We’ve upped the ante with some nice gift certificates on select espresso machines! These gift certificates are on top of the included gifts like Barista Starter Kits, extended warranties, and free shipping. Take advantage of this short term offer and get your order in by December 31st 2012.
New Products, Guides and Industry News
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!
Our holiday page is live! Our beautiful gift sets include everything they’ll need for great coffee and espresso at home and automatically include a discount.
Have an unusual request? Try Clive Concierge. We can:
- Manage multiple “ship to” addresses with just one credit card charge and order summary
- Manage the ship date so it arrives exactly on time
- Put together a custom gift box
- Manage large orders quantities including a discount and freight or expedited shipping
We are pleased to announce our new book, Craft of Espresso: A Guide for Home. We love to help aspiring home baristas choose the right espresso machine setup, then learn how to use it to make beautiful & delicious espresso drinks. This book is an introduction to the fundamental principles of making espresso and steaming milk, but it’s also much more than that thanks to the collaboration of multiple talented people.
From the introduction:
Coffee, black. Espresso, neat. A cube of sugar and a dash of cream. These are small drops in the bucket of human experience. But does anything straighten your back as well as a morning ritual? Is anything better than coming to your senses with your hands wrapped around a warm cup?
In an age of virtual everything, what could be more exotic than getting your fingers smudged with fresh-ground coffee, then bearing down, making a mess, and feeling old school for ten minutes a day? Coffee is either nothing—a brackish fuel, a necessary accomplice—or it is something: an education in taste, a way to be playful, a daily sacrament. Read from the comfort of an easy chair or while afoot in the kitchen, this book is a primer for those who want to tap into the somethingness of coffee through its most exalted method: the art of making espresso.
The illustrations are by Ben Blake of DrawCoffee.com. Ben has developed a distinctive style of sketching coffee & espresso themes and we are thrilled to have him illustrate the project. A sample:
The book is shipping this week. Order yours today!
We’ve put together some fantastic deals for Black Friday and Cyber Monday! To get the deals, note the coupon code in each box below and type it into the “coupon” field at checkout. The amounts listed will be deducted from your order. For our Double Gift Certificates promotion, click the box below for details on how to redeem. As always, these promotions are valid on purchases made 11/23-11/26 and cannot be applied to prior purchases. Considering an espresso machine? Give us a call and we’ll spend the time to put together the perfect setup for your needs and budget. Our prices are competitive and the knowledge is free! Give Chris a call at 800.520.2890 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Italian espresso machine maker Izzo, and American machine importer Chris’ Coffee have been partners for years in designing and producing finely tuned espresso makers for the American market. They have just made public what the new version of the famous Izzo Alex Duetto II will look like. Let’s take a look at some of the particulars.
The Izzo Duetto II has been a very popular machine with its e61 grouphead and precise PID control. Duetto III has just been announced and will be shipping soon!
We will have a full review soon, but for now here are a list of the updates on the Duetto 3.0:
- Beautiful New Body Styling (stainless steel curved panels replace the 1 piece outer body shell
- Smaller, Recessed Heater lights
- Large redesigned drip tray, holds 32 oz. of water. It has a catch tray on back, easy to slide in, and no longer has the notch in the back
- Ergonomic portafilters with an angle
- Cup warmer tray, with better ventilation
- Cups Rails are now included
- Reinforced front to reduce flexing
- Discharge goes straight down instead of forward, silicone tube no longer visible
- Easy access Expansion Valve
Stay tuned for more.
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 here in our Portland showroom. It’s a great way to polish skills you may already have, or, if you are new to espresso at home, I can’t think of a better way to quickly get started. Yours truly (Chris Ryan), or our new barista teacher, coffee star Jen Macias (Cartel Coffee Lab in Tempe, AZ and Barista here in Portland) will run you through the basics of espresso extraction, milk steaming, and machine maintenance. Each class participant will pull a ton of shots and steam pitcher after pitcher of milk with a teacher right there next to you showing you the way step-by-step. Class size is limited to 4 folks maximum to ensure that we have enough time with everyone. Classes start at 9am, and generally run to 11-11:30am. You know all those questions you have while watching a barista at work, but don’t feel you can ask? This is your chance! Come on in, learn a little something, have a ball, and drink a copious amount of coffee. Cheers!
Check out class dates and sign up here: http://www.clivecoffee.com/product/barista_class.html
Questions? Please feel free to contact Chris Ryan at email@example.com
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 Mill and Chris’ Coffee rolled out the brand new Quick Mill QM67 double boiler. It is a small and versatile Italian built machine that is PID controlled for precise espresso extraction, and a separate steam boiler for dedicated frothing ability. In addition, its price point is just low enough to compete with the heat exchanger family of machines.