Espresso Education

  • Quick Mill Andreja vs QM67

    Quick Mill QM67 vs. Andreja

    Written by Chris Ryan

    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

  • Gaggia Lever

    The History of the Espresso Machine

    Written by Kevin Haugen

    June 22, 2012 11:00 am

    In recent years, the idea of espresso and the “god shot” have reached almost mythological proportions. Like the great Titan Atlas, the perfect shot balances upon so many ephemeral pillars, and baristas the world over are racing to discover the perfect technique.... View Article

  • E61-head

    E61 vs. Saturated Brew Groups

    Written by Kevin Haugen

    May 15, 2012 7:35 pm

    As we wait for the Rocket R58 to join the Izzo Duetto in our office later this month, I thought perhaps now would be an opportune time to examine just what these double boiler E61 machines are bringing to the... View Article

  • Grinders :: Revisited

    Written by Kevin Haugen

    April 9, 2012 1:15 pm

    One of the most common questions that we encounter here at Clive is whether or not investing in a quality grinder will improve your overall coffee experience. A grinder’s benefit is sometimes forgotten in the excitement of a new espresso... View Article

  • How do I make great espresso?

    Written by M. Nunziata

    May 20, 2011 8:38 pm

    We’re glad you asked. You can improve the quality of your espresso by practicing your technique with the following guidelines in mind. The most important elements in espresso preparation are the grind, dose, leveling, distribution and tamping. Perfecting how you do these... View Article

  • First Look :: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II

    Written by Mark

    April 22, 2011 8:43 pm

    I have to be honest with you. I was skeptical at first. When I heard that we would be carrying the La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi II, I wasn’t entirely sure why.  Compared with the machines with the E-61 group head,... View Article

  • Video Guide :: The Rancilio Silvia in 90 seconds.

    Written by Mark

    April 18, 2011 5:24 pm

    Check out our 90 second video on the Rancilio Silvia; it gives a quick overview of how you can use the machine to make great espresso drinks. Stay tuned for a “how to” on the Silvia which will demonstrate our... View Article

  • Steaming Milk :: Useful tips

    Written by M. Nunziata

    April 15, 2011 7:58 pm

    Pouring nice looking latte art is a goal for many home baristas and an essential skill for professionals in the café. Creating a pretty espresso drink will impress your guests and enhance the overall experience of enjoying your coffee. However,... View Article

  • Rancilio Silvia :: Do I need to temperature surf?

    Written by M. Nunziata

    March 25, 2011 7:34 pm

    Our method of addressing Temperature fluctuation (or “temperature surfing”.) If you’ve done any research about the Rancilio Silvia on online discussion forums, chances are you’ve come across talk of something called  “temperature surfing.” Temperature surfing refers to a very involved... View Article

  • How Do You Know the Right Grind for your Coffee?

    Written by Amanda

    August 19, 2010 6:13 pm

    Espresso Espresso grinds should be fine, but not powdery. When you pinch the grounds between your fingers they should clump together, but disperse when you drop them on the counter. Paper Cone For both Technivorm and manual pour over, your... View Article