September 7, 2009

Breville Espresso Maker with Integrated Grind/Tamp Features

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Breville has a cool new machine out that grinds and tamps your espresso before you pull your shot. The unit comes with what sounds like consumer portafilters and a pro-sumer portafilter. The consumer based one offers a small pin-hole to help create enough back-pressure so that oil and water can be emulsified to create that wonderful crema. The pro-sumer portafilter has a more open mesh at the bottom and relies on a proper tamp and grind size to create the back pressure. Kindof like professional barista work on training wheels.

The unit comes ready with an 8-ounce whole bean container, a steaming wand, a water reservoir, a conical burr grinder and the ability to set the dosing to a single or double shot.

So there are are super-automatics that offer a one button operation, and there are semi-automatics that rely on you to use your own grinder or ESE Pod, and then there is this that lies innovatively in the seam between the two. I like the step up, offering you the ability to try out how to emulate the pro with various grind and tamp settings.


At Williams Sonoma - Breville Espresso Maker with Integrated Grinder

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July 10, 2009

Handpresso WILD Domepod Review - Mobile Ground Espresso

The Handpresso folks saw a big wave of success last year as their "Bike Pump Espresso Machine" cool gadget thing made waves as it offered a dead simple way to get high quality espresso on the go with a high pressure extraction system. There's been a bit of fun poked at it's videos showing people hiking through the woods stopping to brew some espresso, but come on, who shouldn't want a nice espresso when you are out there? There are hikes and camping trips where I drank robusta laden sludge for days wishing for a nice cup of coffee or shot of espresso.

Well SingleServeEspresso got it's hands on one of the new Handpresso Wild DomePods that is a bit of a change up from it's brother the regular "WILD" that takes the ESE Espresso pod.


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June 7, 2009

Lello 1375 Ariete Cafe Prestige Coffee Maker - Espresso on the Cheap

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This little number will use ESE pods as well as ground coffee, so we thought at $145 bucks we just had to feature it. The Lello 1375 is a 950-watt espresso/cappuccino machine made of heavy-duty stainless steel. The thermoBlock 15-bar pump-driven system provides uniform, constant pump pressure, and there's a larger removable 2-1/4-quart water reservoir which can be refilled from the top at any time. The cup warming area allows up to 9 cups to be warmed before use. We say if you have a second summer house or your just looking for espresso on the cheap - this machine won't disappoint.

At Lello 1375 Ariete Cafe Prestige Coffee Maker

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May 23, 2009

DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker - Espresso on the Cheap

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At just $79 bucks, we think this DeLonghi Espresso maker has everything you need to make a shot or two of espresso on the cheap. This machine is a 15-bar pump-driven espresso machine with durable stainless-steel boiler. It features 2 thermostats for separately controlling water and steam pressure, and accommodates E.S.E. pods and ground espresso

At DeLonghi EC155 Espresso Maker

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April 24, 2009

Mypressi Twist - Espresso on the Go - Powerful Espresso Maker

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MyPressi announced the Twist portable espresso maker that is not powered by pumping but by using a pressurize cylinder to power the shot with constant pressure all the way through the extraction cycle. It uses fresh espresso or an ESE pod in the holder, add water, and pull the shot. The CO2 cartridge does the rest, offering a 9-bar pressure across the entire shot. Each cartridge lasts for about 8 shots of espresso. Clearly, a nice design aesthetic with the Twist, and I am looking forward to trying one out. I have one on the way as an early review unit, while the Twist should be available later this year - list price $129.

More at MyPressi

Full Press release after the jump.....

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March 23, 2009

FrancisFrancis X8 iperEspresso Machine

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While you may be looking for an easier way to brew a good espresso everyday you should also take the time to check out the Francis Francis X8 iperEspresso (iperEspresso - like HyperEspresso). This capsule based machine is for illy lovers only as the only capsules that fit are illy capsules. They have several varieties (regular, dark and decaf), but you are locked into their coffee. Illy is a well regarded brand and well liked around the world. If you are considering an iperEspresso machine, also consider one of the Nespresso machines too - several design and a lot more varieties.


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March 17, 2009

Handpresso Wild - DomePod - Ground Espresso Goes Mobile


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We helped to break the news on the Handpresso Wild ESE, well the folks from Handpresso are now addressing the need to take your own favorite espresso grind with you. The Handpresso Dome Pod is a new design that allows you to add your own espresso to a pod holder, pack it in an included case (up to 3 pods go with you) and make espresso from those pods while on the go.

Clean up is easy was the used espresso puck just pops out of the pod.   

Check out the video at Handpresso - just click ont eh video image on the lower right to see how it works.

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March 16, 2009

Nespresso CitiZ Espresso Machine Arrives for Review - First Impressions

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Nespresso has never been short on design quality and the new Nespresso CitiZ line is a new line of slim machines that will certainly help the space starved city dwellers who still want an automatic espresso machine. The CitiZ line is launching in the US soon, and should will be offering that Nespresso convenience of brewing high quality espresso from their line of over a dozen different varieties of espresso capsules.

The design isn't just for those who live in the city, but is also reminiscent of the city skyline when you consider that the narrow, tall skyscraper was an inspiration for the design. Shown here, it is much thinner than the Nespresso Essenza that I usually crank out my coffees from. Available in eight colors, the red one is striking against the chrome accents. Look for a full review soon.


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February 23, 2009

Nespresso Machines - Great Deals Low Prices

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I know a lot of readers who really want a Nespresso machine but who also feel that they are pretty expensive at the stores. Well if you are OK with refurbished machines, you may not know that Nespresso maintains its own eBay storefront for refurbished Nespresso machines. The most common ones are the Essenza, Le Cube, Romeo and the D90 units.

I have been watching them for some time, and the prices can really be very low; $75 for a Nespresso machine is pretty amazing. The ones that I see feature a "6 month Advanced Exchange Warranty. That means that if the product should need service within the warranty period, Nespresso will send out a a temporary replacement unit while service is being completed. This not only gives you peace of mind but also a working Nespresso machine while yours is away."

Check them out at the Nespresso Storefront on eBay

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December 15, 2008

Jura ENA-5 Super Automatic Espresso Machine Review

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The Jura Capresso ENA 5 is a super automatic coffee center that is big on performance with a smaller footprint both physically and energy-wise. The compact unit offers you the capabilities of the typical super auto in a smaller package giving you back a significant chunk of counter space. The ENA5 also has a zero energy switch that takes it down to a no power draw state. In am era when households have more and more appliances taking a trickle flow of electricity adding up to hundreds of kilowatt hours a year the zero energy state is a nice step in the other direction.

Like most people though I want pretty comparable performance out of this little wonder making few tradeoffs for the green advances and smaller footprint.

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