Espresso Education

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    Grind Consistency and Particle Size

    Written by Jordan Philips

    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

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    How to Quick-Clean Your Machine, Daily.

    Written by Victoria Gormley

    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

    Written by Hayley McNabb

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

    Written by Mark

    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!