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    Brew methods for when you have company

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    April 30, 2015 8:00 am

    We frequently have customers come into the showroom who are used to brewing single-cup coffee every morning and need an additional brewing method that can be used when having guests over. While we love our Hario V60’s, making 4 pourovers... View Article

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    Clive Cold Brew Tower

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    April 28, 2015 8:00 am

    As summer is upon us, the craving for refreshing, ice-cold cold brew coffee returns. Clive Coffee has been busy over the winter months perfecting the glass parts for our new cold brew tower. The locally hand-crafted curved wood tower is... View Article

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    Lucca A53 & Vivaldi II :: The Differences

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    April 23, 2015 8:00 am

    Since the launch of our Lucca A53 by La Spaziale we’ve had many customers who are curious about the difference between the A53 and the Vivaldi II. The first thing to note is that the machines are exactly the same... View Article

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    Choosing an Espresso Machine :: The Basics

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    April 7, 2015 3:59 pm

    It can be a little overwhelming deciding where to start when choosing a home espresso machine. There are so many brands and models available out there that it boggles the mind. There is certainly something for everyone; it’s just a... View Article

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    Introducing the La Marzocco Linea Mini

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    March 24, 2015 11:32 am

    Today La Marzocco unveils the latest machine in its home espresso offering: the Linea Mini. It’s quite possible that half the cafes you’ve ever visited use the commercial parent of this machine: the Linea Classic. It launched at the precipice... View Article

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    How to Dose Correctly

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    March 19, 2015 7:22 pm

    Underdosing the portafilter is an espresso crime punishable by weak, underextracted coffee. It is too often overlooked as a cause of poor extraction, with many people believing it is solely the grind that needs adjusting when their shots are not... View Article

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    How to Quick-Clean Your Machine, Daily.

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    March 17, 2015 4:55 pm

    Quick cleaning your espresso machine daily is just as important as a weekly chemical cleaning.  While it is important to do a chemical backflush weekly, it is just as important to clean promptly when you are done making drinks. These... View Article

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    Rancilio Silvia vs Breville Infuser

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    March 3, 2015 7:50 pm

    Long ago, we wrote that the Rancilio Silvia V3 was the best espresso machine for under $1000. Don’t get us wrong, we still back this machine and are proud to sell it. But Breville pulled a trump card when they... View Article

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    Introducing the Slayer 1-Group Espresso Machine

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    February 18, 2015 4:21 pm

    At the end of January, we fired up our brand new Slayer 1-Group for the first time. The sleekly designed machine with its signature cast aluminum X’s looks incredibly handsome on our bench. But we’re not just into looks. It’s what’s... View Article

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    Chemex Brewing: Paper vs Metal Filter

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    February 5, 2015 8:08 pm

    Customers often ask us about the difference between brewing with Chemex Paper Filters and the metal Able Kone Filter. Apart from the obvious fact that metal is reusable and paper isn’t, there are some sensory differences to consider when deciding which is right... View Article