So, you’re super serious about your espresso and need a machine that reflects your passion. Maybe you’ve been limited by a finicky, entry-level single-boiler machine, or you're ready to jump right in with a very capable first machine. At the prosumer level we’re generally talking about machines with either a heat exchange boiler or dual boilers, full commercial size 58 mm portafilters, substantial groups, and robust construction.
Imagine the luxury of cafe-quality coffee beverages in your home or office. Now, whether you want the convenience of a latte at the push of a button or you're looking for a more barista-like experience, there’s a machine for you. So coming up I’ll cover the two basic machine types and things you should know when picking a machine, like terminology and basic capabilities. I’ll have some specific recommendations which are my “can’t go wrong” picks, machines that have excellent customer reviews, proven track records, and represent good values. After reading this, you’ll have what you need to pick a machine that’s 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.