Tag Archive 'home_espresso'

Idiot-Proof Espresso Machines End Excuses, Target U.S. Market

Posted by TheShot on 01 Oct 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Quality Issues, Restaurant Coffee

Today Bloomberg published an article about the latest generation of restaurant and home espresso machines, designed with the idiot in mind: Idiot-Proof Espresso Machines End Excuses, Target U.S. Market – Bloomberg.com: Spend. Andrea Illy of Illycaffè has to be very careful not to speak out of both sides of his mouth. On the one hand, […]

Re-Engineering Espresso: introducing Illy’s Hyper Espresso machine

Posted by TheShot on 31 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Home Brew, Machine

Today’s Wall Street Journal features an article on a new home espresso machine/system being introduced by Illycaffè next month: Re-Engineering Espresso – WSJ.com. Illy’s new coffee-pod-based machine/system is called Hyper Espresso — ‘hyper’ being a sort of European equivalent of ‘super’ (as in hypermarket shopping). The system consists of a custom machine (produced by Illy […]

Vienna’s coffee makers take on the convenience cup

Posted by TheShot on 30 Aug 2007 | Filed under: Café Society, Consumer Trends, Foreign Brew, Home Brew

Today Earthtimes.org published an article on the evolving consumer coffee market in Vienna, Austria: Vienna’s coffee makers take on the convenience cup : Health. While Vienna is steeped in a long tradition of contemplative coffee-drinking in elegant cafés, modern trends such as espresso drinks, big international coffee chains, “to go” coffee, and home espresso machines […]

How’s your crapuccino?

Posted by TheShot on 04 Jul 2007 | Filed under: Add Milk, Home Brew, Quality Issues, Starbucks

This week, The Guardian (UK) posted an article on the elusive quality cappuccino: How’s your crapuccino? from Guardian Unlimited: Word of Mouth. While the Brits may disparage the “dirty dishwater” that is American coffee, even in London you’re helpless to find a cappuccino that isn’t served in a gargantuan bowl, filled mostly with milk, and […]

The Home Espresso Machine Blues: Rating today’s state of consumer espresso machines

Posted by TheShot on 28 May 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine, Quality Issues

I’ve written both here and elsewhere on how the state of home espresso has both improved and become worse at the same time. While home espresso is mostly out of the Krups Dark Ages, its future is uncertain: super-expensive, super-disappointing super-automatics are now de rigeur for high-end home kitchen designs as a new format, coffee […]

Presenting the Coffee Machine That Reads Minds

Posted by TheShot on 02 May 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Home Brew

Last week, JL Hufford Coffee and Tea of Indiana announced a patent for a super-automated home espresso machine that would use artificial intelligence (i.e., pattern-learning technology) to anticipate the espresso beverage needs of its owner: Presenting the Coffee Machine That Reads Minds. Artificial intelligence technologies have long suffered a reputation for being “a solution in […]

I’ve seen the future of coffee hell, and it is: ‘Inventive Coffee Roaster Changing the Way Americans Drink Coffee’

Posted by TheShot on 11 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Consumer Trends, Quality Issues

In case you thought we were simply making things up for the benefit of a joke, coffee is truly getting worse at the same time it’s supposedly getting better. Today’s commercial flood of poorly designed home espresso machines marks some of these steps backwards. Other examples are more insidious, such as how the Nespresso machine […]

Nespresso controls brand with boutiques

Posted by TheShot on 09 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Beans, Café Society, Consumer Trends, Home Brew

Contrast with the many home espresso machine design failures, Nestlé’s Nespresso pods and machines have been something of a consumer success story. The Nespresso machines do exhibit good design and an impressive amount of convenience. For a number of home espresso lovers, however, these advantages ultimately pale in comparison to their required use of stale, […]

Why the overwhelming numbers of design flops?

Posted by TheShot on 09 Apr 2007 | Filed under: Home Brew, Machine

In yesterday’s International Herald Tribune, design critic Alice Rawsthorn wrote about the increasing number of design failures in commercial products today: Why the overwhelming numbers of design flops? – International Herald Tribune [link updated]. What does she consider to be a design failure? Something that’s “not especially efficient or environmentally responsible” … “nor are they […]

Home Espresso: Delving Deeper Into Coffee

Posted by TheShot on 02 Apr 2007 | Filed under: CoffeeRatings.com, Home Brew, Quality Issues

Last month I mentioned an article on David Lebovitz’s site regarding his recent training at Illy‘s Università del caffè in Trieste, Italy. David is a professionally trained pastry chef and writer, and recently he’s taken up a bit of an obsession with quality home espresso production. (Sound familiar?) Today his site features an article and […]

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