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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

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    Understanding Espresso Grinders

    Written by Ben Piff

    July 18, 2016 10:41 pm

    It’s time to continue our journey into the tantalizing rabbit hole that is…the espresso grinder! In my previous posts (first Choosing an Espresso Grinder, and second Grind Consistency and Particle Size), we described the parameters for making espresso, and the... View Article


    How To Duo – A Fellow Brewing Guide

    Written by Karen Hellweg

    June 23, 2016 6:50 pm

    This fine piece of brewing equipment from Fellow recently joined our lineup and has been a huge hit with the Clive staff ever since. The Duo can be easily overlooked because it is not your traditional french press or pour... View Article

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    Smooth and Satisfying with Profitec

    Written by Ben Piff

    June 16, 2016 10:40 pm

    Do you remember where you were when you first heard the name “Profitec”? Oh, and first let me clarify the pronunciation. Say it with me now, “pro-fee-tech” (profi translates to professional). Excellent, now let’s get back to it. Many of... View Article