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Lever Espresso Machine

Thats me making espresso with my newest toy, a vintage La Pavoni Europiccola (late sixties, early seventies model). I'm using the portafilter of the Olympia Express, because it has much better balance and grip on the handle. The shot turned out a little uneven (wobbling mouse tail), but it was flawless in the taste department. 😉 The espresso made from a home roasted blend, roasted by a fellow coffee maniac with a modified popcorn maker.

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Making Espresso and Botching Latte Art

Pulling a nice shot (if not a tad fast) of espresso on my Rancilio Silvia, and once again making a mockery of my attempts at latte art.

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Comparing One Touch Super Automatic Espresso Machines

You can't beat a one-touch super automatic espresso machine in terms of convenience, but how do some of the models compare against each other? Gail shows us how the Jura Z5, delonghi Gran Dama and Saeco Primea super automatic espresso machines work, weighing in on their pros and cons.

DeLonghi ESAM3300 Magnifica Super-Automatic Espresso/Coffee Machine
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Jura 15068 IMPRESSA C65 Automatic Coffee Machine, Platinum
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Jura 13626 Ena Micro 1 Automatic Coffee Machine, Micro Black
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DeLonghi ECAM22110SB Compact Automatic Cappuccino, Latte and Espresso Machine
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Cuisinart EM-100 1000-Watt 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel
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Imagine a cup of your favorite espresso, cappuccino or latte - hot, rich, fresh and flavorful- anytime you want it. The stainless steel Cuisinart Espresso Maker is the real thing and looks like the professional it is. Make espresso in your own kitchen, then use the stainless steam nozzle and frothing cup to turn it into cappuccino or latte. You can even heat the cups on the warming plate on top-just like the pros! 15 bars of pressure guarantee perfect results! From the Manufacturer The Cuisinart EM-100 Espresso Maker The Cuisinart EM-100 espresso maker Cuisinart lets you prepare gourmet quality espresso at home! With a system that allows you to pre-select serving size, 15 bars of pressure for maximum flavor and the option of using ground espresso or pods, you're in control. A separate steam function and stainless steel nozzle make it easy to froth milk for cappuccinos and smooth lattes. With a removable drip tray and cover, and a filter holder with a locking mechanism clean up is quick and easy. The Quest for a Perfect Espresso It is generally agreed that there are four basic elements critical to the perfect cup: Element 1: WATER When brewing espresso, make sure the water flows through the filter at the correct pace. The water flow can be adjusted by varying the pressure with which the coffee is taped in the filter or by altering the grind of coffee. If the speed of the water is slow the coffee will be over extracted and will be very dark and bitter, with a spotted and uneven creme (froth) on the top. If the speed of the water flow is too fast, the coffee will be under-extracted and the supreme flavor will not develop. The coffee will be diluted and there will be an inadequate amount of crème on the top. Element 2: COFFEE While the bulk of the liquid is water, all of the flavor should be from the coffee. To achieve the same great quality of coffee you receive at a cafe, you need to use the same quality beans. If you choose to grind your own beans, buy the beans fresh and whole, only about a two week supply at a time for maximum freshness. Once the coffee bean is broken, its flavor degrades very quickly. If it is not practical to buy smaller supplies, we recommend you separate larger amounts of beans and store them in airtight containers in a cool, dry area. They should not be kept for longer than 1 month as flavor will diminish. Do not refrigerate or freeze coffee beans. Element 3: GRIND The grind of the coffee is critical for proper flavor extraction. If using a pre-ground coffee, be sure to purchase an espresso grind that is specifically for espresso/cappuccino machines. If the grind is too fine, over extraction and bitterness will occur with a spotted and uneven crema on top. If the grind is too coarse, the water will pass through too rapidly and there will be an inadequate amount of crema on the top of the espresso. Element 4: TAMPING THE COFFEE GROUNDS If you choose to use ground espresso instead of pods, tamping the coffee is a very important part of the coffee making process. Use the scoop supplied to fill the filter basket, then using the tamping tool, tamp down the grounds with moderate pressure. Add more coffee and tamp again if necessary to bring coffee to level. Do not overfill the filter basket. The ground coffee should be tamped with moderate pressure. If the coffee is not tamped securely, there is a chance the water will flow through the coffee to rapidly and the coffee will be under-extracted. Note: if the coffee is tamped too firmly, the water will flow through the coffee too slowly and the coffee will be over-extracted. The combination coffee scoop/tamping tool. Features and Benefits Cup warming plate. Multi-function knob. Water reservoir lid Removable 53-ounce water reservoir Large cup warming plate 15-bar pump Heating light: Will illuminate indicating that espresso machine is adjusting the temperature of the heating system. Steam/Hot water knob: To use the hot water function, the Steam/Hot Water Knob must be turned the 'double drip' setting. Function knob: Three settings - steam, hot water, make coffee. Portafilter holder: Can be used with ground or pod espresso. Has two positions, lock and unlock, for ease of cleaning. Brew head: For easy fit of the portafilter holder. Commercial steam wand: Use to steam milk for cappuccinos and lattes. Removable drip tray: Removable drip tray with grate. Cleaning pins: Used to clean any excess milk that gets stuck inside the steam wand or any coffee particles that get stuck inside the filter basket. Stainless frothing pitcher: Used for steaming milk for cappuccinos and lattes. Measuring scoop/tamping tool: Use one side as a coffee scoop and the other to compact the coffee grounds in the filter basket prior to brewing. Filter baskets: Use the one cup filter for a single espresso and the two cup filter basket for the double espresso, and the pod filter basket for espresso pods. Guide to the Perfect Espresso You may want to preheat the cups by filling them with hot water; this will help preserve the crema of the espresso. Set the cups aside. Select the appropriate filter basket and insert it in the portafilter handle. Using the measuring scoop place finely ground coffee in the filter basket holder. Use one scoop for one cup and two scoops for two cups, or place espresso pod into filter basket holder. Rest the portafilter handle with the filter basket in position on the countertop. Using the tamping tool, apply moderate packing pressure. Add more coffee and tamp again if necessary to bring coffee to level. Brush any excess grounds form around the edge of the filter basket. Secure the portafilter holder onto the brew head. Check to see if the espresso machine is ready for use. Remember that if the heating light is on, the espresso machine is still adjusting the temperature of the heating system. Turn the function knob clockwise to the picture of the cup espresso setting to start the pour and turn it back to the off position to stop. Check the espresso pour and serve immediately. Milk steaming wand. Guide to Milk Texturing Milk texturing is the steaming of milk. The steam does two things: it heats the milk and mixes air with the milk to form a creamy texture. As with learning to make an espresso, perfecting the art of milk texturing takes time and practice. Easy to follow steps are outlined in the Instruction Booklet. Using the Hot Water Function When using the hot water function make sure that the steam/hot water knob is in the double drip hot water setting. Place the cup or container under the steam/hot water nozzle and turn the function knob to the steam/hot water setting. Once you have dispensed the required amount, stop the hot water by turning the function knob to the off position. Remove the cup or container and swing the steam/hot water wand over the drip tray to catch any drips of water.

Features

  • Espresso maker with 15 bars of pressure for perfect coffee drinks
  • Brews 1 to 2 cups from either ground espresso or pods
  • 53-ounce removable reservoir; porta-filter holder; cup-warming plate
  • Steam nozzle; frothing cup; removable drip tray; tamping tool included
  • Product Built to North American Electrical Standards
  • Note : Please check user manual ( Page number 2 and 3), trouble shooting document and Video for set up and trouble shooting steps for the usage and set up instructions for smooth usage of the product.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Works well but is VERY loud!, October 15, 2013
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I got a factory reconditioned model. The shipping was prompt and the packaging looked new. As recommended, I ran a whole tank of plain water through it before brewing espresso for the first time. The steam wand seems to work fine, but I still need some practice using it. What surprised me the most is how LOUD this machine is when either brewing espresso or using the wand. And I now know the reason for the guards around the cup warmer...it vibrates so much that the cups would walk right off the top.
Other possible uses for this machine.....mixing paint.
I wonder if all home espresso machines are this loud and shaky. This is my first one.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pretty Good for the money..., July 28, 2009
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This review is from: Conair Cuisinart EM-100 1.66 Quart Stainless Steel Espresso Maker (Kitchen)
I spend way too much on coffee... so when I cashed in my coins I decided to look again at espresso machines. After reading lots of reviews, and comparing the worst that people had to say about a variety of machines (Think about it; if the worst people say is that its a little slow, or the steam wand drips- I can live with that... if reviews said, "it quits working after a few weeks" I avoided those, even if it got good reviews overall.) I finally took a chance on the Cuisinart... and although its only been a couple of weeks, I am pretty happy.

I grind the coffee fine (not extra) and pack it fairly firmly and the espresso is really pretty good. My first few draws were ok but it got better when I adjusted the grind to a little finer grind. The machine warms up pretty quickly, and I like the water tank (Its about an inch thick and fits on the back of the machine. You can lift it off to fill, or just open the lid and pour water in. I have not had any problems. If problems... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars So happy to have a nice espresso maker again!, March 21, 2011
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I really like my new espresso maker, the only problem is getting to know it and it's little tricks was not nearly as easy as one might think. The instructions were barely adequate, and totally useless if you were having any problems. Thank god for the internet.

First I put water in the container put it on the back and tried to make my espresso.... Nothing, after a bit of worry, I realized the tank was not fully plugged in. The next day water was everywhere. Although the water was tight enough to get water for the espresso it was not tight enough to keep it from leaking. Had to wiggle it into place. After refilling it once or twice, it leaked again, and I wasn't even taking it out of the machine, just filling it up but must have jiggled it. Now that I am extremely cautious about the tank, not problems.

The frothing wand is great, almost too good, you can't actually heat the milk in the tin cup because it froths so fast. Heating it in the coffee mug allows a good... Read more
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Gaggia 14101 Classic Espresso Machine, Brushed Stainless Steel

  • Coffee/espresso machine with 72-ounce removable water reservoir
  • Stainless-steel housing; brass portafilters and grouphead for temperature stability
  • 17-1/2-bar pump with high-voltage boiler; hot-water dispenser; frothing wand
  • Single- and double-shot stainless-steel filter basket, tamper, and measuring scoop included
  • Measures 14-1/4 by 8 by 9-1/2 inches

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Consumers Best Buy! The Gaggia Classic is one of our best sellers for several reasons. Commercial grade quality: Rugged construction of heavy duty materials for longevity. High performance: Forged brass components to stabilize temperature with a three-way solenoid valve and independent expansion valve. Gaggia is in the process of rolling out a new Turbo-Frother wand replacing the metal frothing wand and sleeve. The Gaggia Classic turns anyone into a "Barista" in the... More >>



Gaggia 102534 Espresso-Color Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, Red

Gaggia 102534 Espresso-Color Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, Red Gaggia 102534 Espresso-Color Semi-Automatic Espresso Machine, Red
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Make a statement with the Gaggia Espresso Color! This semi-automatic espresso machine is housed in bright red ABS plastic for a stunning, exceptional design. Using a stainless steel boiler, it brews pods or ground coffee and includes filter baskets for brewing single shot, double shot, or pods. The group head and filter holder are made of heat-retaining chrome plated brass for long-lasting heat stability, and you can pre-heat your cups on the passively heated cup warmer. Don’t forget about those cappuccinos and lattes – a Pannarello frothing wand attachment makes it easy to foam and steam milk without a fuss. Great for espresso lovers and home baristas at any stage of experience, the Gaggia Espresso Color comes ready to please.

Features

  • 1100-watt espresso machine with stainless-steel boiler and 15-bar pump
  • Chrome-plated brass brew group and portafilter provide excellent temperature stability
  • Accommodates ESE coffee pods or ground coffee; Pannarello steam wand; cup warmer
  • Removable water tank; 3 filter baskets, coffee tamper, and coffee-measuring scoop included
  • Measures 10-4/5 by 8-2/7 by 14 inches

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5.0 out of 5 stars PROFESSIONAL BARISTA'S budget friendly best friend, March 10, 2014
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If you know what you are doing, that is, if you are not some beginner who assumes that the machine will do the work for you with little to no effort, you will be fine and LOVE this machine! I use a hand crank ceramic burr grinder for my espresso, avoid those horrible blade grinders, again, if you know what you are doing, you know the benefit, no, need for a perfectly ground bean to pull a perfect shot, hence, you will love this machine.

Take off the silly pannarello cover and boom, steam wand. If you know how to steam milk properly, this should not be a challenge for you. I looked EVERYwhere for the pannarello latte art style wand, assuming it was necessary to steam without the pannarello cover, but found on a single message board that they are the same, the latte art style is just longer, so I am all set now! For the portafilter, do not use more than ~14g otherwise you will have a hard time fitting the portafilter to the grouphead and you'll leak. When I seasoned my... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars The Gaggia Color has a poor design where there are shims inside the ring where ..., November 28, 2014
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Disappointing lack of durability and performance. Purchased Gaggia Color last December (2013). By December 26, 2013 the portafilter ring needed to be replaced. The Gaggia Color has a poor design where there are shims inside the ring where the filter holder locks into place. The replacement had extra glue as if they were aware of the design issue.

The replacement lasted 10 months before it too began leaking: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHC4plLbxd8&feature=youtu.be

Importika, the company that shipped the machine, has been great to work with, but replacing two rings in less than a year and having quality of espresso compromised is disappointing and not what I expected.

The espresso the machine makes was quite good. But this thing is not forgiving as far as tamp and grind. Yes; both are crucial to the performance; however, I am able still to make a very good espresso pull from a cheap Hamilton Beach pump machine that I purchased in 2004... Read more
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not a good first impression, February 23, 2014
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First, found out it was made in Romania and not Italy - kind of disappointing since a 15 year old Italian Gaggia I had lasted so long. Still, thought I should give it a chance...unboxed it and it's missing 2 parts - though likely an Amazon error as I did get a "used like new" from their warehouse deals (which was SUPPOSED to include all parts - NOT). They can't be blamed for the user manual, though, which has faulty english translation and it missing at least one integrally important diagram. Correct page numbers and bound like new, just badly written and missing information! Can't believe Gaggia didn't quality check something so basic. And yes, mine like others arrived with water and dampness which is not a grave concern but this missing parts infuriate me. Will update review if I keep this but already turned off that Gaggia has seemed to compromise on their quality of late.
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Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel

 

Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel
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Brew a single or double espresso using either ground espresso or pods with this programmable espresso maker. The unit's 15 bars of pressure deliver consistently authentic espresso with excellent crema, while its stainless-steel steam nozzle makes it easy to turn an espresso drink into a frothy cappuccino or latte. Pre-programmed cup sizes include 1-1/2 ounces and 3 ounces. The espresso maker's 64-ounce reservoir removes for easy filling, and its steam button functions separately for convenience. Other highlights include a cup-warming tray on top, a removable drip tray and cover for easy cleanup, and a porta-filter holder with a locking mechanism, which makes it possible to quickly pump out wet grounds after each use. Accessories include a stainless frothing cup and a tamping tool with a measuring spoon. Beautifully designed in professional stainless-steel housing with an embossed Cuisinart logo, the espresso maker measures 10-1/2 by 9-1/4 by 12-3/4 inches and carries a three-year limited warranty. From the Manufacturer

Features

  • Programmable espresso maker brews single or double espresso and has 15 bars of pressure.
  • Brew 1 or 2 cups of coffee using either ground espresso or pods; You can select a pre-programmed cup size set at 1.5 ounces and 3.0 ounces.
  • Stainless steel steam nozzle for cappuccino and latte and separate steam button function for easy use.
  • Portafilter holder with locking mechanism that makes it easy to dispose of wet grounds after use.
  • Includes 69-ounce removable reservoir, Removable drip tray and cover, warming tray on top of unit, Tamping tool with measuring spoon and stainless frothing cup and limited 3-year warranty.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great machine, here's my notes..., August 20, 2010
This review is from: Cuisinart EM-200 Programmable 15-Bar Espresso Maker, Stainless Steel (Kitchen)
I've had this machine now 4 months. I've had many machines before it, including the ever popular DeLonghi. This is an amazing machine, but there are a few things to know.

1. All espresso machines, and even some coffee machines, need to be primed. If there is water in the tank, yet it's not pumping but making noise, chances are you just need to prime it. Turn the steam knob just like in the manual, and if it fails, try again. You only have to do this when you first get the machine, or if you some how let it run dry.

2. The specs list this as not coming with a tamper, that's only partially correct. It comes with a plastic scoop / tamper combo thang. Before you get too annoyed with it, I recommend ordering "RSVP Terry's Tamper" (probably advertised on the same page). It's less than 7 bucks, and the small side fits this machines portafilter perfectly.

3. Some reviewers have knocked this machine because the "Filter keeps getting clogged". Here's a news... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent value for a good espresso machine., June 12, 2015
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I like it a lot. It makes nice espresso and the steamer warms up milk fairly quickly. Build quality and finish looks very good. There is a seepage or discharge of water into the tray as the water is being heated that is puzzling to me. Maybe I'll post a video of it happening with the metal plate off.

I haven't tried using the manual or program mode because I'm satisfied with the 2 cup setting. The plastic tamping/scoop works well; I don't think buying a metal will make any difference. I'm a bit surprised by how much water is consumed because the water tank is pretty big (64 ounces, I think). Perhaps, it's because of the water seepage. I've had is less than a month so only long term use will determine the durability of the espresso machine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars After replacing two machines within six months, I am done with this model! Not happy!, July 27, 2015
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Not a good machine! Received one for Christmas from my boyfriend, and had to return in February, because the steam stick would not shut off while pouring an espresso shot. Received a replacement, and within a couple of months, the espresso shots would not pour correctly (steam issue again). I am going with another machine!
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