Espresso Education

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    Thanksgiving Day Coffee Guide

    Written by Victoria Gormley

    November 25, 2015 6:59 pm

    There is a lot of work that goes into preparing for Thanksgiving dinner, and if your family is anything like mine, everyone has a job. But this long day of meal preparation cannot be done without coffee, otherwise who knows... View Article

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    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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    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

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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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    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

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    Choosing an Espresso Machine :: The Basics

    Written by Hayley McNabb

    April 7, 2015 3:59 pm

    It can be a little overwhelming deciding where to start when choosing a home espresso machine. There are so many brands and models available out there that it boggles the mind. There is certainly something for everyone; it’s just a... View Article

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    How to Dose Correctly

    Written by Hayley McNabb

    March 19, 2015 7:22 pm

    Underdosing the portafilter is an espresso crime punishable by weak, underextracted coffee. It is too often overlooked as a cause of poor extraction, with many people believing it is solely the grind that needs adjusting when their shots are not... View Article