A Beginner’s Guide to Coffee Brewing Methods

According to the National Coffee Association USA’s findings, coffee consumption in the U.S. in 2013 increases by 5% per 83% of Americans. While more and more people favor espresso-based beverages comparing to coffee brewed in other methods, this is still a smaller segment of the market. For the majority, brewing from more common and inexpensive...
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What Are Bean-to-Cup Espresso Machines?

What Are Bean-to-Cup Espresso Machines? What is a bean-to-cup espresso/coffee machine? A bean-to-cup refers to super-automatic machines that do most of the work for you from grinding the coffee beans, tamping with appropriate pressure, extract the maximum flavor and aroma and spitting out the used coffee pucks into a designated container within the unit. What’s left for you to do...
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What Espresso Accessories Do You Really Need?

What Espresso Accessories Do You Really Need? Getting an espresso machine and a coffee grinder is a major investment to becoming a home barista, but that’s not all. You might want to consider getting a few accessories to make the brewing easier and espresso tastier. Here is a short list in descending order of importance: Metal Tamper A tamper is a tool to pack down loose coffee ground...
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9 Most Popular Espresso Drinks

9 Most Popular Espresso Drinks I often wonder if downing a triple shot of espresso is just a biological need for the caffeine or for psychological reasons as well. After all, we humans are creatures of habits and many of us can’t start our day without a jot of java goodness. But there is so much more than just sipping a coffee. The other part of us also wants to be seen...
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Cheap Espresso Machine – Is It an Oxymoron?

Cheap Espresso Machine – Is It an Oxymoron? I am hesitant to write a post about cheap espresso machines as there is almost no such thing as good espresso machines that don’t cost a lot. Also “cheap” is such a subjective word. $1000 might seem to be a drop in the bucket for someone who has abundantly discretion cash to splurge while for others that might be a total monthly...
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Espresso Machine vs. Coffee Maker – What’s the Difference?

Espresso Machine vs. Coffee Maker – What’s the Difference? If you are confused about the difference between an espresso machine vs. a coffee maker, you are not alone. In fact, before we start with what makes them unique, let’s cut straight to chase to say that the end game is the same, i.e. to make good tasting coffee as part of the morning or daily routine for people around the world. Mechanism...
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What is a One-Touch Espresso Machine?

If you are in the market for an espresso machine, you might have come across a term called “One Touch”. One touch may refer to a super-automatic espresso machine that not only grinds, tamps, extracts and dispenses the used coffee puck, but also frothes or steams milk with the single touch of a button. The entire process from end to...
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Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2013 for Espresso Lovers

Father’s Day Gift Ideas 2013 for Espresso Lovers Time has flown by, hasn’t it? It’s time to think about father’s day gift ideas for the men in your life – your father, father-in-law and husband. Don’t panic yet. You still have a month to mull it over and here are some ideas for you to shop for those espresso lovers. It can be overwhelming to browse through thousands of espresso...
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Mother’s Day Gifts 2013 for Espresso Lovers

Mother’s Day Gifts 2013 for Espresso Lovers I can’t believe Mother’s Day 2013 is just a week away. Haven’t had a chance to think about how to celebrate this special day with your Mom? You still have a few days left. This post will give you a few gift ideas for the coffee/espresso lover so she can brew her espresso or cappuccino, her way. Espresso makers have gained so...
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5 Reasons Why You Should Own a Home Espresso Machine

Let’s face it. We all have some kind of obsession or addiction – some are good and others are not so much. If you are the one who can’t live a day without espresso, you are not alone. That’s exactly why Starbucks has exploded into the largest coffeehouse in the world with 20,000 + stores in 61 countries. For those coffee,...
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