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  • New Product: Miir Travel Mugs!

    Taking coffee on the go is a constant struggle. There are thousands of different travel mugs out there, but that won't stop us from hunting for the best one! This week we're excited to introduce Miir Travel Mugs to our catalog of drinkware!

     

    Miir mugs are simple and effective. These mugs use vacuum sealing double walls to preserve temperature whether hot or cold. They also come with things you'd expect like a non spill spout and ergonomic design. We appreciate that these mugs keep things like ice cube and cupholder compatibility in mind. There's more though!

    The Miir mug uses medical grade stainless steel that is durable and long lasting, but doesn't impart any flavors. On top of this, the whole container is BPA free. This means nothing will make its way into your coffee when you use it with this mug. Finally, this mug is dishwasher safe and is available in multiple sizes!

    Check out Miir for yourself here!

  • Holiday Buying Guide: Stocking Stuffers!

    What do you get the coffee drinker that already has everything? We've got you covered today with another holiday buying guide! From smaller items to drop in as a little something extra to bigger surprises in small packages, we've got you covered.

    Odds and Ends

    First up, let's look at a few smaller extras that many coffee drinkers may overlook. For your outdoorsy friends, check out the GSI Outdoors collapsible dripper. This neat little tool is great for making pourover at home or on the go. It's billed as a camping device, but it works great in hotel rooms and relatives houses too! Another neat little add-on to a classic coffee making tool is the Fellow Prismo add-on for Aeropress coffee makers. The Prismo provides extra resistance to an Aeropress brewer, allowing you to get thicker, richer coffee from the device. It's a fun way to try something a little different out of a standby coffee maker. Stepping up on price, but still offering great value, is Kalita Wave stainless steel dripper. While we agree that your choice in dripper is largely going to come down to personal preference, the Kalita is a beloved option, and the stainless steel version lasts for years! For the home barista that enjoys milk drinks, cups and pitchers are always a great option. Spouted frothing pitchers generally offer the best control for latte art. As for cups, we love Acme's line of drinkware, such as this Demitasse set.

     

    Big Surprises

    What if you're looking to go the extra mile with a stocking stuffer? Maybe you want to tease a bigger gift, or just like the idea of the surprise of a more expensive item in their stocking. If that's the case, take a look at items like the Espro Calibrated Tamper and OCD Coffee Distribution Tool. These devices help with prepping espresso shots. The OCD gives you excellent distribution of grounds in the portafilter. This is a must for brewing with a bottomless portafilter and ensures even extraction for better tasting espresso. The Espro Tamper "clicks" at 30 lbs. of pressure. It's a great tool to train yourself on proper tamping technique.

    Finally, one of our favorite coffee crafting stocking sized items is the Acaia Lunar Interactive Espresso Brewing Scale. This definitely the luxury car of coffee scales. Acaia's tech is top notch, and the Lunar packs it into a tiny package that's perfect for weighing shots. with multiple modes and integration with Acaia's range of apps, this scale will take your espresso brewing to the next level.

    Look out for more holiday shopping guides and some incredible deals very soon!

     

     

     

  • A Coffee Cup Designed to Change the World

    MiiR Logo

    When we talk about water at SCG, we’re usually dishing about mineral content, filtration or how to remove pesky scale build-up. Although water makes up 98% of the coffee that’s our daily lifeblood, we often take it for granted. Did you know that almost one billion people across the world live without access to clean drinking water? Imagine three times the total US population struggling to find a safe water source -- it’s a staggering statistic.

    Inspired by his time in Liberia, Bryan Papé founded MiiR in 2009 with a simple idea: How to provide clean drinking water for one person for one year. Now this Seattle-based company uses their product design prowess to positively impact communities worldwide through their water bottle and travel tumbler sales. Using their one4one program, MiiR partner’s with One Day’s Wages to fund clean water projects around the world. One dollar from each water bottle and tumbler sale provides clean drinking water to someone in need for an entire year. One bottle, one dollar, one person for one year. It’s a simple and powerful commitment to clean water and community empowerment.

    We are thrilled to partner with MiiR to bring you their newest product, a coffee cup designed to change the world. The MiiR Travel Tumbler is an insulated double-walled stainless steel tumbler, built to keep your piping hot pour over or chilled cold brew at an ideal temperature. For every tumbler sold, one dollar is donated to clean water projects around the world. One of our favorite features is that each tumbler comes with an impact bracelet that lets you track how your purchase affects local communities worldwide. Simply enter your unique code online, and MiiR will follow-up with you within 6-18 months with GPS coordinates and photos of the clean water projects to which your tumbler is linked. Transparency and tracking are one aspect that sets these products apart from other one-for-one business models out there, and we’re excited to see how our tumblers can make a difference.

    Social enterprise, sustainability and streamlined design -- we dig you MiiR!

     

     

  • Crew Review: Durgol Descaling Solution

    If espresso machines had a kryptonite, it would be scale build-up. This silent killer will degrade your machine's performance over time -- inhibiting steam performance, disabling valve functionality so that leaking begins and, eventually, contributing to boiler burn out. Your options in battling it are to use a filtration system, softener or a combination thereof ... or to just plan on regularly descaling the machine.

    One descaling solution on the market is the liquid formula produced by Durgol. Available in two different formats -- one for coffee makers and one for espresso machines -- these are very effective and easy to use solutions. Watch as Gail talks to us about their formulation and then demonstrates how to use it on the Saeco Aroma.

  • Crew Review: Breville Cleaning & Maintenance Supplies

    Given that she had to coerce us into cleaning our bedroom by rather surreptitiously hiding small change in the corners (and encouraging us to 'find what the fairies left!'), our mother would be quite relieved to know of our passion for cleanliness in adulthood! And while you won't find nickels and dimes in the brew head or the water tank -- at least, you shouldn't -- Breville's maintenance supplies make it easy and almost as fun to keep your espresso machine clean.

    First, watch as Gail shows us how to use their cleaning tablets to clean the brew head of the Breville Dual Boiler.

    She then discusses their charcoal/resin filters, shows how to install them and explains why they're necessary -- especially with the Dual Boiler.

  • Crew Review: Cafelat Accessories

    You know how deeply we love great design, so it's no surprise that Cafelat's series of accessories would woo us! In fact, while we've carried these for nearly two years now, they have been so popular it's been almost impossible for us to film a review of the entire product line because they've been picked up so quickly by other ardent fans.

    If you haven't checked them out before, watch Gail walk us through their tampers, knock boxes, tamping mats and more. Who wouldn't want this beautiful gear as a part of their home espresso setup? No one we want to know. (Okay, we'll still know you even if you don't dig 'em.)

  • Crew Review: ADE Pocket Scale

    Small things are wonderful. In fact, some of our favorite things in the world are tiny in scale and small in stature. Of course, we could be promoting this perspective because we're goblin sized, but we also have another proof of concept -- the tiny but wonderfully useful ADE pocket scale.

    Watch as Gail demonstrates the features and functionality of this scale, perfect for measuring out small amounts of coffee for your portafilter basket.

     

  • Selecting a Tamper for your Portafilter

    It's not just about how sexy it looks on your countertop, baby. Well, okay, that's definitely part of it, but you also need to make sure you're choosing the tamper that will best fit your portafilter. In addition to basic diameter considerations, there are some models that feature filter baskets with shapes conducive to different styles of tampers.

    Watch as Gail shows us portafilters for several different models and provides her recommendations on which tampers fit best.

  • Crew Review: Saeco Poemia with Non-Pressurized Portafilter Upgrade

    There's a lot we love in the world; we're just Pollyanna like that. But if we had to pick something we love a bit more than other things (and we're working on a well developed sliding scale and/or bell curve here), upgrading something lo-fi into something a bit more hi-fi is definitely one of them. Maybe it's the McGyver-esque shape and feel of it, we don't know. Whatever it is, the Saeco Poemia was an excellent candidate for a little soupin' up -- especially given our awesome non-pressurized portafilter!

    So this is how it went down: We asked Gail to pull shots with it, she did so and we filmed all the action for your viewing pleasure. Really, it's a blast -- so sit back, relax and watch the crema ensue.

     

  • Compare: Hot Water Kettles

    Tea lovers, pour over aficionados, French press geeks and cup noodle fanatics know that you can't beat a good electric kettle. But with so many to choose from, how is one to decide which is the best for their needs?

    Watch as Gail takes us through the paces of several different models that we carry. She goes over their features and specs, then we perform a (not-so) madcap race to see how quickly they boil 20 oz. of water.

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