• Gaggia Lever

    The History of the Espresso Machine

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    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

  • A Weekend Ritual

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    June 21, 2012 3:01 pm

    We recently paired up with Megamouth Film & Design to create a new Clive Video Short. Inspired by a Chet Baker song (which provides the soundtrack), this is an homage to slowing down and developing a worthwhile routine, a ritual... View Article

  • Iced Coffee

    Japanese Iced Coffee v. Cold Brew

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    May 22, 2012 1:57 pm

    When talking about iced coffee, one will generally encounter two schools of opinion when it comes to the best brewing method: hot or cold. Neither method is necessarily “correct,” and preference depends entirely on what you are trying to get... View Article

  • E61-head

    E61 vs. Saturated Brew Groups

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    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

  • Able Disk FINE

    Able Disk FINE :: First Look

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    May 14, 2012 6:10 pm

    I had a chance to test out the Able Disk Fine recently, and I found it to mark a significant departure from previous iterations in both design and cup quality. I am particularly impressed by the fact that the filter... View Article

  • RocketR58

    Rocket R58 Espresso Machine :: First Look

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    May 7, 2012 5:54 pm

    Izzo created a lot of buzz last year when they released the Duetto II, and for good reason. It was the first machine of its kind to offer a commercial E-61 group head, double boiler, and fully integrated PID control... View Article

  • Sowden Softbrew

    Sowden Softbrew

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    May 4, 2012 7:05 pm

    There is something to be said about simplicity and tradition, and the new Sowden brewer returns to the basics of coffee preparation with its beautifully simplistic design. I spoke with the folks at Sowden at the SCAA conference this past week, and... View Article

  • Bonavita Variable Electric Kettle

    Bonavita Variable Electric Kettle :: A First Look

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    April 28, 2012 1:20 pm

    We were thoroughly excited when we received Bonavita’s Electric Gooseneck Kettle last year. Finally, there was a stainless steel electric kettle that was suitable for manual pour-over. When we heard that Bonavita was coming out with a kettle with a... View Article

  • 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

  • Home Coffee Grinders :: Clive in Fresh Cup Magazine

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    February 16, 2012 8:17 pm

    Our own barista Chris Ryan tackles the topic of home grinders in Fresh Cup Magazine, a respected coffee industry publication. Scroll to page 50. From the hand grinders like the Camano to the staff favorite Baratza Vario, Chris talks through... View Article