Frequently Asked Questions we receive from you! Thanks for submitting your questions, we love helping you out!
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:
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:
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.
- Andréanne Hamel and Luc Cloutier
Thank you for reading the article about coffee fumigation, and for your interest in the topic!
It was actually James from CoffeeProject.com 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:
(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
Thank you for your question. We wrote an article on calories in coffee a little while back. Here is the link:
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
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
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
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- Andreanne and Luc, April 25, 2008
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