Eureka

  • Our New Arrivals!

    It’s time to take a look at some of the newest items we’ve added to our catalog here at Seattle Coffee Gear! With everything from grinders and scales to a brand new superauto, we have plenty to talk about. Let’s jump in!

    Jura Ena 8

    The Jura Ena 8 is the newest superautomatic espresso machine from this excellent manufacturer. The Ena 8 offers a small footprint and loads of drink options that make it the perfect superauto for someone who wants some style with their espresso machine. With a unique cylindrical water tank and bold design elements, the Ena 8 excels in that looks department. As for the drinks, this machine’s vibrant interface is intuitive and easy to use without sacrificing a depth of options. 10 build in recipes will be an excellent place to start, and one touch lattes will save you time when you’re in a hurry. To top it all off, Jura’s smart water filtration system keeps everything running clean and smooth and extends the time between descalings. Shop the Ena 8 here!

    All Black Eureka Mignon Filtro

    Eureka’s Mignon Filtro isn’t all new to the lineup, but its all black casing and hopper is. This excellent brew grinder is now available in a slick black finish that looks stunning alongside your favorite drip brewer. The new smoked black hopper adds an extra layer of style onto an already beautiful coffee grinder that we really can’t say enough about. Check out this update look here!

    Capresso Infinity Plus Coffee Grinder

    Looking for an affordable brew grinder? The Capresso Infinity Plus is a great option to get your first taste of fresh burr-ground coffee. With its affordable price point and simple operation, there’s a lot to love with this grinder. Using the original Capresso Infinity as a base, this new version features an updated hopper, clearer markings for adjustments, and a timer. All of this together makes it an excellent way to get started with brewing coffee from home. Just keep in mind that this is not a grinder we recommend for espresso, as it can only grind for pressurized baskets. Give the Capresso Infinity Plus a look here.

    Oxo Precision Scale and Timer

    We always love a new item from Oxo. This stylish little scale is a great way to dose and weigh your morning pour over. With a built in timer, you can even time your pour perfectly for that delicious recipe you have saved. An optional silicone sleeve keeps your vessel in place, and insulates the scale from heat. Finally, the Oxo’s big, bright display is easy to read even in lower lighting conditions. We do only recommend this scale for brewing, as it’s 0.1g accuracy is not quite fine enough for espresso shots. Shop this handy scale here.

    Stay tuned for more Summer additions to the catalog!

  • Introducing Eureka's Mignon Notte!

    Eureka’s Mignon line is expanding! We’re excited to offer the Mignon Notte, Eureka’s newest espresso grinder. If you’re not familiar with the Mignon line, they’re Eureka’s compact but powerful espresso grinders that have a footprint and style perfect for any kitchen. From the Silenzio all the way up to the stunning Specialita, the Mignon line is one our favorite collections of grinders on the market. 

    Mignon Engineering

    The Notte is a great addition to the existing set, and offers a more affordable entry to high end espresso grinding. Part of why the Mignon line is so strong is the burr set. All of the Mignon grinders feature powerful 50mm flat steel burrs (aside from the Specialita, which features 55mm burrs). These are larger, more carefully engineered burrs than what you typically find on home espresso grinders under $1,000. Those burrs provide consistent, fluffy grounds that are perfect for espresso. Despite its ultra affordable price point, the Notte includes that very same burr set.

     

    The Notte also features the metal case that helps set the Mignons apart. This compact, sturdy case features better construction than many similarly priced grinders. While they still use plastic hoppers and have some plastic case elements, the step up to an almost all metal case design is really worth it. On top of that, the Notte uses the same stepless grind adjust that the rest of the Mignons do. This means you get ultra specific control over your grind, allowing you to dial in the trickiest coffees for your machine.

    Affordability Trade-offs

    There’s really only a couple of trade-offs the Notte makes to hit its affordability point. The first is omitting the deafening tech found in the othe Mignons. But never fear! While the silence of the Mignon line is admirable, the Notte isn’t especially loud compared to other grinders in its price range. While you may want to step up to the Silenzio if you’re especially sound conscious, the Notte is no more loud than other espresso grinders.

     

    The only other trade-off is the manual dose control. To grind with the Notte you do have to hold your portafilter in place, but given that it grinds in relatively small amounts quite quickly, we haven’t found this to be much of a challenge. Outside of these two differences, the Notte is quite similar to the Silenzio, and for a significantly lower price. 

     

    We think the Notte makes an excellent starter espresso grinder. Find out for yourself now, only @ SCG!

  • Video Roundup: 5/22/2020

    Hello out there!
    We have a trio of videos for you to enjoy over the upcoming long weekend. Let's get into them!

    First up we've got Allie with a Crew Review of the brand new Eureka Mignon Notte!

    Next, Ariel gave us some tips on infusing some coffee into your next Manhattan!

    Finally, it's a comparison between the Eureka Notte and the Eureka Silenazio with Allie.

    That's all for now! Enjoy your holiday weekend!

  • 2020 Getting Started Guide: Drip Coffee

    We’ve looked at pour over, superautos, and semi-autos in our buying guides posts so far, but there’s a couple of stones still left unturned. Today we’re going to offer some advice for buying a machine perfect for one of the simplest, but most approachable kinds of coffee brewing: Drip! Drip coffee is easy to get started with, but with so many brewers out there it can be hard to get a grasp of what will provide the best bang for your buck. We’re here to help!

    Grinders

    First thing’s first, you need a way to grind your beans! While you could use pre-ground coffee, using freshly ground beans is the best way to get the most out of your brewer. In fact, having coffee that’s been freshly ground is arguably the most important part of the process alongside temperature stability. 

    With that in mind, it’s hard to recommend any grinder as highly for first time drip brewers as the Baratza Encore. This grinder is well priced, consistent, easy to use, and will last quite some time. Baratza is one of the best grinder producers that we know, and it shows in this no-frills knockout of a product. If your budget has a bit more headroom we can also wholeheartedly recommend the Eureka Filtro. The filtro offers just a bit more performance and reliability due to its larger burrs, which are specifically designed for drip brewing. The Filtro also features stepless grind adjust, which gives you more precise control over grind size.

    But what about upgrading? You may want something that provides a little bit more in the bells and whistles department in the future. On the Baratza front, the Vario-W features more micro adjustments than the Encore, with the addition of weight based dosing. As you explore the coffee world you’ll find that weight is a better way to dose your coffee than volume, and the Vario-W helps with that.  Eureka also offers an excellent grinder upgrade in the form of the Brew Pro. The Brew Pro features the same powerful burrs as the Filtro mentioned above. It also adds timed grinding via a vibrant touch screen. The perfect upgrade if you become accustomed to the precision stepless adjust of the filtro.

    Brewers

    It’s time for the main event! Selecting a brewer is actually a bit easier than you’d think. The two most important pieces of a drip brewer are temperature consistency and the ability to evenly wet grounds. Bonuses like pre-infusion are nice to get the absolute most flavor out of your coffee. For all of this and a palatable price, check out the Bonavita Connoisseur. This brewer offers exceptional temperature stability, has a wide angle showerhead for the water, and even does simple pre-infusion. It’s the perfect option to start with, and comes at an excellent price too. 

    But what about an upgrade? Eventually you might want more control than the Connoisseur offers. There’s arguably no better upgrade option you’ll find than the Breville Precision Brewer. This brewer offers an incredible degree of control over your coffee. Including options for brewing over ice, using a pour over attachment, specific gold cup brewing settings, and tons of options for setting custom recipes, the Precision Brewer should be the last machine you’ll ever need. 

    Thanks for joining us for this look at getting started with your drip brewing shopping list!

    Check out the rest of our getting started guides!

  • 2020 Getting Started Guide: Semi-Automatic Espresso Machines - Part 2

    Last week we took a look at the best purchases for semi-automatics and grinders to get started brewing espresso at home. This week we wanted to offer up some ideas for those ready for an upgrade! Whether you're outgrowing your machine or it's getting a little long in the tooth, here are some ideas for where to go next.

    Grinder

    Upgrading your grinder depends a lot on what you already have. Because the quality of your espresso is so dependent on the consistency of your grind, this is a key part of your setup. We generally recommend a grinder upgrade before you upgrade your machine. A great grinder can elevate the quality of espresso you're getting from a weaker machine. On the other hand, a fancy machine won't produce great shots without a quality grinder.

    The biggest thing you should look for in stepping up your grinder is a stepless grind adjust (pun a little bit intended). Stepless adjust means that the distance between the burrs isn't on set steps that click from one to the next. Stepless adjustment works more like a screw, bringing the burrs closer together as you turn the dial. While consistency in grounds is the most important thing in an espresso grinder, this kind of adjuster gives you more control. It is, however, harder to dial in beans with a stepless adjust. This is why we recommend these kinds of grinders as an upgrade.

    With that in mind, one of the all around best home grinder lines is Eureka. We love their Mignon line, which offers fast, consistent, and quiet grinding. The best part here is that there are several options that you can pick from depending on your budget. From the simple and efficient Silenzio all the way up to the feature filled Specialita. All of the grinders in this line feature stepless adjustment.

    Machine

    There's one particular machine we love for anyone looking to upgrade, and that's the Rocket Espresso Appartamento. This is a stellar espresso machine that brings you a heated E61 brew group, pro style steam, and hands on brewing. All of these features strike at the sort of creature comforts that come with a commercial machine. While the Appartamento will take practice to pull the perfect shot, it has the power and reliability to be the last espresso machine you buy.

    If you're looking to go even bigger, the Rocket Espresso Mozzafiato and Giotto offer their own arguments, each providing incredible upgrades. Either way, these are machines that will last you decades. Finally, if you're looking to go really big, the Rocket Espresso R58 Cinquantotto is a behemoth of a machine that will give the local coffee shop a run for its money. It's another machine that will last you a lifetime.

    We recommend all of these upgrades because of the power of their pumps, plumbing options, and PID controlled temps. Check out our reviews and other educational articles to get a better understanding of how each of these elements puts these machines over the top.

    Check out the rest of our getting started guides!

  • 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.

    Grade

    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.

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