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How easy is it to use an espresso machine first thing in the morning?

I had a customer ask the question, "How easy is it to use an espresso machine first thing in the morning?"Using the machine in the morning is no different than using it any other time of the day, but there is the issue of warm up time. Espresso machines take awhile to warm up. Depending [...]

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What espresso machine is good for small apartments with no counter space?

It depends on the type of machine you are looking for. If you are considering a super automatic espresso machine, the Gaggia Anima machines are pretty narrow (8.7 inches), but are rather deep (17 inches). Manual lever machines like the La Pavoni Europiccola, La Pavoni Professional and Elektra Micro Casa Lever are quite compact and can [...]

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How do I select the best beans for my espresso machine?

Start with finding a source of fresh beans and a local one if possible. I always try to encourage people to find a local roaster that they can walk into and talk to the owner(s), barista(s), and roaster(s). They will be able to tell you about the beans, how old they are, the roast level, [...]

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What does NSF certified mean?

NSF is the name of an organization that was formally known as National Sanitation Foundation. This is how the NSF describes themselves on their website:Choosing a product certified by NSF lets you know the company complies with strict standards and procedures imposed by NSF. From extensive product testing and material analyses to unannounced plant inspections, [...]

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Why is it taking so long to get the Barratza Sette in?

From what we've been told, they are waiting for it to go through the NSF safety approval process. They can't run it through production until they get the approval rating process completed. - Joe

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La Marzocco Linea Mini vs Vesuvius Espresso Machine Comparison

Here is a comparison of the main feature differences between the La Marzocco Linea Mini and the Vesuvius Espresso Machine. Full for disclosure, I, Joe Kolb (Owner), have the Vesuvius as my main personal home machine.  Both machines have stainless steel insulated steam and brew boilersBoth are 15 amp onlyThe Vesuvius has a built in programmable timer that [...]

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Rocket R58 v2 vs Profitec Pro 700 Espresso Machine Comparison

Both are dual boiler with PIDBoth have rotary pumpsBoth have E61 brew groupsBoth the Rocket R58 and the Profitec Pro 700 have settings on the PID that allow you to turn off the steam boiler if so desired.The Profitec Pro 700 uses water line pressure so you can pre-infusion when direct connected. To preinfuse, you [...]

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Comparison of Izzo Alex Duetto 4 and Quick Mill Vetrano 2B Evo Espresso Machines

Comparison between Izzo Alex Duetto 4 and Quick Mill Vetrano 2B Evo Espresso Machines:> Both machines have high quality stainless steel construction. The Duetto 4 has curved body styling, the Vetrano has a more traditional rectangular design.> Both machines have water reservoirs with electronic low water sensors vs the mechanical water level designs some machines [...]

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Izzo Alex Duetto 3 vs. ECM Germany Technika Profi IV Espesso Machine Comparison

Comparison between Izzo Alex Duetto 3 and ECM Germany Technika Profi IV Espresso Machines:> The biggest, most important difference between the Alex Duetto 3 and the ECM Germany Technika Profi IV is the boiler configuration. The Alex Duetto 3 is a double boiler, while the Technika Profi is a heat exchanger. With the Alex Duetto [...]

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1 Group Comparison - Rocket Boxer vs Appia II vs La Spaziale S2 vs La Pavoni PUB Espresso Machines

How does the Rocket Boxer 1 Group Compare to Similar Espresso Machines in it's Class?Features of the Rocket Boxer 1 Group: Thermosiphon System: Advanced heating system that works to maintain temperature stability in the group head for an optimal espresso shot every time. So water is continuously circulated from the boiler up [...]

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