The La Pavoni Europiccola: Lever on a Budget

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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

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The Best Espresso Machines Under $500

Best Espresso Machines Under $500

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

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Lever Espresso Machines

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  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

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The Saeco Vienna Plus

Saeco Vienna Plus

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

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Francis Francis X1 Espresso Machine

Francis Francis X1 Espresso Machine

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

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10 Cool Coffee Maker Designs

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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

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The Amazing Speedster Espresso Machine


  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

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Handpresso Auto: An Espresso Machine in your Car

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  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

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Scanomat TopBrewer

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Danish commercial coffee machine maker Scanomat just showed off its latest invention at GastroNord today in Stockholm. And I have to say, it’s awe-inspiring enough for me to book a plane ticket to Sweden. The TopBrewer combines everything you could ever want in an automatic espresso machine in a truly beautiful package. Scanomat’s new machine combines simplicity and beauty with modern technology. It’s designed to be controlled through an iPhone or iPad, yet provides an experience akin to grabbing

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Miele Espresso Machine

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Got money to burn? There is no better place to put it than the $3,000 Miele built-in espresso machine. This water-plumbed espresso maker sits inside your wall and features dual height-adjustable dispensing sprouts. It also sports an integrated coffee bean grinder, which helps justify the price of this machine only a little more. This Miele built-in coffee maker also has a milk storage tank that keeps milk cold for 12 hours. Besides a few shiny buttons, there’s a neat

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