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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    August 12, 2008

    Krups 888-43 Caffee Centro 10-Cup Coffee/ Pump Espresso Combo Machine - Perfect for the Dorm?


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    A quick check of a few students heading back to school and they are looking for Combo Coffee units for their dorm room. Blame it on all those lattes at Starbucks or the local coffee shop in High School, but this batch of students likes coffee and likes good espresso. This means getting a decent maker, and on the espresso side, that means a pump driven machine.

    The Krups Caffe Centro 10-Cup Coffee/Pump Driven Espresso machine might just be the reasonable combo unit that will look good and perform well late night, cramming for the next exam. There are a couple of things I like in the unit that make a lot of sense:

    • Espresso and Coffee Maker in one space saving unit.
    • It's a 15-bar pump driven espresso machine - better flavor and extractions
    • The Espresso side has a 37-ounce reservoir - plenty for a lot of shots.
    • The 10-cup coffee side is a nice bonus when you want straight cup of "Joe"
    • Coffee Maker has a 2-hour timed shut-off safety feature
    • Coffee Maker has a pause and serve type switch that allows you to grab a cup of coffee while still brewing.
    • Finally - the Price. At the price just over $100, it means that you qualify for a special $20 off deal for items over $100; at this writing: $104 - $20 = $84. THe $20 deal requires you to use Bill-Me Later. If you don't want to use that, the $104 is a great price anyway. This is a pump driven machine and at this price point, you usually only get an inferior steam driven machine.

    At Amazon - Krups Caffe Centro 10-Cup Coffee/Pump Driven Espresso Maker

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    August 5, 2008

    Factory Reset on Nespresso Essenza C100

    I ran into this the other day, and needed to reset my Essenza C100. After digging out the manual from a pile of papers, I figured I would save someone else some time.

    Factory Reset Nespresso Essenza C100

    1. Switch the unit off.

    2. Press and hold the Big Cup Button.

    3. Switch the unit on - that's it.

    Programming the fill level is easy too. I was playing around with the buttons and such and messed mine up, so here's another easy set of things to do to get everything aligned again.

    Program Fill Level Nespresso Essenza C100

    1. Lift Lever and insert capsule.

    2. Press and hold the button (which ever one you want to program) for at least 3 seconds

    3. Release the button at the desired fill level - Done!

    If you need the manual, you can download the very graphic, very basic manual at Nespresso (PDF Link).

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    August 4, 2008

    Jura Capresso Ena 5 Automatic Coffee Center - Thinnest Coffee Center

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    Jura Capresso broke the molds and started over with this one, the Jura Capresso ENA 5 has a lot of innovation packed into its slim shell. At less than ten inches wide, the unit is the slimmest Auto Coffee Canter on the market, offering a full bean to brew capability while only taking up inches of counter space.

    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.

    The unit also has a multi colored text display that allows you to quickly figure out what mode you are in: Red for a warning message, Yellow for programming and Green - ready for coffee.

    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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  • July 10, 2008

    Cuisinart EM200 Espresso Machine Review


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    I have had the Cuisinart EM-200 for a while now, and have pumped hundreds of shots through it while playing with it and testing it. The Cuisinart EM-200 is a semi-automatic espresso machine that has a lot going for it. The unit has a great look backed up by the guts too; 15-bar pump 1050 watt boiler, and a pretty big reservoir.

    The nice thing about the Cuisinart EM-200 is the semi-automatic capability that allows you to hit a button, and watch the unit brew right before your eyes, while you do something else; seconds later it will shut off leaving you with a good shot in your favorite cup time and time again. The EM-200 comes with three portafilter inserts, a single, a double and a pod holder. This makes for a good differentiation between what you are making and offers some good control over strength. the downside is storing the little buggers; I drop them in the drawer below the Espresso maker and fish around in there for them when I need to change.

    See my Unboxing of the Cuisinart EM200 and my First Impressions Review of the EM200 for more information.

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    July 8, 2008

    Entry Level Espresso - DeLonghi EC 155

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    If you are considering getting into making espresso at home, maybe saving a little money over buying at the coffee shop all of the time, you can get into a very inexpensive machine that will give you a good taste of pump driven espresso making at home. One key to getting good espresso is to extract at high pressure like the commercial machines that are used in coffee shops. The DeLonghi EC155 (See my Full Review of the Delonghi EC 155) is a decent entry level pump driven espresso machine that will get you brewing higher quality espresso at home without breaking the bank.

    You get a 15-bar pump, a one liter reservoir that should last through several cups of espresso, and a heater that cranks out steam until late into the night. These basic features combined with its great price makes it a perennial favorite at Amazon.

    At Amazon - DeLonghi EC 155

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    June 23, 2008

    Hacked? - Jura Capresso F9/90

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    According to Security focused SC Magazine, an Australian man appears to have managed to hack into internet connected Jura Capresso F9/90 machines. With an optional connectivity package, the machines can be connected so that they can be remotely serviced.

    Apparently though you can tell the machine to overpour the cup, thereby presenting a scalding hazard. Too bad you can't make the machine yell out a few commands, "Hey, use some decent Whole Beans Next Time will You?", "Back Again - get a life!". It's not the 9.5 Billion from Swordfish, but it might still be a fun laugh to make this work.

    Anyway, in a statement, Jura said: "The Internet Connectivity kit which can optionally be acquired... will at no time connect the coffee machine to the world wide web. Its settings can therefore only be changed by the machine's rightful owner. JURA systems do not allow hacker attacks."

    At Amazon the Jura Capresso F9


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