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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…

How to Descale the Rocket Espresso R58

If you’re not using a sophisticated water filtration system in your house or on your espresso machine, then descaling it regularly is essential maintenance. A few hallmark signs of scale build-up include decreased steam power, temperature fluctuations and leaking from…

Crew Review: Pasquini Livia G4 Auto with PID

While we’ve seen PIDs implemented on heat exchange espresso machines before (primarily as a method for managing the steam boiler’s pressure versus being able to effectively manage brew temperature,) the Pasquini Livia G4 also incorporates an additional thermoblock at the…

Espresso Machine Priming Primer

Prime numbers. Prime rib. Prime rate. Optimus Prime. These are just a few of the primes we know and love, but if you’ve ever spent some quality time with an espresso machine, priming is another prime that you’ll learn to…