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Whole Latte Love Staff Favorites 2021

by Nick Brown Updated: December 10, 2020 3 min read

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We’ve made lists for several “best-ofs” when it comes to our catalog this year, but this list is going to be a bit more personal. If you’ve still got a coffee lover on your list this holiday season, why not check out some of our staff’s personal favorite items from this year. From branded shirts to espresso machines, we run the gamut between fun to functional, so check it out!

Renée: Fuego Coffee Roasters Crewneck

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Come for the Coffee, Stay for the Community
Fuego Coffee Roasters Crewneck

Fuego Coffee Roasters Crewneck

Perfect for colder climates like Fuego and Whole Latte Love’s hometown of Rochester NY, the Fuego Coffee Roasters Crewneck lets you show your love for Fuego while keeping your arms warm. Featuring an artistic rendition of Fuego’s logo, this shirt is both subtle and stylish

100% Cotton

“I was already a fan of Rochester’s coffee scene before joining the team at Whole Latte love. When we launched our apparel collection there were more than a few worthy contenders, but when you own as many graphic tees as I do, you have to be discerning. Black and long sleeves for winter and supporting local? I'm in!"

AJ: Rocket Espresso Appartamento

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Compact, Stylish, Sexy
Rocket Espresso Appartamento Espresso Machine - Copper Panels

Rocket Espresso Appartamento Espresso Machine - Copper Panels

50 Reviews
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.

“I’ve learned more than a lot about espresso in my time at Whole Latte Love, including which products stand out from the crowd. This is the perfect machine for someone looking to graduate from the ‘entry-level.’ The Appartamento’s performance is matched only by its impeccable style.”

Kayla: JURA ENA 8

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Impeccable Asymmetrical Design
JURA ENA 8 Espresso Machine - Black

JURA ENA 8 Espresso Machine - Black

3 Reviews
JURA's remarkable ENA 8 is a compact home espresso machine with a menu of 10 one-touch coffee specialties and an eye-catching asymmetrical design.

“I don’t have a ton of room in my kitchen so it’s great that this machine doesn’t eat my entire countertop. Making drinks is basically pushing a button and then bliss a moment later. Definitely get the Smart Connect and the J.O.E. app with Siri integration. I was like ‘Finally! An espresso machine that’s almost as cool as I am!’”

Marc: ECM Synchronika with Flow Control

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The Undisputed King of Prosumer Espresso Machines
ECM Synchronika Espresso Machine With Flow Control

ECM Synchronika Espresso Machine With Flow Control

186 Reviews
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.

“It took flow control to make the best espresso machine even better. The ECM Synchronika was already best in class with its temperature stability, steaming performance, and impeccable craftsmanship. But now you can tame brightness, enhance sweetness, and pull juicy shots. All with flow control.”

Mark: Ceado E37S

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The Most Reliable Espresso Grinder
Ceado E37S Quick Set Espresso Grinder

Ceado E37S Quick Set Espresso Grinder

92 Reviews
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.

“Having worked at Whole Latte Love for more than a decade, I’ve seen and sold my fair share of grinders. The E37S is quiet, durable, and easy to adjust and has minimal retention. I love to recommend it because it has a proven record of success and has helped me form countless friendships with satisfied customers.”

Jen: Gaggia Cadorna Prestige

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Quality Meets Convenience at an Unbeatable Price
Gaggia Cadorna Prestige Automatic Espresso Machine

Gaggia Cadorna Prestige Automatic Espresso Machine

58 Reviews
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.

“It’s safe to say that more people are ordering in when it comes to coffee these days. That is to say that they’re making it at home! You can make better and cheaper lattes than anything the drive thru gets you. The Cadorna Prestige has so many drinks, not to mention so many profiles that everyone in my house has a favorite. Americano, frothed milk, double espresso, latte macchiato… you get the idea.”

Anna: Fellow Stagg Kettle in Copper

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Gorgeous to Look At, a Pleasure to Use
Fellow Stagg 1L Pour-Over Kettle - Polished Copper

Fellow Stagg 1L Pour-Over Kettle - Polished Copper

1 Reviews
Fellow Stagg 1L Pour-Over Kettle Overview The Stagg 1L Pour-Over Kettle is the epitome of pour over coffee perfected. The minimalist kettle holds 1 liter of water and comes with a base that fits c...

“Pour-over brewing is a ritual, and needs to be treated with some reverence. This beautiful kettle is a perfect addition to any coffee bar. Fellow designed a kettle with even weight distribution, a comfortable handle, and the convenience of a built-in thermometer. Being a stovetop kettle, it’s a nice bit of low-tech meets high tech-synergy.”

Todd: Profitec Pro 600

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Incredible Value in Dual Boiler Performance
Profitec Pro 600 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

Profitec Pro 600 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

45 Reviews
The Profitec Pro 600 is a dual PID, dual boiler espresso machine that separates itself from the crowd, thanks to its high steam power, E61 group head, and 1 liter water reservoir.

“The Pro 600 is the perfect machine if you don’t plan on connecting to a water line. It’s got incredible steam power, precise temperatures, unique design, and proven Profitec engineering. At this price, it’s hard to look the other way when it comes to performance and features. I think that anybody who loves milk drinks and wants precision temperature control will love this machine.”

Nick Brown
Nick Brown

Product expert, writer, and occasional YouTube presenter, Nick has a decade of specialty coffee experience and a passion for equipment. He is responsible for working with vendors to locate and test new items to add to our catalog, personally vetting them before signing off. He also hand curates our product bundling feature to offer compelling pairings of machines and accessories.