Espresso Machines

March 30, 2015

AEG Fantasia Lavazza Cappuccino and Latte Machine

Aeg fantasia lavazza cappuccino machine

AEG Fantasia Lavazza cappuccino machine is designed to make the perfect cappuccino and latte. The AEG Fantasia makes frothy cappuccinos and lattes using the AEG steam and whisk system, and a cold milk frothing setting means that you can iced coffees too.

Features include:

  • AEG Fantasia cappuccino machine comes with the 9 minute auto shut off function
  • Thermoblock Technology for optimum coffee temperature
  • 3 milk recipes including cappuccino, large cappuccino and latte
  • milk froth selector
  • large water tank
  • used capsule holder
  • adjustable drip tray and descaling alert. 
  • Available in 3 colours, Ebony Black, Rubin Red, and Latte Cream. 
  • Price is £170.

 At AEG via Appliancist

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March 12, 2015

Breville 15-Bar Triple-Priming Die-Cast Espresso Machine


The Breville 800ESXL 15-Bar Triple-Priming Die-Cast Espresso Machine is a clear winner for performance and value. This espresso machine features a ThermoBlock heating system and 15-bar Triple Prime pump. It also comes encased in a durable stainless-steel housing.

Other features include:

  • selector dial for espresso, steam, or hot water 4-1/2-inch cup clearance
  • swivel steam wand with frother
  • 75-ounce removable water tank 
  • Filters, tamping tool, cleaning tool, and stainless-steel frothing pitcher included 
  • Measures 12 by 10 by 12-1/2 inches
  • 1-year warranty 
  • 15 Bar Italian Pump Purge Function
  • Automatically adjusts water temperature after steam for optimal espresso extraction temperature
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February 27, 2015

Delonghi Alicia Electric Moka Espresso Coffee Maker

Moka espresso maker 2015

The Delonghi Alicia Electric Moka Espresso Coffee Maker is the Italian way to make authentic espresso with the Moka process. Your espresso will never burn or overflow with the safety automatic shut-off, and the the keep warm function keeps espresso hot for 30 minutes. You can also easily monitor the entire brewing process with the transparent container. Choose 3 or 6 cups of espresso with the convenient filter adapter, and serving is simple with cordless operation and detachable base.

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February 20, 2015

Francis Francis for illy X7 iperEspresso Machine

X7 cafe italy espresso maker

The Francis Francis for illy X7.1 iperEspresso Machine isdesigned to work exclusively with illy iperEspresso capsules. The iperEspresso Capsule system uses an innovative, patented two-stage process to create intensely aromatic, full-bodied espresso with rich, velvety crema. The first stage, called hyper-infusion, takes place in the capsule's iperChamber where the coffee is infused with water under pressure, extracting more flavor and aromas than normal. In the second stage, called emulsification, pressure forces the coffee through the e-valve, where the aromatic oils are emulsified creating a dark, rich and full bodied espresso, with a crema that lasts and lasts.

The Francis Francis X7.1 features a one-touch brewing system for ease of use. The central display guides the user with the help of acoustic and lighted signals. The convenient auto-stop feature controls the volume of coffee in the cup, creating an effortless and perfect extraction. And because the extraction takes place entirely inside the capsule, the coffee and machine never come in contact, making for minimal cleanup. 

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November 28, 2014

Bialetti Diva Espresso Machine


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

At Amazon - Bialetti 06773 I Caffe d'Italia DIVA

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November 19, 2014

La Marzocco Home GS3 - Commercial Legend in Home-sized Package

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.
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June 30, 2014

Illy Y3 - Small Countertop Capsule Espresso Machine


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.

The water reservoir is about a liter/quart, and the spend capsule container will hoped about eight capsules. The Y3 Espresso maker will use the Illy iperEspresso capsules, available in a number of roasts, as well as several single origin versions.

If you buy via Illy, the price is $230, and that comes with two cans of iperEspresso capsules. If you buy via their coffee supply subscription service, Illy a Casa,, you can buy it for $125.

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June 25, 2014

Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine


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.

At Amazon Nespresso Inissia Espresso Machine

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June 22, 2014

Lavazza Going to the Space Station? ISSpresso!

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.

Via Slate

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May 15, 2014

Impressive Design - Streitman ES3 Espresso Maker


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.

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March 23, 2014

Amazing Espresso Machine... for a Mere $10K

The design is amazing, and watching the video will make this machine seem even more amazing. Brew, steamed milk and then it cleans itself, nice.

From Huff; more at Scanomat.

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February 12, 2014

Nespresso De'Longhi Latissima Pro Espresso Machine

Nespresso Latissima Pro

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.

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January 29, 2014

Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine


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.

At Amazon - Breville BES870XL Barista Express Espresso Machine

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October 14, 2013

World's Smallest Espresso Machine? - Piamo

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.


More at Piamo or see the Piamo Facebook page
Image and video - via Piamo.
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