghi’s machine looked too similar to it’s direct competitor the Breville Barista Express. …

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Delonghi EC155 Espresso Machine Review – The Cheapest Great Espresso Machine

Delonghi Ecc155 Pump Driven Espresso Machine 640w

Whenever home brewed espresso is mentioned, the Delonghi espresso machines are normally what spring to mind. Delonghi is one of the most popular domestic espresso manufacturers on the market, and for good reason. They provide user friendly machines that produce …

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What Is an Americano Coffee and How to Make It at Home

Anybody who drinks coffee is likely familiar with an Americano. It is the standard black coffee that is served in most cafes. At home, our coffee machines are filter coffee machines. This is because making Filter coffee is very much …

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Bella Espresso Maker – Make Cappuccinos at Home with a Steam Espresso Machine

Bella 13683 Espresso Maker

This Bella espresso maker falls into the market bracket of cheap, compact, steam based espresso machines. Our review shows why Bella is a great coffee maker. We have reviewed five of the most popular affordable steam based machines. Here is …

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Mr. Coffee 4 Cup Steam Espresso System with Milk Frother, ECM160

Mr. Coffee ECM160 - Steam Driven Espresso Maker

The steam based espresso machine from Mr. Coffee is another steam based machine that is notgoing to break the bank. Mr. Coffee ECM160 Steam Espresso Machine is steam powered and pulls 4 espresso shots at a time. Read our review of …

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Home Barista Tools and Accessories – 12 Essential Espresso Tools

Barista Tools and Accessories

Barista Tools and Accessories
As you start making espresso at home, you will face various tasks that require you to use specific tools. The minimum of barista tools needed depends on the espresso maker you are using, and how perfectionist you are.

If you aim for espresso greatness, you need the right equipment. A variety of espresso brewing tools and accessories can help you in a few ways:

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How to Make Espresso with an Espresso Machine – Infographic

SemiAutomatic Machine Espresso Machine Brewing Guide Infographic

Brewing espresso with a semiautomatic machine is a skill that starts to disappear. The convenience of super automatic machines shifts the buying preferences of the modern coffee lover. There is also the beverage preference that plays a role but is not the subject of our brief guide. This coffee brewing infographic is the shortest guide possible, to get you started. We have the written version after the graphic and is a bit more detailed. However, if you want to perfect your technique, and pull cafe quality shots, check our detailed espresso brewing guide.

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DeLonghi Magnifica Espresso Machine – ESAM3300 vs ECAM22110SB

DeLonghi ESAM vs ECAM

This is a review of the DeLonghi Magnifica espresso machines. We compare ECAM and ESAM series, focusing on ECAM22110 vs ESAM3300. See which one is the best for you. DeLonghi has a great line of automatic espresso machines, probably more …

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Espresso vs Nespresso vs illy iperEspresso – Capsule Espresso Machines vs Semiautomatics

side by side espresso and portafilter and tamper

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 …

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Breville BES980XL Oracle – Espresso Machine Review

Breville Bes980xl Oracle Review

Breville Oracle is Not a Super-AutomaticThe 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. …

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The Best Combination Coffee and Espresso Machine – A Guide and Reviews

Combination Coffee Espresso Machine

The combination coffee espresso machine saves space and makes great coffee drinks. Drip Coffee, Espresso, Cappuccino or Latte Macchiato from one machine. Our review shows how to buy one and which ones are the best.The new hype in the home …

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Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine Review

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine close up cropped

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 …

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How to Tamp Espresso – The Perfect Espresso Tamping

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Ristretto Espresso ShotEspresso tamping is one of the most important steps when pulling a shot. If you get the tamping wrong, your espresso is ruined, because the water will pass through the grinds too fast, and the result will be a beverage close to drip coffee. Here are are a few tips to ensure a perfect tamping every time.

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