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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October 26, 2008

Nespresso Le Cube C185 Full Review

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The Nespresso Le Cube Black colored edition came in for review recently and we are are pretty happy to check this one step easy espresso brewer out. The Le Cube is one offering in the line of Nespresso capsule based brewers that at their heart have ease of use and high quality brewing at their very core. The recent line refresh includes the New Black version of the Le Cube. The Le Cube is a simple design statement that fits in a small footprint on the counter with some bold lines and innovative design elements making it a great looking unit as well as a highly functional one. It's got a 1-liter reservoir, has cup holder space for up to 6 espresso cups and a chamber that holds up to 15 spent espresso capsules. The 19-bar pump driven extraction is impressive for its crema creation, while its 1260 watt thermoblock heating element powers the unit. Le Cube retails at $349.

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We took the Le Cube for a spin while we were trying out our Jinogalpa Special Club Capsules that are offered as a limited time offer, it's been fun mixing them in with a lot of our standards.

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September 19, 2008

Jura Capresso ENA 5 - Super Thin Super Auto Now Available

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Jura Capresso has been listening at its focus groups and has the ENA 5 a thin powerful super automatic that is loaded with features but won't load down the countertop with a huge machine. At just 9-inches wide, and 17 inches deep it's about the size of a legal pad. It's also now available at Amazon.


Eco-Friendly Green is in
- We all are pretty aware that conservation is a good idea, and the Ena comes with a Zer o Energy Switch, which fully disconnects the unit from the electrical grid, drawing zero power. Some people aren't aware of all the power consumed by those components around the house which by staying in "standby" mode, still gobble up power. Not the Jura Capresso Ena 5.

While slim, it doesn't miss out on the features though:

  • Programmable to 3 strengths, 1-16 ounces, and two brewing temperatures.
  • Grinder with 5 fineness settings
  • Stainless thermoblock heater
  • 37 ounce water reservoir
  • 7-ounce bean hopper
  • Water filtration built in.
  • 1450 watts
  • 14 in. high, 9 in. wide, 17 in. long
  • Weighs 20 lb.

    At Amazon - Jura Capresso ENA 5

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  • September 18, 2008

    Handpresso Wild - Now $129


    Maybe it's the weak dollar, maybe it's the meltdown on Wall St, or maybe it's just our luck, but the Handpresso is now just $129.

    We enjoyed getting our Handpresso in January, covering it with an Unboxing of the Handpresso, and then a First Impressions post quickly after that.

    I still use it at work to get some good espresso in a land that doesn't have much in the way of strong coffee.

    at Whole Latte Love - the Handpresso Wild

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    August 26, 2008

    Brunopasso - Sportscar Inspired Espresso


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    The Brunopasso PD-1 is not a Formula 1 race car, it's a finely tuned espresso machine. The look and feel of the machine has got to be just as precise and just as high quality. The price is pretty steep at about $850, but with a 15-bar pump to drive this machine, the stats look pretty good. I like the dashboard look of the control panel and the fine wooden handle to engage the pod holder. Yes, it's an ESE pod machine, and you had better enjoy the beauties to invest in this. Oh, yea, and you will need to order from Sweden.


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    Via Gizmodo
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    August 18, 2008

    FrancisFrancis! X8 Hyper Espresso - Now Shipping

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    The espresso capsule entrant from Francis Francis is now shipping, bringing their style and quality to the market in a retro look that is a pretty cool addition to the line. The black unit with chrome accents is less than eight inches wide with a 15-bar pump inside to crank out the crema topped espressos day in and day out.

    The patented capsule houses more than coffee, but quite a bit of technology as the full brew process takes place there, while the espresso never touches the machine - very easy for clean up. The two-stage capsule brews then emulsifies the oils, water and air to get a crema that is tall, full-bodies and long lasting. The capsules are available at Illy.com.

    At Sur la Table - FrancisFrancis! X8 Espresso Machine

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