How to trouble shoot and fix common issues with an expresso machine

How to trouble shoot and fix common issues with an expresso machine Before you throw out your expresso machine try these tips from Doppio Coffee: If you have an expresso machine which is not brewing properly, there are a number of issues which may have caused the problem. It does not necessarily mean that the expresso machine needs to have extensive repairs to become functional again. In many instances the...
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3rd Wave Coffee from Angels’ Cup Coffee

3rd Wave Coffee from Angels’ Cup Coffee Let me ask: What if tasting coffee could be similar to finding the subtleness of flavors in wine? Would I spark an interest? I think Angels’ Cup Coffee can. For many coffee drinkers it’s all about the dark rich flavors of heavily roasted coffees, much like there is with bold and flavorful Cabernet and Old Vine Zins. However, there is...
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Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Coffee Lovers

Last Minute Stocking Stuffers for Coffee Lovers Let’s see – you’ve got 5 days to get all the Christmas shopping done and it also includes the shipping time. Not much, isn’t it? Take a deep breath. Here is to your rescue with some last minute stocking stuffer ideas for the coffee lovers. I’ve done a bit window shopping on Amazon on your behalf and come up with a...
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What Is the Best Manual Coffee Grinder?

What Is the Best Manual Coffee Grinder? Whether you are thinking about buying for a coffee lover this holiday or a “just because” gift, a manual coffee grinder should be on your short list. Here is why: 1. Portable, light-weight and compact that you can take it anywhere, to your office, the next camping trip or when you travel across the country on business.   2. Customize...
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Christmas Gift Ideas for Coffee Lover Father-in-Law

Christmas Gift Ideas for Coffee Lover Father-in-Law Don’t know what to buy for your father-in-law who loves coffee? Maybe it’s not as hard as you make it out to be. He can always use more fresh coffee beans, serveware and other coffee accessories. I surfed around on Amazon and found these bestselling products to save you some time and headaches. They were hand-picked based on ratings...
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Cyber Monday Deals Week on Burr Coffee Grinders

Cyber Monday Deals Week on Burr Coffee Grinders If you are still on the fence on which burr coffee grinder to buy for your loved ones, this is the time. The Cyber Monday Week deals gives you so many choices with deep discounted price. To make your shopping easier, I’ll group the grinders by price and by customer reviews (3.5-star or better). I’ll also share my thoughts on what kind...
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Cyber Monday Week Deals on Espresso Machines

Cyber Monday Week Deals on Espresso Machines Cyber Monday has turned into a Cyber Week or Month when best deals are vying for your attention and wallet. I know many of you might have a day job and can’t surf the Internet all that much. That’s where I step in to find the best bargains on Espresso Machines, Coffee Grinders and more. Please check back soon as new deals will be...
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Which is the Best Burr Coffee Grinder Under $100 2013?

Which is the Best Burr Coffee Grinder Under $100 2013? If you are running out of ideas to buy for the espresso lover this Christmas, maybe you can think about a burr coffee grinder. Believe it or not, having a great coffee grinder is oftentimes more critical than having the best espresso machine itself. The more uniformed the grind size, the more contact surface there is between water and coffee...
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Stocking Stuffers for Coffee Lover 2013 – Milk Frother

Stocking Stuffers for Coffee Lover 2013 – Milk Frother I don’t know about you but for me it’s harder to buy stocking stuffers than the Christmas present itself. We all want to buy something that’s useful and thoughtful as well as cost-effective. I hope this post will spark some creativity in you on stocking stuffer ideas for coffee lovers 2013. Milk Frother Having a milk frother is...
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Which Espresso Machine to Buy for Coffee Lovers Christmas 2013?

Which Espresso Machine to Buy for Coffee Lovers Christmas 2013? Thinking about buying an espresso machine for the coffee lover in your life? Great idea as the recipient will enjoy your gift for years to come. But deciding on which one can be a daunting task. That’s why I’d like to share some buying tips in choosing the perfect espresso machine for Christmas 2013. To me, the best way is to match...
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What Should I Get My Boyfriend for Christmas 2013

What Should I Get My Boyfriend for Christmas 2013 I applaud you for planning ahead and for asking yourself the question “What should I get my boyfriend for Christmas 2013”. I know it is a tough decision as you want to get something thoughtful, useful and in the meantime romantic. To narrow your choice down, maybe you should start by figuring out what your boyfriend likes. Is he a...
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Best Electric Milk Frother 2013

Best Electric Milk Frother 2013 If you are like me, in the market for a milk frother, you might be overwhelmed by the choices from handheld battery-operated, standalone manual to fully automatic/ electric type. There are certainly pros and cons for each type in terms of ease of use, speed of frothing/steaming milk, outcome and the cost. Since I am mainly interested in an...
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What Is an AeroPress Coffee Maker?

What Is an AeroPress Coffee Maker? AeroPress is a coffee maker invented by Alan Adler, President of Aerobie in 2005. It’s made of two cylinders with the smaller one (the plunger) inside of the larger one (the chamber) to create an airtight seal very similar to a syringe. It’s quite forgiving in terms of coffee grinds. The size should be between espresso and drip coffee. These are...
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What Coffee Beans Make the Best Espresso

Before diving into the coffee beans to make the best espresso, let’s spend a minute on what espresso is. Espresso is coffee brewed by pumping nearly boiling water through tamped ground coffee in a very compact portafilter basket with measured extraction rate and pressure. A shot of espresso is about 1 U.S. fluid ounce in size with about 7 grams...
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Do You Really Need Fancy Espresso Cups?

Do You Really Need Fancy Espresso Cups? The short answer is “Absolutely” without necessarily the word “fancy”! After investing so much money on an espresso maker, a coffee grinder, time and effort, you’d probably want to maximize the pleasure from enjoying a perfectly brewed espresso. Espresso cups not only serve an aesthetic purpose for the eyes but also a functional one...
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Espresso Shot Defined

Espresso is referred to a concentrated coffee drink as well as a brewing method. Finely ground coffee, tamped with 30 or so pounds of pressure, pre-infused with nearly boiling water to “wet” the coffee and then is extracted within 20 to 30 seconds under a minimal 9-bar pump pressure. What you get is an elixir with hazelnut brown color, syrupy...
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Best Moka Pot Under $50?

Best Moka Pot Under $50? What is a Moka Pot? A moka pot is a coffee maker by passing water through ground coffee under pressure generated by steam. It was invented by Luigi De Ponti in 1933 and is still used by many in Europe, Latin America and other parts of the world. This is known the “poor-man” espresso maker. It is made of three-parts: the pot on the...
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Best French Press Under $50?

Best French Press Under $50? Brew Coffee the French Way A French Press is a contraption device to brew coffee in an open-pot style with two parts, a narrow glass cylinder, also known as the “beaker” and a plunger with a lid on top and a mesh filter on the bottom. The brew is rich, heavy, full-bodied and aromatic. The grind size is from medium to coarse depending...
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Best Coffee Percolator Under $50

Best Coffee Percolator Under $50 What is a Percolator? A percolator is made up of a pot, a stem/tube, a filter basket with a lid and a lid for the pot. There are stovetop as well as electric type of percolators. The mechanism of making coffee is pretty much the same and the only difference is the heating source (stovetop vs. electricity). Electric ones cost a bit more with the...
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Best Drip Coffee Maker under $100

Best Drip Coffee Maker under $100 What is a Drip Coffee Machine? A dripped coffee maker consists of a water reservoir, a filter basket of varying shapes, sizes and materials, a carafe as a receptacle for the brewed coffee, and a hot plate on the bottom to keep the brew warm. They come with different sizes from single serve to multiple cups or a combination of both. Ingredients to...
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