August 7, 2007
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
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
July 31, 2007
So, this isn't exactly the most classic styled espresso maker, and it may just be the wildest I have seen in a long time. This Saeco Etienne Louis espresso machine has all the functionality one could ever want in a UFO looking, spiked machine with a removable water reservoir under the top half of the machine and the ability to crank out a couple of shots, then steam some milk. The unit is apparently steel and polished aluminum, and it should really come with a whip to crack just as you are cranking some hedonistic espressos.
Product Page Via Gizmodo
July 20, 2007
DeLonghi has announced their new Exclusivo Magnifica ESAM3500 Espresso and coffee maker model, which should be replacing their EAM3500 model. The design doesn’t appear to have changed much from the looks of things, but one improvement that is welcome is the new lower pitch grinder. While they didn’t say it was any quieter, they are clearly sensitive to this area of concern among users. I noticed the issue when I used the Magnifica EAM 3500 for my review.
The Magnifica ESAM3500 super automatic machine features a digital controls and an LCD readout. The programmable buttons allow you to set your favorite drink and get it made time and time again. The one-touch Latte and Cappuccino controls are great, and with the removable milk container, it makes it fantastically easy to create great espresso drinks.
The Esclusivo Magnifica ESAM 3500 includes a professional-quality conical burr grinder, which produces consistent, fresh and aromatic espresso or coffee. A nice change is that the grinder operates at a lower pitch, which allows for a quieter machine. Like most Super Automatics, the grind settings also allow the user to adjust the fineness for all types of beans. The Direct-to-Brew System, features a stainless steel piped double boiler, which guarantees that each grind is immediately processed into coffee or espresso.
Features: Makes coffee, espresso, latte and cappuccino
Lower pitch grinder
Double boiler means no wait between espresso and steam
Patented Cappuccino System Frother
Stainless steel piped double boiler
Coffee strength and quantity controls
Height adjustable coffee spouts to accommodate any size mug
15 bar pump driven machine
7 ounce whole bean capacity
3 Customizable Cup Size Buttons: Ristretto (Small), Espresso (Medium), Large (American Coffee)
July 12, 2007
Want a compact professional grade espresso maker for your countertop? Well over at Illy they are showing off the latest Pasquini's commercial machine that will fit nicely on your countertop, accepting both ESE pods and ground espresso.
This gleaming machine can steam milk and brew at the same time cranking out espresso with its 15 bar pump. The price isn’t cheap, but hey they’ll throw in some illy ESE pods and some espresso cups too! Cup warming area
Brass filter holder and bell
Steams and brews espresso simultaneously
Only one wear and tear seal in the entire machine
Self-priming 15 Bar pump (220 PSI)
Small footprint: only 8.5" wide x 14.25" deep
High efficiency heating systems for energy savings
Quick heat-up: 2 minutes for coffee, 4 minutes for steam
Slow start steam for greater control and safety
Seal-less solenoid steam valve for maintenance-free steaming
Okay to leave machine on all day
Measures 12.5"h x 8.5"w x 14.25"d. 23 lbs. - $1,150.00 at illy
July 9, 2007
Though we reviewed this machine not too long ago, we still think the Ultima Espresso Machine is a total steal at $299 and a total workhorse. We've yet to grow tired of it's simplicity, and we still love the pyramid like design.
- Semi-Automatic coffee / espresso / cappuccino center with dual frother measuring cup and video.
- Black with silver metallic accents design.
- 53 oz. water tank. Double coffee spout adjusts to any cup size.
- DualFrother with two settings for latte (steam milk) or cappuccino (froth milk) .
- Just fill coffee to your liking (7 to 15 grams) into the machine turn and pull the coffee lever down and switch on the pump.
- The double coffee spout even adjusts to accommodate different size cups.
At Ultima Espresso Machine
July 3, 2007
There are essentially four basic types of home espresso makers on the market today. They are all different prices, and all different qualities of espresso. You’ll have to decide what is right for you, and how much you want to spend to get a cup of espresso.
1. Stove Top - Manual
The manual machine can take the form of the Mokka Pot where you need to add your ground espresso, put it on the stove top and let the water boil from the bottom of the pot, up through the grounds into the top of the pot. It won’t give you the extraction of the higher pressure pump-driven makers, but it will give you a decidedly strong cup of espresso. These are the most economical way to get a strong cup of espresso in a quick way… usually for $15 - $60. A good example here is the Bialetti 3 cup Moka Pot.
2. Pump Driven - Manual
The other manual higher pressure maker is similar to the Gaggia Achille maker that has you pumping with a long handle to get the hot water through the grounds at a pressure that will create a crema on your cup of espresso. These are rare machines and they are generally for true afficinatos and cost a lot of money.
3. Semi Automatic Espresso Coffee Machine
The semi-automatic machine takes espresso in the form of ground espresso, ESE Pods, or Nespresso Capsules in and does a lot of work for you. The basic ones, are steam based, and relies on the fact that when you boil water, it expands and the pressure forces the hot water through the coffee to make your espresso. Essentially it’s an updated and electrified Mokka Pot. These machines cost anywhere from $30 - $60. A good example here is the Krups FND111 Allegro Espresso Maker.
The other kind of Semi-Automatic Espresso machine relies on a high pressure pump to extract the wonderful flavors, solids, aromas and oils from the ground coffee actually creating an emulsion to form the crema on top of your cup. The higher pressure makes a big difference in flavor and body of the espresso. There are two levels of units here where the less expensive units require you to start and stop the machine by hitting a button or turning off a switch. These machines cost anywhere from $80 - $800. Good examples here are the Nespresso Esenza C100 (read my review), the Delonghi EC155, the Gaggia 35008 Carezza Espresso Machine and up to the FrancisFrancis! 201032 X1 Trio.
4. Fully Automatic Espresso Machine
These types of machines are wonderful units to have on your counter that can give you drinks at the push of a button. These units start with whole beans and usually grind the coffee, tamp it and then pump hot water through the ground coffee to extract your espresso for you. The more expensive Super Automatics also have the ability to draw milk right from a container and steam it for you right into your cup. These units often work off of one button; the Barista Button and it gives you easy and addictive access to wonderful espresso drinks at your finger tips. These machines can cost anywhere from $500 to $3,500. Good examples of these are: Jura-Capresso 13187 Impressa E8, the DeLonghi ESAM3300 Esclusivo Magnifica, or the Jura-Capresso 13214 Impressa Z5
June 22, 2007
Considered by many to be the best buy you can get in a Gaggia, we like the classic lines and rugged construction of the Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine. This is a very high performance espresso mac hine, with forged brass components to stabilize temperature along with a three-way solenoid valve and independent expansion valve. The Gaggia Classic turns anyone into a "Barista" in their own home. Includes two stainless steel filter baskets (single and double shot), coffee tamper and 7g measuring scoop. GET TAMPING!
At Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine
June 13, 2007
DeLonghi has a nice in-expensive machine out in their BAR32 Espresso maker that has a fresh yet retro design that combines a lot of features in a relatively small footprint. The unit offers 15 bar of pressure in a pump driven machine to create espressos and lattes for you.
The DeLonghi Bar32 espresso puts a simple dial control up front to control the heating, brew and steam functions. It comes with two inserts; 1) a single/ESE pod holder, and 2) a double. The unit has a fairly large 35-ounce reservoir that fits on the back of the machine, and a decent size drip tray. On the right side, the unit also has a small tamp that will help set the coffee grounds in the portafilter. A tight tamp is not needed in the way that an open bottom portafilter needs it, as there is a small outlet in the bottom of the portafilter that serves to create the backpressure and thus the higher extraction of solids and oils that makes it an espresso.
The DeLonghi BAR32 Espresso Machine comes with:
DeLonghi BAR 32 machine
Single/ESE Pod insert
1 can of Illy ESE Pods
DeLonghi BAR32 at Amazon
June 6, 2007
DeLonghi has announced their new Esclusivo Gran Dama ESAM6600 model; their top of the line espresso and coffee center. The design is beautiful and elegant in an all stainless steel construction format that is quite a statement on any counter.
The Esclusivo Gran Dama ESAM6600 super automatic machine features a digital controls and an LCD readout. The programmable buttons allow you to set your favorite drink and get it made time and time again. The Gran Dama makes not only one-touch Latte and Cappuccinos but a Macchiato too. Controls appear to be great, and with the removable milk container, it makes it fantastically easy to create great espresso drinks.
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