• Buyers-Guide

    Espresso Machine Buyer’s Guide

    Written by Ben Piff

    November 18, 2015 8:36 pm

    Every day, the Clive team receives numerous phone and email requests for product information and help with equipment comparisons. Some of the most popular questions we wanted to address as the holidays approach are: How do e61 machines like the... View Article

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    How to pour a heart

    Written by Victoria Gormley

    November 5, 2015 4:09 pm

    One of the many exciting things about making coffee at home is the artistic aspect of the process. So naturally, with all of the extravagant latte art instagram accounts and video tutorials, it is common to shoot for the stars... View Article

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    Quick Mill – The LUCCA M58 Story

    Written by Jordan Philips

    October 14, 2015 9:47 pm

    We made another visit to Quick Mill last month to visit their factory, and make plans for more collaborations in the future. Here’s a look into our visit, and the story of the LUCCA M58 by Quick Mill.  

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    Grind Consistency and Particle Size

    Written by Ben Piff

    August 7, 2015 7:00 am

    Grind consistency and particle size: Why you need a burr grinder for espresso. To set the stage for our continuing discussion on coffee grinders, let’s think for a moment about some of the parameters we strive to control when we... View Article

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    Choosing an Espresso Grinder

    Written by Ben Piff

    July 29, 2015 4:00 am

    For those who love espresso, there has never been a better time to enjoy it. With excellent micro-roasters located throughout the country, and numerous wonderful coffees available from established coffee roasters through subscription or by distance ordering, there are wonderful... View Article

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    Programming your LUCCA A53

    Written by Jordan Philips

    June 9, 2015 6:29 pm

    Learn the easy steps to programming your LUCCA A53 espresso machine for volumetric dosing. First, press and hold the power button for around 3 seconds, until the temperature light starts blinking. Next, pull a shot using either the single shot... View Article

  • Different Paced Mornings

    Different Paced Mornings

    Written by Victoria Gormley

    May 14, 2015 5:12 pm

    Something we find so special about coffee is the role it plays in our morning routine. We wake up, stumble out of bed, and crave that hot cup of joe that gets us through the day. But not all brew... View Article

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    Macap and Mazzer Grinder Comparison

    Written by Hayley McNabb

    May 12, 2015 8:00 am

    Every espresso machine owner should have a good quality grinder to get the most out of their machine. For many people Mazzer immediately comes to mind as this is a well known and widely distributed machine throughout the USA. Due... View Article

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    Bottomless Portafilters: Why & How?

    Written by Hayley McNabb

    May 6, 2015 6:18 pm

      If you are perplexed by the existence of bottomless portafilters, don’t worry, you’re not alone. This is a relatively new addition to the espresso scene, spurred on by the passions of world class baristas who live only to extract... View Article

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    Pressure Profiling on the Vesuvius

    Written by Hayley McNabb

    May 5, 2015 8:00 am

    We’ve had our Vesuvius Espresso Machine for a few weeks now, and have really enjoyed getting to know it. We covered its key attributes in a previous post. Now it’s time to get into the nitty-gritty of Vesuvius’ main game:... View Article