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Which Baratza Sette Grinder is Right for you?

Baratza has always been one of the big pioneers in espresso grinders, throwing out innovation after innovation and making our coffee a little bit better every time. We really appreciate that. Since their inception in 1999, they've come up with a lot of hits, like the Encore or Virtuoso. In 2016, we saw the start of the Sette Series, with the Sette 270W taking the award for Best New Product for Consumer Coffee or Tea Preparation and Serving Equipment (Electrical) from SCAA. If you've been looking for a new grinder to upgrade your burgeoning coffee bar, you may have seen one of Bartaza's Sette grinders. Today, we'll take an in-depth look at the Sette 30 AP, Sette 270, and the new Sette 270Wi. We'll parse what makes them great, what sets them apart, and how they compare.

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BWT Water Filters for Espresso Machines

When it comes to brewing coffee and espresso, there are already a ton of factors like temperature, consistency of grind, fines, roast profile, freshness, and of course the origin of the coffee that will impact the flavor in your cup. Adding to the complexity is the fact that your water may contain any number of contaminants (or minerals) that will impact the taste and affect the extraction of your coffee.

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Espresso Machine Boiler Materials Guide

Boilers for the modern espresso machine speak to their purpose through the materials used to construct them. These materials are varied, and sometimes a combination of materials are used when boilers are manufactured. The composition of a boiler should be strongly considered, but it is hard to say exactly when one one material is better than the other.

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Compare ECM Espresso Grinders

ECM is best known for their luxury home espresso machines, but if you haven’t checked out their grinders, do yourself a favor and keep reading. When it comes to selecting a grinder to pair with your machine, a lot of the options out there are commercial or semi-commercial equipment. Not content with just those options, ECM personally designs and manufactures their grinders as companions to their machines.

While commercial grinders are more than capable of efficient operation and consistent results, they often lack the subtle touches that are appreciated by more discerning home buyers. Whether it’s more refined casework, ergonomic controls, or even aesthetic synergy, buying a co-branded grinder can help to simplify the decision making process when it comes to pairing up your machine with its better half. With all that in mind, let’s take a look at the first entry on our list, the entry level ECM C-Manuale 54 Grinder.

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Compare Entry-Level Prosumer Espresso Machines: 969 Coffee Elba 3 vs ECM Classika PID vs Rocket Espresso Appartamento

Some espresso machines are like great hulking beasts; taking a bite out of your wallet and bullying your toaster off the counter and into the obscure cabinet where you keep the waffle iron. However, even among our prosumer catalog, more modest alternatives do exist. In this blog we’ll take a look at some of the brewing giants who are decidedly more gentle, both on your budget and your kitchen.

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Father's Day Gift Guide 2018

He may be a craftsman, cyclist, car man, craft beer guy, or one in a million other things, but whatever he does, he’s DAD-icated. Whether he’s a coffee lover or a coffee needer, fuel his hobbies and day-to-day with one of these great gifts!

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Product Review: Profitec Pro 500 PID Espresso Machine

There was a bit of chatter around the office when we first learned that Profitec would be adding a PID to the Pro 500. Up to that point, it was one of our most popular heat exchange offerings, and the inclusion of a PID seemed like more of a novelty at the time. Yet, as is the case with most things, seeing would be believing and the Profitec Pro 500 PID was ushered in as a more than worthy successor.

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How to Find the Right Grind for Your Brew Method

Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just say, "oh, that’s easy use a 3 for espresso, 20 for drip and 30 for press?" Unfortunately, even though most burr grinders have some reference numbers for grind size, the problem is they don’t transfer between grinders. So you can’t just say, if you have grinder “X” you should set it to such and such number for making drip coffee. This guide will help you zero in on the proper grind size depending on your brewing method and learn how grind affects flavor.

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How to Brew with French Press

The French press is both a device and method for brewing coffee. The device itself is simply a container with a plunger attached to a metal filter, which separates the grounds from the brewed coffee. A major advantage of this brew method is the precision afforded the brewer, given the control over the grind size, water temperature and steeping time. As with any brew method, adjusting any of these elements allows you to personalize what ends up in your cup.

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