My wife asked me a couple of days ago to find her the best cappuccino cups set on the market. Kind of a tall order, but hey, I didn’t want to disappoint her. The cappuccino set was going to be a gift for a close friend of her. I knew what I needed to find, so it looked like it was going to be a quick job. Material, size, form, I knew all of that, it just had to match my wife’s taste. You’ll see how a seemingly easy task turned up to be a very difficult one.I’ll tell you the story, and you’ll find out how I picked my cappuccino set, and in the process you’ll learn what to look for when you are shopping for cappuccino cups.… Read more
DeLonghi has a great line of automatic espresso machines, probably more than any other manufacturer. Their machines are great, reliable, and you can pick from a diverse range, on all budgets. The Magnifica line has a few great machines, with the low end range priced somewhere between 500$ and 700$. The ECAM22110sb and ESAM3300 are many times compared because they are very close price wise, and they belong in that low end range. The purpose of this post is to show you the differences between the two and help you choose yours.… Read more
Choosing the best espresso cup is not as easy as one might think. Yes, we know, you can probably drink your shot from any small cup. Espresso though, is more than downing a strong coffee to get you started in the morning. It’s a ritual, and it is as much about the experience as it is about the taste and the jolt of energy you get. I personally think my shot tastes better when I drink it from a nice cup. Even if it’s a disposable cup, it has to be pretty and functional.… 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.
What if I told you I found the best beans for espresso? Would you believe me? Don’t believe me and don’t believe anybody for that matter. Not that I can’t recommend you some fantastic espresso blends. But when you have a few great choices, you can’t choose one blend over the other. All are great in their way, and you will probably like them all. Coffee taste, like wine, is subjective. It depends on the person who drinks it and their mood at that time.
Regardless of the subjective side of espresso tasting, there are a few objective things to consider when evaluating some espresso beans.… Read more
There are serious coffee drinkers everywhere that don’t mind standing in line to get their favorite brew. Some will even tell you to not attempt to talk to them until they have had their morning cup of Joe. Then there are those few customers that always want their coffee drink a little different, crazy almost.
Today we have a look at one of those uncommon orders: the Bone Dry Cappuccino!
So, What is a Cappuccino?
For all the non-coffee drinkers, you may not understand the hype and probably have no idea that there are many types of coffee drinks.… 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
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
There are a lot of different espresso-based drinks, sometimes this much variety can be confusing. I have a friend who admitted that she didn’t like to go a coffee shop. She couldn’t choose between macchiato, latte, cappuccino, mocha, and many others because she didn’t know what they were. She was embarrassed to ask the barista what the differences were, so she started to buy a different coffee drink every day.
What makes these coffee beverages different from each other? What are the distinctive characteristics between them?
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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