Espresso Education

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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!

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    Clive Coffee Barista Classes

    Written by Chris Ryan

    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

    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

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    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

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    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