Knock boxes are like the middle child of the espresso world-- we'd never give them second thought unless they went missing. Perhaps this is a little harsh to readers with older and younger siblings, but the take home is knock boxes serve an essential purpose but are generally overlooked. They're well worth the investment if you're not already using one.
Lever espresso machines are all the rage these days. Manual control, while perhaps intimidating to the novice, with practice leads to the holy grail of espresso. The design of lever espresso machines-- combined with the right hand-- results in a shot that is sweeter and smoother than anything an auto can put out. Yet this espresso ecstasy doesn't come cheap. Many lever machines run into the thousands. Let's take a look at the La Pavoni Europiccola, a sub-$1,000 lever
Red is the color of energy and emotion, so isn't it only natural that you brew with a red coffee maker? These bright red Ferrari machines add a centerpiece to your kitchen and let everyone know coffee is the boss of your household. Check out these beautiful red coffee makers for a change from the standard of white, black and stainless steel appliances of Suburbia.
What is the best espresso machine under $500? Or does such a machine even exist at all? If you read our post on Why You Shouldn’t Buy a Cheap Espresso Machine, you know that we don’t define cheap as synonymous with affordable. We aren’t as much concerned with what you spend, but whether or not you are satisfied with your return on investment. Top Picks Overview: The Best Espresso Machines Under $500 Gaggia Classic — All the features
Continuing on our theme of fine-tuning, we thought we would take a moment to talk about lever espresso machines. Lever-driven machines are manual espresso machines. If you remember our post on why you shouldn’t buy a cheap espresso machine, we reviewed steam driven and pump driven machines. We didn’t discuss levers in that post, as they aren’t ever cheap (as we defined the term) and they are a topic worthy of their own separate post. One popular primer
If you plan on having a gourmet espresso without actually heading to a cafe, you’d better make sure your personal espresso machine was created by an Italian company. The Saeco Vienna Plus espresso machine is an automatic espresso machine that lets you brew a delicious espresso from the convenience of your own kitchen. Saeco Vienna Plus Features The Saeco Vienna Plus can brew espressos, cappuccinos, lattes, and teas. The machine can brew one or two cups of
Enzo Ferrari. Georgio Armani. Battista “Pinin” Farina. Dolce & Gabbana. If these names get your pulse racing, then you probably embrace Italian designs in your preferences for clothing and cars. Perhaps also in your kitchen . . . Enter the Francis Francis X1 iperEspresso Machine, designed by architect Luca Trazzi. Design is the premier feature of the Francis Francis line. The X1 was included in a Forbes ranking of the top luxury espresso machines, with this review: “Encased entirely in
While some of us want the best coffee maker for practicality, others want a cool coffee maker to tie the design of the room together. Here’s a list of some of the coolest coffee maker designs we’ve stumbled across. 1. The Alpha Dominche Steampunk Coffee Machine This ridiculously cool coffee maker built by Khristian Bombeck features multiple “crucibles” that can brew different coffees at the same time, which is great for a cafe. It also has a series
The Dutch seem to pride themselves on their water irrigation ingenuity but at Coffee Krave, we applaud the invention of the Speedster Espresso Machine by artist Kees van der Westen. Van der Westen found himself with a number of “old type paddle groups” from the Las Marzocco GS Espresso machines and decided to create something unique and fun with them. The artist, who originally specialized in metalwork, made the Speedster Espresso Machine, which may be considered the best
Wouldn’t it be great to have an espresso machine in your car? If you’re someone who’s always late for work, but you need caffeine to get through the day, a Handpresso Auto might make your mornings so much better. What is the Handpresso Auto? Handpresso Auto is an automatic espresso machine that can make a high quality espresso for you while you’re waiting in traffic. This French invention sits inside the car’s cup holder. All you have to