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ECM Germany Classika vs Bezzera Unica vs Quick Mill Alexia Evo Espresso Machines

All three have PIDsAll three are single boilers, so there will be wait time between brewing and steaming. All three are e61 group machinesThe Unica and Classika have coated steel frames, the Alexia Evo has stainless steel.The Alexia and Unica have a three liter water tank. The Classika is [...]

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Izzo Alex Leva vs Izzo Pompei vs Quick Mill Achille Lever Espresso Machine Comparisons

Below is a comparison between the main features of these three machines. > Cup warmer – the Quick Mill Achille has a stainless steel cup warmer. The Izzo Alex Leva has a double decker stainless steel cup warming tray (can be replaced with a smaller, lower cup warming tray). The Pompei has a stainless steel cup warming [...]

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La Cimbali Junior Casa DT 1 vs Rocket R60v Pressure Profile Espresso Machines

> The Cimbali Junior Casa is a heat exchanger vs the Rocket R60v which is a double boiler. With the Cimbali Junior Casa DT 1, you have to learn the heat exchange flush and you have to guestimate at the extraction temperature. With the R60v you have a PID temperature controller on each boiler, so [...]

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Quick Mill Anita Evo vs Rocket Appartamento Espresso Machines

Here is a comparison of the main feature similarities/differences between the Quick Mill Anita Evo and the Rocket Appartamento:> The Anita has a 1.6 liter boiler and the Appartamento has a 1.8 liter boiler. The Anita has a copper boiler, while the Appartamento has a copper boiler with brass end plates. The larger boiler on [...]

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Izzo Alex Duetto 4 vs ECM Synchronika Espresso Machines

Comparing the Izzo Alex Duetto 4 to the ECM Synchronika Espresso Machine, here are the following differences: The ECM has stainless steel boilers. With the Izzo there is a stainless steel boiler version and a copper boiler version. The stainless steel boiler version has an additional cost over the copper boiler version. Stainless steel [...]

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Izzo Pompei 1 Group vs Quick Mill Achille - Lever Espresso Machines

Here are the main differences between these two machines: The Pompei has a larger boiler - 5 liter vs 4.5 litter on the Achille.The Achille is plumbed or reservoir, while the Pompei is plumbed only.The Achille is a spring lever, while the Pompei is a mechanical leverThe Achille has a rotary pump to fill the boiler, [...]

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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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