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How to Descale the Rancilio Silvia

If there is one thing that we simply cannot abide, love, it’s an uncared for espresso machine. Making sure your most important piece of equipment is in tip-top shape will not only extend its overall life, it will result in…

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…

Livia G4 vs. Musica Espresso Machines

When you’re dropping a couple thousand bucks on an espresso machine, your choices generally involve models with a more luxe approach to style and design, replete with commercial-grade components and sophisticated functionality. But beneath the heavy use of polished stainless…