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3 things to know about automatic espresso machines

Great coffee is hard to come by, and even harder to make. This is the main reason why most consumers just settle for standard coffee from the franchise of their preference, or the one closest to them at work or at home. However, some people are into coffee for more than just the caffeine rush, and those with a more selective palate will tell you that they need to have good coffee both when they go out and at home. Learning how to make it is not an easy task, and even when trying your best at home, you might not end up with the results you expect. If you want truly great coffee, you might be better off putting pride aside and getting an automatic espresso machine. Here are 3 key things you should know before settling on a specific model:

Automatic coffee machines come in different models

There is more than meets the eye when it comes to choosing an automatic coffee maker. For starters, in the category of automatic coffee machines there are three sub-categories you want to be aware of. There are your traditional machines, which do almost everything for you with the push of a button. You need to reload the water tank when it runs out but that’s about it. Semi automatic coffee machines, on the other hand, require some effort on your part to grind the beans and control the liquid output when making espresso or milk-based beverages. You can find machines with their own attachments to steam milk and automatically grind coffee beans, such as a super automatic machine. The “super” moniker comes from all the features.

More features means higher price

Of course, there is a correlation between features and price when it comes to such devices. The price of any given machine will probably match the amount of features that come with it, but there are no linear price tears like you would believe. For example, automatic coffee machines would be the standard in this case, and from there semi automatic ones can be either cheaper or more expensive depending on the perception: if it is an automatic coffee maker that is missing features, then it would be cheaper, but if it is conceived as a manual coffee maker for true coffee craftsmen, then it will probably be pricier. Super automatic machines are almost always more expensive as a rule of thumb.

Coffee makers of all kinds need maintenance

Regardless of the coffee maker you choose, you should know that they will only work as well as you take care of them. Automatic machines of all kinds have removable parts for easy cleaning and washing, which you should definitely do on the regular to avoid any parts from jamming or malfunctioning. If you find any mechanism on your machine is not working properly, it is best to call a certified technician to help you fix it rather than trying your hand at it.

For those who want to get into the world of automatic coffee makers but don’t know where to start, you can take a look at this list of the best automatic espresso machines reviewed here.

Central Market

MarketOur stand inside Lancaster’s Central Market offers restaurant cuts of quality fresh meats including, beef tenderloin and various steaks, pork tenderloin and chops, veal chops, and organic lamb from Elysian Fields in Western Pennsylvania. Other meat and poultry items are available and change regularly. Humboldt Fog and Smethe are among the varieties of artisanal cheeses offered from both local makers and other quality dairies. Single servings of ready to eat meals are conveniently packaged in microwavable boxes and the varieties change daily.

Carr’s at Central Market is open Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays year round. Call us at 509-9874.

Lunch Menu

Pizza, Pasta & Entrees

Margherita PizzaSautée of fresh tomato, a touch of marinara, fresh sweet basil, fresh mozzarella, parmesan, asiago and seasonings on a house made crust $11

Seafood PenneGulf shrimp and jumbo lump crabmeat flash sautéed in garlic
and shallots with green peas and lemon $15

Vegetable SautéeFresh seasonal vegetables sautéed in oil with melted goat cheese
and lemon cous cous $13Artisan Cheese OmeletsThree eggs stuffed with one of our hand crafted cheese selections,grilled neuske’s applewood bacon, whole wheat toast and preserves $10

Soup, Salad or Sandwich

Choice of soup & salad, soup & sandwich or salad & sandwich $10
Cup of Soup Du Jour House Salad Caesar Salad Fresh Tuna Salad
House Roasted Turkey Breast
Smoked Ham & Swiss
Chicken Breast Salad
Lunch Menu


Confit of Duck & Shrimp SaladTasty ‘confit’ duck and gulf shrimp served warm on baby greens with grape tomatoes and asparagus $14

Wild Mushroom SaladLocal wild mushrooms, frisee, arugula, sautéed bacon, blue cheese and sherry vinaigrette $13


Tomato Crab Bisquecup $4.5 | bowl $6

Caesar Salad

Crisp romaine greens tossed with our house-made dressing and croutons $10
Grilled Chicken Breast $6
Grilled Salmon $7
Tenderloin Tips $8
Rare-seared Ahi Tuna $8

Soup du Jourcup $4 | bowl $5.5

From the Grill

Grilled Fish of the DayOn a sautée of grape tomatoes & squash; citrus butter sauce Market Price

Today’s Four Minute SteakOn a grilled potato plank with wild mushroom sauce and today’s vegetable $17

‘Natural’ Lancaster County Beef BurgerOn a toasted Kaiser roll with lettuce, sliced tomato and red onion; French fries $11

My Friend Suvir’s Veggie BurgerA recipe from Michelin starred chef Suvir Saran featuring garbanzo beans, carrots, wild mushrooms and toasted walnuts with a special blend of Indian spices on a whole wheat roll with tomato and sprouts $10

Light Fare

Seared Tuna With Lettuce CupsCrisp butter lettuce ‘cups’ with sliced, seared yellowfin tuna, bean sprouts, seaweed salad, grape tomatoes, thai basil, hot chilis, ginger-lime sauce, chili garlic sauce $14

Crisp Flash Fried CalamariSimply tossed in lemon, garlic & herbs; marinara sauce and fried basil $12

Crab, Artichoke, and Spinach Dipa favorite creamy blend served with celery and crostini $13

Elysian Fields Farm Lamb MeatballsLamb raised in PA stuffed with feta and olives in a light garlic & rosemary sauce served with sliced garlic crostini $14

Sunday Brunch

Brunch Entrées

Two Eggs, Any Styleserved with hash browned potatoes and whole wheat toast; your choice of bacon, ham or sausage $10

Poached Eggs Benedicton a toasted English muffin with fried tomato, spinach, smoked ham and hollandaise sauce $13

Lemon-Ricotta Pancakestopped with fresh berry compote; your choice of bacon, ham or sausage $10

Carr’s House Omelettelump crabmeat and spinach; fried tomato and cheddar cheese; side of hash browned potatoes $14

Egg and Cheesesteak Sandwichminced tenderloin tips and onions quickly sautéed and served in a toasted roll with melted cheddar cheese and a fried egg; optional hot peppers $12

‘Hangtown Fry’scrambled eggs with onions and red peppers stuffed with fried oysters, neuske’s bacon and hollandaise sauce; side of hash browned potatoes $13

Buttermilk Waffletopped with seasonal fresh fruit, whipped cream, vanilla and raspberry sauce; your choice of bacon, ham or sausage $10

sunday brunch

Odds and Ends

Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice$3

Bagel with Cream Cheese$2

Grilled Cinnamon ‘Sticky’ Bun$4

Granola, Yogurt & Berry Parfait$5

Entrée Salads

Caesar Salad

romaine / house-made creamy dressing
parmesan & asiago cheeses / croutons
$10 / $6 half
Salad additions chicken $5 / tips $8 / shrimp $9

Chop Salad

tomato / red onion / applewood bacon
cucumber / blue cheese  $12
Salad additions chicken $5 / tips $8 / shrimp $9

Lite Entrées

Chesapeake Crab Cakeserved with potato and today’s vegetable $22

BBQ Shrimp and Gritscreamy cheddar cheese grits topped with grilled shrimp with bbq sauce and Cajun onion-red pepper creole sauce $15

Today’s Quicheserved with a duo of vegetables $12

Deconstructed Oyster Po’ Boyfried oysters on mustard creamed spinach, tomato and onion with andouille sausage & garlic toast $15

Grilled Fish of the Dayserved with seasonal vegetable & starch $17

Petite Medallions of Filet Mignonwith potato du jour, cabernet jus & today’s vegetable $22

House-Made Meatloaf SandwichServed open-faced with ‘hunter’s sauce’ and crisp french fries $17

Shrimp & Penne Pasta Provencalgulf shrimp sautéed with fresh tomato, garlic, sweet basil and lemon tossed with penne pasta and topped with parmesan cheese $20


Crush Wine Bar

Crush Wine Bar Hours

Tues-Thurs 4:30pm-9:30
Fri 4:30pm-10pm
Sat 4:30pm-10pm

Our exciting new addition is Now Open!

The space that used to house Carr’s Corner Grocery has been transformed into a wine bar and tapas restaurant. Truly a great place to enjoy drinks and tapas before or after dinner.In addition to the tapas menu Crush ofers a wide selection of wine by the glass and half glass. We also have a dozen beers available that are harder to find locally and represent what we think to be the best examples of their style. There are also three differnt kinds of absinthe available.Stop out and enjoy our newest addition … we’d love to see you.

Crush Wine Bar


Marquis de la Tour Brut, Loire Valley, France full $8 / half $4
Light, Crisp, Tart
Selaks Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough, New Zealand full $9 / half $4.5
Loosen Bros. ‘Dr. L’ Riesling, Mosel, Germany 2008 full $9 / half $4.5
Tre Zie Vernaccia di San Gimignano, Tuscany, Italy 2007 full $9 / half $4.5
Aromatic, Floral, Minerally
Starlite Vineyards Viognier full $13.5 / half $6.75
A to Z Pinot Blanc, Oregon 2007 full $10 / half $5
Banyan Gewurtztraminer, Monterey,California 2008 full $9 / half $4.5
Rich, Full, Oaky
Meridian Chardonnay, Santa Barbara, California 2007 full $9 / half $4.5
Liberty School Chardonnay, Carneros, California 2006 full $12 / half $6/td>
Joseph Carr Chardonnay, Carneros, California full $13.5 / half $6.75


Soft, Fruity, Smooth
Domaine Dupre Beaujolais, Beaujeu, France 2005 full $9 / half $4.5
Viridian Pinot Noir, 2006 Willamette Valley, Oregon 2006 full $11 / half $5.5
Maestro Sanguineti Chianti, Tuscany, Italy 2007 full $10 / half $5
Marietta Cellars ‘Old Lot 48’ California full $12 / half $6

ammy, Spicy, Earthy

Evohe Garnacha, Aragon, Spain 2006 full $9 / half $4.5
Trumpeter Malbec, Mendoza, Argentina 2007 full $10 / half $5
Red Knot Shiraz, McLaren Vale, Australia 2006 full $11 / half $5.5
Ch. Pesquie ‘Les Terrasses’ Cotes du Ventoux, France 2002 full $8.5 / half $4.25

urly, Powerful, Intense

Steven Vincent ‘Crimson’, California 2007 full $10 / half $5
Hobo Zinfandel, Dry Creek Valley, California 2006 full $12 / half $6
Crush, Dry Creek Valley, California full $11 / half $5.5


Cantillon Gueuze (12.7 oz)
Gueuze style beer from Brussels, Belgium
St. Bernardus Abt. 12 (11.2 oz)
Quadruple from Watou, Belgium
Westmalle Trappist Trippel (11.2 oz)
Tripel from Malle, Belgium
Duchesse de Bourgogne (11.2oz)
Flanders red ale from Belgium
Bell’s Two Hearted Ale (12 oz)
American IPA from Kalamazoo, Michigan
Weihenstephan Hefeweissbier (12 oz)
Hefeweizen from Weihenstephan, Germany
Southampton Grand Cru (22oz)
Hefeweizen from Weihenstephan, Germany
Jolly Pumpkin Blanca (25 oz)
Witbier from Dexter, MI
Ovila Abbey Dubbel (22oz)
Dubbel from Chico. CA
Achel Bruin (11.2oz)
Belgian dubbel Hamont-Achel, Belgium
Lost Coast Indica IPA (12oz)
IPA from Eureka, CA
Carr’s Ale Pail (12oz)
Rotating random styles from all over

Crush Wine Bar Tapas

micro greens, pea sprouts, soy vinaigrette
assorted gourmet cheeses with fresh fruits, nuts, quince paste & crusty bread
wrapped in applewood smoked bacon with a grilled bun; french fries
on potato cake with blue cheese & red wine sauce
gulf shrimp sautéed with slivered garlic and shallots, crushed red pepper, lemon, and fresh herbs
lettuce, tomato and onion with french fries
garlic & parsley chicken sausage char-grilled and served on caramelized onions w/mashed potatoes
jumbo lump crab, diced artichokes and spinach, baked and served with crostini
with hunter’s sauce and french fries
lettuce and tomato; french fries
assorted local mushrooms, spinach, local cheddar cheese