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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

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    The importance of a scale

    Written by Karen Hellweg

    September 30, 2016 4:33 pm

    I used to eyeball things when it came to dosing my coffee. Grind enough to fill the portafilter, and scrape off any remaining coffee much like measuring a cup of flour. And while there is a time-tested technique of grinding... 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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    Gifts For The Budding Connoisseur

    Written by Victoria Gormley

    June 6, 2016 3:46 pm

    Have any parties coming up in the next few months? Need to be thinking about some gift ideas for graduations, birthdays, weddings, anniversaries, house warming parties or Bat Mitzvahs? We’ve had more than a few people come in looking to... View Article

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    Espresso Machine Buyer’s Guide

    Written by Ben Piff

    May 20, 2016 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: How do e61 machines like the LUCCA M58 and Profitec Pro... View Article

  • Some of Our Favorite Barista Tools

    Written by Karen Hellweg

    May 5, 2016 12:40 am

    A little bit about the Barista experience… Stepping up to a brand new machine can be both exhilarating and also slightly intimidating. When it comes to operating your shiny new equipment, if you haven’t come from a barista background (or... View Article

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    Introducing Behmor (Be – more) Connected

    Written by Karen Hellweg

    April 27, 2016 3:26 pm

    When I first tested the Behmor Connected coffee brewer, I wasn’t sure how it would stack up against some of our well-proven and loved brewers. Its styling and shape are distinctive, with a 1.2 liter stainless steel water reservoir placed... View Article