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  • Video Roundup 6/22/2018

    Happy Friday!

    We had a lot of fun in the studio this week with Gail and John. Check out our newest videos!

    First, John gave us a review of the exceptional KRE grinder from Eureka!

    Next, we got some insight on the life of an espresso shot with Gail:

    Finally, John gave us his thoughts on the Eureka Drogheria with a little help from a surprise guest!

    Thanks for joining us for another week of great videos! Check back next week for more, and remember to make coffee you love!

     

     

  • New Product Spotlight: Eureka Drogheria

    We're very excited to add the Drogheria MCD4 to a stellar lineup of Eureka grinders!

    The Drogheria MCD4 is a brand new bulk grinder designed specifically for commercial settings. The grinder has a host of features that make it into a great machine to add to your cafe space.

    The grind adjust dial is big and easy to use, with a label that makes finding the right setting easy, even if you're not an every day barista. The knob, like the rest of the grinder, feels sturdy too.

    The hopper is a whopping 5 Lbs, allowing you to grind entire bags of beans at a time. The footprint of this machine is also easy to vouch for, fitting even tight cafe counters.

    Finally, the bag clip is strong and simple, and the grinder's two position switch makes it easy to use.

    The insides

    Looks and usability are great, but it's what's on the inside that really counts, and the Drogheria delivers here as well. The 75mm burrs can handle the bulk that the hopper delivers, and are capable of grinding for almost any brew method. The motor is big and reliable as well, and doesn't affect the temperature of the beans for most settings.

    All of this combines with extremely durable and reliable parts. This is a meaty grinder that really delivers on dependability along with the aforementioned aesthetics and usability. If we have any caveats to offer, it's that this machine does heat up more on the settings needed for Turkish coffee. We recommended grinding under 8 oz. when using this setting. Otherwise, it's a great device.

    Also worth noting, we're introducing the KRE from Eureka this week as well, which serves a very different purpose. Look forward to more info on that machine soon and check out the Drogheria here!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Crew Comparison: Baratza Sette 270W vs Eureka Atom

    What a year for grinders! Out of all the grinders released in 2016, none have excited us as much as the Baratza Sette 270W and the Eureka Atom. Of course, you know about the Baratza Sette 270W and its entry-level brother, the 270. Baratza kicked off SCAA 2016 by announcing the Sette and it quickly built hype amongst home brewers. The Eureka Atom? It flew under the radar. But we want to change that! Both these grinders deserve a place in a home barista’s kitchen for very different reasons. But which one’s right for you?
  • Crew Comparison: Eureka Atom vs Baratza Forté AP

    Owning a commercial grinder for your home can step up your espresso game. We know it might sound crazy, but trust us! Many professional baristas have come to us praising the benefits of a using a commercial grinder with their home espresso machine. These grinders are built with hardware that can hold up to repeated use and the features to quickly get the job done! Whether it’s handling your espresso crave or entertaining your guests, the Baratza Forté AP Grinder and Eureka Atom Grinder are two commercial grinders you need to check out!
  • Crew Review: Eureka Atom Grinder

    How Does It Compare?

    What’s that sound? The silent snores of happy people sleeping through your morning espresso ritual. Eureka has done it again with one of the quietest grinders we’ve ever been blessed to hear: the Eureka Atom.

    This new machine was released the same month as the now-famous Baratza Sette 270. And if you’ve been following our reviews, you probably know that the Sette 270 is loud. The Atom was just the break from all the noise our ears needed. The Atom flaunts stepless grinding and hefty 60mm burrs (almost as big as the Rocket Espresso Fausto’s 65mm), which means we can’t wait to get it set up for espresso! The Sette 270’s user-friendly adjustable burrs rock for espresso and, let’s face it, the Sette 270 is more than half the cost of the Atom. So why choose the Atom? Besides blessing us with quiet mornings, this machine can hold up to repeated use! Toss it in your local coffee shop or espresso-loving office and you’ll have the happiest (and least harried) patrons around.

    EurekaAtom_Front Say hello to the newest grinder of 2016, the Eureka Atom.

    Grind

    Big Burrs

    Large burrs are the bread and butter of fine espresso grinders like the Eureka Atom. Boasting 60mm flat hardened steel, beans are munched into consistent grounds—no irregular sizes here! Paired with stepless settings, the Atom’s precision is on par with most commercial grinders. Bonus: this espresso grinder doesn’t clump. We know, we were shocked too. Inside the Atom is where the magic happens. At the top of the chute, Eureka installed a “clump crusher” that effectively agitates fresh coffee as it grinds to create uniform grounds in your portafilter. The name may sound silly, but these two lightning-shaped arms really do crush clumps with impressive results!

    Stepless Grinder

    Stepless settings allow baristas to customize their coffee without limitations. A tweak here and there can make a world of difference. You remember what Uncle Ben said, “With great power comes great responsibility.” A stepless grinder is a powerful tool that once mastered can reap benefits for your espresso. That said, once you’ve dialed it in for espresso you won’t want to dramatically change it from espresso to drip.

    The Atom's stepless grind adjustment offers unlimited settings for baristas. The Atom's stepless grind adjustment offers unlimited settings for baristas.

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    Espresso Grinder

    The Eureka Atom’s precision stepless adjustment is designed to be used with espresso machines. However, the Atom does have the ability to grind coarse for drip or pour over methods too! It even includes a catch bin to replace the removable portafilter arm. That said, we don’t imagine once you’ve dialed it in for espresso, that you’ll want to take it beyond easy, small adjustments.

    The Atom comes with a grounds bin and portafilter holder for multiple brew methods. The Atom comes with a grounds bin and portafilter holder for multiple brew methods.

    Quick Shots

    This time-based grinder clocks in an 18-gram double shot of espresso in 4.5 seconds. With that sort of speed for espresso, it’ll bring joy to any caffeine-deprived morning!

    Glamour

    Silent Style

    Encased in metal and insulated for sound, the roar of the motor and bean crunching we're used to are missing. The Eureka Atom is as silent as a mouse. And this is true for all three color choices the Atom comes in; the matte black, chromed aluminum and metallic gray.

    The Atom, much like its little brother the Mignon, features a distinctly squared off look to case and hopper that we haven’t really seen in other grinders. The wide, low set of the hopper lets the Atom squeeze in under cabinets while still holding a respectable pound of beans at a time.

    EurekaAtom_hopper The Atom holds a pound of beans.

    Crisp Customization

    There’s nothing like a crisp digital display to wake you up in the morning. Well, actually there’s coffee. Fresh ground coffee is only a touch away with two convenient spots to activate the grinder: a dedicated button beneath the chute activated by the portafilter or one of the three buttons on the interface. Two of those buttons are time-based programmable for a single or double shot—quick and easy for multi-taskers! The third button triggers manual grinding mode and lets you pulse grind with the portafilter button or start and stop grinding with the center button. The manual mode is a great way to test dosing before setting single or double shot grind buttons.

    The Atom's beautiful clean display is easy on the eye, literally. The Atom's crisp digital display is easy on the eyes, literally.

    Conclusion

    The Eureka Atom’s speedy and silent grinding will seduce any home baristas in the market for a new grinder. If you’re in the market for a new espresso grinder or interested in upgrading to the latest cutting edge technology, look no further than the Atom. It’s impressive sound dampening casing makes it possible for home baristas to indulge in their caffeinated craving any time of the day. Have you checked out the Eureka Atom yet? What are you waiting for—go look and tell us what you think.

  • Crew Comparison: Rocket Fausto vs. Eureka Zenith 65E Grinder

    How Does It Compare?

    It’s kind of like comparing the same motor inside a monster truck and a racecar. The Eureka Zenith 65 E comes in at 23.5 inches tall and towers over the Rocket Fausto’s mere 17.5 inches. Not to mention the Zenith 65 E’s massive three-pound bean hopper. When we talk about power, man, do they sure put on a show! Both are matched with 65mm flat steel burrs and a whopping 1650 RPMs (rotations per minute) to make quick work of beans. We’d love to see an actual showdown between a monster truck and racecar, but we’ll have to settle a match between the Eureka Zenith 65 E Burr Grinder vs. Rocket Espresso Macinatore Fausto Grinder.

    Grind

    Both grinders eat through beans like champs thanks to their 65mm flat steel burrs. Both rotate at 1650 RPM (rotations per minute) to quickly and efficiently grind beans. The real catch here is the Zenith 65 E’s 500 watts juice. This level of performance stands up in a busy setting such as a cafe or office full of coffee-lovers. If you’re thinking about making cup after cup, the Zenith 65 E will hold up. Keep in mind, this sort of power isn’t necessary for the casual, one-cup brewer.

    Grinders at this caliber are stepless to allow you to fine-tune your grind with every inch of the burrs. This amount of control creates the perfect consistency for espresso and the Rocket Fausto and Zenith 65 E don’t fail to deliver. Both produce less clumping, which is a great accomplishment for these machines since a fine-grind naturally sticks together and forms clumps.

    Lastly, what’s a high-class grinder without some programmable features? The Zenith 65 E offers two programmable doses that you can set for your portafilter. To grind, you press the portafilter against a button behind the adjustable holder. The Rocket Fausto also has two programmable doses and dispenses grinds when you press those buttons—with or without a portafilter, so have the portafilter ready to catch those grounds! Really, though, we think both machines take first place in grinding.

    Glamour

    So clearly the Eureka Zenith 65 E is a monster. If you haven’t seen a picture of it, it’s standing at staggering 23.5 inches and is 9 inches wide. The Rocket Fausto is 17.5 and 6.5 inches, respectively. We’ve talked about the Rocket Fausto a few times before and we were impressed by the one-pound bean hopper—the Zenith 65 E outdoes it with a three-pound bean hopper. Honestly, at Seattle Coffee Gear, we go through a lot of beans and we adore this three-pound monster, but not everyone needs these guy. The size alone would be a puzzle to fit in most kitchens, but we’ve definitely seen it done and admire home brewers with amazing commercial-grade machines like this.

    Are such massive machines a glamorous addition to your home kitchen? The industrial-style build showcases raw, utilitarian appeal, especially in the chrome, that brings home kitchens a sophisticated edge. The matte black color also had trend appeal that complements the modern kitchen. Both are doserless with stainless steel adjustable portafilter holders that you’d find in a commercial setting, further completely the cafe-at-home style. You’re probably thinking with all this talk about industrial looks that the noise on these powerful machines is less than glamorous. Surprisingly, these grinders produce the average noise that you’d expect and hear from a smaller grinder of this grade.

    Grade

    We’re not handing out A’s and F’s for our grinders (but we’d never hand out an F to these guys). What we are dishing out are suggestions for these high-end grinders. When you have a grinder of this grade, you want to pair it with a machine that it will be compatible with. The Zenith 65 E and Fausto both create consistent, fine grounds that are perfect for non-pressurized portafilters. We wouldn’t pair these grinders with a machine that uses pressurized portafilters since the grinders do all the heavy lifting.

    The Rocket Fausto is an obvious match for any of the Rocket Espresso Machines. We have our hearts set on the new Rocket Espresso R60v and with a grinder like the Fausto at its side, there’s no telling what sort of coffee-magic it will create.

    The Eureka Zenith 65 E, with a three-pound bean hopper and massive stature, sets it up to be used in a commercial setting like your favorite cafe spot. That being said, we see commercial-grade machines in the average home brewers kitchen.  Since these grinders are so similar, we’d also recommend pairing this machine with the Rocket R60v.

  • Crew Review: Eureka Zenith 65E Coffee Grinder

    “Eureka! I have found it!”

    Shout it out! If you’re looking for a commercially designed machine built to change beans into beautiful, consistent espresso grounds, then this is your machine! Are you shouting “Eureka!” yet? On this Crew Review, we’re exploring the Eureka Zenith 65E Burr Grinder and showing you some cool features on this mighty machine.

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    Do you have three pounds of beans you’re looking to grind up? Because the Zenith 65E can handle it. The bean hopper holds three pounds of beans and is matched with 65mm stainless steel flat burrs that’ll turn nails to dust—just kidding! Don’t try that at home. But really, these burrs create grounds quickly and consistently, which is what you need for a great espresso shot.

    The stepless grinder gives you full control to find your sweet spot—the best grind for your shot—which marries seamlessly with the powerful burrs. You have complete control over the coarseness (as Gail demonstrates in the video). With unlimited options, it’s easy to see how you could lose it. This is what we’d call a double edge sword. A cool feature on the Eureka Zenith 65E to keep your grind is that the bottom burr adjusts the setting. When you go to clean your grinder you’ll remove the top burr and avoid losing your sweet spot!

    The Eureka Zenith 65E has a built-in portafilter holder that’s ready for anything. Adjust the holder up or down to hold different sized portafilters and, when you're ready, activated the grinder by pushing the portafilter into the button directly behind. The Zenith 65E also features an adjustable spout to dispense your grinds at different angels and a spotlight shining down onto your grounds. Didn't we tell you it was ready for anything?

    Once you’ve found your sweet spot and lined-up your portafilter, don’t forget to program your grind! Using two programmable portions, customize your volume for your ideal single or double shot. As long as you keep everything in place, you’ll have a consistent grind to come back to each time.

    The Eureka Zenith 65E a worthy machine to bring into any home. Realistically this massive machine and its power might not be best for individual use. It would work wonders in an office, apartment community, commercial setting or a home business where you have people trickling in and out. Fill the bean hopper in the morning and you can pull espresso shots all day long.

    Check out the full video below and tell us what you think of the Eureka Zenith 65E by leaving us a comment on our YouTube video!

  • Crew Comparison: Eureka Mignon vs. Rocket Fausto

    Get that barista quality coffee with these professional grinders! Designed to complement high-end espresso machines, the Rocket Fausto and Eureka Mignon got it going on. Both grinders feature stepless grinding, stainless steel flat burrs and timed dosing for a consistent, quality grind that will make any professional barista proud.

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    Right off the bat, we can tell you that if real estate is important to you, then the Mignon might be a better option. It’s smaller footprint and boxy design makes it a perfect companion next to a sleek espresso machine or, let be honest, the microwave. That slim size does mean that some features, like the 8-ounce bean hopper, are smaller. Don’t let that deter you! It's packed with all the bells and whistles you need for a good shot.

    Rocket Fausto

    The Fausto, on the other hand, is a big kahuna. It's outfitted with 65mm burrs, a 22-ounce bean hopper and a large chute topped with a programmable digital display. The Fausto spits out a great grind faster thanks to the larger burrs. Its giant bean hopper also means you can grind up more beans. This can be great for multiple cups, but otherwise, it might be excessive for a cup or two.

    While we’re talking about the nitty-gritty details, the Fausto’s timer can get down to the second with the easily programmable digital display. It can also save two settings for a single or double shot. That means you can start your morning double shot and end with a pre-lunch single shot. After lunch? Rinse mug. Repeat. 

    The Mignon also has a timer to control dosing, but it’s on the side of the machine, meaning you’ll have to reach around or angle the controls toward you. That sort of beats the purpose of its small footprint when you're moving it around. 

    By no means, though, does the Mignon make a disappointing shot! Its small size and the manual timer doesn’t affect the power of those 50mm stainless steel flat burrs. It produces a practically identical grind like the Fausto but without taking up the whole counter.

    Both grinder machines complete the whole coffee package for home brewing! Pair one with a machine like the Rocket R60v (we’ve got it reviewed, too) and you’ve got a match made in caffeinated-heaven.

    Check out the full review below and tell us what you think about the Fausto and Mignon! As Gail said, “The proof is in the feeling.”

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  • Crew Review: Eureka Mignon Burr Coffee Grinder

    Sometimes big things come in small packages. And the Eureka Mignon Burr Coffee Grinder is no exception to that rule! Be sure to watch the full Crew Review video below for all the stats and to see this coffee grinder in action!mignon_side_black_2

    The first thing that we noticed about the Eureka Mignon was it's simple design. It's sleek and has one of the smallest footprints we've seen for grinders of a similar caliber. Inside, it boasts 50mm flat steel burrs. The burrs are controlled with a stepless adjustment knob, which is conveniently located on the front of the grinder. A stepless adjustment gives you the ability to really fine tune your grind, great for espresso.

    This grinder is great for use as espresso, or even Turkish! That's right, this grinder can go very very fine. Which is a huge plus for those brewing espresso. That being said, this grinder has trouble going much courser than a standard pour over grind. So if you like to brew both espresso and french press, and are wanting to use the same grinder, the Eureka Mignon won't work for you. But if you really want to play with the flavors of your espresso, meet your new best friend!

    Another great feature that this grinder has is the built in timer. When grinding, you can either use the portafilter trigger or the timer. The choice is truly yours!

    Watch the complete Crew Review below before heading over to our website for all the details on the Eureka Mignon!

     

  • Crew Review: Nuova Simonelli Eureka Zenith 65E Grinder

    Nuova Simonelli Eureka Zenith 65E GrinderEureka! That’s right, we’ve found the prefect high-capacity grinder -- the Nuova Simonelli Eureka Zenith 65E Grinder. While this grinder is indeed a great discovery, the name comes from the brand Eureka, which was bought by Nuova Simonelli many years ago. This grinder is basically the same as the Nuova Simonelli MDX and still has as a 65mm burr set and identical internal features. The only difference in the Eureka Zenith 65E is that it has an electronic front on it. Nuova Simonelli created this machine because they really wanted to get into electronic grinders, and it is their answer to others on the market like the Mazzer Type A grinders or the Rancilio KRYO 65 OD.

    As such, the big feature on this grinder is the new electronic doser, which is really easy to use. You have two programmable dosing options available to you, enabling you to decide whether you want your coffee to be dispensed by volume or by time, which can be adjusted at the push of a button. If you know an adventurous barista, you can lock these adjustment settings, so they won’t play around and make changes to your grind. Another unique feature on the Nuova Simmonelli Eureka Zenith 65E Grinder is the resettable digital dose counter, which we actually haven’t seen on any of the on demands yet. In fact, people frequently ask how they can reset the counter on a Mazzer and there is no way of doing that.

    In addition to these upgrades, Nuova Simonelli has carried over two of the most popular features from the MDX. One is the stepless micro adjustment dial, which allows you to adjust your grind finer or coarser by simply turning a knob with your finger instead of having to struggle to change the setting with a big lever as on other grinders. The second feature is the ability to open up your grinder and clean the burrs without having to recalibrate your grind. Not only does this make cleaning and maintaining your grinder a breeze, but it also makes the process quicker – you can probably the job done in-between shifts at your café.

    To learn more about the features on the Eureka Zenith 65E, watch as Brandon explains what makes it different from other grinders on the market in this video. Just don’t blame us if find yourself shouting “eureka!” too by the end.

    Crew Review: Nuova Simonelli Eureka Zenith 65E Grinder

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