October 18, 2005
We are on a clear tear this morning! This tamper is formed of high grade stainless steel has a convex tamping surface and a colored acrylic handle with a stainless steel crown. We love the dreamy blue middle that seems like a warp core from Star Trek and harkens to the future of tamping devices everywhere! The clear espresso tamper is dishwasher safe and fits espresso and coffee machines from: Astoria, Astra, Azykoyen, Bezzera, Brasilia, Bravo, Bunn, Caramali, Cimbali, Compak, Conti, ECM/ Giotto, Elektra, Expobar, Faema, Futurmat, Gaggia, Grimac, Isomac, La Marzocco, La Valentina, Magister, Nuova Simonelli, Pasquini, Rancilio, Rio, Salvatore, VBM, VFA, Wega and more...
At Blue Espresso Hand Tamper/ Coffee Tamp
October 17, 2005
We can't imagine a better morning than one filled with this polished wonder making us a nice cup of espresso. The Oliver Hemming 18/10 polished stainless steel NIO stove top espresso maker can make up to 6 cups of your favorite coffee. British designer Oliver Hemming studied silver-smithing and product design in art school and since then, he has been making innovative and accessible designs, most recently with the nio collection. Conceived over a decade ago, this award-winning collection – teapot, water kettle, espresso pot, creamer, sugar, teaspoon, and serving platter – echoes Art Deco motifs with a modern vision.
October 11, 2005
Sometimes just the shape of an espresso machine makes me want to buy it. The Grcic Espresso Machine looks like it just came out of a classic Star Wars Trilogy movie and would be used to make hot drinks for the Death Star Guards.
Grcic's design features a 15-bar pump espresso machine with removable water tank, high-convenience filter holder, stainless steel drip tray, programmable interface, and stainless steel mill container. The machine also functions as an automatic cappuccino maker. We love the automatic cappucccino option many of these machines are starting to come with. Now...where's that power generator I need to shut down?
At Grcic Espresso Machine
October 4, 2005
We've tried the Super Automatic line of Jura Capressa machines but now we're very interested in this new Impressa Z5. We're not exactly sure how it makes an automatic Cappuccino but I'm thinking it can froth milk semi-automatically (did I just type that?) using the side attachment with the insulated milk pitcher. Since you can use your own coffee, we think the coffee snob in you might like this over a Flavia or similar machine.
"The Impressa Z5 features eight pre-set beverage buttons. All your coffee drinks are now just one push button away: Cappuccino, latte, hot chocolate, hot tea, one or two cups of ristretto, espresso, cafe lungo, or even large cups of crema coffee. Highlights include One-Touch Cappuccino System: Cappuccino or latte is prepared without moving the cup. A dual nozzle system with two separate outlets for milk and coffee makes it possible. The nozzle system has a short extension for tall latte glasses and a long extension for wide cappuccino cups."
At Jura-Capresso 13214 Impressa Z5 Automatic Coffee Center
September 15, 2005
We've been fascinated with getting our own Bialetti Mukka Express in the cow print pattern since we first featured it earlier this year, but the thought of paying for overseas shipping - well - didn't make our pocketbook feel good. Now the Bialetti Mukka Express is available at Amazon.com for $89.99. We're not sure if it qualifies for FREE shipping because it comes really from Cooking.com, but you won't be paying $30 bucks I'm sure for shipping.
"The "Mukka" express cappuccino maker is designed for use on your stovetop's burner. It's easy to use - just fill the bottom with water up to the indicator, insert the filter filled with ground coffee, screw on the top section and add milk. With the lid closed, place on your burner then press the button on top. Within minutes, your cappuccino or latte is ready. The "Mukka" express makes up to two, 7.4-oz. cups. It's made of enameled, die-cast aluminum."
At Bialetti Mukka Express Stovetop Cappuccino/Latte Maker
August 15, 2005
There's a new Nespresso in town - the Essenza. We're going to try and get a review machine for comparison to the Nespresso Romeo.
"In addition to the new advanced extraction system developed by Nespresso that allows for its smaller size, Essenza incorporates a new lever system, enabling easy introduction of each capsule while ensuring perfect functioning of the machine. With one simple touch of the lever, users can manually control the quantity of coffee in each cup to satisfy their specific preferences by producing either a perfect espresso or “long cup” coffee (110 ml). As with all Nespresso systems, the Essenza is also equipped with a 19 bar high-pressure pump and thermobloc guaranteeing optimal extraction and thus, the full measure of aromas, body, taste and smooth crema that distinguish superb espressos and coffees."
July 29, 2005
Looks like the new Krups Home Cafe Coffee Pod Brewer is available at Amazon.com. It's priced at $130 and available from a ZShops seller. The price seems in line with expectations it would be more in the Keurig B50 price range. We will be receiving the Krups Home Cafe Coffee Pod Brewer to review soon and should have a run down on how it's changed from earlier Home Cafe offerings.
"Krups expertise in coffee brewing is combined with the convenience of Home Cafe coffee pods to produce a consistent, custom brewed cup of hot coffee in less than a minute. No coffee mess, no unused coffee down the drain, just perfect pressure-brewed coffeehouse taste on demand."
July 14, 2005
We've yet to try vacuum coffee from this maker, but have tried it from the Black&Decker and liked the difference in taste. I do think the Bodum Santos Vacuum coffee maker does look a bit better. Water is heated in the lower jug on the stovetop or a spirit burner and eventually boils up through a funnel where it mixes with the ground coffee, once the coffee is brewed, the unit is removed from the heat and brewed coffee is released back into the lower jug. I just hope it makes a great brew.
At Bodum Santos Vacuum Coffeemaker
July 1, 2005
Making coffee will never be as easy as Single Serve Coffee, but I guess some people still need an entire pot of brewed coffee in the morning, afternoon, evening, and sometimes in the wee hours of the night. The Beyond Digital Living coffee maker is hooked up over the web and can be accessed from any browser anywhere. It grinds, drips, and keeps your coffee hot all in one package. They even say - it's easy to use? Wild. :-)
At Beyond Digital Living - Products, Coffee Maker
June 23, 2005
Didn't get rich on that dot.com job? Now you can savor the Google life – er, good life – with the Café Set. This handsome trio consists of an 8 oz. French coffee press, a 10 oz. stainless steel coffee mug with crisp black Google logo, and a functional, contemporary coffee spoon. The stainless steel press has heat-tolerant glass and a sturdy handle for easy pouring. The set is packaged in a two-piece black gift box, making an excellent gift for the hot-beverage crowd.
At Google Store