May 16, 2006

Preva xSport Portable Espresso Maker


Portable espresso or making coffee of any type on the go seems to be coming of age. We've seen the Aeropress, in-car espresso makers, and now the Preva xSport Portable Espresso maker for camping, rv-ing, and backpacking.

This ultra-compact espresso maker will make espresso on the go and is compact, light, and durable. Preva has a pretty exhaustive FAQ for any question you might have about the xSport Portable Espresso maker. We could see this being a pretty good choice for a long weekend hike or perhaps making a double shot cafe Americano on the side of a mountain.

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April 18, 2006

Ascaso Caffe Ferrero 100% Arabica E.S.E. Espresso Pods

B0009R0Psq.16. Sclzzzzzzz Ss260 and have an online only order of Caffe Ferrero 100% Arabica E.S.E. Espresso Pods. We haven't tried these yet, but it's an interesting move on Target's part to offer a 120-count box of coffee pods at $49.95 in a bulk box. The E.S.E. espresso pods are made up of 100% Arabica coffee beans and use eco-washed and sun-dried coffees from the Brazilian regions to produce a full-bodied espresso. We'll see if we can track down some of these pods in a lesser amount for a review.

Note: these E.S.E. espresso pods will only work in a E.S.E. (easy serving espresso) espresso machine like the FrancisFrancis! or other new Krups espresso machines.

At Target and

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March 30, 2006

Mad Cow E.S.E. Pod Brewer

Imagine fueling your morning with a few dozen shots of "mad cow espresso"! Now Ascasco calls this their "Dream Cow Crazy" espresso machine and perhaps that's as close to mad cow espresso as you'll get. The machine is Hand assembled and features a 16 bar pump espresso machine adaptable for use with ground coffee or coffeeservings (ESE). So if you like single serve coffee, perhaps some ESE espresso pods and a little steamed milk would also be a nice addition to your kitchen.

At Ascaso Espresso Machine

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March 1, 2006

KRUPS Espresso Cafe' Primo E.S.E Pod Brewer

Primo Large has the new KRUPS Espresso Cafe Primo E.S.E Pod Brewer. We've been hunting around for a medium priced E.S.E. pod brewer. E.S.E. is not for making coffee per se, it's for making espresso and of course you can make a perfect cup of single serve coffee but the E.S.E. coffee pod is smaller and weighs in at 7 grams. We've covered quite a few of these different E.S.E. (easy serving espresso) machines over the past year but this one looks pretty good for $299.

  • Programmable 15 bar pump machine makes café quality espresso, cappuccino and latte
  • Thermoblock heating element ensures optimal temperature and pressure for perfect espresso extraction
  • Removable stainless steel drip tray for easy clean
  • 32 oz. removable water tank
  • Easy push button programming to customize size and strength of espresso and control steam and hot water functions
  • Patented auto-cappuccino system for foolproof frothing of milk
  • Compatible with E.S.E. pods
  • Brushed stainless steel front panel with cup warming tray
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September 14, 2005

Baronet ESE Espresso Pods

Library - 7465We've been enjoying the new line up of ESE espresso pods from Baronet Coffee. Baronet was kind enough to send us a sampling of their Light, Dark, and DECAF espresso pods along with a Grimac ESE Pod machine for testing. We can't thank them enough.
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If you aren't familiar with ESE Pods, they are not coffee pods. ESE pods are a smaller pod, and are used for making espresso shots only. ESE Pods will not fit in your Home Cafe, Senseo or Bunn. They will however fit in any ESE espresso pod machine. We reviewed the FrancisFrancis! recently, and it used ESE pods and we feel a good choice for a starting espresso machine.

Library - 7458Unlike coffee pods, ESE is an actual standard. They are all sized the same and fit in any ESE espresso machine. Imagine if the coffee pod market actually used a standard 10 gram, 62 mm pod and you knew you could use any coffee pod in any machine? Wild.

The Baronet Light, Dark, and Decaf ESE pods are very good. We really enjoyed the Dark roast over the light roast, and found the DECAF pod to have a good flavor despite being decaf.

Library - 7463We like to have our shots of espresso "ristretto" style. So we tend to use a little less water and try to get the most crema we can into the cup. Each of the Baronet espresso pods had a nice full crema and passed the dreaded sugar test - sugar staying on top of the crema for 3-4 seconds and then falling into the hot water.

We are really enjoying a shot of espresso about mid day and then following up with a nice cup of single serve coffee in the late afternoon. Great stuff and we recommend trying out the Baronet Espresso pods if you have an ESE machine.

At Baronet Coffee

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June 15, 2005

Review: FrancisFrancis! X5 Espresso Machine from illy

Review from Single Serve - Coffee Pod ReviewsX5-Darkblueilly was kind enough to send us their new FrancisFrancis! X5 E.S.E. (Easy Serving Espresso) Espresso machine to help us on our journey into the world of espresso.

Buy the FrancisFrancis! X5 Espresso Machine & Get FREE Shipping at

It's also important to note: E.S.E. Espresso Pods work in E.S.E. espresso machines. E.S.E. pods will not work in your Home Cafe, Senseo, or Bunn My Cafe. However, if you love the ease of use that your Single Serve Coffee machine has provided you, then moving into the world of espresso via the E.S.E. pod is the way to go.

I have in the past tried to get into espresso and found it too time consuming, too difficult to get right every time, and most of all - MESSY. With the E.S.E. pods this goes away, and making espresso is as easy as brewing a cup of single serve coffee.

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October 17, 2004

Jura-Capresso IMPRESSA E8 Review

Review from Single Serve - Coffee Pod Reviewsimage_jura_logo_grey2.jpgWhen I first heard about Super Automatic Espresso machines from Capresso, to say the least, I was very skeptical that a fully automatic machine would make a terrific cup of espresso. My friend Jeff Paradiso (who is very into coffee) had purchased such a machine from Capresso - well actually - he had purchased the Ultima (The only semi-automatic pump coffee/ espresso/cappuccino with automatic tamping and used coffee removal technology).

He couldn't stop talking about how easy it was, and how the machine took care of the grinds for you. At the time he purchased the machine, I was very into purchasing one, but the Senseo finally came out in the US (and hence this site), so I abandoned my Capresso desires and thought maybe in a few months Jeff's tune of Capresso dominance would end and I would see if it was worth the higher cost to buy one.

Needless to say, Jeff's love of Capresso has never ended. And after receiving the Jura-Capresso IMPRESSA E8 to review - a fully automatic version - my love has since started, grown, grown some more, and been growing ever since.

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September 16, 2004

Jura-Capresso IMPRESSA E8 Arrives for Review

image_jura_logo_grey2.jpgThe folks at Capresso have provided us with a Jura-Capresso IMPRESSA E8 to review! WOO HOOO! We can already tell you - YES - it does cost $1000 bucks - but man...the coffee is well...amazing! Stay tuned for our multi-week look at the E8.

A little about the E8:

"The IMPRESSA E8 is equipped with all the necessary hi-tech features for brewing superb espressos, cappuccinos, lattes and long crema coffees. The easy to read LED display will show you if you brew mild, regular or strong coffee and displays the cup size while the machine is brewing."

Read more at CAPRESSO

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August 1, 2004

Bodum Expresso Machine at Apartment Therapy

2004_7_bodumespresso2.jpgWe covered this earlier - but this new picture and shot really shows the beauty of this Bodum expresso maker.

"Sticker & caffeine shock. Espresso machines are never truly cheap, and this new one from Bodum doesn't buck the trend, but it does do a few things that others don't. First of all it is SMALLISH, second of all it is SHINY & CUTE, and third of all it has a REALLY COOL water system that is much easier than other machines to fill up (it fills up with a regular bottle of Evian or Poland Spring....). $499 at the Bodum Store (212.367.9125) or online. (via NYMag) MGR

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May 15, 2004

Granos from Bodum

home_topRight.gifOkay - it's $500 bucks but it looks to be one of the coolest looking Expresso / one cup of Cafe Americano please machines you could buy. The Bodum USA site is also - well amazing. - the Bodum online shop

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