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    Get to know: Quick Mill Evo

    Written by Ben Piff

    October 13, 2016 10:02 pm

    Many people in the United States have never heard of Quick Mill, because their espresso equipment has only been imported here since the late 90s. But this company has been pursuing handcrafted Italian excellence since 1945, and they were pioneers... View Article

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    Open Box Promotion

    Written by Ben Piff

    October 12, 2016 2:30 pm

    Occasionally our customers return machines that weren’t quite what they were looking for. We see this as a rare but natural byproduct of having an honest 30 day satisfaction guarantee. Our technicians thoroughly inspect and bench test all returned machines... View Article

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    The importance of a scale

    Written by Karen Hellweg

    September 30, 2016 4:33 pm

    I used to eyeball things when it came to dosing my coffee. Grind enough to fill the portafilter, and scrape off any remaining coffee much like measuring a cup of flour. And while there is a time-tested technique of grinding... View Article

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    Introducing the ECM Casa V & Clive Classika

    Written by Ben Piff

    September 23, 2016 7:27 pm

    If you haven’t heard about ECM espresso machines yet, we wouldn’t blame you. But we have a feeling that once you’ve seen what these German-engineered espresso machines offer, you’ll be eager to start  pulling shots on one. The ECM name... View Article

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    Three beautiful ways to make pour over

    Written by Victoria Gormley

    September 14, 2016 1:34 pm

    There’s just something about the kettle whistling on the stove, freshly ground coffee beans, and the methodical process of hand brewed coffee that stirs our senses and makes us fall in love again with our morning routine. The art of... View Article

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    Perfect Your Tamp Skills

    Written by Karen Hellweg

    August 28, 2016 7:48 pm

    Whether you are a seasoned barista, a beginner setting up your very first espresso machine, or somewhere in between, you have likely had “channeling” when pulling a shot of espresso. This is most obvious when using a bottomless (or naked)... View Article

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    Introducing The ECM Synchronika

    Written by Ben Piff

    August 19, 2016 2:47 pm

    From the sister company of Profitec, ECM introduces their highly anticipated flagship dual boiler espresso machine; the Synchronika.  When we first saw this machine in Dublin at the European coffee convention, we knew that the rumors on the coffee forums... View Article

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    Pour Art like a Pro

    Written by Victoria Gormley

    August 13, 2016 7:31 pm

    My name is Victoria and most days you can find me in the showroom restocking merchandise or watering plants, but if you’ve ever stopped by on a Saturday morning and heard the commotion or cheering sounds of successful latte making... View Article

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    Why We’re Not Always Open

    Written by Mark

    August 11, 2016 1:20 pm

    I will always remember Giovani. He’s run a small pipe tobacco shop, Tabaccheria Castellana, in the shadows of the Duomo in Florence since the early 80’s. As you enter, the door behind you locks, preventing other customers from joining while... View Article

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    Changing Espresso Machine Group Gaskets

    Written by Victoria Gormley

    August 5, 2016 12:06 am

    Have you noticed water starting to drip from around your portafilter when your shot is pulling? Maybe you can’t seem to get that portafilter locked in tight enough? It might be time to change your gasket, and here’s how. Before... View Article