Continuing with our series on which equipment the staff digs in different classes, we asked them to name which superautomatic espresso machine under $1k and over $1k they preferred. Watch Rob, Jess, Allison, Radoje and Gail talk about their choices, and why, in these two videos.
We have two heat exchange, automatic espresso machines in our store so we thought we’d do a lil of the old side-by-side comparison, if you know what we mean. Gail runs through a basic overview of the features on the Nuova Simonelli Musica and Pasquini Livia 90, then pulls shots off each to see if there is any practical difference in shot quality or flavor.
We asked Gail and Josh to take us through the technical aspects, features and functionality of the new Crossland CC1 espresso machine. Josh gives us a tour under the hood and Gail talks about pros, cons and demonstrates making a latte.
Check out this stepped grinder that offers more adjustment options than a standard stepped grinder at a great price. The Grinta comes in a variety of colors and is easy to use — plus, it’s a little more cleanly than its brethren.
Watch Gail take us through its features and pull a shot using the Oscar.
One of the newest additions to our grinder line up is this petite stepless & doserless model by Nuova Simonelli. The MCI features a shiny chrome case, very easy to use adjustment wheel, removable bean hopper and a cool, industrial-retro design. Great performance with a tiny footprint make this a grinder to consider for any home setup. The drawbacks? It’s a bit on the messier side of the spectrum (but, let’s face it, all grinders are messy at the end of the day) and it’s got a high price tag.
Watch Gail as she takes us through the features and uses it to pull a shot on the Musica.
While we’ve carried the GS/3 for awhile now, we’ve decided to expand our La Marzocco selection to include their commercial-class equipment. Our first round of testing and reviews covers one of their most popular machines, the Linea, which comes with choice of 1 – 4 group heads and is available in manual paddle, semi-automatic and automatic configurations.
Gail gives us a brief overview of the machine’s internals, walks us through its features and makes us a latte on what is fondly referred to as A Northwest Workhorse.
In our next round of updated buying guides, Gail takes us through several single boiler espresso machines under the $1k mark, giving us a basic overview and comparison of their features. She talks about the Saeco Aroma, Via Venezia & Sirena, the Francis Francis X7, the Rancilio Silvia, the Ascaso Dream & Uno Pro with PID and the Crossland CC1. If you’re in the market for a machine, this is a great primer on some of the available options.