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    Technivorms on sale thru December 6th

    Written by Mark

    December 1, 2016 2:29 pm

    Take 10% off the well-loved coffee maker from Holland! We have endorsed and offered the Technivorm coffee makers since 2008, and the time-tested design continues to be a great option for those looking for a simple and durable design. Through... View Article

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    Clive Holiday Giveaway

    Written by Mark

    November 28, 2016 7:30 pm

    Now extended to midnight 11/30! This particular time of the year, we favor quiet mornings and lots of time spent huddled around the kitchen table with a bounty of friends, family and food (a cup of delicious coffee never hurts too). That’s... View Article

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    Testing the Baratza Sette 270 and 270W

    Written by Ben Piff

    November 25, 2016 11:49 pm

    The Baratza Sette 270 and 270W have been two of the most eagerly anticipated coffee grinders in years. The extremely competitive price (and features like almost zero grounds retention and grind by weight with your portafilter) attracted lots of pre-orders... View Article

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    Profitec Pro 300 versus ECM Classika

    Written by Karen Hellweg

    November 23, 2016 7:20 pm

    We took our first peek at the Profitec Pro 300 at the beginning of this year, and we were immediately hooked. The advantage of  a dual boiler machine at the price of many single boilers has quickly made this one... View Article

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    LUCCA M58 versus ECM Synchronika

    Written by Ben Piff

    November 23, 2016 1:51 am

    Because we’re asked to compare the finest espresso machines everyday, it would be easy to take things for granted. In 2016, the playing field became packed with an unprecedented level of performance, refinement, finesse, and now custom aesthetic touches. The... View Article

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    Slayer 1-Group $500 off

    Written by Mark

    November 20, 2016 7:01 pm

      This is rare: $500 off Slayer Thru 12/31, the Slayer 1-Group espresso machine is $7,999. We have a special batch of these machines reserved just for us. Interested in customizations? Let’s make something great together. Check out the Slayer... View Article

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    The story behind designing the Ratio Eight

    Written by Mark

    November 14, 2016 11:40 pm

    Since Ratio Eight started shipping in January 2015, I’ve received quite a few comments and questions about the design process that went into developing this machine. To be honest, I take that as a compliment. The Ratio team set out... View Article

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    53mm versus 58mm portafilters

    Written by Ben Piff

    November 9, 2016 10:09 pm

    The 58mm commercial portafilter is one of the most traditional and unchanged elements in the world of espresso. In recent years we have seen the quality of portafilter baskets improve thanks to companies like VST, but many users can find... View Article

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    The right way to clean your machine

    Written by Gil Denton

    November 1, 2016 1:28 pm

    There are many factors that work together to pull a terrific shot of espresso. When shooting for that we often focus on things like getting the right bean, having the perfect grind, dosing the right amount, tamping evenly at the... View Article

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    The importance of water and your espresso machine

    Written by Karen Hellweg

    October 29, 2016 10:28 pm

    We love our morning ritual of making espresso, and it is usually the first thing we do to jumpstart our day. Arriving to find your machine unable to deliver a great shot is something we’d rather not ever encounter, and... View Article