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  1. The Reluctant Barista: Tackling the Rocket R58 Dual Boiler

    I had an 'Aha! Moment' this morning and it changed my whole relationship with espresso prep. Very reluctantly, and only because I was on a...
  2. Compare: Convenience of Superautos vs. Capsule vs. Pod Espresso Machines

    If convenience is king in your household, your espresso machine selection will likely center on superautomatic, capsule or pod-friendly options such as those made by...
  3. Compare: Rancilio Silvia with PID vs. Nuova Simonelli Oscar

    While these two machines certainly have some core functional differences, they are often compared by folks because once you retrofit the Silvia with a PID...
  4. Crew Review: DeLonghi EC860

    As you know, it doesn't take much to make us happy, but something we love more than anything is when a manufacturer gets a little...
  5. Compare: Double Boiler Espresso Shots - Izzo, La Spaziale & Breville

    For folks that dig precision, a dual boiler espresso machine with PID temperature control of the brew boiler is hard to beat. While we tend...
  6. Crew Review: Izzo Alex Duetto II

    One of the more popular double boiler espresso machines on the market, the Alex Duetto II has a lot to love about it. The functionality...
  7. How-To: Mavea Purity C Water Filter Installation

    Filtering your water is essential if you plan on plumbing in your espresso machine to a direct water line in your location. Without this, you...
  8. Crew Review: Capresso EC100

    While our deep love for the Rocket Cellini is endless and binding, we do appreciate that not everyone has $2k to drop on their home...
  9. Rocket v. Silvia

    If you drop $1k more on your espresso machine, is there a discernible difference and / or improvement in the shot quality and flavor? We...
  10. Crew Review: Rancilio Epoca S1 Tank Commercial Espresso

    While perhaps not totally at home in your kitchen, this commercial-class machine is an excellent choice for locations that will not be doing a ton...
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