September 12, 2007

Most Expensive Espresso Machine at Amazon

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The most expensive Espresso Maker selling at Amazon these days is this beauty that is well equipped to handle crowds. This is not some personal unit that gets turned on for a single espresso every day; it’s made to pump out espressos one after another. With a 3.5 liter capacity in its boiler, it may take a few minutes to warm up, but it won’t be drained any time soon. The unit is of course push button, which starts the grinder, then tamps and pulls the espresso. If you punched up the order for a cappuccino or a latte, the unit can draw milk from its built in milk refrigerator and steams or froths it accordingly.

Yours for around $15,000.

Nuova Simonelli Espresso Machine at Amazon

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September 10, 2007

Joey Roth Moka Pot

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The Moka Pot transformed… Joey Roth has envisioned a way to make the Moka pot cubic with a nod to the East with this moka pot that locks with a piece of bamboo. The unit takes on the classic two half design that the moka pot is known for, but injects the feel of eastern elegance with the bamboo accents.

Like any other Moka pot, fill the bottom with water, add ground coffee to the filter, and then heat until the water boils up through the grounds leaving you with espresso in the top chamber. Remove the wooden lid and use the bamboo handle to pour from the corner of the top chamber.

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September 6, 2007

Saeco S-TG-ST Giro Super Automatic Espresso Machine

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The Saeco S-TG-ST Giro Super Automatic Espresso Machine is one of those high end whole bean to cup machines that makes sipping a great espresso a push button experience. May not be for those who prefer to roll up your sleeves and get into the process, but it can certainly offer flexibility to fine tune your cup of espresso with precision and control. The Saeco S-TG-ST Giro Super Automatic Espresso Machine offers you the ability to put whole beans into the top, push a button and the unit grinds, tamps, and pumps at high pressure the heated water needed to pull a wonderful cup of espresso.

The Saeco S-TG-ST Giro Super Automatic Espresso Machine is a stylish design that incorporates a dial up front which offers you the ability to dial up or down the amount of espresso that is pulled, from a short ristretto to a full 7 ounces. The unit can also dose 7 to 10.5 grams of coffee per pull, making for loads of combinations. The Saeco S-TG-ST Giro Super Automatic Espresso Machine has a ceramic grinder, which is apparently a lot quieter than metal burr grinders.

I have used several Super Autos and it’s actually fairly easy to dial in a good espresso with these and get a nice shot. What can be difficult is to wing it and try to deviate and get a nice 7 ounce cup of coffee when you are used to pulling espresso shots.

The unit features a 57 ounce water reservoir, and of course a grounds bin to hold the spent coffee pucks. To further improve the taste of your coffee, the unit has an integrated water filter.

The Saeco S-TG-ST Giro Super Automatic Espresso Machine is available at Amazon

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September 4, 2007

Illy Hyper Espresso

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Illy has announced a new format for brewing espresso, that they seem to indicate will be a great way to extract the very best espresso from excellent blends that will be available to you in their new Hyper (iper) Espresso Capsule system. Illy has long offered Espresso Pods for all ESE Makers along with their own Francis!Francis! machines. To use the new capsules, two new machines will be introduced, the Francis! Francis! X7 and X8 for the spring of 2008. The capsules will reportedly cost $0.75 each, which is a big jump up from the $0.49 for Nespresso capsules that are used in Nespresso Machines like the Essenza C100 machine.

At Illy - New illy iperEspresso machines.

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August 30, 2007

Briel ES35AF Chamonix Espresso Maker

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The Briel ES35AF Chamonix Espresso Maker is a pump driven espresso maker from a big name in home appliances that offers some strong attributes in a basic semi-automatic espresso machine. The Briel Chamonix has a 15-bar pump for extracting espresso at the high pressure that pulls all the flavor out of the fine espresso grind. The pressurized portafilter creates enough backpressure to create a good crema on your espressos without the need to have a perfectly ground coffee or a perfectly tamped puck in the portafiler. The 1.5 liter water reservoir should be enough for plenty of espressos. The stainless steel boiler makes sure that the flavor is clean that is further enhanced by the in-line water filter that can filter out impurities. The Briel Chamonix is also programmable to create the size of espresso to your tastes every time (sizes from 2 – 8 ounces).

The unit also features the ability to brew from either ground coffee or ESE Espresso pods. While most do, I think that all semi-automatic machines like this one should offer the option to brew from ground or pods. I find that I just get a lot more use out of my machines when I can brew from a pod on a regular basis and then brew from ground when I want to sit down, take a few extra minutes to brew up a higher quality cup.

The Briel ES35AF Chamonix Espresso maker is available at Amazon

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August 21, 2007

Espresso for the Dorm

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Don't know about you but I didn't do the smart thing and take a good coffee maker to college; I drank some pretty bad stuff. If I had to do it over again, I wouldn't, but that's not to say I would spend a lot of money to drink good coffee. The DeLonghi EC140B might just be a decent option for lower cost pump-driven espresso makers.

The DeLonghi EC140B espresso machine is a low cost pump-driven espresso machine from one of the well known appliance makers of Europe. The unit is a pump-driven espresso maker that helps assure better extraction of your precious espresso, which can go through the portafilter designed for singles or doubles. It also accepts ESE Pods. The removable 35-ounce reservoir is plenty big for round after round of espressos. Easy control is had with three simple switches on the front panel, and the flip out frother does the job to get you frothy milk for your cappuccinos. No word from anyone if you can simply steam the milk by taking off the plastic attachment.

The DeLonghi EC 140B is available at Amazon

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August 20, 2007

Bosch Benvenuto B20 Super Automatic

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Last week we talked about the Bosch Benvenuto built-in espresso maker that melds into the wall of a great new kitchen, so I thought I would point out that Bosch also makes Super Automatic espresso machines for sale here in the States.

The Bosch Benvenuto B20 is a super automatic, that will take your espresso beans from whole bean to poured in the cup espresso at the push of a button. The Bosch Benvenuto B20 features a stainless steel boiler to give you a clean flavor along with adjustable strength, grind and water amounts. The unit also features a by-pass doser that will allow you to use a different ground coffee (i.e. decaf) when you want to. The unit also features a water filter to make sure that you are pulling out the impurities that can cloud a good cup of espresso.

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August 15, 2007

Bosch Benvenuto Built-in Espresso Machine

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I love the idea of a built in espresso machine, but am not sure I am ready for the commitment. If you are, the Bosch Benvenuto Built-in Coffee Machine (Model TKN68E75UC) give you back some precious counter space with a sleek minimalist look that will be a beautiful accent to a well equipped kitchen.

Bosch talks about their Amoraswirl technology that extracts all the flavor from your coffee to get the best tasting cup; not so sure I am there yet. I am cool with the push button courseness setting, the push button cup sizes from the small espresso up to a rather large americano, and finally the easy clean up with the built in drip tray. Sure it's plumbed with a water line so there's no re-filling.

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August 7, 2007

FrancisFrancis X1 Ground vs ESE Pods

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Ground vs. ESE Pods – long time debate over which is better, and while it may be resolved for some, it’s about to get more steam behind it for others. FrancisFrancis has done its work to understand consumers and they have learned that more and more people are choosing Ground OR ESE Pods, and rarely crossing over. With that learning in hand, they created a newly revised FrancisFrancis X1 that is designed only for ESE pods or Only for ground, further improving their already excellent reputation for great espresso. The changes are more apparent in how the water is showered down onto the coffee, in both the screen and in the portafilter design. So while most of us are getting inferior espresso when we alternate between one and the other, the folks at FrancisFrancis are designing out the flaws associated with the two methods.

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August 2, 2007

Mr Coffee Pump Driven Espresso Maker ECMP40

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It's hard to believe but Mr Coffee has an espresso maker, the Mr Coffee ECMP40 Pump-driven espresso maker. The folks who brought you ADC coffee and cupcake filters now bring decent looking machine that has all the makings of a reasonable entry level pump-driven espresso maker. The unit is ESE pod compatible and can also run ground espresso too. It has a 13-bar pump, and a removable water reservoir for quick refilling.

Mr Coffee ECMP40 Espresso Maker at Amazon

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