Espresso Machines

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I could really use your help buying a espresso machine…  we are looking for a economic automatic machine that has the functionality of brewing two types of beans..  ie have a main chamber for one type then another for one time “decaf” cups..    is there such a thing?

-Tristan, November 23, 2008

Hi Tristan,

I believe what you are looking for is called a super-automatic espresso machine. These can hold whole beans in a chamber, grind them, brew what you ask and dispose of coffee grounds by itself. (Automatic models are like semi-automatic models in that you need to grind, dose and tamp manually, but they have the added feature of automatically stopping the water flow when the preset quantity of espresso is brewed.)

Super automatic machines are high-end models so they're not quite what one could call "economic", but some will let you store your favorite whole-bean coffee in one compartment and some pre-ground coffee in a separate chamber. These particular models have what is called a bypass doser, meaning that only one chamber leads to the grinder (the one you store the whole beans in), and the other one leads directly to a doser and the coffee you put in it cannot be ground by the machine, it has to be pre-ground either at home using a burr grinder, or in store.

I recommend for having used it the Capresso Impressa E9. If you’re Canadian, the Impressa E9 is commercialized under the name Impressa E85. It does a fantastic job of quickly (and cleanly) brewing a wonderful espresso and offers the valuable benefit of an occasional hassle-free decaf cup.

You could also choose to purchase a less expensive non-digital espresso machine like the Gaggia Synchrony Compact (a similar model available in Canada is the Gaggia Platinum Vogue) which also provides the advantage of the bypass doser to brew from pre-ground decaf, without the digital hype.

Here are the 3 models that meet your criteria and that we recommend:

Jura capresso Impressa E9 Super Automatic and Espresso Center

Gaggia Platinum Vogue espresso machine

Gaggia Syncrony Compact espresso machine

Jura Capresso Impressa E9/E85

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Gaggia Platinum Vogue

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Gaggia Syncrony Compact

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I would like to know where you can buy the assortment of coffee pods for this machine. I have the Machine and am very please with it. Thanks.

-Darlene, November 18, 2008

Hello Darlene,
Thank you for your email! Is your Breville espresso maker the Cafe Roma model? If so, you should normally already have the espresso pod adapter, and all that's missing is a pod.
This "mega-sampler " assortment of Breville Cafe Roma-compatible pods is a fantastic way to taste and discover many different brands of 100% arabica coffee pods, such as Illy, Espressione, Lavaza, Miscela d'Oro and many more. In this mega-sampler, you get about half and half regular and decaf pods, so you can enjoy some in the morning, and enjoy some more in the evening without compromising your sleep. My personal favorite is the illy Scuro (Dark Roast)...
You can also buy a regular only assortment or a decaf only assortment.
If you would like to try arabica-robusta blends as pods too, then I recommend this blend sampler. Blends contain more caffeine than pure arabica pods and are usually designed to get the "oomph" from the robusta and the aroma of the arabica together in the same cup. These are especially yummy as a base for latte or cappuccino.
The links in previous paragraphs will send you to the specific page of each assortment I described on the site. It's the safest place to purchase these online!
Let me know if I can answer any other questions you have, and I would be delighted to hear more about what you like about your Breville!

Yes it is the Cafe Roma model. Thank you for your quick response and I shall check out the link you sent me. Regards.

-Darlene, November 18, 2008

My pleasure!

- Andréanne

Subject: built in espresso machine

We love good coffee and would like to select a very good espresso machine - good coffee, easy to use and clean, low maintenance and G O O D looks. The problem is that we have very little counter space in the condo that we are building which means that I would need a "built-in" espresso machine.  What choices do I have? Which machines do you recommend?  I am seeing poor reviews on the MIELE built in machine.

-Glenda, August 26, 2008

Hello Glenda,

Thank you for taking the time to write to us. First off, we apologize for taking so long to reply to your message. Thank you for your patience.

True, finding a good in-wall espresso machine is difficult. Your idea to make this purchase while you are building your condo is a great one! You’ll be able to allow space for the device before the wall is finished by knowing the exact dimensions of the machine you choose.

So for you who are looking for a beautiful espresso machine with minimal maintenance that will easily produce an excellent cup of coffee, we have created a special page on our website about the Fagor MQC-A10X fully automatic built-in coffee machine. It needs zero counter space, which is perfect for you, and the company has a good track record of customer satisfaction.

You will find this page at:

Built-in Home Espresso Machine: Save Counter Space without Compromising Your Coffee

Go and read it, and please don’t hesitate if you have any questions, we will be glad to answer them in a timely manner.

Best regards,

- Andréanne Hamel and Luc Cloutier


Subject: coffee fumigation

Aloha Ms. Hamel,

I'm writing because I'd like to discuss your article that appeared in today.  I know that green coffee must be fumigated on its way to Hawaii but have never heard about this for coffee on the mainland.

I'm interested in learning more!


-Shawn, May 30, 2008

Hello Shawn,

Thank you for reading the article about coffee fumigation, and for your interest in the topic!

It was actually James from that told me a lot about coffee fumigation over the past few weeks. With the information he has generously shared with me, I will be writing a series of 3 more detailed articles that I will post on my own site. The first one should come out tomorrow, June 3rd, and then every two weeks. You will be able to read them by going to:

Did You Know That Coffee Beans Were Fumigated Before Being Imported?

Coffee Bean Fumigation: Eliminating the Importation of Pest

Certified Organic Fumigation of Coffee?

(that will be the June and July 2008 archives) once the articles are posted.

I certainly hope you will find those articles informative, and I welcome your comments!

Thank you for contacting me.

Have a great week!

- Andréanne Hamel

Subject: calories in french vanilla

Message: hi i was wondering what the calories and fat, and fiber if any are in the large coffee please let me know i am on weight watchers and this is one of my favorites but i dont want to ruin my diet.


-Monica, May 6, 2008

Hello Monica,

Thank you for your question. We wrote an article on calories in coffee a little while back. Here is the link:

Is my coffee making me fat? Calorie information on coffee...

It will answer your question perfectly, and even give you tips for reducing the impact of your favorite drink on your diet. Feel free to share the link with other members of weight watchers.

Let me know how helpful this article was to you!

Have a great Wednesday!

- Andréanne and Luc

Subject: Compare?

We have a DeLonghi Magnifica at our church and now we are in the market for a replacement at home. I love the full automation and the ability to set many different settings BUT, I like to make sure that I getting the best product for the money. What is your opinion on this product? Pro's/Con's?

Thank you!

-Jeff, April 15, 2008

Hi Jeff,

Thank you for taking the time to ask our opinion about de DeLonghi Magnifica!

We will be in touch with you this week to give you our appreciation of this DeLonghi product, and perhaps of a few alternatives.

I hope it will help you with your choice of a fully automatic espresso machine!

- Andreanne and Luc, April 19, 2008

Hi Jeff,

We have received quite a few questions along the lines of your own, and have created a special page that talks about the DeLonghi Magnifica and another fully automatic model, the Gaggia Syncrony.

I invite you to visit the page at Are you getting the better value for the money? and read through. It's not very long, and I think you will find some valuable information, and pros and cons.

If you have any other question, feel free to ask us, and we will be more than happy to answer them!

Have a great Wednesday!

- Andreanne and Luc, April 22, 2008


Thank you for all the help. We are buying the Magnifica!!

Thank you again,

Jeff & Amy


-Jeff, April 23, 2008

Hi Jeff and Amy,

Our pleasure!

Let us know how you like it!

- Andreanne and Luc, April 25, 2008

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