Espresso Education

  • Grinders :: Revisited

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    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?

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    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

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    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.

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    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

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    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?

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    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?

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    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

  • A Note on Coffee Extraction

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    April 1, 2010 3:32 pm

    Have you ever had a cup of coffee that tasted weak and sour? How about overly strong and sharp? Those unappealing flavors are a result of either under-extracting or over-extracting coffee grounds during the brewing process. When you brew coffee,... View Article