August 14, 2006

Back to School Espresso Machines

It’s back to school time, and we thought we would put up some recommendations for espresso that can make going back to school a bit easier to handle. Late nights and low-grade cafeteria coffee can take their toll on you:

Best Espresso Machine Under $500
The FrancisFrancis! X6 features a 1100-watt espresso/cappuccino machine housed in ABS plastic with chrome accents and works with ESE pods. It also features an 18-bar pressure pump; all-brass boiler refills automatically and the new Trio Technology which allows for making 3 espresso preparations--short, normal, and long. It has a 5-cup removable water tank, steam jet with built-in milk foamer, and a handy cup warmer. The Francis Francis X6 is priced at $429; normally runs $500 and higher.

Best Espresso Machine Under $250
The Breville Café Roma is a great all around espresso machine with a 15 bar pump, and a good looking stainless steel exterior. It can work with ground espresso and EE Pods for easy espresso shots. The 5.2 cup removable water tank will keep you going for a lot of espressos. The milk foamer has a special easy to use attachment that will allow you to make lattes and cappuccinos simply and without headaches. The Breville Café Roma is priced under $250.

Best Espresso Machine Under $70

hamiltonbeach40729.jpgHamilton Beach 40729 Espresso/Cappuccino Maker with ESE Pod Holder comes ready to brew espresso from ground coffee and ESE pods also. It’s 2 cup reservoir is a little on the small side, but should do well pulling several espressos before re-filling. Even at this price, the unit comes with a pump that puts out 15 bar of pressure to pull good espressos topped with a good crèma. Solid machine for good espresso at this price, under $70.

For all of the Machines above, don't forget the ESE Pods!
Crank a few of these out and you'll have not trouble staying up to study. You can go with the old standby of Starbucks Espresso Pods – 24 ct; tastes just like the coffee in the shops, or our current favorite Lavazza Grand Espresso Pods – 50ct, great Italian Espresso.

Best Espresso Set Up Under $35
bialetti6cup.jpg aerolattetogo.jpgOK, so you can’t go with the machine, but have access to a stove. Here’s the Bialetti 6 Cup Stove Top Espresso Maker, and an Aero Latte Milk Frother. You can still whip up espressos and a nicely topped latte pretty easily with this wet-up. Not a bad deal for under $35.

Can’t Decide?
sbcard.jpg Send that college bound espresso lover off with a Starbucks Card – reload the thing on the web and let them have their own fun hanging out at the local Starbucks.

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June 10, 2006

Illy Membership Plan with the FrancisFrancis! X5- "The X5 Plan"


We wanted to pass on news of the Illy subscription program that they are offering: Buy a FrancisFrancis! X5 Machine and sign up for 12 monthly shipments of espresso that come straight to your house, all for a pretty good deal. They will send you their introductory kit featuring the striking FrancisFrancis! X5 Espresso Machine, available in 9 colors, the Rufus Willis limited edition cup collection and more. You can sign up for your choice of coffee, including canisters of ESE pods in Medium Roast, Dark Roast or Decaf.

The total package is worth over $1,300. They start you out for about $200 and you pay for the coffee on a monthly basis. Total cost to you is about $800. Not bad considering the FrancisFrancis! X5 machine is selling for upwards to $650 alone.

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June 7, 2006

Krups Novo 3000 - $30 off at Costco


This is a steal for the Krups Novo 3000 Espresso and ESE maker. I've seen these on other sites for over $200. Costco has it for $139 after the $30 coupon. The Novo 3000 offers a stainless steel cup warming tray and removable drip tray, matte black housing, a 15-bar pump with advanced thermoblock technology, a large removable water tank, two filter holders an auto-cappuccino system for perfect cappuccino and lattes every time. It comes with 18 Illy ESE pods to start your ESE experience off right. It's loaded with features too:

  • 15-bar pump with thermoblock technology
  • Auto-cappuccino system easily froths and/or steams milk for perfect cappuccino and lattes every time
  • Large 37 oz. removable water tank allows for extended use without refilling
  • E.S.E. pod compatible for foolproof espresso making
  • 2 filter holders: 1 for E.S.E. pods and 1 for ground beans (has 2 sieves for 1 or 2 cups)
  • Pre-heating system with ready light indicator
  • Removable drip tray with stainless steel grid
  • 1100 watts
  • Includes: 18 Illy E.S.E. pods
  • Dimensions: 11" W x 12.5" L x 13" H
  • Weight: 11 lbs.

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  • Save $25 at Amazon on the Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL and other ESE Makers


    The Breville Cafe Roma ESP8XL is a good-looking espresso machine that is built with quality in mind at a good value. The pump driven maker is rated to give you 15 bar of pressure to deliver a beautiful crema every time. A full 15 bars of pressure is maintained throughout the process to maximize crema, giving the coffee a rich, barista-style aroma and taste. Three stainless steel filters (single shot, 7g; double shot, 14g; and E.S.E. pod) incorporate Breville’s unique dual-wall crema technology. Beneath the first wall’s 333 pores is a second steel wall with a single exit hole. This produces a backpressure, ensuring a rich, smooth flavor and texture from every extraction.

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