May 18, 2008

Primula Stovetop Espresso

PrimulaMokaPot.jpg

This Primula Stovetop Espresso Maker caught my eye, not only for its design but for its price - less than $25. Most stovetop makers that are more than the classic octagon shape cost twice this amount. While the expensive ones may have some high end design house behind them, I like the upscale but not too-nice-to-use look of this one.

At Amazon - Primula Stovetop Espresso Maker

Scott Martin at Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

May 16, 2008

FrancisFrancis X7 - Capsule Espresso


FrancisFrancis.gif

After the pods came the capsules, and we are riding that wave now. Not only does Nespresso have a capsule system and set of machines out, but Lavazza, too. Now coming to the market is the newest entry, from Illy, the FrancisFrancis! X7, deemed the iperespresso (Hyper) enabled brewing system that infuses the coffee grounds with water under pressure and then starts the extraction process. According to a recent TIME article, the thing cranks out crema like a well poured Guinness. That's what I see in my Nespresso's too; incredible ease of use, and incredible quality.

More information about the machine at Illy

Scott Martin at Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

May 14, 2008

Capresso Mini-S 4-Cup Safety Espresso/Cappuccino Machine Arrives for Review

41FD6PWMYBL._SL500_AA280_.jpg

Capresso has sent us one of their MIni-S espresso machines to review. This four-cup safety espresso/cappuccino machine makes whipping up your favorite shot of espresso very easy if Capresso has anything to say about it.

We thought at first having safety in the name was a bit odd, but we're pretty sure Capresso is eluding to the safety switch for choosing between full pressure brewing and steam production, and not some other thing of espresso producing danger we should be safe from when using this machine.

Features:

  • Boiler cap with built-in safety valve.
  • Patented three-way safety switch for choosing between full pressure for brewing espresso and maximum steam output
  • Red indicator light and dishwasher-safe glass carafe
  • Stops brewing or steaming in the "0" position
  • Dual frother lets you steam or froth milk either in a pitcher or right in your cup
  • Instructional video shows how to produce espressos and cappuccinos in three easy steps

We'll have a full review soon.

At Capresso 302.01 Mini-S 4-Cup Safety Espresso/Cappuccino Machine

Jay Brewer at Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

May 6, 2008

Mother's Day Espresso Machine Choice

DeLonghiBAR32Logo.jpg

The DeLonghi Bar32 is a pretty simple, pump driven espresso machine that might just be a great choice for those first timers who are getting into espresso at home. Unlike the steam driven espresso machines, the pump-driven units create enough pressure to extract the flavor and create the crema that you are used to on your coffeehouse shots. I have been using one of these for a while in my usual rotation and have enjoyed it quite a bit. It works well with both ground espresso and ESE Espresso pods that allow for a quick shot of espresso without all the messy work.

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. If Mom is really serious about Espresso and wants things a little more upscale and automated, consider the Super-automatic category.

The DeLonghi BAR32 Espresso Machine comes with:

  • DeLonghi BAR 32 machine
  • Portafilter handle
  • Single/ESE Pod insert
  • Double Shot Insert
  • Coffee Scoop
  • Direction booklet

    DeLonghi BAR32 at Amazon

    They still have this in stock and have shopping options to get it to you by Mother's Day.

    Scott Martin at Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking
  • May 2, 2008

    Coffee/Espresso While Camping


    With the warmer weather coming, there's ample opportunity to check out the woods and NOT leave behind the caffeinated comforts of home. The range of coffee makers is pretty huge, from cowboy rough to futuristic machinery, and everything in between.

    You pretty much have four styles to choose from for coffee/espresso on the trail:


    1. perkpot.jpgPercolators - Your great grandfather used these and so did John Wayne - they work and they can turn out some hot-brown that does the trick, just might not taste that great. I used one camping and believe it or not, the body developed in the coffee through perking outweighed the negatives and all things considered, it wasn't bad. These are cheap, bulky and can make a lot at a time.

    2. SingleServeFrenchPress.jpgFrench Press - There are a ton of these on the market specially designed for away from home use. Shatter resistant plastic, a plunger and a splash proof lid all add up to a good package. Don't forget to plan for hot water though.

    3. MiniMokaExpress.jpgTiny Espresso Moka Units - these are cute and make some decent stuff; just not the high pressure that you are used to on your 15-bar pump driven machine at home or the machine at the local cafe. On the plus side, they are small and pack well, on the minus side, they are small and may need a few of these to kick start the morning.

    4. handpressosmall.jpgHandpresso Wild - New and different, this space age bike pump can crank out the high pressure that you need to get some decent extraction. It uses ESE pods which are easy to pack in and out, but again on the downside the unit only makes a shot at a time. It still won't pack the pressure of a commercial machine, but you won't be packing that and a 220 volt power supply into the wilderness to get quality that good. Read more about the Handpresso here are SingleServeEspresso.com



    Good luck and if you need a GPS, check out GPSLodge for some tips.......

    Scott Martin at Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

    April 24, 2008

    Bialetti Mokona Espresso Machine

    mokona_espressomachine.jpg

    The Bialetti Mokona espresso and cappuccino maker caught my eye if for nothing else its total kitsch feel of the classic manual re-created in the new electric, 15-bar variety. The unit does put up some decent stats though; 15-bar, used pods, grounds or the Bialetti proprietary capsules. It has a 1.5 liter water tank, and two thermostats for brewing and streaming milk.

    The unit comes in silver, blue, pink and black. The unit is not all chrome, but also some silvered ABS plastic. The Bialetti Mokona espresso maker has a list price of around $349.

    More at Bialetti

    Scott Martin at Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

    April 23, 2008

    Frog Espresso Pod Brewer

    FrogCoffeeMachine.jpg

    Saw this and had to pass it along. Not sure if I like it, but it is unique in it's looks, and may just look as much like a frog as it does Jar-Jar Binks from the Star Wars Trilogy.

    jar_jar.jpg

    Anyway, like most pod-only brewers, it's got a pretty easy operation style that allows you to heat, slip in a pod, pull on the lever to lock the brewing chamber and hit the brew button; 30 second slater the shot is ready to go. Comes in Yellow, Blue, Gray, and Red; sorry no Gungan Warrior version.

    At 1-800-espresso.com

    Scott Martin at Permalink | Comments (1) | social bookmarking

    April 17, 2008

    Super Auto vs. Bialetti


    BusinessWeek of all magazines has taken a look at some extremes, comparing the high end versus the lower end to try to figure out if it's worth the big up-charge to enjoy the life of luxury. Thought I would pass it on, they thought that the Krups XP 7230 Super Auto was a better brewer and all around value than the Bialetti. So, go ahead and spend the extra $950 on the super auto..... what the heck.

    I do admit to really liking my Bialetti for some brews, but agree a high pressure brewer is a better cup of expresso. I typically brew a Cuban style cafe au lait drink when I make coffee in a Bialetti. I don't see that as a drink that's even close to the espresso that I drink on a regular basis out of my other machines like the The Cuisinart EM-200 Espresso Machine, or my reviewed the Nespresso Essenza C100. For me, like BusinessWeek, there is no comparison, but I don't think you'll need to spend a grand to get great coffee.

    BusinessWeek goes on to compare some other unuasual products; check it out.

    Scott Martin at Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

    April 16, 2008

    Krups XP7230 Super Auto Espresso Machine

    KrupsXP7230.jpg
    Krups has a couple of Super Automatic Espresso machines out on the market, and this is one that caught my eye for a couple of reasons. The first is that its got some decent credentials, but the second is its more compact size; 30 - 50% smaller than other models. Many of the Super Automatics are about 17 inches deep makes for a pretty prominent appliance on your counter - sticking out from under a typical cabinet by six inches. The Krups XP7230 is only 12.5-inches deep, making it pretty much fit under the profile of a typical cabinet, just like most coffee makers.

    It's also a pretty sharp looking machine, with a stainless look that is going to fit into a lot of kitchens these days. The unit takes in whole beans, grinds, tamps and extracts to make anything from an espresso all the way to "pressure brewed coffee" - a good choice for a regular size cup. The XP7230 of course has a steaming arm to create milk based lattes and cappuccinos. The unit does give up some features for the compact size like a by-pass doser which allows you to add ground coffee directly to other machines. convenient for a de-caf shot late night. The grinder has three grind settings, down from a usual 6 or 7 on other machines. Finally the water tank is only 40-ounces. Great for shots alone, but will be a more frequent trip to the sink when you start pounding out bigger drinks and steaming milk.

    I like the design of a couple of aspects though. The machine packs the grounds bin in the side, a couple of floats on the drip tray to warm you when you need to empty it, and an easy to understand dial and selection system for the interface. The XP7230 also comes with a water cartridge filter.

    More at Krups

    Available at Amazon

    Krups7320EspressoMachine.jpg

    Scott Martin at Permalink | Comments (1) | social bookmarking

    April 4, 2008

    Cuisinart EM200 Espresso Machine


    CuisinartEM200.jpg

    The Cuisinart EM-200 is a pump-driven stainless clad espresso machine with some nice characteristics and features. The 15-bar pump delivers enough pressure to get some pretty good crèma on those espresso shots, and it comes with three portafilter adapters: Single, double and a special ESE Pod adapter. The versatility is worth it, and on the EM-200 I have been flipping back and forth between ground and pods.

    The Cuisinart EM-200 has a 64-ounce reservoir so you can get a pretty long time in between fill ups. The buttons on the front of the machine are the controls for the unit, and are preprogrammed for a single and a double shot of espresso. The dial on the side is the steam control; press the steaming button, then control the amount by adjusting the knob.

    To brew, preheat the machine, load your coffee and tamp, or coffee pod, and attach the portafilter to the housing. You can either push the manual button to start, and then push it again to stop the brewing, or push the "single" button to brew up a single shot. The three portafilter inserts allows a lot of range should you want some serious strength (Double size filter pulling a single shot or less with a manual button push)


    The Cuisinart comes with a tamp/scoop and a removable drip tray that is easy to clean and easy to slide in and out.

    At Amazon The Cuisinart EM-200 Espresso Machine

    Scott Martin at Permalink | Comments (0) | social bookmarking

    Join the Mailing List Mailing List
    Enter your Email


    Powered by FeedBlitz

    Visit Single Serve Coffee

    Subscribe - RSS

    facebook_badge.jpg twitter_badge.jpg

    Recent Comments
    Scott Martin: Erik, Answering a few questions: So the whirring is definitely read more
    Erik G.: Nice review! Just a couple of questions though. How hot read more
    Scott Martin: SH, Excellent question - added a section to the review read more
    SH: What about machine sound/vibration during the brew process? If it read more
    Ironpeddler: Looks like the espresso capsules are different than the current read more
    Site Navigation

    Visit our other properties at Blogpire.com!

    Archives

    FoodPire
    This weblog is licensed under a Creative Commons License.

    Powered by
    Movable Type 6.0.3
    All items Copyright © 1999-2014 Blogpire Productions. Please read our Disclaimer and Privacy Policy