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There is couple hundred dollars difference the Breville Infuser and Crossland CC1 and there’s a good reason for the jump. Both semi-automatic espresso machines feature a programmable PID and timed espresso shots. Both have a traditional steam wand. Both are fantastic homes machines. But the CC1 rocks a single boiler and thermoblock-enhanced steam and a digital interface featuring more programming. Between these espresso machines, the Infuser boasts fame from Breville’s consumer-centric design and some extra goodies to make your home coffee experience easy.
Heads up! We recently compared the Crossland Coffee CC1 and Breville Barista Express, so this might feel like a recap. If you haven’t checked that out yet, there isn’t a huge difference between the Infuser and Barista Express. Really the most notable change is the Barista Express has a built-in grinder.
Back to the Infuser! Check out this comparison of the Infuser and CC1 and find out which machine is right for you.
Built by coffee geek Bill Crossland, the Crossland CC1 has all the personality you’d expect from, well, a coffee geek! The innovative interface programs the espresso shot time, pre-infusion and wait time between pre-infusion and brew. The PID allows you to adjust the boiler—remember it’s a single boiler—for the ideal brew temperature. Best of all, you can set up three profiles with each of the listed features and that includes the CC1 remembering different brew temperatures—a feature you don’t find on most machines!
On the other hand, Breville Infuser is built with the kind of convenience casual coffee drinkers adore. Built-in pre-infusion optimizes coffee extraction—and keeps it easy for you—while the two programmable espresso buttons let you set the right shot time. But the Infuser doesn’t have individual profiles like the CC1. The brew temperature is set for the whole machine, which is easier for some baristas to manage, but less customizable.
Single Boiler vs Thermoblock
You’ve probably heard the differences between single boilers and thermoblocks. If you're new to this topic, it’s definitely something to think about when purchasing your first or next espresso machine. The Crossland CC1 is outfitted with a single boiler while the Breville Infuser (like the Barista Express) has a thermocoil, a version of the thermoblock.
A single boiler heats the entire boiler up to brew or steam temperature, which creates consistent brew temperatures and pressure. But that also means a single boiler takes longer to warm up. We recommend giving it a good 30 minutes to heat. A thermoblock heats water the spot to reduce the wait time and also the cost of the machine. The only catch is thermoblocks tend to have less temperature stability.
While the CC1 only uses the boiler for brewing, it has a trick for steaming—a thermoblock! With an extra helping hand, steam temperature and pressure are quickly reached. Between these two machines, the CC1 definitely brought the steam! That didn't surprise us either since typically single boilers produce more steam power over thermoblocks.
Steam Before Brewing
One common quality these semi-automatics share are both can’t steam and brew at the same time. Even though the Crossland CC1 has a thermoblock, the boiler will still climb to steam temperature. So what do you do? On machines like the CC1, you’ll have to use a technique called “temperature surfing” to purge water through the steam wand to the boiler back to brewing. But that’s no problem for machines like the Infuser! Breville built in an auto-purge feature to cool the boiler for you!
The Crossland CC1 flaunts a digital display that makes setting everything from the setting the PID a no-brainer. The extra large screen awakens sleepy eyes, so you’re ready to select your daily brew. With this machine, brewing is handled through the digital interface, so you really are selecting your brew! There are some pre-factory settings, but we recommend setting up at least one profile for your favorite coffee.
While the Infuser doesn’t show off programming on a digital display, it does feature a helpful pressure gauge. You might have noticed the pressure gauge on the front of your machine fluctuates at you brew. The pressure gauge is there to tell baristas what’s happening inside of the boiler. If you ever noticed your coffee isn’t to your standards, watch the gauge and see what it’s doing. Is the needle hitting the espresso range? If not, you might need to adjust your grinder setting finer. Experiment with it and above all else, taste the espresso first to help make the right changes!
The Breville Infuser is designed with extra bells and whistles to make this machine usable to everyone! If you’re new to espresso, the Infuser has pressurized baskets to assist pulling a delicious shot. But it also comes with non-pressurized baskets, like the Crossland CC, to grow with budding baristas. Lastly, it has a dosing razor for the portafilter and magnetic tamper built in the machine to make brewing a breeze.
On that note, the CC1 is built for advanced brewing. It boasts an industry-standard 58mm non-pressurized portafilter and hefty single boiler that makes powerful steam pressure. There’s no assisted portafilter here. But that doesn’t mean willing newbies can’t take it for a spin! The intuitive display and a little barista know-how make it effortless for anyone to try.
Are you deciding between the Crossland CC1 and Breville Infuser? Tell us which one you would choose in the comments below! If you have one at your home, share how it’s working out for you.
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Chemistry 101: First Lesson. How to make cold brew. This retro chemistry set is the Osaka Coffee Cold Brew Dripper. Unlike traditional cold brewers like the renowned Toddy, the Osaka takes a different approach to brewing. Do you know what it is? Hint: The answer is in the name. Give up? It drips water onto the coffee to slowly saturate the grounds. This way, you get more consistent extraction than with immersion methods. The slow-drip style of cold brewing first originated in Japan, and many versions of the ornate drip tower exist in coffee shops the world over. The Osaka brewer shrinks this technique down for an easy at-home slow drip experience.
Stacked together like a set of Jenga blocks, the Osaka Cold Brew Dripper uses precise control during extraction. An adjustable flow rate spigot is located on the bottom of the reservoir. A quick turn of the dial Let it flow fast or slow and steady. The faster the flow, the brighter (and less concentrated) your cup will be. And when we say fast, it’s more like a faucet dribbling. If you were aiming for the classic slow drip cold brew taste, we recommend a drip rate around 1 drop per second.
Cold brew lovers value a clean cup of the good, strong stuff. The Osaka has a fine mesh filter made from sturdy stainless steel that’s easy to wash and reuse again and again. While it’ll keep all the coffee silt out of your cup, the mesh filter allows more oils to pass through than a traditional paper filter. As a result, the cup has more body. That said, the slow-drip makes a lighter concentrate than cold brewers like the Toddy. Depending on your taste, you’ll either love or hate this. We gave the Osaka a go with the Crew and it passed the taste test!
We love a cold brewer that fits into our cabinets! Some models are big, clunky space hoggers (the Toddy comes to mind). Fortunately, the Osaka Coffee Cold Brew Dripper is only 10.5 inches tall and a whole six inches wide. Better yet, you can take the piece apart to fit into tighter spaces—come on, you can totally make that work!
Size & Materials
Since the Osaka Coffee Cold Brew Dripper is a small guy, it can only make a couple cups of coffee. It rocks about a 19-ounce chamber and small grounds basket. One of the only cons we hear from coffee connoisseurs is plastic and water. The Osaka features a glass carafe and a plastic water reservoir and grounds chamber, which would make some turn the other way.
If you’re interested in trying a new way to brew, the Osaka Coffee Cold Brew Drip Brewer offers a novel brew profile in an adorably small package. Share your favorite slow-drip recipes in the comments below.
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We know. The Breville Barista Express is at the top of your wish list. Outfitted with everything you need to run your own home cafe, the Breville espresso machines always wow coffee lovers. Who could match this beloved machine? None other than the Crossland Coffee CC1 to give this Breville a run for its money.
The CC1 boasts a single boiler and—drumroll—a thermoblock that engages during steaming. Seriously hard to compete with the consistency of a single boiler espresso machine. The CC1 also features a programmable PID, customizable brew settings—including pre-infusion—and three profiles to save your favorite drinks. That said, the Barista Express flaunts a built-in grinder, user-friendly operation and Breville’s attention to detail. This isn’t a popularity contest, but when it comes to buying an espresso machine, every feature counts.
One of the biggest differences between these two machines is the boiler design. The Breville Barista Express has a thermocoil (a type of thermoblock) while the Crossland Coffee CC1 has a single boiler. While these are two different boilers, both can only brew and steam one at a time—that’s a given.
But that is where the similarities end. Coffee aficionados prefer single boilers because they tend to maintain more consistent brew temperatures—especially when equipped with a PID. By comparison, a thermoblock heats a shot worth of water on the fly, often leading to swings in temperature from shot to shot. Breville compensates for this temperature variance by ‘coiling’ their thermoblock’s heating element around the tube of water and strictly regulating the coil temperature with a proprietary PID controller, increasing their stability over more basic thermoblock designs.
If you love to get geeky with your coffee, then you will feel right at home with the Crossland Coffee CC1! Built by a fellow coffee geek, Bill Crossland, it features everything from programmable brew temperature (in fahrenheit), pre-infusion time, wait time (pause between pre-infusion and brewing) and, of course, brew time. The cherry on top is the digital interface that makes customizing a cake walk. Once you’ve brewed the perfect cup, the CC1 can save up to three profiles—that’s including the pod option. That said, you will have to program each profile with all the customization (brew temperature, time, etc.). The sheer amount of options on the CC1 can be totally overwhelming for budding baristas.
That’s why many people love Breville espresso machine’s user-friendly operation. The Barista Express’ PID mode is harder to access at first, but unlike the CC1, you only need to adjust the Barista Express once. You can adjust the Barista Express plus or minus four degrees from the factory-set temperature. Aside from the PID, it’s incredibly easy to change your settings on the fly. Need a longer shot time? Hit program, insert a full portafilter, hit the espresso button to program, brew, press it again to stop and your shot time is saved—that’s it!
Both the Crossland CC1 and Breville Barista Express use thermoblocks to steam. But the CC1 relies heavily on its single boiler to steam and uses the thermoblock like a car uses a turbocharger. The thermoblock helps get to steam temperature faster than trying to bring a whole boiler up to steam. That said, the bigger the boiler, the bigger the steam power. Turn on the steam on both machines and it’s pretty obvious the CC1 has more steam power than the Barista Express.
The built-in grinder only makes an appearance on a couple Breville espresso machines, the Barista Express and the Oracle. The grinder also happens to have the same 40mm conical steel burrs found on the Breville Smart Grinder Pro and Breville Does Control Pro. The difference? The Barista Express limits the burr adjustments within the espresso range, ensuring you can pull a decent shot. Even on its coarsest setting, the Barista Express’ grounds are nowhere near French press status.
If you want to brew with the Crossland Coffee CC1, you’ll need to invest in an espresso grinder. Accessorized with a commercial-grade, non-pressurized portafilter, you’ll need a consistently fine grind to pull delicious shots. And that’s what coffee connoisseurs want!
If you’re a budding barista, the Barista Express includes both pressurized and non-pressurized portafilters. We love pressurized portafilters since they’ll pull a decent shot even if the grind is fudged. For anyone who wants to grow with their machine, the non-pressurized is a must to hone those barista skills.
The Breville Barista Express is an all-time all-star for home baristas ready to brew espresso at home. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned today, it’s that the Crossland Coffee CC1 gives Breville espresso machines a run for their money! Programmed with a digital display to customize coffee settings, you can fine-tune the CC1 to make a delicious cup. And it has a single boiler, which produces more consistent espresso and better steam power than a thermoblock. What espresso machine would you take home? Share it with us in the comments below.
The Round Up
What’s do we mean by “not quite espresso makers?” As we know, a true espresso shot brews consistently at nine bars of pressure. There are a handful of coffee makers that brew at one to two bars of pressure creating a cup that’s rich, dark and full-bodied like espresso. For coffee lovers craving a stout cup, we rounded up the AeroPress Coffee Maker, Ilsa Express Espresso Stove Top and Wacaco Minipresso GR Portable Espresso Machine to get the job done!
First on our list is the beloved AeroPress. Simple, compact and affordable, the AeroPress easily finds its way into homes. It works similar to a French press by immersing grounds in water and then plunge, but the AeroPress brews directing into the bottom of a fresh cup. Not to mention, the pressure buildup is completely different. The AeroPress rubber plunger seals against the chamber and builds up one to two bars of pressure by hand. We’ve heard of some coffee lovers out there getting up to nine bars of pressure with the assistance of a lever device—still not quite espresso.
The Ilsa Express brews by steam power, it doesn’t extract at nine bars of pressure. So not quite espresso. That said, stovetop makes one mean cup of coffee! And by mean, we’re talking about a seriously stout and strong cup. If you enjoy sipping the rich flavors of espresso, the Ilsa Express can make that happen for you at a fraction of the cost of an espresso machine. The Ilsa Express has a 3, 6 and 10-cup option available and, better yet, the 6-cup has a divider that can cut your portion to 3 cups.
The Wacaco Minipresso Espresso Maker is the closest thing to espresso. It boasts eight bars of pressure and makes a single shot! Similar to a pressurized portafilter, it won’t release the coffee unless it reaches that eight bars of pressure. It’s designed like a mini espresso machine equipped with a brew basket, water reservoir and hand-driven pump system. At the end of the day, if you’re on the road the Minipresso is the perfect companion for a quick pick-me-up.
The true espresso coffee lovers crave brews with nine bars of pressure. Our makers don’t quite reach that mark, but they certainly make a strong cup of java! What did you think of our Top 3 “Not Quite” espresso makers? Share what you would have chosen in the comments below!
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Italian manufactured, Rocket’s contemporary espresso machines are designed with sharp precision and traditional inspiration. Underneath the surface, though, is where we start to see the individual personality of a Rocket. Let us introduce you to one, the Rocket Espresso Evoluzione.
Encased in polished stainless steel, the Evoluzione brews with a rotary pump. Compared to vibratory pumps, found in many machines like the Rocket Espresso Appartamento, the rotary pump provides instant pressure and quiet brewing experience. And we fully anticipate home baristas pulling shot after shot. Best of all, the Evoluzione is the cheapest convertible water line machine in our lineup. Flip between reservoir or plumbed-in—most machines are one way or the other! The plumbable options offer homeowners the flexibility to remodel their kitchen and elevate their coffee game. Your home could be running like your favorite cafe!
Built with the commercial-grade 58mm portafilter and renowned E61 brew head, the Rocket Espresso Evoluzione runs strong and sturdy as a professional cafe’s equipment. But no, the Evoluzione is a home espresso machine. If you’re ready to invest in an espresso machine, the Evoluzione has Rocket’s solid reputation and spectacular features behind it.
For example, the rotary pump instantly adds pressure as opposed to vibratory pumps, which slowly build pressure to nine bars. Coffee enthusiasts will appreciate the 'true' pre-infusion the rotary pump offers. It uses two or three bars of pressure from the plumbing before hitting full extraction at nine bars. On the other hand, the vibratory pump passively pre-infuses espresso by ramping up from zero to nine bars.
A rotary pump is also considered more resilient. As the name implies, it rotates the water through the pump, which is gentle on the machine (for a quick comparison, vibratory pumps use a piston to push water). And most home espresso machines use identical rotary pumps as commercial models—like the Evoluzione. Let’s not forget to mention that rotary pumps are sweeter on the ears thanks to the quite
Equipped with a 1.8-liter copper boiler, the Rocket Espresso Evoluzione is built for frothing. Release the valve and a powerful mist of steam billows from the two-hole tip. That sort of power means milk is heated in seconds! Don’t forget, the Evoluzione has a heat exchanger, so you can brew and steam at the same time—you’ll be pulling a shot and pouring the milk in under a minute!
Cut from the same cloth, the Rocket Espresso Evoluzione has the style and function that make coffee connoisseurs swoon and hole-up in the kitchen brewing espresso. But the Evoluzione gifts baristas with an extra feature. Built into the machine is a simple switch that flips between plumbed-in or reservoir. Imagine brewing latte after latte and never refilling the water in your espresso machine. Picture it. Got it? That’s the dream with the Evoluzione.
If variety is the spice of life, then you’re going to love the Evoluzione’s two style choices. The Rocket Espresso Cellini Evoluzione features the classic Rocket style with clean edges and a boxy shape. The Rocket Espresso Giotto Evoluzione is outfitted with geometric side panels that stand out from the crowd of rectangle machines—but we’re not biased.
The Rocket Espresso Evoluzione features a powerful heat exchanger and rotary pump that produces quality espresso each time. This is one of the cheapest heat exchangers we offer that also comes with customizable options such as the style and flexible water reservoir. What do you think of the Rocket Espresso Evoluzione? Share it with us!
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They grind, they brew and they make cappuccinos at the touch of a button. We’re talking about one-touch superautomatic espresso machine! We compared the DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino Smart against the Saeco Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino.
The Smart earns it name from DeLonghi’s milk frothing carafe called the LatteCrema system. Built into the carafe is an adjustable dial that whips up silky microfoam and fluffy cappuccino foam—seriously! While it’s a frothing genius, it lacks the programmability and drink options you’d expect from a machine called “smart.”
The Deluxe Cappuccino aced coffee 101 with a specialty coffee menu and two dedicated espresso buttons that we can program. The simplified menu is a refreshing sight to swiftly guide you to your morning cup. The Deluxe Cappuccino also brews one-touch drinks but the carafe creates one foam, what we're used to in most carafe systems. Don’t just take our word for it, check out these two machines for yourself!
The Saeco Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino replaced the previous model with an updated coffee menu, including specialty drinks! At this price point, the additional drinks add creativity to otherwise classic options. Our personal favorite from the specialty menu is the baby cappuccino—an espresso shot with a dollop of foamy milk. That’s what perfect mornings are made of. And for mornings that need multiple cups of coffee, you’ll appreciate the quick recovery that ensures your machine is warmed up in time—hallelujah!
For easy, relaxed mornings, the DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino Smart know how to get the job done. The simple interface and classic drink options promise consistency in each cup. While we love simplicity, an expanded drink menu and more customization wouldn’t hurt! That said, we can adjust the brew temperature, coffee dosage and grind setting for a personal touch. If you need more of a pick-me-up, the 2x button increased the grounds per shot.
The LatteCrema system has to be one of the better auto-frothing carafes we’ve seen! Featured on DeLonghi’s high-end lineup, we were stoked to hear it was included on the lower-tiered DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino Smart. Where in lacks in programmability, it makes up with customization! Three milk foam options froth between a silky microfoam and thick cappuccino foam. When you’re done with the milk, flip the dial to clean for a spic and span carafe ready to store in the fridge.
While the Saeco Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino’s carafe isn’t as advanced as its competitor, we control the milk volume. Better yet, there is a dedicated milk froth button that is manually turned on and off for piping hot milk on demand—hot chocolate, anyone? The Deluxe Cappuccino also has a ‘carafe quick clean’ button to rinse out residue for safe storage. That said, we can’t get over how well the Smart’s LatteCrema system whips up frothed milk.
Outfitted with a brushed stainless steel casing, the Saeco Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino complements modern kitchen appliances. The front accessible reservoir and dump box optimize your counter space. Similarly styled to the Deluxe Cappuccino, the DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino Smart’s compact and front access design save valuable counter space. The polished black casing contrasts against the silver detailing giving it a clean, contemporary finish. When it comes down to looks, your personal style is all that matters.
That said, the Deluxe Cappuccino interface offers functionality and drink options than its competitor. Considering both machines are in the similar price range, we appreciate the little things! The Deluxe Cappuccino also features dedicated espresso buttons that brew at the touch of a button. The Smart’s only drinks are available in the select drink menu.
Both one-touch superautomatic machines fall into the same price range and category. The DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino Smart features DeLonghi’s impressive LatteCrema system. That said, if you want more drink options and programmability, the Saeco Intelia Deluxe Cappuccino fits the bill. What do you think? Share your favorite machine in the comments below.
The Round Up
Making espresso you love at home has never been easier or more affordable with these top three picks! We rounded up our top three budget espresso machines, the DeLonghi EC155, DeLonghi Dedica and Breville Duo-Temp Pro.
When we picked our three budget machines, we were looking at the cost to features. It's no surprised that our machines featured pressurized portafilters and panarello-style steam wands since these are entry-level machines. That said, programmability and capability also helped us decide which machine made the cut! That goes for the Duo-Temp Pro too. Sure it's a little extra, but the price balanced the advanced features—we'll talk more about this machine below. Check out our top picks and let is know which one’s for you!
The DeLonghi EC155 is the smallest machine in the roundup but don't be fooled by its size. It features a one-liter water tank and a single boiler! Surprised? Sometimes great things come in small packages. This machine also has an amazing community dedicated to getting the most out of it. And it’s no wonder! This machine has a lot to offer for the price. The panarello-style steam wand is designed to froth for you, a perfect option for beginners! Not only that, but the pressurized portafilters ensure the espresso is extracted perfectly each time. This machine is designed to make delicious cappuccinos, no sweat.
That said, the EC155 has some weak spots. Since this is a single boiler, you have to temperature surf after steaming in order to brew. Don’t forget to always have a full reservoir so you don’t burn out the boiler, too. Also, some nit-picky cons are the plastic built-in tamper and clunky plastic steam tip. Overall, the EC155 is a great machine with an affordable price tag!
If getting espresso at the touch of a button sounds fantastic to you, then you need the DeLonghi Dedica! Built with two programmable espresso buttons and a pressurized portafilter, the Dedica brews espresso without any fuss. Plus, the panarello-style steam wand automatically incorporates air for you and makes fluffy foam perfect for cappuccino. Bonus: The Dedica comes with a single or double basket.
The Dedica requires more patience and maintenance. As with any machine with a shared boiler (or thermoblock), you have to steam and brew one at a time. But, if you want to lessen the wait time, we recommend using a technique called temperature surfing. Bonus: The Dedica protects the thermoblock by pausing after steaming and forces you to cool it down before brewing. This keeps your machine in tip-top shape!
Similar to other budget espresso machines, we weren’t a fan of the plastic accessories. And, while we adore the Dedica’s slim profile, it has a small drip tray to fills up quick. If you plan on temperature surfing, have a separate cup or the sink nearby to purge.
The Breville Duo-Temp Pro knocks it out of the park with advanced features! It's equipped with both non-pressurized and pressurized baskets, so home baristas can grow their skills with this machine. While this entry-level machine has a simple interface, the Duo-Temp Pro packs in pre-infusion and, our personal favorite, auto-purge. What’s auto-purge? Instead of temperature surfing, it purges hot water to cool the thermoblock to brewing temperature—saving you time!
While we adore Breville’s newest entry-level model, we miss the programmable shot times. And the Duo-Temp Pro is outfitted with a traditional steam wand, which could be a pro or con depending on your skill level. The thermoblock pressure builds slowly so baristas will either be a) happy because you get to practice your technique or b) frustrated because it requires more time and skill to froth. That said, we love what the Duo-Temp Pro has to offer home baristas!
While these machines are easy on the wallet, they certainly didn’t go easy on the features! The DeLonghi EC155 is the most affordable of our budget machines and is built with a single boiler—an amazing feature for the price! Our other DeLonghi, the Dedica, impressed us with its programmable espresso buttons. And, of course, if you want to grow with your machine, the Breville Duo-Temp Pro is equipped with the accessories to get the job done! What did you think of our top picks? Tell us your favorite machine in the comments below.
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If you’re on the hunt for a superautomatic, look no further than the Saeco Moltio Carafe Superautomatic - Certified Refurbished! The Moltio Carafe (model HD8869/47) is certified refurbished, so it’s easy on the wallet but always tested and approved by us before it’s sent to you. As the name suggests, this superautomatic uses a removable carafe to make one-touch lattes and cappuccinos or you can switch it out for the hot water spout to make Americanos.
But what’s the icing on top of this machine? The removable bean hopper! And there are two hoppers for twice the beans—we don’t see removable bean hoppers on superautomatics often, let alone two. But there is another machine with a removable bean hopper, the Saeco Gran Baristo Hd8966/47. The Gran Baristo seals the deal with six user profiles; however, it only has one bean container. What’s the benefit of a removable bean hopper for coffee lovers? You can change out your beans from a morning blend to an afternoon decaf! If you enjoy lots of different coffee, the Moltio Carafe has two hoppers to get the job done.
Grab your favorite mug and enjoy hot coffee at the touch of a button. The Saeco Moltio Carafe Superautomatic - Certified Refurbished dedicates four buttons for classic drinks like espresso or latte macchiato. The intuitive press and hold programming is an effortless user-experience—we give it the thumbs up. To program, hit stop in the left-hand corner and the Moltio Carafe will remember the volume until it’s programmed again.
Pro tip: Program this machine for one-ounce espresso shots if you like it strong. We love our espresso, so naturally we programmed the Moltio for two-ounce shots and it was weaker than we wanted. That's because even at the strongest dosage, (five beans under the Aroma button) the brew group is better designed for a single shot.
That said, you can control the strength of your espresso using the Aroma button. There are five settings that add more grams per shot for the best cup every time. Another nifty trick for brewing coffee is choosing the bean species. Under the Menu button, select from arabica, robusta or a mix blend. Last but not least, like other superautomatics, you can change up For the price point, the Moltio Carafe offers us several ways to make coffee we’ll love.
Want a cappuccino to-go? The name says it all— the Saeco Moltio Carafe Superautomatic - Certified Refurbished features a one-touch carafe system that steams milk right into your mug. Dual thermoblocks for brewing and steaming work separately so you're sipping a full mug in a matter of minutes! Similar to other carafes you cannot control the froth, which is why we see drinks like the latte macchiato. Our latte macchiato was foamy and the factory settings pleased us with a stiff shot and lots of milk—just how we like it!
Encased in a sleek gunmetal casing, unboxing the Saeco Moltio Carafe is like driving a new car off the lot. The metal bezel on the side adds an unexpected touch. The minimalist interface finishes this streamlined design that makes you skip the test drive and sign the paperwork. But like every new car, you unearth something after the honeymoon cruise is over. For the Moltio Carafe, the polished interface with buttons carved out of the panel starts to creak under your fingers. And that creak makes you realize these buttons could break. It hasn’t happened to the Crew, but—as you would with most electronics—use a gentle touch.
The Moltio Carafe continues its minimalist style with an intuitive and sophisticated menu. It features a controlled auto-off and maintenance functionalities like a descale mode, which is vital to the life of your machine. The only feature we’re missing is a manual rinse cycle on the Moltio Carafe. After a few lattes, it’ll prompt rinsing the carafe again. Or if you’re impatient, the hot water tap had the carafe spick and span!
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly machine with all the bells and whistles, check out the Saeco Moltio Carafe Superautomatic - Certified Refurbished. The Moltio Carafe whips up classic drinks at the touch of a button. And best of all, this machine has style that complements the kitchen. What do you think of the Saeco Moltio Carafe? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
Supersonic Coffee, one of the roasters carried by Seattle Coffee Gear, released a statement this week that they'll be changing their name due to a trademark infringement.
Goodbye, Supersonic Coffee. Hello, AKA Coffee!
Starting October 24, 2016, Seattle Coffee Gear will be ordering Supersonic Coffee under the new name, AKA Coffee. It’s the same great coffee, with a new face!
In the statement, John Laird, the Managing Director of AKA Coffee, said; “We are excited to explore the new opportunities that AKA Coffee represents. The AKA name is playful, personal, and embraces the moments when we enjoy a cup of coffee, whether it is a quick break or a meditative pause. Call it what you will, to us, it is AKA Coffee.”
The trademark claim came from Sonic, the hamburger chain, and lead the roaster to change its name to avoid further legal issues. Sonic claimed there could be potential confusion between the chain and specialty coffee roaster. The roaster recognized the financial impact of disputing a $4+ billion company and instead used the opportunity to rebrand.
It’s difficult for us to see small companies, especially a specialty coffee roaster we love, undergo involuntary changes. That said, Seattle Coffee Gear is excited to welcome AKA Coffee and continue forward with them on their new journey.
For more information, read Supersonic Coffee's statement here.
Follow AKA Coffee on Twitter and Instagram @enjoy_aka
How Does It Compare?
If you need coffee to get your morning started, one-touch espresso machines are the answer! We’re comparing two one-touch machines, the Miele CM 6310 Coffee System with the new DeLonghi Eletta Plus Cappuccino. And when you can program your machine to turn on whenever you want how can you not be sold?
The Miele sports four profiles for the whole family to make their favorite drinks—it’s truly like having a personal barista. The Eletta isn’t too shabby, either. While the Eletta doesn’t have profiles, we can customize the volume of espresso and milk for a handful of menu options. However, the really cherry on top of the Eletta is it’s advanced carafe, called the LatteCrema system, that has three dials to control milk frothiness. If you’ve been searching for a one-touch superautomatic espresso machine, check out these machines to see if one is right for you.
If you were tantalized by the Miele CM 6310 Coffee System’s four profiles, you’re going to swoon for this—each profile can customize the espresso and milk volume, brew temperature and pre-infusion time. Better yet, it’ll remember your tall order on every drink, on every profile. Did you get swept up off your feet? We certainly did. The espresso held up to our Crews tastebuds.
The newest superautomatic to our lineup, the DeLonghi Eletta Plus Cappuccino, holds its own against the Miele. The drink menu features intuitive espresso choices that make finding your favorite drinks seamless. For instance, the My Coffee menu uses your taste preferences like standard taste or extra strong to make your perfect cup. While there are no profiles, you can program the espresso and milk volume under My Coffee as well as under the Cappuccino and Milk Menu buttons.
Bonus: The Eletta features pulse brewing coffee that lowers the pressure and extracts a cup that is similar to drip!
One-touch cappuccinos, lattes or even flat whites are at our fingertips with the DeLonghi Eletta Plus Cappuccino’s LatteCrema system. Superautomatics tend to make one-foam-fits-all and limits our creativity, but the LatteCrema system takes care of that. The carafe dial has three options that turn milk into creamy silk or fluffy foam to dollop on espresso—the result is like ordering a latte from a local cafe!
We gave both of these one-touch superautomatic machines the thumbs up in milk temperature! The Miele CM 6310 stainless steel thermal carafe will keep our milk cool while the Eletta’s plastic carafe is likely to warm faster. And unlike the Eletta, the Miele can adjust the milk temperature, so we’re never worried about cold milk in our cup. Another design feature we appreciate on the Miele is the dedicated hot water spout. With the Eletta, we have to change between the carafe and hot water spout.
The Miele CM 6310 interactive digital display navigates user’s smoothly through programming and selecting a cup of coffee. And that’s what you want when you’ve have so many features to customize! The icons can be tricky to figure out at first, but a quick look over the manual makes it a no-brainer. The DeLonghi Eletta Plus Cappuccino features a similar interface. Both have touch-sensitive icons and a display, but the Eletta reuses some buttons for different functions, which can create confusion. But get to know your superautomatic and it’s all smooth sailing.
Both of these one-touch superautomatic machines are outfitted with extra bells and whistles to keep your machine in tip-top shape! In fact, the Miele has one of the best cleaning cycles we’ve seen! It actively prompts a “rinse milk pipework” cycle to clean the hoses. The drip tray even has a slot dedicated for the nozzle of the hose to make cleanup more effortless. The Eletta’s maintenance is on par too—the carafe dial has a clean dial that steams water through the pipework without backwashing into the milk.
Overall, both one-touch espresso machines impress us with their capabilities and convenience! The Miele CM 6310 features four customizable profiles that can remember drink settings—this really knocks the Miele out of the park with other comparable superautomatics. That said, DeLonghi Eletta Plus Cappuccino feature customizable drinks too and features the advanced LatteCrema system that changes the frothiness of your milk. Both are great companions for coffee lovers, but which one is for you? If you want to learn more about these machines, check out their Crew Reviews.