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Brew Tip: Francis Francis Portafilter

Lately, we’ve been digging the Francis Francis X1 and X7 espresso machines because they have great features for their price class — primarily auto-fill boiler and sophisticated temperature regulation. But like any machine, there are drawbacks, and one thing we…

Espresso Machine = Cozy Mouse House

We recently received an espresso machine in our repair center that was sent to us for a simple leak in the dregs box. Unfortunately, the machine was stored for awhile in a location that was also frequented by mice and…

Crema Stability Testing

Unless the roaster is using some type of preservative measure (such as the nitrogen flush used by large roaster Lavazza), coffee starts aging within its sealed bag from the moment it’s roasted. We set aside bags from March and June…

Crew Review: Saeco Focus

For those with a love for streamlined apparatus and petite equipment, the Focus is Saeco’s newest superautomatic espresso machine that will address both passions. Watch Gail take us through the machine’s features and work with Allison to make a latte.…

How To: Baratza Vario Burr Adjustment

The Vario gives you a little more control over your grind than you find on a traditional stepped grinder (like its counterpart, the Virtuoso, or the Rancilio Rocky) because it allows you to tweak the fineness within each step of…