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Semi-automatic Espresso Machines

Calphalon Temp iQ vs. Breville: Guide and Comparison

Calphalon is an American brand that specializes in premium kitchen appliances and kitchenware. The name Calphalon is synonymous with high quality hard anodized aluminum cookware, but they also have several appliances, just as premium, and an espresso machine is one of them. Calphalon’s Temp iQ espresso machine with built-in grinder, which is model we’re reviewing here, is usually compared to…

Gaggia Classic Pro Comparisons vs. Rancilio Silvia, Breville Bambino Plus, Infuser and more

If you’re familiar with Gaggia’s Classic espresso machine, you know it’s one of the best entry-level espresso machines out there. It has commercial style qualities, but it’s made with the home user in mind, so it’s user friendly even for a beginner. The Gaggia Classic Pro builds on the great quality of the Classic model, but comes with many improvements…

DeLonghi La Specialista vs. Prestigio vs. Maestro vs. Arte: Which Do You Buy?

If you’ve been looking for a mid-range semi automatic espresso machine for home use, you’ve done right by considering La Specialista by DeLonghi. This machine comes as a direct competitor to the beloved Barista Express by Breville, and is the first of its kind by DeLonghi, a brand that usually excelled in making smaller Espresso machines (like the Dedica) or…

What Is The Best Espresso/Latte Bar Setup Under $500 For Home?

Having your own espresso bar at home, you’ll be making your own delicious espresso and coffee drinks how you want and when you want. It’s not only fun, but it will save you a whole lot of money (no more trips to expensive coffee shops). To be honest, if you’re looking for the best gear out there, then $500 is…

Thoughts On Breville Barista Express, Is It Worth It?

Breville’s Barista Express espresso machine has been one of the best selling espresso maker through our website for a while. In this post, we’ll give our thoughts on the machine, why it’s worth your money and if you should buy it or not. In this post: What Is The Barista Express Comparison Between Barista Express Models Is The Barista Express…