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  • Morning Maintenance: CC1 General Maintenance Tips

    An espresso machine is a lot like a car. If you keep up on your oil changes and tire rotations, it is going to last a whole lot longer. But don't worry, you won't need to bring your espresso machine into a mechanic for the tune up! You can do so in the comfort of your own home.General Maintenance Tips CC1

    Below are our general maintenance tips for the Crossland CC1, but a lot of this information can be used on any single boiler machine. Of course it is best to consult your specific machines instruction manual   but feel free to follow along!

    The best thing you can do for your machine is to use filtered water. By using filtered water you cut back on the amount of descaling you will need to do, which is good for everyone involved. (It can take a while to go through the whole descaling process!)

    Backflushing is another important step to a healthy machine. Coffee has oils, and those oils like to go everywhere! Over time, those oils will build up and can change the flavor of your shots or even create a clog. Watch the video below to see Gail demonstrate how to properly backflush the Crossland CC1.

    After each brew session, it is best to wipe down the machine immediately. Especially the steam wand if you steamed some milk. Any milk residue that is left on the wand after steaming will burn, and be very difficult to remove later. In addition to the unsightly burnt milk, the wand can also siphon milk back up and into the boiler as it cools. And milk in the boiler is never a good thing (and can cost a lot to repair)!

    Those are our general maintenance tips for the Crossland CC1, be sure to watch the full episode of Morning Maintenance below. If you found this video helpful, subscribe to our YouTube channel for videos just like this!

     

  • Morning Maintenance: Setting Up The CC1

    Congratulations! It looks like you just got yourself a Crossland CC1. We are excited for you (and maybe even a little jealous!)Crossland CC1

    The Crossland CC1 is an excellent choice for the home barista. It features a PID system that is built right into the interface. This is a feature you won't find on any other machine with this price point. One of the biggest complaints espresso enthusiasts have about other machines at this level is the temperature variance. But you won't need to worry, since you have this PID to keep your temperature under control!

    Once you get your CC1 out of the box, all you need to do is program your PID and then brew away! In the Morning Maintenance video below, Gail will go over how to program your PID's brew temp, pre-infusion time, wait time and brew time. It is an easy process to master, and can result in some delicious espresso!

    Watch the full video below!

     

     

  • Latte Art University

    Latte Art UniversityCongratulations! On behalf of Seattle Coffee Gear and the faculty of the School Of Coffee Extraction, we are pleased to offer you admission to the Ph.D. program at Latte Art University.

    That's right folks! Gail is going to Latte Art University and you get go along for the ride. We teamed up with Max from Spotted Cow Coffee Company to bring to you a full week of Latte Art training! Max has been a barista with Spotted Cow for quite some time now, even venturing into the Barista Competition Circuit!

    In this week long course, Max and Gail will explore everything you need to know in order to produce excellent latte art. (Hint: It begins even before you take the milk out of the refrigerator!)

    Max will demonstrate how to produce some of the basic latte art shapes, including the heart and the rosetta! He will also be discussing the best alternative milks out there for latte art, as well as sharing some tips and tricks to producing great latte art on a single boiler machine!

    So grab your frothing pitchers and a bag of freshly roasted coffee and practice alongside Gail as she goes through the program here at Latte Art University.

    Subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don't miss a lesson! And as always, thanks for watching!

     

     

  • Morning Maintenance: Programming a PID

    Time and temperature. If you break down the essentials of a good cup of coffee/shot of espresso you will arrive at two variables: time and temperature.Silvia PID

    It doesn't matter how fresh your coffee is or how expertly roasted it was. If your brewing time and temperature are not correct, you end up with something you don't want to drink. So what's the best way to control those two variables? With a PID of course.

    Especially on a single boiler machine, where the boiler temperature will fluctuate between brew temp and steam temp, a PID will help you dial in a delicious shot of espresso, every time.

    In the Morning Maintenance video below Gail will show you how to program your PID on the Rancilio Silvia. The PID's we install on the Silvia will allow you to control the brew temperature, pre-infusuion time, pre-infusion wait time, and brew time.

    Once you know how to program your machine, it's fun to experiment with different temperatures and times for the same coffee. Each variable will bring out different flavors in your cup! Yum!

    Be sure to subscribe to our channel for more videos! Subscribe to our channel by clicking here!

     

  • Morning Maintenance: Rancilio Silvia General Maintenance

    So you have been brewing up some delicious espresso shots with your Rancilio Silvia for a few months now. Your liking the taste and want this investment to last!Silvia General Maintenance

    That's good news! (You came to the right spot). We are here to share with you some tips for Rancilio Silvia General Maintenance. It's easy to do if you keep up on it!

    When it comes to Rancilio SIlvia General Maintenance, you want to hit the big three. What are the big three? We will share.

    First, make sure you blow steam out and wipe down your steam wand after frothing milk. This is something you absolutely must do every time, and immediately. Check out this video to see what can happen if you don't!

    Next, you want to backflush your machine. When you backflush, you are forcing a cleaning solution up into the brew screen and back down the solenoid valve.  Coffee is oily stuff! Using a product like Cafiza will help break down those oils, which can cause clogs if left uncleaned.

    Finally, give your machine a wipe down. When espresso shots are being pulled, or milk is being frothed, things can get a bit messy! Keeping the exterior clean is just the right thing to do ;)

    Watch the video below to see step by step instructions for all these easy general maintenance tips! And be sure to subscribe so you don't miss and episode!

  • How To Ice Brew Coffee

    Ice BrewIt's summer. Which means iced coffee of course!

    But we think iced coffee should be more than just hot coffee poured over ice. If you have been following our YouTube channel you know that we have been experimenting with different ways to get that coffee we know and love, ice cold.

    We have experimented with cold brew, which is amazingly smooth, but takes up to 24 hours to brew! Luckily we found out about this Japanese Cold Brew method, or sometimes referred to as ice brew!

    We made some great coffee using this ice brew method. It's as easy as making a cup of pour over except you substitute half of your brewing water with ice. As a result, you brew concentrated coffee directly onto ice, which instantly cools your coffee--locking in all the flavor. Trust us when we say, you need to try this!

    Watch the video below to see Gail demonstrate how to brew using the ice brew method! And don't forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel by clicking here. We publish a new video every day of the week, so we are confident there will be something for you ;)

     

     

     

     

  • Morning Maintenance: Rocket Machine Care

    Rocket EspressoToday on Morning Maintenance, Gail takes a look at the Rocket Espresso lineup. Each of the machines by Rocket Espresso should be cared for in the same manner. So whether you have an R58 or a Premium Plus model, it is best to follow the following general maintenance tips!

    As you can see, a lot of the maintenance is easy to do. All it takes is a little up keep day by day in order to avoid many issues. And remember, its never too late to start good machine care!

    Have you subscribed to our YouTube channel yet? You can do so by clicking here. By subscribing you will continue to get all of these informative videos!

  • Ask Gail: Bitter and Sour Espresso Shots!

    Sour EspressoBitter and sour espresso shots, oh my! Getting that perfect espresso shot takes time and practice. But knowing what to taste for and what adjustments to make goes a long way to pulling that perfect shot.

    Espresso shots can have two extremes, either an overly bitter shot or a very sour shot. Both of which are very easy to recognize. But how do you go about fixing the off flavors? We asked Gail to give us the run down.

    So if you espresso shot tastes sour check out the video below to find out the cure!

    Does your espresso shot taste overly bitter? Watch the following video for some helpful tips!

    Did you find these videos helpful? Then you might want to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more videos just like these!

     

  • Morning Maintenance: How To Descale A Rancilio Silvia

    Descale SilviaIf you own an espresso machine you have probably heard that you
    need to descale your machine. But what is descaling and how do you do it?

    Descaling is the process of removing deposit build up from the inside of your espresso machine. This deposit build up is caused by minerals in your water supply. All water has tiny amounts of minerals and over time they attach and build up. Much like cholesterol plaques build up inside arteries!

    So the first step to descaling begins before the scale can build up! Using filtered water in your espresso machine is key, as you don't want to be descaling all the time. But when the time comes, following the steps demonstrated by Gail will have your machine up and running in no time.

    Watch the full Morning Maintenance video below to find out how to descale your Rancilio Silvia.

    Did you find this video helpful? Yes? Then you should subscribe to our YouTube channel for more of our videos!

  • Ask Gail: Is There a Rancilio Silvia V4?

    We always get asked if there is a Rancilio Silvia V4. And if we were to get  technical, there wasn't even a V3, V2, or V1!Rancilio Silvia V4

    I know what you are thinking, "I read online about the Rancilio Silvia V4 with the new screw in the boiler element that is more durable and easier to replace!"  And you are right! But Rancilio never formally changed the names or version numbers.

    So yes, the latest version on the Rancilio Silvia has the upgraded boiler. Which, in the event of a burn out, can be replaced much easier (and cheaper!).

    Watch the Ask Gail below to get the full scoop! Thanks for watching!

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