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ECM Classika II PID - In Depth Review

Posted by Barrett Ellis on 6th Aug 2020

ECM Classika II PID - In Depth Review
My daily espresso machine is a Rocket Giotto PID. I am a huge fan of PID machines as they use a digital probe to monitor the boiler temperature instead of a pressurestat. Seeing more and more companies coming out with a more economical PID machines is exciting. The ECM Classika II PID is a nicely priced more introductory prosumer espresso machine.The Classika lives up to its name with classic E61 styling including polished stainless body, and a chrome plated grouphead prominently displayed on
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Baratza Sette 270 - In Depth Review

Posted by Barrett Ellis on 9th Jun 2020

Baratza Sette 270 - In Depth Review
I have been a long time Baratza fan. They have developed a product line that is a sweet spot for coffee and espresso grinders.  For most people that are wanting to get into more serious coffee brewing at home, the Baratza line is a great place to start looking.  Overall the Baratza 270 has tremendous value and outstanding performance!  Lets take a look at this grinder in depth including opening it up to see the inner workings.My Baratza story. When I got into coffee I was using
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Compak K10 Conical Burrs with Doser - In Depth Review

Posted by Barrett Ellis on 2nd Mar 2020

Compak K10 Conical Burrs with Doser - In Depth Review
Bringing out the big guns, the Compak K10 professional shop espresso grinder!   The K10 with doser is 100% designed for a busy coffee shop.  Even the badge on the front of the doser states "Professional Barista".  It can easily handle 35-40 pounds of beans per hour.The K10 is a very elegant design, more shiny surfaces than the F8 I reviewed recently.   From an aesthetic standpoint, I love the way this grinder looks.  The adjustment ring on the top is reminiscent of the c
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How to Dial in a Grinder Size for Making Espresso

23rd Oct 2017

How to Dial in a Grinder Size for Making Espresso
Video Transcript0 to 7Hi, I’m Joe Kolb from Espresso Outlet. A question I’m often asked is about how to properly pull shots of espresso. 7 to 22 What frequently happens is people get a new espresso machine and / or grinder and they pull their first shots and they aren’t coming out quite right – they are too watery, they don’t have crema, the machine seems to have trouble pushing water through the compacted coffee. 22 to 33Most of these issues are related to dialing in the grind size and tam
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