Q&A Blog

La Marzocco Linea Mini vs Vesuvius Espresso Machine Comparison

2nd Jul 2016

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 allows you to set the on and off time for each day of the week. The Linea Mini does not have this option. The Vesuvius has all stainless
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Rocket R58 v2 vs Profitec Pro 700 Espresso Machine Comparison

22nd Jun 2016

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 lift the brew lever up part way to preinfuse, the lift it all the way to brew. On the Rocket R58, a solenoid valve controls the water line pressure and has a specially designed brew g
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Comparison of Izzo Alex Duetto 4 and Quick Mill Vetrano 2B Evo Espresso Machines

2nd Jun 2016

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 have. The mechanical designs tend to be noisier vs the electronic designs.> Both machines are switchable between 15 a
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Izzo Alex Duetto 3 vs. ECM Germany Technika Profi IV Espesso Machine Comparison

2nd Jun 2016

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 3 you can control the brewing and steaming temperature separately through a PID. With the Technika Profi IV, you have to learn how to do what is known as a heat exchang
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1 Group Comparison - Rocket Boxer vs Appia II vs La Spaziale S2 vs La Pavoni PUB Espresso Machines

1st Jun 2016

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 through the group head to maintain constant temperature. Technology Rules: The Boxer always hits the mark with its precise microprocessing technology that controls vol
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Why Do Espresso Machines or Grinders Get Damaged During Shipping?

1st Jun 2016

Q: My machine arrived and didn't work correctly, was it inspected before it was sent?A: Yes, All machines are tested before they are shipped and go through a rigorous checklist to ensure everything is working as expected. It is very costly for the manufacturer, distributor and retailer to resolve defective product issues, so a lot of effort is taken to ensure the product that is shipped is in good condition and working as expected. If the manufacturer doesn't package well enough, the distributor
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Orchestrale Nota vs Rocket Giotto (or Cellini) Premium Plus with PID Espresso Machines

28th May 2016

Comparison between the Orchestrale Nota and the Rocket Giotto (or Cellini) Premium Plus with PID Espresso Machines.> The Orchestrale Nota is very unique looking machines, compared to the Premium Plus that has a more traditional/common looking design. The tempered glass side panels versions make it even more unique.> The Nota is switchable between tank and direct water line connection. The Premium Plus is water tank only.> The Nota has a 3 liter heat exchange boiler vs the Premium Pl
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Rocket Appartamento vs Rocket Cellini (or Giotto) Premium Plus v3 Espresso Machines

26th May 2016

What is the difference between the Rocket Cellini (or Giotto) Premium Plus v3 and the Rocket Appartamento?Comparing the Rocket Cellini Premium Plus to the Rocket Appartamento:> The Premium Plus has a insulated boiler. The Appartamento does not. A non-insulated boiler will heat the entire machine up. This can make it hot to touch externally and internal components longevity can be reduced due to excessive exposure to heat for a prolonged period of time. > The Pre
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Quick Mill Alexia Evo vs ECM Germany Classika Espresso Machines

24th May 2016

What is the difference between the Quick Mill Alexia Evo and the ECM Germany Classika Espresso Machines?Both machines are pretty similar. Both have single boilers, e61 group heads, and PIDs with shot timers. Both have a compact design and are well built. Here is a comparison of the main differences:> The Alexia has a .75 liter boiler vs the .5 liter on the Classika so you get more brewing and steaming time out of it.> The Alexia has a 1400 watt heating element vs
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ECM Technika Profi IV vs Rocket Giotto or Cellini Evoluzione v2

24th May 2016

What is the difference between the ECM Germany Technika Profi IV and the Rocket Giotto or Cellini Evoluzione v2?First off, the difference between the Rocket Cellini Evoluzione v2 and the Rocket Giotto Evoluzione v2 is just body style design. Here are some differences between the Technika Profi IV and either of the Rocket Evoluzione v2 machines:> The Technika Profi IV has a 2.1 liter stainless steel boiler vs the Evoluzione v2 that has a 1.8 liter boiler> Both are switchable bet
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Rocket R58 v2 vs Izzo Alex Duetto 4 Espresso Machine

24th May 2016

What is the difference between the Rocket R58 and the Izzo Alex Duetto 4 espresso machines?> The Duetto is a little bigger machine then the Rocket R58. Alex Duetto 4 is about 2 inches wider. The Duetto design is also kind of "squat". The space under portafilter on the the Rocket R58 is more than under the portafilter on the Duetto 4. If you use a bottomless portafilter though this won't really be an issue.  > The PID on the Rocket R58 reads the boiler temperature without an
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Vesuvius by Ambient vs. Rocket R60v Espresso Machines

20th May 2016

What is the difference between the Vesuvius and the Rocket R60?> The Vesuvius has a built in digital control pad, the Rocket R60 has a stand alone unit that can be disconnected after use and put out of sight. Some people prefer the dis-connectable unit as it preserves the traditional feel of the machine. > The Rocket R60 comes in two variations - black and stainless steel. The Vesuvius only comes in stainless steel.> The Rocket R60 has built in wifi that allows settings
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What Are Some Good Resources to Get Started with a New Machine / Grinder?

12th Apr 2016

Here is a good guide to helping you diagnose problems during extraction to fine tune your espresso: https://www.home-barista.com/espresso-guide-diagnose-extraction-problems.html Here is a link to "barista techniques". It's multiple pages, so watch for the link at the bottom. https://www.home-barista.com/espresso-guide-skills.html Good video that talks about 6 common mistakes of milk steaming. If you avoid these, it makes a big difference. https://w
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What should I look for in an espresso grinder?

12th Apr 2016

There are a lot of variables and specifications that can come into play when choosing a grinder, but in general for a good grinder, you want one that will do a good job grinding with a small grind size (espresso grind size is quite small, a cheap grinder will struggle and wear out quickly), the ability to fine tune the grind size (for each bean type and age it's different), the temperature of the bean while it's being ground(you don't want the burrs to heat the beans or the temperature
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How can you tell if an outlet is 15amp or 20 amp?

12th Apr 2016

Here is what a 20 amp outlet looks like vs a 15amp:20 amp outlets have one receptacle with a T shape.Most kitchens have 20 amp breakers and wiring, but they tend to use 15 amp receptacles. If you have the right wiring and have only 15 amp plugs, swapping them out with 20 amp plugs is pretty easy, but would be wise to consult with an electrician. 

Super Automatics Heat Up Faster Than Other Machine Types, Why?

12th Apr 2016

Yes, many of the super automatic machines heat up faster, but many of them are made with poor quality materials and components that allow them to heat up faster. Many of the super autos don't even have true boilers, they have thermoblocks. Thermoblocks heat cold water as it passes through. Sounds good, but there is no temperature stability and steam is usually not dry or powerful. A good machine that has an e61 group, true boilers, high quality materials, etc takes
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My Ascaso Dream UP has water coming from the steam wand when I try to steam

12th Apr 2016

When you switched from brewing to steaming, did you flip the steam switch, then open the steam valve to purge it, then close it again. After closing it again, you would watch the temperature gauge until it went up from brew temperature (200 degree fahrenheit) to steam temperature (about 260 degrees fahrenheit). When the right temperature is reached, you open the steam valve and steam the milk. Turn off the steam switch and close the valve.If you don't do this and tr
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Can we grind flavored whole bean coffee in our grinder?

12th Apr 2016

I don't recommend that with any conical or flat burr grinder. If you like flavoring, I recommend getting a bottle of vanilla flavoring or similar flavoring and adding after brewing your espresso and steaming milk. It's very hard to get rid of residue from flavored beans, which will get an off flavor and make your espresso taste bad over time, even if you run cleaners through the burrs, the flavoring tends to stick to the burrs. Some flavorings can also gum up burrs and w
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What is the difference between the Mazzer Mini Doser and the Fiorenzato F4 Grinders?

12th Apr 2016

The Mazzer has a doser vs the Fiorenzato F4 being doserless and having programmable dosing. A doser is decent but a lot of people are moving away from them as the retain more grinds in the dosing chamber. The next time the doser is used these grinds end up in your portafilter. Grinds that have been sitting start going stale within minutes after grinding. Stale grinds in the doser will have an adverse effect on the flavor of your espresso the next time you use i
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Is a calibrated tamper necessary?

12th Apr 2016

The Espro calibrated tamper is a great tool to help you tamp consistently. Consistency is important when making espresso - when you try to change something such as grind size, you'll know it's the grind size that made the difference in flavor, etc, not the tamping pressure. By always using the same pressure it eliminates tamping pressure as a variable. Here is a link to the Espro Calibrated tamper page: http://www.espressooutlet.net/espro-calibrated-tamper-58-
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Do 15 amp double boiler espresso machines work well in North America?

12th Apr 2016

While it's true that 15amp doesn't heat as quickly as the European 220 volt systems, the double boiler machines that run on 15 amp do fine for most use cases... If you are making multiple drinks in a row such as when you have a bunch of guests over, you'll have some recovery time but most people won't notice this. Especially when you have some time for grinding, tamping, cleaning the portafilter for the next shot etc. that allows the boilers to recover. The way
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I found a product cheaper from an International seller, are there any risks?

12th Apr 2016

Something to consider with international shipments is you will have customs fees to pay when the product enters the country, so that's on top of the lower price you may have found. Something else to think about with international shipments - machines are heavy and can get damaged during shipment, especially when they are traveling thousands of miles. You would have to ship back in this case and pay shipping back and import fees back into whatever country you wo
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How do you change the Quick Mill Vetrano 2B Evo from 15 amp to 20 amp mode?

12th Apr 2016

You first change a setting in the PID controller to switch between 15 amp or 20 amp mode. The manual has a table with the different settings in the PID and what they do. With 15 amp, you have to use a one foot converter cord so that it can plug into the 15 amp socket. If you want to use in 15 amp mode let us know so we can include this. If you want to use in 20 amp mode you don't need the converter cord. Using the converter is as simple as plugging the machine plug into the conver
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La Cimbali Junior Casa DT1 or Pasquini Livia G4 for small cafe?

12th Apr 2016

Customer question: We have a small café and want to make a few cappuccinos a day. Considering the  Pasquini Livia G4 fully auto or the La Cimbali DT1 Junior Casa Espresso Machine. Which one do you suggest?Answer: I would go with the La Cimbali Junior Casa in the situation you are describing. One of the biggest reasons is the Pasquini is intended for home use. The Pasquini also doesn't have the safety approval rating that are required in most areas for espresso
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Should I choose a single boiler or a heat exchanger?

12th Apr 2016

There is more to it than this, but a good way of deciding is considering the types of drinks you typically have and how many people in your household have those types of drinks. A single boiler is good for someone that has 90 percent espresso and only a few milk based drinks and for someone that doesn't have multiple people in the house that drinks espresso/milk based drinks. A heat exchanger is good for someone that has more milk based drinks / multiple people in the househo
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What is the difference between the boilers of the Quick Mill Vetrano 2B Evo, Rocket R58 v2, and the VMB Double Domobar v4?

12th Apr 2016

The Vetrano 2B Evo boiler specs are: Steam Boiler (1.4 liter capacity, 1400 watt heating element) \ Group Boiler (0.75 liter capacity, 800 watt heating element) Copper & Brass boilers with T.E.A coating.  The Rocket R58 v2 boiler specs are: Dual boiler (2.38 liter): Insulated copper steam boiler with brass low lead end plates (1.8 liter, 1400 watt heating element) \ Group Boiler (0.58 liter, 1400 watt heating element) The Vibiemme Double
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My Rocket Espresso Machine Brew Boiler PID Factory Setting Is At 221F, Isn't That Too High?

12th Apr 2016

The factory setting is correct. It should be set at the equivalent to 221F, why? Because there is an offset differential. As the water goes from the boiler to the grouphead, the water cools. Rocket decided to have the PID temp read at the boiler for better temperature stability. There is a chart on page three of the manual that talks about this. 221 at the brew boiler is equivalent to 197.6F at group head, which is a good temperature to start with when dialing in a
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What is the difference between the La Spaziale Dream, Dream T, Vivaldi II and Mini Vivaldi II?

12th Apr 2016

The difference between the Dream and the Dream T is as follows: > The Dream is direct connect only. The Dream T is water tank only. > The Dream has a rotary pump that allows it to be connected to a water line connection. The Dream T has a vibratory pump.> The Dream has programmable passive preinfusion, the Dream T does not. You can purchase an optional addon for the Dream T that will allow it to have preinfusion, but it will not be programable. > The Dream has a larger
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Rocket Giotto Evoluzione and Nuova Simonelli Musica Comparison

5th Jun 2014

In terms of aesthetics, it’s hard to beat the beauty of the Rocket Giotto. It has a classier, more high end look when compared to the Musica.The Musica has a slightly larger boiler and water tank, but by very little.The Rocket Giotto has an E61 brew head, the Musica does not. The E61 brew group is a plus for the Giotto.The drip tray on the Giotto isn’t quite as big as the one on the Musica. The Giotto can have a water tank, be direct plumbed or both. With a Musica you have to get a machine
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What is a Manual Piston Lever Espresso Machine?

2nd Apr 2014

The manual lever espresso machine is a traditional espresso machine that has a hand operated piston that is used to extract espresso. Lever operated espresso machines tend to have elegant designs and are popular with homeowners or businesses that appreciate design aesthetics and European tradition. Many fans of this type of machine also feel that they are unmatched in their ability to pull a perfect shot, although it can take some practice to reach this perfection. To produce the needed pressure
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What is a Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine?

2nd Apr 2014

Semi-automatic espresso machines are the most popular type used by home users. They are easy to use, and with the right brand they can deliver outstanding espresso.A semi-automatic espresso machine uses an electric pump to force heated water through finely ground espresso that has been compressed in a portafilter. The semi-automatic espresso machine was invented to reduce some of the physical effort and skill needed to operate a traditional hand lever operated machine. The machine is operated by
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What is a Automatic Espresso Machine?

2nd Apr 2014

The functionality and operation of an automatic espresso machine is similar to an semi-automatic espresso machine, with the main difference being the addition of programmable settings for the extraction process and the automation of the extraction process. After settings have been programmed, the extraction process starts with a press of a button and runs for a predefined time frame before stopping on it’s own. The programmable settings of the temperature, amount of water used, and extraction ti
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Cafe / Coffee Shop Building Construction Requirements for Espresso Machines

2nd Apr 2014

The most critical element in cafe/coffee shop design is the set up for the espresso machine. Based on the differences between espresso machines , it would be wise to select an espresso machine sooner rather than later.As far as building requirements, the most important construction related aspect has to do with the espresso machine(s). There are some general guidelines you should take into account, but very specific requirements can’t be provided as Espresso Outlet has numerous different models
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Top 20 Coffee Related Pins / Memes / Quotes

2nd Apr 2014

1. Procaffinating - The tendency to not start anything until you've had a cup of coffee.2. I can't solve all your problems but I can promise to make you feel better. - Coffee3. Behind every successful person is a substantial amount of coffee4. Keep Calm and Make Coffee5. In need of strong coffee - strong enough to wake the dead6. Coffee keeps me going until it's time for wine7. I love you more than coffee (but please don't make me prove it)8. Don't Worry About My Coffee Consumption - Worry About
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