• 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 :: Is a brass boiler better than aluminum?

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    April 12, 2011 5:41 pm

    Is a brass boiler better than an aluminum one? The Silvia features a heavy-duty brass boiler. We’ve done our research and discovered that machines with aluminum boilers are more prone to failure. Aluminum expands and contracts with sharp fluctuations in... View Article

  • Rancilio Silvia :: Is it worth the money?

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    April 7, 2011 5:09 pm

      Why don’t you have anything more affordable than the Silvia? Why spend $650 when I could spend $300 elsewhere? Clive Coffee specializes in the highest quality espresso machines and coffeemakers available. We recognize that there are hundreds of machines... View Article

  • Rancilio Silvia :: Do I need a PID?

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    March 29, 2011 7:24 pm

    What about a PID Controller? We are often asked if it’s necessary to have a PID on the Silvia. PID (Proportional Integral Derivative) Control is a popular upgrade to Silvia machines. Basically, a PID controller closely monitors and electronically regulates... 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

  • Fresh From the Roastery :: Lovejoy Espresso Blend

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    March 23, 2011 7:41 pm

    We’re excited to present our new Lovejoy Espresso Blend. We set out to create a blend with complexity, rich crema and sweetness to spare. Lovejoy Espresso has sweet raspberry and dark chocolate flavors, hints of butterscotch and a bit of... View Article

  • Clive Stand and Dripper :: Brew Guide

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    March 21, 2011 4:34 pm

    After months of developing concepts, designing, scrapping and redesigning our idea of what the perfect pour-over stand could offer, we were thrilled a few weeks ago to finally launch the exclusive Clive Stand and Dripper set to the world.  Since... View Article