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Comparisons

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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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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Compare Automatic Bean to Cup Coffee Machines from Gaggia

Super-automatic espresso machines are a hallmark of convenience in brewing at home. They’re ready to brew a variety of drinks at the push of a button. These machines are all about the bean-to-cup experience. Now compared to capsule machines, they’re even more convenient, no plastic cups to load or throw away. And the coffee quality? Well there’s just no substitute for fresh ground whole beans. Plus that whole bean coffee; it’s a heck of a lot cheaper than the potentially stale pre-ground in capsules. On top of all that, these machines froth milk for lattes, cappuccinos and more. It’s like having your own private cafe.

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Compare Top 3 Heat Exchange Boiler Espresso Machines 2017

Today an in-depth comparison of three of my favorite semi-automatic machines with heat exchange boilers. We’ve got the Expobar Office Lever - my pick for performance value. The Profitec Pro 500 which is beautiful and refined inside and out. And the Rocket Espresso Giotto a heat exchange machine with PID available in rotary and vibration pump versions. We’ll take a close look inside the machines, go over individual features and hopefully help you decide which might best fit your needs.

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Compare the Top 4 Dual Boiler Espresso Machines 2017

Looking for Semi automatic dual boiler espresso machines? These are the top of the line in home espresso.

Today an in-depth comparison of four of our favorites. the ECM Synchronika, Rocket R58, Profitec Pro 700 and the Expobar Brewtus IV-R. We’ll find out how they are similar and different and help you decide which one best fits your style.

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Compare Zero Retention Espresso Coffee Grinders

Do you grind out stale grounds before before dosing your portafilter? You know; run the grinder for a couple seconds to push out any grounds that were retained from last time and then just throw them away.

It’s something I often do and depending on the grinder you're using and how you use it, it may be the only way to be certain you’re getting a completely fresh dose.

So I have seven well know grinders here and I tested each to see how much ground coffee it retains after grinding. I’ll have detailed results of my tests in a minute - there were a couple of surprises, so be sure and stick around for that. I’ll also have some usage tips and opinions, and things I picked up when working with the seven grinders side by side for a day.

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