Say hello to the latest version of Rancilio’s Silvia, the Rancilio Silvia M. Like it’s predecessor, it features an all-over stainless steel body, traditional steam wand, and non-pressurized portafilter, but with some technical (and rather handy) upgrades. Check out the Crew Review video below to see the new additions at work.
For those of you new to the Silvia, the machine features a traditional steam wand with a hot water feature and comes with a 58mm chrome plated brass portafilter—the same ones found on their commercial machines, so you know it’s good stuff—and stainless steel single and double shot baskets. It is a durable machine with equally reliable accessories, and we only recommend upgrading that plastic tamper for a metal-bodied one.
So, what has changed? The Silvia M has a new green “on” light. It may sound trivial, but as the machine is heating up, the orange light (directly below the green) will be on and then it’ll turn off. Since the green light will remain on, when the orange turns off it’ll be easy to see when your machine is ready to brew.
The Silvia M is still a single boiler machine, which means you’re steaming and brewing one at a time, so the two lights will help you temperature surf from steaming to brewing to get you ready to brew!
Inside the machine, there is a new the lead-free boiler and insulation wrap around the boiler. The heating element is still removable in case you do happen to get burnout, which will reduce the costs to fix it (but no worries there, our techs got you covered!).
In short, the heavy duty materials that make up the Rancilio Silvia M complement this hard-working single boiler machine and is for someone looking for control and quality in their espresso.
The first thing we noticed when comparing these two machines was the difference in size. The Gran Baristo is a slim machine, coming in at only 8.25 inches wide. The Xelsis Evo sits a little taller and about 3 inches wider. So if counter space in your kitchen is limited, it would be best to measure! The looks of both of these espresso machines are sharp. Stainless steel galore!
The Gran Baristo model that we compared comes with a removable bean hopper. This is a feature you just don’t find on superautomatic espresso machines, but is great to have! Swap out your beans with ease (a decaf in the evening perhaps?)
The Xelsis Evo features some great programability. In the easy to use interface, you can program up to 9 customized drinks for up to 6 different users! Everyone in your family (or office) can have the drink just how they like it, from the amount of milk used for a latte to the temperature of the espresso. What really sets the Xelsis Evo apart from the Gran Baristo is the available customization. The Xelsis Evo even has a traditional steam wand so you can froth the milk yourself to your desired temperature and texture.
The Gran Baristo only features an automatic milk option, and to be honest, we were not terribly impressed. The process as a whole was louder than other auto milk forthers and quite a bit messier. For this reason we feel the Xelsis is a better option for those who like to drink milk based espresso drinks daily.
Check out the full Crew Review Comparison below before heading over to our YouTube channel for more on both of these espresso machines.
The Rocket Espresso R60v might just be the best espresso machine you will ever own. Hand made in Italy, pressure profiling, easy to use PID and constructed with commercial grade components- do you see what we are getting at?
The Rocket R60v is a high end home espresso machine. Rocket Espresso has taken a lot of the features that you find in their commercial espresso machines and brought them to the home user. The biggest (and most talked about) feature being pressure profiling.
What is pressure profiling? Pressure profiling allows you to adjust the brewing pressure throughout the entire brew process. Gone are the days of only brewing at 9 bars of pressure. With the R60v you can set five different brewing pressures in each profile. This allows you to experiment and get the most out of each coffee you decide to brew.
The pressure profiling can be controlled via the PID (which comes with a handy mounting system) or via the smartphone app. In addition to the pressure profiling the app and PID can adjust both boiler temperatures, set language, turn the service boiler on and off, switch between tank or plumbed in configurations and set temperature units.
The Rocket Espresso R60v is a plumbable machine. Which means you can connect it directly to your water supply, and never need to fill the tank in the back again! The dual boilers are constructed with stainless steel, a shift from the brass/copper design of the R58. This machine is a little bit larger than your standard home espresso machine, so be sure to measure your counter space. The R60v sits 16.75 inches tall, 16 inches wide and 18 inches deep.
The top of the line superautomatic espresso machine from Saeco, that’s right, we are talking about the Xelsis Evo! Programmable, customizable, what more could you ask for in a coffee making machine?
We took a closer look at this machine to see where what really separates the Xelsis Evo from the rest of the Saeco line up. In our Crew Review, three things stuck out to us as key features. The first being all the programmability you get with the Xelsis Evo. You can create and customize 9 different drinks for 6 different users! Each profile is designated by an easy to recognize icon, and once the drink settings are saved, brewing your drink just the way you like it is a button press away.
The next key feature that the Xelsis Evo has over it’s competition is the temperature of the espresso shots. After several tests, we measured the temperature of the espresso at the spout to be 193 F! That is hot, especially for a superautomatic espresso machine! So if you like a hot beverage, this is the machine for you!
Last but absolutely not least, the steam wand. A steam wand is a rare find on a superautomatic espresso machine. Even more rare, is a steam wand that is this caliber. Most steam wands on superautomatics have limited movement and/or only have a panarello. The steam wand on the Xelsis Evo is the real deal. So if the one touch milk carafe isn’t quite to your liking, feel free to steam on!
Sometimes big things come in small packages. And the Eureka Mignon Burr Coffee Grinder is no exception to that rule! Be sure to watch the full Crew Review video below for all the stats and to see this coffee grinder in action!
The first thing that we noticed about the Eureka Mignon was it’s simple design. It’s sleek and has one of the smallest footprints we’ve seen for grinders of a similar caliber. Inside, it boasts 50mm flat steel burrs. The burrs are controlled with a stepless adjustment knob, which is conveniently located on the front of the grinder. A stepless adjustment gives you the ability to really fine tune your grind, great for espresso.
This grinder is great for use as espresso, or even Turkish! That’s right, this grinder can go very very fine. Which is a huge plus for those brewing espresso. That being said, this grinder has trouble going much courser than a standard pour over grind. So if you like to brew both espresso and french press, and are wanting to use the same grinder, the Eureka Mignon won’t work for you. But if you really want to play with the flavors of your espresso, meet your new best friend!
Another great feature that this grinder has is the built in timer. When grinding, you can either use the portafilter trigger or the timer. The choice is truly yours!
Watch the complete Crew Review below before heading over to our website for all the details on the Eureka Mignon!
Introducing the latest from Saeco, the Intelia Deluxe Superautomatic espresso machine! The Intelia Deluxe builds upon the already popular Intelia Class, while adding some great additional features. Be sure to watch the full Crew Review video below to see this machine in action!
The Intelia Deluxe is a superautomatic espresso machine, meaning the only this separating you from a latte is a touch of a button. Inside this machine you will find a thermoblock boiler which heats the water for brewing and steaming on the fly. The benefit of a thermoblock is that it doesn’t take as long for your machine to heat up for either brew or steam; however, the drawback can be that your temperature for brew or steam is not quite as consistent as you might like. That being said, we were very impressed with the temperature of both the coffee and milk produced on the Intelia Deluxe (something that is hard to say for most superautomatics)!
With the Intelia Deluxe, you get more flexibility. More grinder settings and strength options than previous models, with the Intelia Deluxe you can really dial in the flavor of your espresso. Speaking of flexibility, this machine has the option to swap out the automatic milk option for a panarello attachment. A great choice for those who like there milk piping hot or with lots of foam!
Want to learn more about this machine? Watch the Crew Review below before heading to our website for all the stats!
This is a huge kettle, holding 1.75 liters of water! That’s a whole lot of tea or coffee. We were really impressed how fast a full kettle came to a boil. In our testing this Glass Electric Kettle from OXO brought room temperature water to a boil in seven and a half minutes! Once the water is brought up to a boil the kettle automatically turns itself off, so not only is this fast but also very safe.
The Glass Electric Kettle is considered cordless because the base separates from the kettle itself. The handle has a great grip which makes for a very easy pour. We enjoyed how much control we felt we had when lifting the kettle while it was full of hot water. Two thumbs up in that department!
All in all, this is a great kettle for everything from tea to french press coffee and everything in between! Be sure to check out the full Crew Review video below to hear all the features and see this kettle in action!
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We are back with an updated Crew Review of the Nuova Simonelli Oscar! This was the first cost-efficient heat exchanger espresso machine that we saw enter the market that didn’t compromise on the quality of espresso produced. Since it’s debut there have been a few other machines that get close to the price point of the Nuova Simonelli Oscar, but here are some of the features that keep this machine a top contender.
The Nuova Simonelli Oscar sports a 2 liter copper boiler. Be sure to give this machine about 25 minutes of warm up time to get optimal shots! The water reservoir in the back is a great size, coming in at 2.3 liters. Enough water to get you through several brew cycles by small enough that your water won’t go stale.
As we mentioned before, the Nuova Simonelli Oscar is a heat exchanger machine. What is a heat exchanger? It is the design of the boiler. The boiler is heated up to steam temperature, and the running through the boiler is a copper tube. This copper tube allows for cold water to quickly be heated up to brew temperature as is travels to the brew head. This design will allow you to steam and brew at the same time, while keeping the cost of a second boiler out of the equation.
In today’s Crew Review Comparison we have two popular grinders for you! Introducing the Rancilio Rocky vs Smart Grinder Pro from Breville. Which is best for you? Which grinder will give you the grind you are searching for? Let’s find out!
The Rancilio Rocky is quite the machine! With 50mm flat stainless steel burrs grinding at an impressive 1725 RPM, this coffee grinder will wow any home barista. The Rancilio Rocky weighs 18 pounds, the motor itself weighs 11 pounds. Basically this grinder can grind! Some like to compare this grinder to other commercial quality grinders, and while it is not designed for a commercial setting it certainly can hold its own. It is operated by a simple on and off switch and the grind setting is adjusted by rotating the bean hopper. What the Rancilio Rocky may lack in bells and whistles it certainly makes up in grind quality. This grinder is an excellent choice for all types of consumer espresso machines!
Next up on our comparison list is the Smart Grinder Pro from Breville. The Smart Grinder pro has 40mm stainless steel conical burrs. The conical burrs allow for a faster intake of beans and as a result can produce a double shot in 17 seconds (compare to 25 seconds with the Rocky). The Smart Grinder Pro is powered by technology. You are able to program the grind time, volumetric grind amount, and the grind setting on the easy to navigate digital display. The Smart Grinder Pro has an adjustable upper burr, which will allow you to compensate for use over time. So grind on you crazy diamond!
Stovetop espresso. What is not to love? It is easy to use, looks great on your countertop, and produces an intense cup of coffee! Bialetti is probably what comes to mind when you think of a stovetop espresso coffee maker. Does this look familiar?
Bialetti stovetop espresso coffee makers come in three different models! The first is the iconic Moka Express Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker. With it’s art deco style, the Moka Express is easily recognized. It comes in 12 ounce size and is constructed out of aluminum. As with all the stovetop makers in this comparison, brewing is a breeze. Simply add your ground coffee and water, apply heat, and watch as your brewed coffee bubbles up!
Next up in our comparison of the Bialetti Stovetop Espresso makers is the Musa. At just 7.25 inches tall for the 6 cup version, the Musa is small enough to stow away when not in use. The Musa is built out of stainless steel, so if you are adverse to the aluminum construction of the Moka Express, this would be an option.
The Bialetti Venus Stovetop Espresso Coffee Maker is the next in our comparison. Similar to the Musa with it’s stainless steel construction and 2 size options, the Venus’s look is slightly more refined. Be sure to take a look at our Crew Review comparison video below to see how the looks of all three of these stovetop espresso coffee makers compare!