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dedicated to the home espresso and coffee
enthusiast! Our detailed espresso machine reviews and
coffee grinder reviews cover the higher end
of home espresso equipment on the market, but
make only one assumption about you—a love of
coffee! Whether this is the first time
you've considered making espresso,
cappuccinos, and lattes in your home or
you've been drinking coffee for years, you
will find tidbits of information to help you
get the best out of your coffee.
La Marzocco GS/3 MP Review
Although the Marzocco GS/3 MP is a fully commercial espresso machine with enough capacity to cater a small wedding, it's nicely sized for the home.
This iteration of the GS line was introduced in 2005 with the latest temperature control hardware
and innovative design changes that delivered state-of-the-art consistency.
This review will summarize the updates to the GS/3 since its introduction and add the home barista's perspective.
The site announcements contain "quotable quotes" nominated by Team HB and the membership.
This article collects these nuggets of wisdom and quips about the art of espresso.
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Commercial 64mm Espresso Grinders
Espresso professionals and aficionados alike agree that a quality grinder is key to exceptional espresso. The Mazzer Super Jolly is a solid 64mm flat burr grinder used in cafes worldwide and in Starbucks until they switched to super-automatics.
Most grinder manufacturers offer a grinder using 64mm burrs, however information on them is scant.
In addition to the Mazzer, this review covers two other representative models, the Ceado E7 and Quamar M80.
Home-Barista's Guide to Espresso
New to espresso and not sure where to start?
This introduction by Jim Schulman shares his passion for good coffee and expertise in home espresso.
It covers a lot of ground and demystifies the key elements of espresso preparation.
It is not just about techniques and equipment you'll need to understand, but also about the reasons behind them.
Buyer's Guide to the Ponte Vecchio Lusso
Lever espresso machines are known
for their compelling simplicity. This
Buyer's Guide focuses on a recent entry to
the US market, the Ponte Vecchio Lusso.
This temperature-stable "newbie friendly" lever espresso
machine will be compared and contrasted
against better known models like the
Olympia Cremina and Elektra Microcasa a Leva.