Reviews

New Espresso Machine Reviews on Brown Bean

We’ve added a few more listings and reviews of several espresso machines to the Brown Bean Community. If you own any of these machines, we’d love it if you could take the time to provide your own perspective on what…

Crew Review: Andreja Premium

More than just another pretty face, the Andreja Premium is a semi-automatic heat exchange espresso machine with excellent features like the patented E61 brew head, anti-burn steam wand and a convenient drawer-like drip tray. Check out Gail as she shows…

Frothing with the La Pavoni

We really love the shots produced by La Pavoni’s manual lever machine the Europiccola, but the steaming isn’t as easy to get the hang of. While the boiler seems to produce enough steaming power, the angle of the wand is…

Crew Review: Francis Francis! X7

What’s so great about the new X7 by Francis Francis!? Obviously, its extra terrestrial stature, but it also has a few other excellent features for a machine in this class: Auto-fill brass boiler (so you don’t run the risk of…

Crew Review: Gaggia Platinum Series

With a more Italian, ornate design and stainless steel accents, the Gaggia Platinum series of superautomatic espresso machines are stylish and a little more sexy than their Saeco Talea counterparts (but maybe that’s just us!).

Crew Review: Saeco Odea Series

Looking for a superautomatic espresso machine without all the bells and whistles? Check out the Odea series by Saeco — a lower cost option that provides you with basic automation around shot extraction and the tools to get the rest…

Crew Review: Quick Mill Alexia

For espresso purists out there, a Quick Mill Alexia with a PID interface installed might be the best of all worlds — not only do you have excellent temperature control of the single boiler when you have the PID involved,…

Crew Review: Baratza Vario Grinder

One of the main questions people ask themselves while they’re researching a grinder is whether or not they want to get a stepped grinder — which would allow for easily changing between two disparate grinds like espresso and french press…