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First and foremost, we would like to say thank you to all of the coffee aficionados we have had the pleasure of meeting over the years. To celebrate these relationships, we would like to try something new.
Over the coming weeks, we will be answering common questions via short, informative videos on our website and Facebook. If you have a specific question you would like to see answered or would just like to say hello, let us know via Twitter at #askclive. We hope to hear from you soon!
And now for the first in the series: The Baratza Encore vs. Virtuoso
The Izzo Duetto 3.0 has been a very popular espresso machine. A few customers have asked if we could make wood panels for the Duetto, similar to our La Spaziale Vivaldi and La Marzocco GS/3 wood panels.
Our wood craftsman decided to give it a try, and the result is quite beautiful. By aligning the wood grain vertically instead of horizontally as in the Vivaldi and GS/3 panels, the Duetto retains its modern, angular aesthetic.
Clive is now extending customer support and classes to your home! We are providing at-home support via Skype or FaceTime to help set up your espresso machine, out of the box. Having issues figuring out how to plumb-in your GS/3 or Vivaldi? Not a problem. Our barista educator Chris Ryan will show you step-by-step how to set up your new machine and answer all of your questions. In Technicolor!
Want to learn how to pull shots and steam milk from the convenience of your home on your very own machine? We can help there too. Clive Cast will be offering an hour long version of our Basic Barista class through Skype or FaceTime. The team at Clive is excited to extend the benefits of our barista class beyond Portland to help out customers all over the nation.
The option to experience Clive Cast is available to all customers, local or national. Just make sure that you have the most updated version of Skype or FaceTime and the convenience of at home support is just a few clicks away.
For more information visit our Clive Classes section here!
Details and schedules will be posted soon.
We’ve put together some fantastic deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! To get the deals, note the coupon code in each box below and type it into the “coupon” field at checkout. The amounts listed will be deducted from your order. For our Double Gift Certificates promotion, click the box below for details on how to redeem. As always, these promotions are valid on purchases made 11/23-11/26 and cannot be applied to prior purchases. Considering an espresso machine? Give us a call and we’ll spend the time to put together the perfect setup for your needs and budget. Our prices are competitive and the knowledge is free! Give Chris a call at 800.520.2890 or email@example.com.
The KONE Coffee Filter has arrived at the Clive office! The finer hole pattern on this reusable filter makes it easier to control extraction and limit fines, allowing for a full and nuanced cup. Paired with the Bonavita Variable Temperature Kettle, the possibility for intricate expressions of your coffee are easily within reach.
I was excited when I heard that Quick Mill was coming out with a new take on the E61 double boiler design. The QM67 looked to be strong contender in the prosumer espresso lineup, especially since it was being placed as a bridge between the Andreja and Alex Duetto II. It features a professional E61 group with a clean, minimalist design. It will be a welcome choice for those that don’t have the counter real estate for the Duetto, and it’s $500 cheaper.
However, the reduced footprint and configuration exposes several issues with temperature stability and power management. Despite these drawbacks, is the QM67 a better value than the similarly priced Andreja or the more expensive Duetto? Well, that depends on what you are wanting to get from your machine.