There are hundreds of espresso machines on the market, who knows where to even start?! We often receive feedback from folks researching gear that it’s overwhelming to determine which machine would best fit their needs, why they’d choose one type of machine over the other or how their budget might impact functionality or features.
To assist in this, we’ve developed our first interactive series of videos that provide an introductory look at the different points to consider when selecting an espresso machine. As you navigate through this, Gail offers her recommendations for machines worth researching in different machine types and budget classes.
It’s our favorite time of the year — Velton’s limited edition Holiday Blend is back! This year, Velton says he was inspired by fruitcake, combining two fruity coffees in a 50/50 blend that we found to have very chocolatey and berry flavors throughout.
Watch Gail & Allison brew a couple of cups using Hario pourovers. This special blend is available through 1/15/12 or while supplies last.
While their semi-automatic machines are fairly standard performers in the budget-value market, their design has always left a bit to be desired — featuring a lot of plastics and lower end casing materials. DeLonghi’s new kMix series of appliances (ranging from toasters to blenders to coffee makers to espresso machines — and more) have a fun, minimalist design in a variety of bright colors and polished metal.
Watch Gail test out their 15 BAR pump espresso machine, going over features and functionality and giving it a test drive. Performance-wise, it is similar to their other models, just in significantly cuter packaging.
Brandi takes our lovely Snowball recipe and whips up a batch using the Breville Milk Cafe! Since the weather has just taken a sharp turn for the chilly worse the last few days, we’re pretty sure we’ll be keeping ourselves warm via a combination of this toasty-tasty beverage and our good friend Nanook.
If you dig the convenience of a capsule espresso machine but are looking for a little one touch madness, this Delonghi – Nespresso hybrid may be the choice for you. Watch Gail break down its features, functionality and performance — making a few drinks and testing temperature.
There is nothing quite like taking a random suggestion and putting it to the test! During our original stovetop prep video, Rade mentioned using sparkling water to achieve some form of crema from the espresso and we also received a viewer suggestion that using preheated water produced a better cup.
We asked him to put these two ideas to the test to determine if either results in a noticeably improved cup. Hilarity ensued.
We laughed, we cried, we lost a few brain cells — but we did gain valuable insight into home roasting! As a recap to our series on the four home roasters we currently carry (the iRoast 2, Nesco, Behmor and Hottop), Rob shares with us what he learned about the different models, how they compare and tips he learned along the way.
In the left corner, we have the new Breville Dual Boiler; in the right, the Crossland CC1. Both machines were released this year, and other than having a difference in boiler design, have some similar functionality in terms of steaming and temperature control.
Watch Gail break ‘em down for us — features and specs — and make lattes on each to show how their performance and practical results.