Author Archive for Kat

How to Descale a La Pavoni

We’ve descaled double boilers, heat exchangers, every superautomatic under the sun and even simple thermoblock-driven machines, but in all of our years giving scale the what-for inside espresso machines, we had not descaled a La Pavoni. So when Sam’s Uncle Bob…

Crew Review: Victoria Arduino Adonis

If you asked us to characterize the nature of our time recently spent with the Victoria Arduino Adonis at Nuova Simonelli’s US headquarters, it would not be fit for the family-friendly tone of this blog. This sleek, gorgeous and elegant…

Crew Review: Jura Impressa Z7 – Redux!

While we affectionately refer to Jura’s Impressa Z7 as ‘the elder statesman’ of their one-touch superautomatic espresso machines, it is by no means outdated! At one time, it was their most sophisticated espresso machine, offering an array of programming features…

Crew Review: New Rishi Tea

Earlier this year, we added a wide array of delicious, loose leaf teas from Rishi Teas. Shortly thereafter, we filmed a few tastings of them so that you could learn what kind of flavors and notes these teas offered. Since…

Crew Review: Pasquini Livietta T2

The Pasquini Livietta T2 espresso machine has been around for several years in its current iteration, yet we’d never had a demo in the store in order to give it our signature Crew Review treatment! When we had the opportunity…