November 20, 2012

Delonghi EC-702 - Stainless Steel Espresso Machine


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The DeLonghi EC-702 is a sharp looking machine, ticking off a lot of the features that you need to get authentic espresso in an easy to use machine at home. No, it's not push button automatic, but it does have the features that you need to extract good flavor, and steam milk for a nice Latte.

With a 15-bar pump, the extraction pressure is sufficient to create that creme layer on top of your espresso, in its easy to use portafilter - add grounds, tamp and extract. The stainless steel boiler keeps things tasting clean, and the cup warmer helps you serve espresso at the right temperature. Especially good in the wintertime. The EC-702 also uses the ESE Espresso pods.

This is in the sweet spot for consumer espresso machines; full featured enough to get you a good coffee, but not so expensive as to break the bank.

It happens to be on sale now with a $20 rebate (through 12/31), selling for $139 at Amazon , after rebate.

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November 10, 2012

Verismo 585 Espresso Brewer

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Starbucks recently introduced the Verismo 580 (Full Review of the Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer ), and started a national ad campaign. Starbucks has also delivered the Verismo V-585; an upgrade that offers more features and of course more price. The larger footprint allows for a larger reservoir and a few more features.

The Verismo 585 adds a "Professional-level" look and feel, with added look and feel you see in a lot of super automatics. The LED screen gives you a readout on what drink you are making; including a short espresso size, a larger ~7 ounce size and a special milk brew button. This button allows you to use a milk pod to create that milk portion of a latte brewing at a lower temperature.

More features after the jump.....

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October 28, 2012

Starbucks Verismo Ad

UPDATE: Posted my Full Review of the Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer

Starbucks has started their ad blitz for their new Verismo Brewer, both on TV and in print. The new Pod/Capsule driven machine offers not only coffee and espresso pods as well as milk-based pods that can help to make those Lattes that so many cafe goers want.

I saw several print ads in magazines, and the ad below on various shows. The link between the in-store experience and that at home is a big push. They did it to propel a pretty mediocre product in the Starbucks Via into a product fueled by in-store merchandising. I am pretty sure that they will do the same for Verismo, and why not?


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September 26, 2012

Starbucks Verismo Pods vs. Competition

UPDATE: Posted my Full Review of the Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer

A lot of readers have been asking about the size of the new Starbucks Verismo pods and how they compare to other various pods on the market. Size matters, especially when you are storing a bunch of these in the cabinet. Remember, these pods, capsules, and cups can only be used in its own machine. You can't use a Verismo in a Nespresso, nor a nespresso in a CBTL. Dolce Gusto looks big, but it won't work in a K-Cup machine. You get it…...

Starbucks Verismo vs. Nespresso, vs. K-Cup, vs Nescafe Dolce Gusto vs. CBTL

As you can see from the picture, the Verismo pod is a little bigger than a CBTL and a little smaller than a Dolce Gusto pod. It looks like the classic K-Cup has a lot more room in it for coffee and filtering. The smallest is definitely the Nespresso capsule that is packed with coffee, and doesn't need to leave room for any other type of mixing/brewing, like tea, milk or hot chocolate.

One of our readers commented that it was most like the CBTL capsule; without actually seeing it in person, I thought it was more like the Dolce Gusto….. wow, was I wrong. The CBTL and the Starbucks Verismo capsules are very similar, and the Dolce Gusto looks gargantuan in comparison. Left to right below are: K-Cup, Dolce Gusto, Starbucks Verismo, CBTL, and Nespresso Capsules.


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September 22, 2012

UnBoxing and First Brew: Starbucks Verismo 580

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UPDATE: Posted my Full Review of the Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer

The Starbucks Verismo arrived and we had to tear into it and take it for a test drive. Check out the First Brew Video after the jump…… The machine is made for Starbucks, and has a lot of features that one might look for in a single serve espresso machine; good sized reservoir, easy to use pods, and a way to get both espresso and milk-based drinks. It brews at 19-bar, plenty of pressure to extract flavor and oils from the ground coffee. With Starbucks' long history of espresso brewing, this should provide us with a decent shot of espresso.

Verismo is fairly compact (5.9"W x 14.9"D x 11.7"H), and can easily fit on a counter top. It comes packed with the typical overpack, but no additional packs of capsules inside. Starbucks is offering a free starter pack of 8-Latte drinks (8-espresso pods and 8-milk pods) when you buy it though the Starbucks Store.

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September 20, 2012

Starbucks Verismo 580 - In Stores Next Week

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UPDATE: Posted my Full Review of the Starbucks Verismo 580 Brewer

Starbucks is launching their long awaited single serve machine called Verismo, a pod based single serve espresso machine that also offers the ability to make milk-based beverages like Lattes. The machine is a lot like a Nespresso machine in that its a well designed, small foot-print machine that handles about 10 pods per reservoir refill, and has a familiar lever on top that allows users to add new pods. The difference here is that the Verismo allows you to add a condensed milk pod to make those milk-based drinks that so many people are used to in coffee shops.

I'll have one in-house soon and a full review of the Starbucks Verismo up as soon as I can. Stop back. UPDATE: I posted my Verismo Unboxing and First Brew article after receiving my brewer.

Pricing and availability after the jump….

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September 18, 2012

Sarista - New Single Serve Espresso and Coffee Machine

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The new Sarista is a pretty interesting machine as it modularizes the coffee making experience and tries to put whole beans into a "capsule-like" coffee funnel that ties your new machine to their whole beans. It might be a pretty cool invention, giving users a quick and easy way to make everything from an espresso all the way up to a whole carafe of coffee. Pop on one of at least six "Coffee Funnels" of whole bean coffee, pick a cup size and the Sarista grinds, tamps and extracts your coffee for you. The coffee funnels twist onto the top of the Sarista machine.

The Sarista Machine will retail for a little over $300 in the Netherlands starting in early October. It's from Sara-Lee, the makers of the Senseo pod-based coffee maker. The coffee funnels will come in six varieties to start: Mellow Flow, Bright Song, Revel Rich, Decaf, Pure Explosion, and Bold Burst. The cost will be in the $6+ range, and give a cost per cup of about $0.30. No word on any US launch plans.

See the video after the jump for some views on how the machine works.

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July 13, 2012

Fiat 500L - Small People Mover, Espresso Included

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Leave it up to the Italians, mixing life on the road with an espresso maker. The new Fiat 500L will be equipped with a new on board espresso machine that includes a small spoon holder. The espresso machine was designed by Lavazza, and while I am sure it makes a road-worthy shot of espresso, one has to wonder if that's going to work while driving.

The machine has to work on ESE Pods; can you imagine trying to tamp and then extract? Even still, I think a good round at home or a travel mug might just work well too. But if you need the novelty, or have a really long commute through traffic, you can try this option out (if you buy this car in europe - it's not planed for the States), or you can check out the HandPresso Auto - the first Espresso maker for a car that I've seen.


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March 27, 2012

Handpresso Auto - Espresso on the Go

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Handpresso has a mission to get you espresso wherever you want it, and they just introduced the Handpresso Auto - a new espresso maker that not only heats the water, but creates a great looking espresso with 16 bars of pressure.

The Original Handpresso versions required a bit of pumping like you had a flat bike tire to get the pressure, and required you to have access to hot water. Two varieties allowed you to use either ground espresso or ESE Espresso pods. The New Handpresso Auto can turn out an espresso in just about 2 minutes; pretty good for a 12volt, go-nearly anywhere machine.

If you're worried about "making-while-driving", the folks at Handpresso clearly think stopping to make your espresso is a good thing. Check out their video below.

Price is $149 Euros or about $200. It will be shipping in Europe this Spring with no news on a firm US launch.



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March 12, 2012

CBTL Americano Featured at Bed Bath and Beyond - Save $5

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The CBTL Americano is getting a push from Bed Bath and Beyond with a feature on the front page of their circular this week. The Espresso, coffee and tea maker features high pressure brewing, a large reservoir and several selectable cup sizes. The CBTL capsule system is based on the Caffitaly platform, and offers over a dozen different varieties of drinks.

On the back of my circular, there is a coupon for $5 off a $15 dollar purchase, making the resupply of capsules a little bit easier.

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