Bialetti is the well-known maker of stove top brewers and they have made the jump to single serve espresso brewers in a capsule format.
The Bialetti Diva has a lot of the same characteristics we've come to know in a single serve espresso maker; easy access to the brewing chamber, spent capsule bin, easy-fill reservoirs, and more. The Bialetti Diva brews an espresso in just a few seconds using 20 bars of pressure to brew. The machine measures just 4.5 inches wide, 10 inches high and 14 inches deep.
The approach to espresso is different if you are an Italian-based company, and Bialetti does. They have named their espresso range after the regional tastes of Italy, and offer a set of five different capsules that should be able to capture most peoples' espresso tastes. Northern Italian blends are more typically Arabica blends that are lighter, and less aggressive, while the southern blends tend to use the less expensive Robusta, that is cultured into a bold expression of coffee with a lingering coffee flavor.
Roma - a medium roast with hints of cocoa; a 50% Arabica, 50% Robusta blend
Venezia - a light roast with a hint of vanilla notes; 80% Arabica, 20% Robusta blend
Milano, a light roast with a lighter body, and floral and fruity notes; this is a 100% Arabica blend
Napoli - a bold, darker roast with bitter cocoa flavors; this is a 70% Robusta, 30% Arabica blend
Torino - a medium roast that has nutty flavors, and a smooth finish; a 75% Arabica, 25% Robusta blend
Decaf - a medium roast with cereal and toast notes, moderate body; 60% Arabica, 40% Robusta blend
La Marzocco has announced a home version of their legendary commercial machine. The machine is designed for the espresso lover who wants to dedicate a little extra cash and a lot of extra love to their espresso habit. The machine is a dual boiler set up with a dedicated 3.5 liter steaming boiler that will operate to get you the steamed milk you want at the right temperature and pressure for the task. Don't like filling a boiler? Yea, they thought so, you can have this directly plumbed into your house water supply.
The La Marzocco Home can be customized with a black finish, stainless, or with wooden accents of maple or walnut. Very cool. You can also take a quick shortcut and get it set up as fully manual or a pre-programmed auto-volumetric draw for consistent, but not very customized shots.
For this level of excellence, it will set you back around $7,000 - customizations can move the price up a bit.
Illy has introduced the Illy Y3 Espresso maker targeting those kitchens that want to save on space while offering an easy to use capsule-based espresso maker. The Y3 espresso brewer gives you a slim profile, and a one touch brew cycle that allows you to brew espresso and lung coffees. Want your own size to fit your favorite cup? No problem the brew buttons are user settable for easy use day after day.
Nespresso has announced a new espresso machine to fill in at the value end of the "Original Line" as they call it after the Vertuo Line launch.The small machine is roughly the same size as the Nespresso Pixie, with a slightly different design, and a much lower price target of $99 (vs. the $229 for the Pixie).
The Inissia Machine has the same manual operation of inserting a capsule, 2 automatic brew sizes (shutting off when it reaches a set brew size), a quick 25 second pre-heating cycle, and a 24-ounce reservoir capacity that will get your through several brews before re-filling.
The Inissia machine still features the same energy saving mode that has become standard over the last few years that shuts the machine down after nine minutes of inactivity; I like this so I don't forget and leave it on all day after I get distracted drinking the espressos.
At $99, this might just be a machine that gets Nespresso going in the value end of the market, where pressure-based machines dominate. Available in the US in Red, Black and Cream.
Ever since we went to space, those travelers probably woke up dreaming of a good coffee; at least that's what one Italian astronaut dreamt of. Well the folks at Lavazza got to work and are preparing a prototype machine that would extract espresso under pressure to create the first high quality espresso at the International Space Station.
So while you might think they will be sitting around with those little espresso cups, these are probably going to be a little more contained, enjoyed in a little sizable bag, and a little more, well space-aged to handle the low gravity environment.
Interesting espresso machines never cease to amaze me; they are simple in function - push water through coffee, but often amazing in their creativity. The Strietman ES3 is one of those interesting designs. Manual pressure forces the hot water through; notice in the video this isn't for the weak; it takes some serious work.
Nespresso and De'Longhi announced a new brewer, the Latissima PRO, a higher end machine that is se tot deliver espresso and milk based drinks in home kitchens. The Latissima Plus is already a favorite, giving easy access to higher quality espresso-based drinks.
The New Latissima PRO is boasting that is will be ready to brew Ristrettos, Espressos, Lungos, Lattes and Cappuccinos. This happens through a touch screen allowing for easy use.
The sidecar milk carafe (500 ml/17 fl ounce) plugs into the machine and can steam or froth milk, while it can be detached and stored in the refrigerator. The auto-clean system cleans the milk frothed after use.
The Latissima Pro heats up and is ready in 25 seconds; it also shuts off after use automatically after a few minutes to save energy.
The Breville BES 870XL espresso machine looks like a pretty cool machine for aspiring baristas. The countertop brewing station allows you to be lazy and brew like a consumer, pulling a shot through a double walled portafilter, where crema is all but guaranteed, or brew through a single walled portafilter to test your skills at tamping and brew like a barista.
When brewing through the double walled filter at the bottom of the portafilter, the backbressure is created from the wanter pressing through only a few openings. The build-up is almost guaranteed, and the extraction happens, emulsifying the coffee, water and wire to create that pillowy crema on top of the espresso.
When using a single walled filter, the bottom is more open and there is little to no back pressure created by the filter, relying on a proper grind, and tamp to create the proper amount of back pressure for extraction and crema production. If the tamp is too loose, the water channels through the puck, and you get a weak cup, too tight and you get flavor problems.
The Breville BES870XL, offers a built in burr ginger, that doses right into the portafilter, approximately a half gallon water reservoir, and controls to brew singles or doubles, and a sleek look with a temperature dial face.
Take a look at what may be the world's smallest espresso machine - one that after 30 seconds in a microwave, puts out a steam driven espresso.
This German inventor has worked through the prototypes to create a simple four piece device that with a scoop of espresso and a few ounces of water can make a quick espresso. The set-up of driving water down through an espresso pod or puck isn't new, but the concept of having such a small package in a microwaveable package is. It's a bit like the Handpresso for the microwave.
Sure it's a little over-the-top, but if you're into cars and espresso, you might just put this espresso machine at the top of your Must-Have list. Veloce's V12 espresso machine will certainly delight gawkers who want to drool over the design. Espresso lovers might have to take a test drive or two to make sure the espresso is really that good. No stats on the espresso machine cred; so we'd have to way on that, as well as a price.
Thinking about ripping it off? It's got a few design patents that you'd have to get around.
Do you read Instructables? I've found a bunch of good things there, and this one came up; thought I'd share it. Instructables is a website where users can upload step-by-step directions on how to make things; just about anything actually.
This Instructable is a handmade Portafilter handle and it shows a step-by-step process for taking a local branch, and milling it to make your own replacement handle for your Portafilter. I think the project came out pretty good, and shows a great way to put a little sweat equity into making your espresso machine a little more customized.
Most people know Bialetti for its iconic Moka Pot brewer that boils water in the bottom, forcing it up through the espresso cake and into the top reservoir. It brews at about 2-3 bar and makes a decently strong cup of coffee/espresso. They have also announced a new single serve brewer that uses capsules to brew espresso at 20 bar, giving users the espresso flavor, look and taste that they look for these days.
The Bialetti Mini Express espresso machine is designed to fit in a small space, and give great authentic flavor brew after brew. The 20 bar extraction system assures a great extraction every time, with plenty of crema and flavor in each cup. There is a 20 ounce reservoir, and a spent capsule bin that holds up to 10 used capsules.
There are five capsule varieties available, including:
Milano - "An espresso that is always smooth and light-bodied,with a pleasing aroma." this is a light and balanced espresso.
Venzia -"A round and delicate espresso, with rich vanilla accents." Light with a vanilla note.
Roma - "An intoxicating coffee aroma with a rich, bold taste. " Strong profile with dried fruit notes.
Napoli - "A full-bodied and intense espresso, with a unique aroma." Full flavored with a hearty body and full finish. I would suspect this has a hint of robusta in it to give the full body and flavor finish.
Italia Deca (Decaf) - " A decaffeinated aromatic coffee with a velvety, enveloping texture." Medium to light body.
Ok, so maybe the world isn't ending yet, but just in case things start to fall apart, you can bring your battery operated espresso machine with you. This new item is a battery operated espresso machine from Trisa Electronics delivers about 16 shots before the end of the battery's life.
With a 350ml reservoir, the machine will be good for 7-8 shots. It can take an ESE espresso pod, making this an easier on-the-go experience. If you need a quick charge, a 12v power cord helps out in a pinch if your car is still working wherever you are.