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  • Comparison: Mid Range Superautomatics

    Superautomatics! Espresso beverages at a touch of a button. What is not to love?superautomatics

    While we all love superautomatics, there are certianly a lot of choices to choose from! So we thought we would help you out by selecting the mid range models from the Saeco, DeLonghi and Jura line and comparing them side by side. So without further ado, here is our comparison of mid range superautomatics!

    First up is the Saeco Exprelia Evo! This machine features both an automatic milk frothing system as well as a traditional steam wand. Why do you need both? Well it really comes down to personal preference, but we think the flexibility this gives you is priceless. You can craft the perfect milk if you have the time and desire, or simply press a button when you are on the go!

    The Jura Impressa J9 is our next machine we took a look at. Hands down the most beautiful display. Jura never ceases to impress us with their touch screen designs. The J9 features a thermoblock boiler design and an auto froth milk system. While this machine has the largest footprint out of this line up, it will still fit nicely in most kitchens.

    The DeLonghi PrimaDonna S De Luxe also features both an automatic milk system as well as a panarello steam wand. The DeLonghi allows you to program drinks for each user, helpful in a busy household. The water reservoir on this machine holds 68 ounces of water, plenty for your morning lattes!

    Watch the full Crew Review Comparison below! Subscribe to our YouTube channel for more by clicking here!

  • Ask Gail: Understanding The Technivorm Models

    The Technivorm coffee brewer. It's one of the best home coffee brewing machines out there. But finding the right one for you can be a little difficult. With so many models which one do you choose?technivorm

    The Technivorm coffee lineup can be demystified with a little knowledge (and a helpful chart!) The first thing you want to do is decide which style of carafe you want. The Technivorm models come in either a glass carafe or a thermal carafe. Are you someone who finishes a pot of coffee before it is even done brewing? If so, you may want to go for the glass carafe (we use a glass carafe in our breakroom!) Or maybe you are one who likes to leisurely sip your cup o' joe, in which case the thermal carafe will keep that pot of coffee hot till the last sip.

    The next decision that must be made is if you want an auto stop machine or a manual stop machine. The auto stop is great if you always brew full pots. The manual stop machine give you the ability to brew a half pot, but you will need to remember to flip the switch open or closed, otherwise the brew basket can overflow causing a mess. Trust us, we've made that mess several times before.

    Once you have those decisions made, the right Technivorm  for you will be clear. Check out the full Ask Gail video below to see the helpful chart!

     

     

  • Crew Review: Bodum Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker

    What happens when you cross a science experiment with a coffee maker? You get the Bodum Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker of course! Vacuum Coffee Maker you ask? No we are not mad scientists, this style of coffee maker has been around for quite some time.Vacuum Coffee Maker

    The Bodum Pebo Vacuum Coffee Maker works on the principle of expanding and contacting gases. As the bottom compartment is heated up on the stove, some of the water inside is turned into  vapor. As the water vapor expands it forces the liquid water up the spout and into the chamber above, saturating the ground coffee. Once the water has filled the upper chamber the vacuum pot is removed from the heat. The water vapor cools and no longer exerts enough pressure on upper chamber to hold the water up, and so gravity pulls the coffee back down into the lower chamber.

    The result is a really clean cup of coffee. Gail was especially impressed with the quality of the taste. It was very smooth and drinkable.

    Be sure to check out the full Crew Review of this awesome vacuum coffee maker!

  • Drip vs. Immersion Cold Brew

    We had a request from one of our viewers to do a taste  test comparing a full immersion cold brew and a slow drip cold brew. And you know we can't say no to a cup of coffee! So we brewed up the same coffee with the two different methods to see what the result was!Cold Brew

    What is full immersion cold brew you ask? This is probably the method of cold brew extraction you are most familiar with. It can be as crude as filling up a bucket with coffee and water and letting it sit or you can use something like the Toddy or OXO! (We were really impressed with the OXO, check out our taste test if you haven't already!) So just as the name implies, the coffee and water sit together for a period of time before filtering and then drinking.

    So then what is drip cold brew? Using a slow drip cold brew system is a little more involved, both in the equipment necessary as well as technique involved. Essentially you have your water slowly drip over your coffee grounds. And when we say slowly, we mean it! We are talking about a drip per second. The water slowly saturates the ground coffee, which then drips down through a filter and into your collection container.

    We were curious about how the two methods would change the taste of the coffee. Here is a little spoiler, the taste difference was much more pronounced than we could have imagined! Check out the video below to see the result!

     

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  • Crew Review: CamelBak Forge Travel Mugs

    CamelBak Forge Travel MugAhh, the great outdoors. There truly isn't anything better than that first breath of fresh air before embarking on an outdoor adventure. Or is there? The answer of course is yes, yes there is something better (and it involves coffee!)

    That's right, we are talking about travel mugs today! And more specifically, the CamelBak Forge travel mugs. We are quite fond of this mug. Sure it works great for commuting to work in the morning. But we think it is even more fitting when "forging" a trail, hot coffee in hand. And speaking of hot coffee, the CamelBak Forge travel mug does an excellent job at keeping your coffee hot! The double wall, stainless steel body keeps your hot coffee hot (or your cold, cold brew...well, cold).

    Be sure to watch our Crew Review below to see the results of our temperature test! (Spoiler alert: it does an superb job!)

    One of the best features on this travel mug is the self sealing lid. Say goodbye to accidental spills! The lid also comes apart for easy cleaning in all the nooks and crannies. The CamelBak Forge Travel mug comes in two color schemes. Solid black or stainless steel and blue!

    Check out our Crew Review video below for the full scoop!

     

  • Crew Review: AeroPress

    AeroPressIt's portable. It's affordable. And some might even call it adorable! Yes, we are talking about the AeroPress by Aerobie.

    The AeroPress is a clever alternative way to brew up your cup of coffee. It functions in a similar fashion to a French Press, but with a twist! When you plunge the AeroPress, the coffee is forced through a paper (or stainless steel) filter. Leaving you with a very clean cup of coffee.

    It's great for traveling since it is lightweight. All that you need is some coffee and hot water to complete your set up.  The AeroPress is built in the U.S.A and is B.P.A. free. Win win? We think so.

    The AeroPress makes a stout cup of coffee that some say resembles "espresso", without the crema of course. Not traditional espresso, but a very strong cup. But the real beauty in this coffee maker is how much control you have when brewing. If you like to brew up a strong concentrate and dilute it like an americano, you can. If you prefer to make a medium strong cup of coffee and mix with half and half, the choice is yours.

    We love our AeroPress. And think you will too! Check out our full Crew Review video below before subscribing to our YouTube channel. Come on, we know you want too :)

  • Crew Review: Jura A9

    The next generation from Jura. A smaller footprint, eco-friendly energy saving options and an intuitive touch screen that makes selecting your morning beverage just that much more fun! That's right, we are talking about the Jura A9!Jura A9

    The Jura A9 is the latest superautomatic espresso machine from Jura. And keeping with what they do best, the display on this machine is totally awesome. We are always impressed with the Jura displays; colorful, easy to read, and now-touch sensitive!

    The Jura A9 has a stainless steel ThermoBlock boiler. Which, for a superautomatic, is very powerful. The milk that comes off this machine is hot, something that is difficult to achieve with a superautomatic machine.

    The water reservoir and bean hopper are on the smaller side. But we don't necessarily think that is such a bad thing. It requires you to only use the freshest water and beans, which means tasty drinks!  The water reservoir holds 37.2 ounces of water and the bean hopper holds 4.4 ounces of beans.

    One of the greatest features of this machine is its ability to grind and brew twice. So now with only one touch on the machine, it will have a latte for you and your guest/friend/lover brewed up and ready to enjoy together! And we like that :)

    Be sure to watch the full Crew Review below!

     

  • Saeco Pure Replaces The Odea!

    Saeco PureIt is time for another hand off in the Saeco Espresso Machine line up! This time we say good-bye to the Odea while opening our arms to the Saeco Pure!

    The Saeco Pure has larger capacities and faster warm up times all inside a design that is slimmer and lighter! Which is a long way to say, the Saeco Pure is an awesome new machine. One that anybody will enjoy.

    Here are some of the stats of these two machines side by side:

    Saeco Pure Saeco Odea
    Width 8.5 inches 10.5 inches
    Depth 16.75 inches 15.5 inches
    Height 13 inches 14 inches
    Bean Capacity 8.8 ounces 6.3 ounces
    Reservior Capacity 60.8 ounces 51 ounces
    Warm Up Time 1:15 1:30
    Boiler Design Single Boiler ThermoBlock
    Weight 17 pounds 45 pounds

     

    We think the Saeco Pure makes an excellent entry level superautomatic espresso machine. It is super simple to use and to maintain. And since it sits at an excellent price point,  it's a great place for someone to step into the wonder world that is home espresso :)

    Check out the full comparison in the video below! Have any questions? Leave them in the comment section on YouTube and we will be happy to answer!

     

  • Crew Review: Nuova Simonelli Musica

    Do you hear that thumbing beat off in the distance? It sounds like a disco! Oh wait, it's just Gail brewing up some shots on the Nuova Simonelli Musica. Of course!Nuova Simonelli Musica

    Thats right, it's a fresh Crew Review of the Nuova Simonelli Musica, part espresso machine part life of the party. The Nuova Simonelli Musica is a stylish looking machine, but it isn't all about the looks. The insides of this machine really pack a punch.

    It is a heat exchanger machine, which ensures that each espresso shot is brewed at a consistent temperature to give you the best tasting shot possible. It also allows you to brew and steam your milk at the same time, something that isn't possible on single boiler machines.

    And speaking of steam, this machine will surely impress. The design of the steam knob is actually not a knob at all. It is a slider that you can move up and down and can lock to stay on. We were really impressed with this design and the power of the stream. Get ready cappuccino, here we come!

    The Musica comes with a professional 58mm portafilter so you can really show off to your friends. And if you are looking for POD compatibility, you are in luck because with a simple adapter kit you can turn your Musica into an  E.S.E. pod-based device for easy coffee production.

    All in all, we really like this machine. Be sure to watch the full Crew Review of it below before heading over to our YouTube channel and subscribing!

     

  • 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!

     

     

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