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Can you sense that cool breeze lingering a bit longer? Maybe, like Lorelai Gilmore, you can smell the incoming shift in seasons, the snow? Or perhaps it’s the stores, turning over their decorations — nearly skipping Halloween altogether — that has reminded you the holidays are coming, and soon.
But don’t panic! Here at Whole Latte Love, we’ve been busy putting together a holiday gift guide for you and all those coffee lovers in your life. We have everything from grinders to tampers and, of course, espresso machines. Peruse through all 50 recommended products and you are almost guaranteed to find something perfect!
A favorite among home baristas and coffee lovers alike, dual boiler espresso machines have dedicated brew and steam boilers so you can pull shots and steam milk at the same time. Why would someone want this? Well, efficiency. No wait times. No frothed milk losing steam as you wait for the shot to finish. Below you will find our absolute favorites that any coffee fanatic in your life is sure to love.
The ECM Synchronika with Flow Control is a powerful upgrade over an already adept dual-boiler machine. Impeccable build quality is complemented by Flow Control, giving you further access to the nuances hidden in your coffee.
The ECM Synchronika with Flow Control is a powerful dual-boiler machine that increases steam pressure to nearly 2 bars. By picking this machine, you will be met with impeccable build quality that allows you to enjoy further access to the nuances hidden in your coffee with ease of mind. When paired with the proper grinder, the ECM Synchronika has pulled shots for us that compare with some of our best local cafes. It is, in many ways, the best dual boiler machine you can buy.
The Synchronika is housed in mirror-finish, stainless steel panels. It rests on a one-piece internal steel frame, which protects it from bending or bowing during shipping or as the result of continuous use. Even better, the Synchronika has updated their iconic E61 brew group with stainless-steel internal components, as well as a single top cap for a cleaner aesthetic that other machines lack. These Internals add much greater durability and resistance to calcium build-up for more straightforward maintenance, streamlining the experience of owning an espresso machine overall.
The Profitec Pro 700 Flow Control is the best in show from Profitec when it comes to dialing in your perfect extraction. Manually profile shots with the new flow control valve to tease the best flavor possible from your espresso.
The Profitec Pro 700 with Flow Control is an incredible prosumer and has everything you’ll need to make delicious, café-quality beverages and experiment with different variables to get the most out of your favorite coffee. This German-engineered dual-boiler machine is one of the most respected espresso machines on the market and for a number of great reasons: it has a near-silent rotary pump, it's plumbable, the flow control device allows you to experiment with different flavors from a single coffee by changing up the flow rate through the puck, and with the PID controller and stainless steel dual-boilers, temperature stability is unbeatable.
More about flow control on the Pro 700, this allows users to control the flow rate of water during extraction whether you’re looking to find all the different flavors hidden in a coffee or simply experiment with different styles of coffee. By playing with the flow rate, you can boost brightness for something really powerful, or even tone down that acidity for a drip-style coffee. All features suitable for the hobbyist or if you’re looking to wow your coworkers with this beast of a machine.
The Profitec Pro 600 is a dual PID and dual stainless steel boiler espresso machine with performance and looks to beat. This version improves on the standard Pro 600 by incorporating flow control — an incredible upgrade that everyone is still talking about — and stylish wood accents. Each of the Pro 600’s boilers are temperature regulated by the front facing PID controller, which doubles as a shot timer when a shot is being pulled. For added functionality, the steam boiler can be switched off for use as a single boiler machine.
Just like the Profitec Pro 700 and ECM Synchronika, the Pro 600 is designed to make any kind of maintenance easy to do at home. Lastly, the Pro 600 has a vibration pump and uses a water reservoir only.
Adding even more design to the machine’s substance are the ten available wooden accents on the Pro 600’s housing. From a deep walnut to bright maples, there is an option for everyone’s aesthetic preference!
The Bezzera Matrix MN is a visionary dual boiler espresso machine that boasts touchscreen control over dual PIDs, programmable pre-infusion, automated backflushing, and plumbed operation. Its vibrant, color changing panels allow the Matrix to easily mesh with any kitchen.
The Bezzera Matrix MN is a dual boiler espresso machine with color changing panels that boasts touchscreen control over dual PIDs, programmable pre-infusion, automated backflushing, and plumbed operation. It is vibrant, with color changing panels and rosewood accents that allow the Matrix to easily mesh with any kitchen — or standout, if you’d prefer.
But the Matrix MN isn’t just nice to look at! It also delivers delicious shots. Bezzera integrated an automated pre-infusion cycle, programmable right from the touch screen, that soaks the grounds at a low pressure prior to brewing for excellent extractions. That stunning rosewood steam knob toggles on for powerful steaming, and flipping it up locks it into place for an uninterrupted stream.
Within a few clicks you can program the machine to turn on and off at particular times, change from reservoir to plumbed operation, and access maintenance cycles. The display will also alert you to low water levels in the reservoir, and remind you to replace or recharge your water filter as necessary. But to avoid refills altogether, you can plumb the machine directly into a water line, which allows you to easily integrate a BWT filtration system and eliminate scale build up at the same time.
The Profitec Pro 300 with Dual Boilers doesn’t need to prove anything to anyone. Yet, Profitec knows how to impress us. At first sight, the Pro 300 makes a lasting impression with its polished stainless steel exterior. The PID controller lets you program the brew temperature, and the steam boiler in this machine uses a pressure stat. The PID reigns in temperature stability to within a degree of the set temperature, and features a convenient shot timer for more precise pulls.
In so many words: it’s easy to use and you can pull good shots from it. All the while boasting an impressively low price-point for its build.
Here at Whole Latte Love, we like to look a little deeper. So our technicians ran the Pro 300 through some testing and found remarkably quick warm up times of about 10 minutes, from power-on to brew-ready. We owe this to the brew boiler mounted directly above the brew group, which is passively heated as the machine warms up. If you want, you can switch off the steam boiler to save energy. On that note, steam performance is respectable and the two hole steam tip is perfect for high speed frothing.
Do you know someone just starting out on their espresso journey? What can often feel like an overwhelming deep dive into terminology, technology, and history is made easier with any one of these premium entry level espresso machines. Below you’ll find machines that can grow with you and your loved ones; perfect for beginners, but adaptive as users grow and learn more.
The Gaggia Classic Pro improves on the decades old reputation of its predecessor. With an updated commercial steam wand, rocker switches, temperature ready lights, and a streamlined frame, the 100% Italian made Gaggia Classic Pro is the best entry-level espresso machine on the market.
The Gaggia Classic Pro has taken the lead in the coffee and espresso machine market as the go-to for entry-level baristas. Since it’s debut in early 2019, the Gaggia Classic Pro has stunned us with the commercial style steam wand with a two-hole steam tip, refined rocker switch controls, an updated frame allowing for a more accessible reservoir, and improved pump mounts for a quieter operation.
If your giftee is new to the espresso world, the Classic Pro is the best place to start their journey as a home barista. Once they’ve gotten comfortable pulling shot after shot on the Classic Pro and they’re ready for a challenge they won’t need to buy a brand new machine, the Classic Pro is a machine that can grow with you. Users can upgrade their set up with a shower screen, barista pro basket, and a group gasket to get better control over your extraction, all exclusive accessories that are great for leveling up your home barista skills.
And don't forget! The Classic Pro is available in a range of colors and a limited edition 30th Anniversary version is available on our website.
“I am new to espresso brewing and I recently upgraded from a mod version of De'Longhi ec155 to the Hobby 01. I screamed when I turned the steaming knob only for a tiny bit and the steam was already what I could never produce with the ec155. Not only the steaming power was superb, the espresso brewing was infinitely better than the ec155 I depressurized. I can now finally taste the subtle nuances in a single shot of espresso and see how manipulating brewing technique could affect taste. Maybe some people could make fine espresso with the ec155 but the Hobby makes it way easier for me. 10/10 for someone like me who just started learning the art of espresso.” - Jerry C.
Like the Classic Pro, the Hobby is another great semi-automatic for entry-level users but is also a great option for intermediate baristas who are more comfortable experimenting with brewing and steaming espresso and milk-based beverages. The Hobby is a hefty machine wrapped in durable and eco-friendly stainless steel housing and bursts with incredible steam power, which is a great feature for someone who’s a big fan of lattes, cappuccinos, flat whites, and other milk-based beverages. With a generous 3-liter water reservoir (larger than your average semi-automatic reservoir I might add) users can brew and steam to their heart’s desire, or until it’s time to refill the reservoir. It heats up fairly quickly in 2 ½ minutes with brewing temperatures at 170 °F. For our in-depth review of Bezzera’s Hobby 01, click here!
The Casa V from ECM is the premier semi-automatic machine, and we’re happy to say it’s best-in-class under $1000. German design and Italian craft reflect in the clean, exquisite construction expected from ECM, inside and out.
The ECM Casa V is perfect in a home of one or two people, where it's performance really shines. This is especially so given the commercial style steam wand which packs a considerable amount of steam power and is equipped with a two-hole steam tip for velvety milk foam.The stainless steel, mirror-finished housing is a nice talking piece thanks to the German design and Italian craft reflected in the clean, exquisite construction expected from ECM, inside and out.
You'll find that many typically prosumer-exclusive features are borrowed in the Casa V. For instance, the brew pressure gauge, which lets you keep an eye on pressure while you brew and gives you a sense as to the quality of your shot. To this end, ECM has made sure that the overpressure valve is easily accessible for pump pressure adjustment, hiding it beneath the cup tray. The 1200 watt heating element goes to work on the 0.4 liter eco brass boiler, heating the Casa V to brewing temperature in 5-7 minutes, or steam temperature in one.
The Quick Mill Pippa is a semi-professional, semi-automatic single-boiler espresso machine that is versatile, easy to use and maintain. The Pippa has a stainless steel 304, super mirror body, 1.8 L water tank that is easily accessed from the side of the machine, .45 L single boiler made of brass and 58 mm commercial style portafilter. Included is a lever switch 1-0-2 to protect the 1,000 watt heater, an 16 bar brew pressure gauge and a no burn commercial style steam/water wand. $999.00
The Quick Mill Pippa is a semi-professional, semi-automatic single-boiler espresso machine that is versatile, easy to use and maintain. The Pippa has a stainless steel 304, super mirror body, 1.8 L water tank that is easily accessed from the side of the machine, .45 L single boiler made of brass and 58 mm commercial style portafilter. Included is a lever switch 1-0-2 to protect the 1,000 watt heater, an 16 bar brew pressure gauge and a no burn commercial style steam/water wand.
There is something undeniably cute about this machine, whether that be its name — Pippa! — or the rosewood accents on the steam knob and portafilter handle. But the Quick Mill Pippa is more than just a pretty face: it’s a semi-professional, semi-automatic single-boiler espresso machine that is versatile, easy to use and maintain. The Pippa has a stainless steel 304, super mirror body, 1.8 L water tank that is easily accessed from the side of the machine, .45 L single boiler made of brass and 58 mm commercial style portafilter. Included is a lever switch 1-0-2 to protect the 1,000 watt heater, an 16 bar brew pressure gauge and a no burn commercial style steam/water wand.
The Quick Mill Pippa is a versatile machine that’s easy to use and maintain. It’s a perfect machine for espresso novices who are ready to dive head-first, but with some cushy padding.
This is the 2020 updated version of the Rancilio Silvia, and it shows. Updated for energy efficiency and more ergonomic use, the Rancilio Silvia M is the most recent entry in Rancilio's long line of home espresso machines, now with an updated black brew group cover, stainless steel steam wand, and including a 58mm wood handle tamper.
To ensure heat retention and lasting quality, the Silvia M features a forged marine brass group head and boiler. The large 12-ounce boiler also allows for steam capacity that is unparalleled by other machines at this size and price. An iron frame, housed by brushed stainless steel, provides durability as well as sleek, Italian style. Known for taking a bit of patience to master, Silvia owners can attest to the quality of the machine and the espresso it produces.
The Silvia M comes standard with a 7 gram coffee scoop, a plastic tamper, and two filter baskets (single and double). The machine is backed by an extended warranty for a total of two years of warranty coverage.
Much like the dual boiler espresso machines, heat exchanger express machines are a fan favorite amongst professional and home baristas. So what does it do? A heat exchanger machine uses steam to flash heat water in the reservoir before heading to the group-head to make espresso. These machines are ideal for coffee fans who enjoy the scientific side of things!
The ECM Technika V Profi PID is a flexible heat exchange espresso machine with the ability to switch between the water reservoir and a fixed water connection. PID temperature adjustment, its quiet rotary pump, and impeccable styling make this a strong option for the home or office.
We’re quite familiar with this machine at the office. The ECM Technika V Profi PID is a quality, handcrafted heat exchange espresso machine that presents a step up from yesterday's Technika IV. All the little updates — like the PID shot timer and stylized steam and hot water controls — make a big difference.
It’s standout feature has to be Technika V Profi PID's ability to switch from its 3 liter water tank to an in-line water connection for an infinite supply, making it flexible for any setting. Working in an office full of coffee drinkers, having that option is incredibly convenient. Of course, the design of an espresso machine always deserves special mention and this one features a handcrafted stainless steel housing, larger pressure gauges for easy reading, and new valves for steam and hot water which feature the ECM logo stamped on the sides.
The Profitec Pro 500 PID is a highly capable heat exchanger espresso machine, packed with commercial parts, a quiet vibration pump, and equipped to compete with more expensive machines. The PID is a stand-out feature that puts this heat exchanger espresso machine a cut above the rest.
Profitec is a brand about tremendous performance and distinguished build quality, without compromising on simplicity (just look at how many made this guide!). These machines boast powerful commercial-grade parts, professional aesthetics, and still manage to be easy-to-use. The Pro 500 PID follows suit, packing a level of performance we’ve seen in much more expensive machines into a model that can still fit under our cabinets.
With the Pro 500 PID, you'll get a machine that brews with a 2L stainless steel boiler and powerful 1400W heating element, complimented by the iconic E61 brew group. However, the PID is the real showstopper here. In combination with the engineered thermosyphon system in the E61 group, the Pro 500 PID lends a level of temperature stability previously unheard of in a heat exchanger espresso machine. The need for cooling flushes is eliminated, removing a considerable limitation from this class of machine.
The Rocket Espresso Appartamento features a heat exchange boiler, E61 group head, and an integrated dual pre-infusion system. Powerful steaming pressure, a large reservoir, and cutout panels help the Appartamento stand out as stylish and efficient.
The Rocket Appartamento is an edgy heat exchange machine with a temperature stable E61 grouphead and an integrated dual pre-infusion system for an aromatic and crema-rich shot of espresso. For any espresso lover who enjoys entertaining, the Appartamento will be able to keep up with the demand for hot espresso and milk-based beverages. The heat exchange boiler allows for a quick heat up so there’s no downtime between brewing and steaming and with new wood panels (an exclusive customization by Whole Latte Love) carefully cut out under the stainless steel housing, the Appartamento is sure to be the life of your holiday party. Here are more incredible features to love about this machine:
A 1.8 L copper boiler maintains temperature stability throughout the machine and acts as a passive cup warmer. Rocket Espresso’s patented cool-touch technology ensures that the steam wand is safe to use since only the nozzle gets hot. The two-hole steam tip bursts with incredible power and the pressure gauge on the face of the machine measures steam power at 1 bar.
An electronic microprocessor on the Appartamento monitors low water levels to prevent a dry boiler and to ensure things run smoothly.
The Quick Mill Arnos is a standout semi-automatic espresso machine with all the features you want in high-end brewing equipment. With a HX boiler, PID control, a vibration pump, and a sharp appearance, the Arnos makes it to the top of our recommended list time and again.
The Quick Mill Arnos is a high end machine, there's no two ways about it. If you're a traditionalist who loves top quality espresso and other coffee drinks, you owe it to yourself to get something like this. The temperature stability afforded by PID goes a long way to keep quality consistent and, just as well, the PID controller can be adjusted to bring out the full potential of high-altitude specialty coffees. Plus, you will be getting all these accessories included in your purchase as well: single spout portafilter, double spout portafilter, wood handle tamper, a cleaning brush, and a blind filter basket.
The ECM Mechanika V Slim brings a measure of truth to "less is more" that our kitchen counter really appreciates. This beautiful machine has slimmed down by more than 2 inches thanks to the vertical reorientation of the boiler, which now measures in at under 10” wide. But don’t let its small size fool you: this machine is all business.
The new stainless steel boiler has a slightly increased capacity of 2.2L and features thermal insulation for greater energy efficiency. The redesigned interior also resulted in an update to the OPV which is now accessible from the top of the machine and located underneath the reservoir lid. As a heat-exchanger machine, you'll need to pay attention to temperature and perform a cooling flush every once in a while if the machine has been on for some time. However, the dual pressure gauges, custom ECM E61 group, and adjustable OPV make for a respectable prosumer espresso machine that can fit in the tightest of spaces.
If you want great espresso brewing equipment, and you want to save on space, there's no better option. Good things — great things, even — come in small packages.
Super-automatics are hands-down the easiest way to brew your morning coffee. With the touch of a button, you’re on your way out of the door, travel mug in hand, ready to take on the day. Super-automatic machines are all about simplicity and convenience so if you’ve got an espresso lover on your gift list who isn’t crazy about the nooks and crannies of a semi or prosumer machine, then a super-automatic will be your best bet.
The Gaggia Magenta Prestige is a sophisticated and powerful espresso machine that produces authentic one-touch milk drinks on the fly with a crisp full color display and easy to navigate menu. $899.00
The Gaggia Magenta Prestige is a sophisticated and powerful espresso machine that produces authentic one-touch milk drinks on the fly with a crisp full color display and easy to navigate menu.
Are you even surprised at this point? We just love the Gaggia Magenta Prestige so much, it has to end up on every single list or guide we do. It’s just the rules. Sleek and modern, the Magenta Prestige ushers in a new era of super-automatic espresso machines from Gaggia. Equipped with a convenient one-touch milk carafe, a vivid color display, and capacitive touch controls, the Magenta Prestige makes it easier than ever to craft café favorites like cappuccinos, flat whites, and Americanos at home. Robust customization options allow you to further refine your drinks to your exact specifications. The Gaggia Magenta Prestige offers the best of Gaggia’s beverage programming and allows you to fully customize each drink on the menu, setting your desired temperature, brew strength (or pre-ground coffee), and volume for all coffee drinks, as well as your desired quantity of milk when applicable.
The improved JURA E8 features a professional fine foam frother to enhance your frothing capabilities for any milk-based drink. Scroll through 12 new drink specialties including hot water for green tea, espresso doppio, and an espresso macchiato while awing at the improved Aroma G3 grinder that’s twice as fast. $1,999.00
The improved JURA E8 features a professional fine foam frother to enhance your frothing capabilities for any milk-based drink. Scroll through 12 new drink specialties including hot water for green tea, espresso doppio, and an espresso macchiato while awing at the improved Aroma G3 grinder that’s twice as fast.
The improved JURA E8 features a professional fine foam frother to enhance your frothing capabilities for any milk-based drink. Scroll through 12 new drink specialties including hot water for green tea, espresso doppio, and an espresso macchiato. Of course, there’s the improved Aroma G3 grinder that’s twice as fast, giving you evenly ground coffee while preserving all of the flavors of your coffee beans. A feature this innovative won’t be overlooked by many coffee and espresso lovers who admire the grind, tamp, and brew system in super-automatic machines. But, perhaps even more important, it’s a gorgeous machine: JURA elevated the E8’s design for a more sophisticated and cleaner concept. The water tank features a ridge design to accentuate JURA’s eye for sleek and modern super-automatic machines, as shown in the chrome-plated cup grille..
The Gaggia Cadorna Prestige is a remarkable bean-to-cup machine with 14 customizable beverages, the option to create 4 user profiles, and an integrated milk carafe for making top quality milk drinks.
New from Gaggia is the Cadorna Series, which includes three incredible machines: the Cadorna Barista Plus, Cadorna Milk, and Cadorna Prestige. Each of the Cadornas use full color displays capable of programming drinks individually, and saving user profiles to keep your preferences separate from other users. If the person you're buying for enjoys crafting their own cappuccinos and lattes, the Barista Plus includes a commercial style steam wand for making a tight, velvety microfoam. For a more automatic experience, the Cadorna Milk includes 10 pre-programmed drinks and uses Gaggia's Cappincup milk froth delivery system to add perfectly frothed milk into the cup. For the ultimate experience, you can get the Cadorna Prestige, which includes 14 pre-programmed drinks and an integrated milk carafe which froths milk twice for the ideal temperature and texture in the cup.
The JURA GIGA 6 is a luxury dual boiler super-automatic espresso machine that brings the cafe to the home or office. Equipped with two thermoblocks, two grinders, two hoppers, and a wealth of adjustable settings, you can expect full control over it's 28 specialties.
JURA’s GIGA 6 will be the life of your holiday get-together. It’s double the fun with dual boilers, dual hoppers, two pumps, two fluid systems, and parallel preparation for producing 2 velvety milk-based beverages at the same time. This is a machine that comes with everything you could want including 10 milk temperature settings, 10 coffee strength settings, 3 brew temperatures and the ability to connect to your smartphone so that you can brew your favorite beverage from the comfort of your couch. Simply open the J.O.E app and select from 28 specialty beverages and the GIGA 6 will take care of the rest. The dual hoppers are perfect for trying different coffee if you’ve got regular and decaf beans on hand, and you can mix the contents of both hoppers for a custom blend in 25% increments. The JURA GIGA 6 is a grind, tamp, brew machine that brings the barista from the cafe to the home or office.
The ENA 4 from JURA offers an affordable yet impressive super-automatic espresso experience. With the Intelligent Pulse Extraction Process, the machine optimizes extraction times for barista-level espresso shots and grinds exceptionally fast in order to extract as much flavor as possible from your espresso.
Let’s get looks out of the way first, because they’re too good to wait: With a sleek black exterior mixing matte and glossy textures, the JURA ENA 4 is as chic as an espresso machine can get. A diamond-patterned water tank sits on the side, adding another level to the ultra-modern design. Beyond its gorgeous exterior, the ENA 4 from JURA offers an affordable yet impressive super-automatic espresso experience. With the Intelligent Pulse Extraction Process, the machine optimizes extraction times for barista-level espresso shots. The ENA 4 makes four specialty drinks: espresso, coffee, espresso doppio, and café doppio. With the AromaG3 grinder’s conical burrs, beans are quickly ground upon request for each drink. Excitingly, the ENA 4 also has optional WiFi compatibility with the purchase of JURA’s wireless adapters. With that, the JURA ENA 4 can be connected to the J.O.E. app which allows users to activate their customized specialty coffees, and sends out alerts to top off beans and/or water.
Sometimes you just want a cup of coffee without the measuring or scaling or fuss. We get it. Drip, pour over, and Moka Pot coffees are all fantastic choices for that reliable morning (or mid-day) brew. Any of these options are equally exciting and practical!
The Technivorm Moccamasters are already such fan favorites, and this year we have new, updated machines to offer you: the KGBV Brewers. These coffee makers take all the work out of making a consistent cup of coffee, and coming in nine different colors, it’s a great statement piece in any kitchen. You can personalize every aspect from brewing a half or full carafe, to adjusting the brewing speed and hotplate temperature. Even better, the Moccamaster KGBV Coffee Maker knows what’s going on. The brewing speed and hotplate temperature can be adjusted to your choice, and the brewer’s power switch and hotplate will shut off after 100 minutes. Other automatic features include the heating element shutting off when out of water, and the coffee flow from the brew basket stops when the carafe is removed.
We have four different CoffeeTEAM Coffee Makers from Capresso for you to choose from: the Capresso CoffeeTEAM Pro Plus Thermal, Capresso CoffeeTEAM Pro Plus Glass, Capresso CoffeeTeam TS, and the Capresso CoffeeTEAM Team GS. Any of these options are reliable and a perfect gift. Redesigned by Capresso with an updated grinder, the CoffeeTEAM Pro Plus Thermal or Glass can be programmed for automatic brewing of up to 10-Cups of coffee. To accommodate for varying roast profiles, the CoffeeTEAM Pro Plus features three grind settings that range from coarse to fine. The two-step grind and clean chamber automatically cleans the grinder after each brew cycle to extend the longevity of your coffee maker.
The CoffeeTEAM TS features a stainless-steel thermal carafe to keep coffee hot and flavorful for hours. If you’re in a rush, the machine’s Drip Stop and Stop-and-Serve feature will let you interrupt the brew cycle to pour a quick cup of Joe. The CoffeeTEAM GS comes with a built-in grinder, which can be pre-programmed to deliver freshly ground coffee straight into your filter to initiate the brewing process. Both can brew up to 10 cups of coffee.
Braun’s MultiServe line of machines is their exploration into finding a balance between single serve and filter coffee. In exploring that intriguing niche, the Braun KF9170SI MultiServe offers a smart 10 cup coffee maker with the tools to brew coffee that has the approval of the SCA and ECBC. That approval wins our confidence from the start—it's a mark of quality coffee that manages to meet the high standards of the coffee community, and we're certainly pleased with the results. All of the MultiServe coffee makers can brew seven different drink sizes ranging from 5 ounces to 10 cups. By turning the dial, you can select the amount of coffee you want to brew, and the touch screen allows you to pick among light, gold, bold and iced coffee — almost too easy. For the drip coffee lovers and single serve drinkers who want the best of both worlds, the Braun KF1970SI wins out with its simple options, quality coffee, and various brew sizes.
Not all coffee makers are drip coffee machines, and we know that. For instance: the beloved and consistent Moka Pot. These ones from E & B Lab are not only sleek and classic in design, they are also an Italian-made coffee maker that utilizes a stainless steel Competition Moka Filter for improved extraction. Housed in aluminum with a black sandblasted finish and compact design, the Classic Moka Pot will look great while taking up next to no space on your countertop.The Competition Moka Filter has a stainless steel, photo-etched membrane with 200 μm filtering capacity and consists of many smaller 0.2 mm holes and a few traditional 0.8 mm holes. This allows for better retention of fine coffee particles and results in a cleaner, more balanced and less bitter cup of coffee. It also reduces the pressure of the water, which prevents damage to your coffee while in the filter. They also come in a 1-Cup, 3-Cup, and 6-Cup size, so any amount of people can enjoy the delicious coffee you get from an E & B Lab Moka Pot.
Ensure great tasting coffee with the Capresso Charcoal Water Filtration System, capable of removing up to 82% of chlorine and other impurities commonly found in tap water. Not only will these charcoal water filters leave you with great tasting brews, they’ll also help to prolong the life of your machine. Each filter lasts up to 60 uses or 6 weeks. These Capresso Charcoal Water Filters are available in packs of three. (Model #4640.93)
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Whether your brewing drip, pour-over, french press or espresso, the perfect grinder can make a world of a difference in the resulting cup of coffee or espresso. To make sure you’re walking home with a quality grinder for the holidays, here are a handful of great options to keep you brewing barista-style beverages for months on end.
The Ceado E5Pro is an exclusive grinder that was designed for Whole Latte Love to add back the portafilter activated grinding that was absent on the latest version. The E5Pro is incredibly precise; with clump free grinds dispensing evening into the portafilter basket. Operating the grinder feels better than ever with the return of portafilter controlled grinding. We’re floored by Ceado’s innovative attention to detail when it comes to the design of their grinders. The E5Pro is safeguarded against accidental blocks with a high capacity overload switch, which cuts the grinder’s power so as to avoid any damage. Grind with peace of mind, knowing that the E5Pro can take care of itself.
The Eureka Mignon Magnifico is an all purpose grinder with 55 mm flat hardened steel burrs that give it the highest output in Eureka’s Mignon range. Not only that, the Magnifico features specially designed "diamond inside" burrs which keep their edge for longer compared to stock burrs. The touch screen display is a stand out feature for a grinder so small, making adjustment as easy as it should be. With its larger burrs, the Mignon Magnifico can produce up to 1.8g of coffee per second for espresso, meaning it can produce a barista quality 18g double shot in as little as 10 seconds. Plus, with a height of under 14 inches, this coffee and espresso grinder will fit just about anywhere. If you're looking for a compact, espresso-focused grinder, this is the one for you.
In our tests, the upgrades are unmistakable. The Sette 270 is doubly quick compared to the Vario, dispensing 3.5 to 5.5 per second depending on the grind setting. The Vario does have it beat in the noise department, as the Sette is a bit louder, but for grinds in half the time we really don’t mind. The biggest and best upgrades are the stepless micro adjustment, which allow for 270 degrees of fine tuning as opposed to 31, and the three programmable timed dosing presets up from the 30 AP’s one. The Sette 270’s AP burrs can be swapped out with Baratza’s BG burrs; however, the 270’s significant adjustment capabilities makes for reliable swapping between any brew methods in a turn or two. Ready, Sette, let’s grind!
The Eureka Mignon Facile is an affordable all purpose grinder with simple manual controls and perfect features for consistent espresso grinding. For those controls, the Mignon Facile uses a single start/stop button that is activated using the portafilter. It's a quiet grinder with patented micrometric adjustment, so you can expect smooth, stepless adjustments when dialing in the grind. Plus, the portafilter holder fork is adjustable to work with any portafilter on the market. For performance, it's equipped with 50 mm flat hardened steel burrs and a strong 1350 RPM motor. Eureka's ACE system helps prevent clumping by eliminating static in ground coffee, which in turn ensures dose consistency.
Let’s go straight to the crowning feature on the E37S: it’s comprehensive controls. Not only can you program a single and double shot to dispense by time, within 1/10th of a second, the Ceado E37S features an “extra” button that can also be programmed to your liking. We usually use it for a triple shot, for those triple shot kind of mornings. Of course, you can always grind manually to top off your shot, or for a more hands on experience. Another great addition to the controls are three different modes of operation, so you can choose between selecting the dose on the screen, holding the button with your portafilter, or tapping it once or twice depending on the desired dose. Ceado has really thought of everything with the E37S — and whoever gets this grinder as a gift will be able to tell, too!
The E37S takes programmability to the next level with its touchscreen display and Ceado’s Portioning System Selector. Program and dose three personalized presets with this powerful, doserless grinder with stepless worm gear adjustment and impressive 83mm burrs.
The Ceado E5Pro is an exclusive grinder that was designed for Whole Latte Love to add back the portafilter activated grinding that was absent on the latest version. The E5Pro allows for both push and grind operation with a spouted portafilter, and features a side mounted pulse button to grind for bottomless portafilters.
The Eureka Mignon Magnifico is an easy-to-use burr grinder with 55 mm burrs and a touch screen display that makes all the difference. It grinds quietly and it's controls are simple and responsive. Specially designed burrs keep their edge for longer.
The reason we’re all here: coffee. At the end of the day, no matter what machine you have or grinder claims space on your countertop, if your beans aren’t delicious, there’s not much you can do to remedy that. We think any of the below coffees will make a wonderful gift for the people in your life, and will keep them caffeinated for that post-holiday return to work.
We couldn’t go through this entire guide without recommending some coffees for you — especially ours. We came out with two new flavors in 2021: Whole Latte Love Crema Wave and Whole Latte Love Beamed Up!. Whole Latte Love Crema Wave was tested in our favorite machines, and is a delicious 100% Arabica blend medium roast coffee with sweet notes of almond and honey. Our Beamed Up! Blend is intense and smoky; a dark roast espresso with bittersweet notes of dark chocolate, roasted marshmallow, and red berry.
Is it hot in here, or is it just Fuego coffees? Here at Whole Latte Love, we’re proud to support local coffee roasters like Fuego, who hits close to home here in Rochester. We recently received Fuego Coffee Roaster’s Brazil, Brazil Decaf, Bear Claw Blend, Mexico Chiapas, Ethiopia, Colombia, El Vergel, and El Salvador Red coffees and we can’t say enough good things about it. One of my personal favorites is Mexico Chiapas, with Green Apple and Caramel flavor notes. We can’t think of a better blend to satisfy your pre-caffeinated brain on Monday mornings. If someone on your Christmas list has been looking to switch up their coffee routine, throw in Fuego Coffee Roasters this Christmas. It’s a special way to show that you did some digging and found a local place that makes one of the best blends of fresh whole bean coffee.
Australia has become synonymous with specialty coffee and cafe culture. As a third generation company, Coffee MIO is inextricably linked to the history of coffee in Australia and the ambassador to its legacy here in the United States. Coffee MIO coffees bear the unique distinction of being roasted in Australia. The technique and craft, having evolved from Italian origins, is unique to Melbourne and produces a singular coffee experience. For a gift you don’t even have to think about, check out the Outback Espresso Sampler pack to get three of our favorite flavors at once!
Since 1927, Italian-based Caffè Carraro has combined great taste with cutting-edge technology to ensure each cup of coffee is truly exceptional. By adhering to stringent international certifications, Carraro melds a meticulous blend of experience, innovation, creativity and consistency with the finest Arabica and Robusta beans imported from more than 20 different countries to provide delicious coffee with a savory aroma. Just like above, make things even easier on yourself by getting the Caffe Carraro Whole Bean Espresso Sampler!
Maromas coffee is produced from the best origins around the world where their experts select the finest green coffee beans. Then their roastmasters use their skills and experience to roast blends that will make the best coffee for their coffee-loving consumers. Here too you can purchase a Maromas Whole Bean Espresso Sampler to ensure the receiver of your gift will love at least one of them (if not all three).
Sometimes the best part of your espresso set-up are the accessories. They can make life easier and more beautiful, adding character and innovation to your morning brew. Below you will find a mix of tampers, levelers, and cups!
The Bravo Distributor & Leveler is a tool praised by pro-baristas including Danilo Lodi, a World Barista Championship (WBC) Certified Judge since 2011, a World Coffee Events (WCE) Representative since 2013, as well as a roaster, barista, instructor, and coffee consultant since 2004. Lodi uses the Distributor & Leveler to train contestants on the best ways to achieve a high-quality espresso by controlling all of the variables, which includes evenly distributing and leveling the coffee prior to tamping.
Tired of tamping? The Asso Jack Leveler allows you to spend more time pulling consistent shots and less time wondering if you tamped properly. The ridges on the leveler help to level out your grounds, even around the perimeter of your portafilter, and compact the grounds at the same time essentially replacing the need to tamp. You’ll see this feature in action if you’re using a bottomless portafilter especially; the espresso will distribute evenly through the bottom of the basket. The Jack Leveler comes in a variety of designs including Whitened Oak, Zebra Wood, and Color Waves, making this accessory a great stocking stuffer and addition to any coffee bar.
Style and substance. Any of our notNeutral cups are a great gift option. They’re beautiful, modern, and sturdy — in other words, they check all our boxes and we’re sure they’ll check yours too! Dreamed up by RiOS CLEMENTi HALE STUDIOS out in Los Angeles, notNeutral cups are conceived by a holistic group collaboration from a team originally rooted in architecture. The team at notNeutral has made it their mission to craft iconic, but functional glassware that will be one of the highest-quality items you could place on your table.
With the “Jimmy” Drip and Espresso scale, the experts at Hiroia have crafted a product that caters to coffee lovers who enjoy the scientific side of at-home brewing. Features like bluetooth connectivity allow the “Jimmy” to connect to an app that allows for the recording and saving of extraction times and weights. Additionally, the detachable, magnetic screen means you can stick it right onto your machine while brewing for easy access and visibility. The “Jimmy” will make a great companion to your entire brewing process, adapting with you.
Though our focus has been on the “Jimmy,” the Brewista Smart Scale II is a great budget option for espresso brewing!
Complete your Set-Up with the notNeutral Cappuccino Cup and Saucer - Light Gray
LINO Cups are great tools for the professional barista. The single cappuccino cup fits ...
Designed for 54mm portafilters, the Bravo Distributor & Leveler produces a perfectly polished surface for tamping without heavily compressing your coffee.
With bluetooth connectivity and a removable, magnetic screen, the Hiroia “Jimmy” Drip and Espresso Scale offers optimal flexibility while brewing to at-home baristas new and old.
All in all, so many innovative, beautiful, and reliable espresso machines, coffee makers, accessories, and grinders came out this past year or two, that you really can’t go wrong with any one of them. Giving good gifts is ultimately about how well you know the people around you — which is to say, this is kind of how much we can help you. The rest, for better or worse, is up to you. But trust your gut, trust that you know the people you love in a deep enough way, or just get them something you would like (especially if you live together).
If we can get sappy for a moment, our greatest gift this year has to be your continued support, even in the continuing unprecedented (or increasingly precedent) times. On our list, you all rank number one.