Scott M. Brodie

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Scott M. Brodie has over 20 years of professional experience working in coffee shops and writing about coffee (including selling superautomatic machines). When not writing, he can usually be found roasting a new African single origin or composing a fictional work.

Best Espresso Machines Under $200

Getting into home espresso making doesn’t need to require a small fortune. You can find a solid entry-level espresso machine for less than $200, and there are lots of different models available at this price point. Whether you want a convenient fully-automatic experience or something so hands-on that you actually create the brewing pressure, you’re ...

Best Espresso Machines Under $500

Making great espresso at home needn’t cost a fortune. The $500 price point is a sweet spot for home baristas, affording highly capable espresso machines that have everything needed for great-tasting drinks. Here are the best espresso machines under $500 (and some guidance on how to choose one). Our top picks at this price point ...

6 Best Espresso Machines Under $1000

A $1,000 budget gives you access to many great home espresso machines. All types of espresso makers, from manual to fully automatic, are available at this price point, and there are plenty of very good ones. Our top pick is the semi-automatic Rancilio Silvia M for its commercial-grade and long-lasting build.Perfect for someone who isn’t ...

La Pavoni Europiccola Mods and Upgrades

The La Pavoni Europiccola is the grandfather of home lever espresso machines. It was the basis for the first Olympia Creminas (pre-1967), inspiration for later Elektra models, and a full half-century before modern models from Rok, Flair and others. Over 60 years since the first Europiccola debuted, the model remains one of the preeminent in ...

How to Make Percolator Coffee

Coffee percolators are one of the most recognized types of coffee makers. The brew method was created by Hanson Goodrich of Illinois in 1889, and became the standard way of brewing coffee for decades. It wasn’t until the automatic drip provided greater convenience that the percolator began to become less common. These days most people ...

Hario V60 vs Kalita Wave: Which Belongs in Your Home?

The Hario V60 and Kalita Wave are two world-class manual pour-overs, and each showcases what the brew method is capable of. There are notable differences between the two, however, and these differences make each particularly well-suited for a given type of home barista. We feel that the Hario V60 is ideal for an experienced (or ...

Should Coffee Beans be Oily or Dry?

Roasted coffee beans’ appearances can vary from shiny to dull. Some beans have a glistening sheen, while others show a fully matte finish. The difference is caused by oils. Here’s a look at what causes coffee beans to be oily or dry.

Coffee TDS: Measuring Strength and Extraction

Coffee is both art and science, but science has become increasingly predominant in recent years. Thermometers measure brew water temperature, timers measure pours and brew times, and scales weigh grounds, water and brewed coffee/espresso. One of the newest gadgets are refractometers, which measure total dissolved solubles.
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How and Why to Bloom your Coffee

Blooming your coffee allows carbon dioxide to be released from the beans which will give you a better flavor and better extraction. It’s a step that should not be skipped in your brewing process! Brewing freshly roasted coffee grounds creates a frothy head much like a beer’s. Whereas the head is desirable in beer and ...

Gaggia Classic Pro Upgrades and Mods

The Gaggia Classic Pro is a well-made espresso machine, and has developed a large and loyal following. Many of its fans have modified their machines in ways that improve and/or personalize the model. Some mods can be more complicated than others, without producing much difference to the end result of your espresso. But some upgrades ...
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