Espresso Education

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    Macap and Mazzer Grinder Comparison

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    How to Quick-Clean Your Machine, Daily.

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    March 17, 2015 4:55 pm

    Quick cleaning your espresso machine daily is just as important as a weekly chemical cleaning.  While it is important to do a chemical backflush weekly, it is just as important to clean promptly when you are done making drinks. These... View Article

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    Rancilio Silvia vs Breville Infuser

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    March 3, 2015 7:50 pm

    Long ago, we wrote that the Rancilio Silvia V3 was the best espresso machine for under $1000. Don’t get us wrong, we still back this machine and are proud to sell it. But Breville pulled a trump card when they... View Article

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    Introducing :: Clive Brewing Methods Class

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    October 7, 2013 7:31 pm

      For the past 2 years here at Clive I’ve been helping to develop and teach a well regarded little 2 hour class on barista basics.  We call it our Barista 101.  This class has proven to be a wonderful... View Article

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    Clive & Sprudge Presents :: Espresso Machine Buyer’s Guide

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    December 13, 2012 9:38 pm

      Our friends at Sprudge visited to talk shop and came up with a neat lil’ buyer’s guide for the home espresso fan. Take a look for some insider tips and more than a few car analogies!

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    Clive Coffee Barista Classes

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    October 31, 2012 1:36 pm

    Attention all aspiring and inquisitive home baristas!  Clive Coffee is very happy to announce an expanded barista class schedule!  From now until the end of the year, Clive will be offering the Home Barista 101 class nearly every Saturday morning... View Article

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    Quick Mill QM67 vs. Andreja

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    October 30, 2012 6:48 pm

    A frequent question I am asked is what to look for when choosing between a heat exchange machine and a double boiler. Cost and size have always been the primary limiting factors, until recently that is… In late August Quick... View Article