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Did you know that we have a department dedicated to helping coffee shops, and other commercial caffeine-serving institutions, get the perfect setup? Just as we're super passionate about helping people make a great cup of coffee at home, we also want to help baristas make a great cup of coffee for you while you're out and about!
Over the years, we've worked with a variety of commercial customers, from cafes to banks and restaurants to schools. Each one of them has two things in common: They have a vision of their dream setup and they have very distinct needs (be it throughput, available space or even the color of the machine that will pull the whole space together). So, we're super excited to begin a series of spotlights on some of these businesses that we hope will help you feel more confident when making your purchasing decisions and maybe even provide some inspiration!
The Seed, a coffee and juice bar, was gracious enough to be our first participant (thank you, Rachel!). So, without further ado, we present their Commercial Customer Spotlight!
Tell us a bit about your operation.
The Seed is a third wave coffee and juice bar in Boca Raton, Florida. We provide an artisan experience with an in-house roaster, pour over bar, espresso service, and small batch juices.
What equipment did you choose and why?
We built our shop around the La Marzocco GB/5. We knew this machine would be the centerpiece of the shop with a custom matte black powder coat. From there, we moved on to find the best grinders for our espresso and selected two Mahlkonig K30 Airs. For our slow bar, we went with the triple threat of Chemex, Hario V60 and Aeropress. These methods are ground to specific parameters on Baratza Forte grinders and the water comes from a Curtis tank. For our classic batch brew, we pair a Curtis grinder with a Bunn brewer.
A huge factor in our selection was the knowledge of the SCG team. Jason was quick to give us all the good and bad which allowed us to make the very best educated decisions for our shop.
Several internet searches pointed us to SCG. The customer service and endless conversations from the SCG sales team, specifically our point person, Jason, were more than we could have hoped for. We would highly recommend the team at SCG and intend to have a long standing relationship for all our coffee gear needs.
What’s in store for the future of your company?
We're hoping to open several similar operations in the next 2-5 years.
Any tips or tricks you’d like to share with those that are new to the coffee-serving community?
Trust that the common factor must be great coffee and great people. In order to yield the very best coffees, your equipment must be on point. Do not settle for subpar equipment. Your espresso machine and your grinders are EVERYTHING!
We're really excited to see what the future holds for The Seed, which is already off to an awesome start! You should also totally check out their Facebook page because they seem like a pretty happenin' place!
Interested in downloading a PDF of their spotlight? Get it here!
You may remember that not so long ago we posted a blog about brewing tea on your espresso machine. Wha?! Yep, true story. At the time, we had a lot of fun with it and found that we could successfully pull a whole cup of tea through a pressurized portafilter. There was even a layer of tea crema. So crazy and so cool.
Around SCG, we're always looking for different ways to use the equipment we already have. So this was pretty exciting to us, especially given that there are cafes specifically dedicated to this type of tea experience...and now we could do it ourselves!
If you're more into videos than text-based articles, we've created one specifically to walk you through the process of "dialing in" your cup of espresso machine-prepped tea. Now we're off to daydream about the possibilities of tea lattes. Let's say it together now: Yummmm!
We're back with double the latte art videos! Today Chad breaks down the elements of pouring a latte art heart and a latte art rosetta. Try each, impress everyone you know and then let us know how it went!
Brew Tip: Pour a Latte Art Heart
Brew Tip: Pour a Latte Art Rosetta
If we had to choose three words to describe the video below, they would be "Chad is awesome!"
When he's not helping out customers in our Seattle Coffee Gear Portland store, Chad teaches barista classes. Which means that as soon as he joined the team we started hitting him up to make some sweet latte art videos for us. After all, we could write out the steps to latte art all day long, but having a visual aid is at least 100 times better (if not 1,0000).
In this video, Chad walks us through latte art basics. Pay attention, because you'll need these next week when we post some advanced techniques!
When we think of reliable and hardworking, we think of the Rancilio Rocky grinder. Is that weird? We don't think so...
The Rocky is available in a doser version, for those that go through a decent amount of coffee and/or rarely change their grind, or a doserless version, which grinds directly into your portafilter. Each one gives you a sturdy build and 55 different grind settings, so you can go from espresso to drip (and back again) with ease.
Given that the Rocky is the apple of our eye, we decided it was time for an updated Crew Review. Check it out below and watch as Gail and Brendan walk us through features, dialing in the grind and removing the burrs for maintenance!
Oh, how we love a great scale! It's the basis for a beautiful shot of espresso or a perfect pour over, as dosage of coffee to water has a huge impact on the outcome of your caffeine beverage of choice.
The Bonavita Electronic Scale not only meets the features a scale is pretty much required to (you know, weighing things properly), but it also is quite pretty. Look at that glass! Measuring accurately to .01 grams, the Bonavita Electronic Scale is now flying solo and can be purchased on its own versus just bundled with other Bonavita products.
We've all been there: A leaky machine! A lot of friction occurs within the Saeco Water Tank manifold when you remove it, fill it up with water and then insert it back into the machine. Over time, the seals and spring can wear down and you'll begin to notice dripping from the water tank when it's not inserted to the machine. These kits will replace those seals and springs to get you back in working order in no time!
Join Gail and Brendan as they discuss the new Nespresso Inissia capsule machine! The smallest of the Nespresso bunch, the Inissia also comes in at the lowest capsule price point we've seen of $99. Easy to use, you simply drop the capsule into the brewing chamber and press a single button. Occasionally clean out the drip tray and empty your capsule "dregs" box for a crazy clean machine!
If you're not into the factory settings (1.4 ounces for an espresso shot and 3.7 ounces for a lungo), you can program the buttons to your preferred volume. Simply hold the button and, when the shot gets to the volume of your liking, release the button. Volia - you've just programmed your Nespresso!
Want to see the Nespresso Inissia in action? Just watch the video below!
We're pretty over the moon, crazily thrilled to introduce the Saeco Gran Baristo Espresso Machine with Removable Bean Container. We realize that's a really long product name, so let us point out the really important part: "with removable bean hopper." Ummmm, yes please!
We're really excited about it, as you may have been able to tell from the first sentence of this post, but what does this mean in practical terms? Well, you can now have multiple, whole bean blends at the ready to switch up your espresso routine. As we all know, fresh ground coffee creates the best tasting shot, so you can officially say "goodbye" to a pre-ground alternate. Though the bypass doser option technically still exists with the Gran Baristo, so you can really go wild with your on-hand bean selections! Extra bonus points for the coffee empty cycle, which grinds through the leftover beans in the grinder chute, allowing your next shot to be the blend that is currently in your hopper.
There are about nine other things about this machine that we're in love with, but we don't want you to doze while we ramble. So, without further ado, a Crew Review to answer all of your burning questions about the new Saeco Gran Baristo!
Oh, Miss Silvia! A beloved home espresso machine among many a household, she can pull an espresso shot like nobody's business. However, like other single boiler espresso machines, you need to do a bit of temperature surfing after steaming your milk in order to get a quality shot of espresso. Unlike regular surfing, though, you don't need to wear a bathing suit, so that's pretty sweet.
Why do you need to temperature surf? Well, steam temperature is right around 212 degrees F, whereas brewing temperature is between 195-205 degrees F. If you steam your milk and jump immediately into the brewing process, you're at far too hot a temperature for a tasty shot of espresso. Yes, it will still pull the shot, but there will be plenty of burned taste to be had!
Luckily, Gail and Brendan are here to walk us through the simple process in the video below. And let's try to keep daydreaming about the beach to a minimum, shall we?