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One of the most common issues we see in our repair shop is a Superautomatic machine (such as a Saeco, DeLonghi or Jura Capresso) with a non-functional grinder. Often, the 'Out of Beans' light will be on, regardless of how many beans are in the hopper, and the grinder will cease functioning properly.
The cause? Those super dark roasted, oily beans! Superautomatics require a very dry bean, as the oilier beans leave too much moisture in the hopper and the grinder, eventually building up and clogging the machine. We really recommend that you try a lighter, drier roast, but if you just can't break your addiction to oily beans, here are a couple of tips to keep your machine from breaking down over time:
- Each time you refill your hopper, thoroughly wipe out the entire accessible area with a highly absorbent paper towel
- Super fine grinds + oily beans = coffee cement, so dial your grinder in to the coarsest possible setting and you'll mitigate some of the issue
- Regular maintenance & cleaning of your superautomatic will reduce the build-up from oily beans
Sometimes you feel like a drip...sometimes you don't. Er, sorry. We know there's a time and place for espresso, and if you live with someone who loves drip coffee and isn't too hot on espresso drinks (or vice versa), these DeLonghi 2-in-1 models may just be the compromise that keeps your mornings peaceful.
Featuring programmable brew times, a flavor selector, milk frothing wands and simultaneous espresso & drip coffee brewing, these units will save you counter space and time.
We have a new member of our team: Cappuccino the Orca! We adopted Cappuccino, a 22 year old male whale, who is a member of the K-pod within the Southern Resident Killer Whale community. These whales spend the months of May - September in the Salish Sea, feasting on salmon and showing off for the locals.
Our adoption fee supports the education and scientific study programs of the Whale Museum of Friday Harbor, who are one of the many stewards of these endangered animals. Is there a whale you'd like to adopt? Go for it!
One of our most popular machines, the Semi-Automatic Rancilio Silvia is an excellent value for its functionality and class. Featuring all brass components and a traditional steam wand (unique in this price range and essential to making latte art), the Silvia is a durable, mid-class home espresso machine.
If you are new to using a Rancilio Silvia, it's well worth the time to follow our step-by-step guide on how to use the machine to get the best possible results. Learning the basics will improve the overall taste and presentation of your drinks -- and you'll impress your friends and family with your professional style!
Do you have a machine with an E61 brew group (such as models made by Rocket, Quick Mill or Izzo) that sometimes pulls bitter or burnt shots? It could be that you've left the machine on for an extended period of time and that the temperature is too high to pull an ideal shot.
We recommend pulling the lever and letting some water run through for a few seconds before you place your portafilter in the brew group, which will release some of the steam pressure and cool the temperature down a bit. If the machine has been sitting unused for more than 10 minutes, be sure to do this and your shots will taste great every time.
(E61 diagram courtesy of HomeBarista.com)
What will they think of next? The most robust mountaineer is probably loathe to admit she may need a little kick in the pants on the last leg of the climb, but, thanks to the Handpresso, she can sneak a delectable shot of espresso on the go -- and no one has to know! This easy-to-use pump-based portable espresso machine uses standard ESE pods and all it requires is a little boiling water and your true grit to produce a delicious shot of espresso, no matter where you are.
From Timbuktu to Tierra del Fuego, you'll never be without high quality espresso again!
Mmmmmmm....one of our favorite things about Autumn is the gorgeous turning leaves -- and the scent of woodsmoke flitting across the breeze as people stoke up their stoves for the first time this season.
What better way to warm up than to try a Maple Spice Latte? This smooth, creamy pick-me-up is delightfully subtle and spicy on the tongue. Enjoy!
- 3/4 ounce Monin Maple Spice syrup
- 1 splash of Monin Vanilla syrup
- 2 ounces brewed espresso
- 8 ounces steamed milk
- Whipped cream & brown sugar, for garnish
- Combine syrups and espresso in warm mug. Stir until well combined.
- Pour steamed milk and froth into mug.
- Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a bit of brown sugar.
Coffee is the second highest traded commodity in the world -- with oil being number one. These delicious beans come to us from gorgeous little cherries grown on coffee plantations around the world and can vary in flavor from smooth chocolate to spicy loam. You can learn a lot more about the history, agriculture, processing, science and tastes of coffee in our article It Starts with Great Coffee. Educate yourself on the diverse delicacy of this delectable bean and we promise your favorite java will never taste the same way again!
We just added several new DeLonghi Drip Coffee Makers to our line! These Italian crafted machines have tons of wonderful features, including programmable timers (so you can wake to the aroma of freshly brewing coffee!), an 'Aroma' button that will initiate a time-released extraction sequence to give you a rich, full-bodied brew and Pause & Pour functionality so you can grab a cup of joe quickly without waiting for the whole pot to finish brewing.
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