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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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Compak F8 Grinder - In Depth Review

Posted by Barrett Ellis on 10th Jan 2020

Compak F8 Grinder - In Depth Review
Espresso equipment seems to fall into 3 categories with some areas that cross over.   The beginner home user, the prosumer home user, and professional shop.  The Compak E8 is definitely designed for a professional shop or a serious home user with a bit of $$$ and wants an amazing statement piece next to their espresso machine on a bar without overhead cabinets.  Unboxing this grinder, very simple packaging.  The top has a box with the hopper, instruction manual, and a fe
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Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster - In Depth Review

Posted by Barrett Ellis on 31st Dec 2019

Gene Cafe Coffee Roaster - In Depth Review
For most people, if you are even considering purchasing a coffee roaster, you are probably really into the hobby.  Maybe not? but for most it is the next logical step.   First the espresso machine or other fancy brew equipment, then the grinder, tons of accessories like bottomless portafilters, tampers, knock boxes, mats, distribution tools... the list goes on and on.  The next step... the coffee roaster.   I have always been intrigued with roasting coffee.   Probab
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