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  • Video Roundup: 12/13/2019

    Hello coffee fans!

    It's Friday the 13th, but that doesn't mean this coffee round up will get freaky. Or does it?...

    It doesn't. Sorry to disappoint!

    Anyway, on to the videos!

    First up, yours truly hosted the first episode of Under Pressure, our new coffee themed game show!

    Next up, Gail took a look at the SCG Exclusive Bambino Pro!

    Next up, John took a look at a couple of commercial cold brew brewing methods!

    Then we have a crew review of the Seattle Coffee Gear pour over set!

    And finally, it's a look at some delicious holiday drinks with Allie!

    We hope you enjoy these videos, we'll be back with more next week!

     

  • Introducing Your Family to Craft Coffee

    Hey coffee fans!

     

    It's the holiday season, and for many folks that means lots of time with family and friends. One of the joys of these kinds of gatherings is being able to share your favorite treats of the season! We know that sometimes it can be tough to "sell" grocery store coffee drinkers on fancier stuff. It's why we thought we'd offer some tips for sharing your favorite coffee with your favorite people this Holiday!

    Start slow

    Look, we would all love for our family to understand how delicious a bright, floral shot of espresso can be. This is also a pretty challenging leap from the less flavorful coffees they might be used to! We recommend starting small by going for an old fashioned drip pot of coffee. Prepare it before they arrive and offer it to them without feeling like you have to explain what you brewed. Lots of complicated information can be overwhelming and lead to your test subj... We mean guests, jumping to conclusions about what they're drinking.

    Leave the bag near the brew

    Specialty coffee usually features some beautiful bags. You might already do this, but if you don't, leave that pretty package next to your brewer! Anyone passing by might be enticed to pick it up and ask about it. Once it's a question, it's easier to share info on the coffee you've brewed.

    Keep it simple

    While we'd love for you to sell your family and friends on a challenging natural process single origin, you might want to keep it simpler. Stick to a blend that offers some classic coffee notes, plus a little bit extra. Options like our SCG Holiday Blend or Bluebeard's Snowbeard fit this bill nicely. If they like the coffee, then you can suggest they try more adventurous roasts. This ties in with using a simpler brew method like a basic drip brewer. We're sure your guests will appreciate a bit of familiarity!

    Branch out into pour over

    A very eye opening thing to a lot of coffee newbies is their first pour over. This is a brew method that is perfect for understanding the intricacies present in many coffees. After your guests have tried a more complex roast than the basic grocery store coffee they may be used to, exploring it further as a pour over could really open them up to craft coffee.

    Spread it out

    Don't try to go all in on this in one visit. After a morning pot of drip, offer a pour over at the next gathering. Coffee is still coffee! Too much at once can lead to a bit of an overload for newer coffee drinkers. That can be unpleasant and off-putting in the long run.

    Most importantly...

    Don't be a snob!

    Lots of people have a perception of craft coffee as a snobby thing to enjoy. Many folks think all coffees taste exactly the same and coffee as a hobby is a wasted effort. Rather than argue with a person like that, the best thing you can do is meet any dismissal with humor and humbleness. Not everyone likes coffee for coffee's sake!

  • 12 Days of Coffee: Ruby Coffee Roasters - Cheers Holiday Blend

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    Ah the holidays - a time of merriment and glee! Everything feels a bit more sentimental - meals with friends and family, drives through your old hometown, Christmas movies from your childhood. Tidings of comfort and joy abound! With all this good vibes coloring the season - you need a beverage to match! Look no further than Ruby Coffee Roaster's Cheers Holiday Blend. It's the perfect seasonal offering to fill your mug with and clink to a healthy and prosperous 2018!

    We're excited to spend twelve days of the month highlighting delicious coffees coming from roasters near and far. All of which are available in the holiday blends section of our website! Reach for a mug and pour yourself a little holiday cheer with your coffee!

    Ruby Coffee Roasters:
    Cheers Holiday Blend

    A little background on the blend from the Ruby team...

    We look forward to working on Cheers every year and the fourth time around was no different. This year we decided to start with a microlot from Finca de Dios in Fraijanes, Guatemala, which has a nice cakey sweetness and some soft fruits that fit right into our vision. We paired that with Kenya Gachatha and Ethiopia Yabitu Koba to add some wineiness to the cup and take the roast just deep enough to coax out some spice notes. We’ve been brewing it on the Kalita Wave with 32g ground medium-coarse, 500g filtered water, lasting 3:30-4:00. It also makes a seriously decadent French press. Try a 1:16.5 ratio (grounds to water), steeped with very little turbulence for 10+ minutes and make sure to skim the brown muck from the top after breaking the crust. Enjoy with cherished family and friends. Cheers!

    "Holiday Light"-ning Q+A Round answered by their crew...

    What is your favorite holiday scent? The smell of Cheers in a favorite mug (lame answer, we know)
    What is your favorite Christmas movie? Jingle All The Way with Arnold Schwarzenegger
    What are your favorite winter activities? Skiing: cross-country, downhill
    White lights or colored? Colorful Coffees demand colorful lights! (but only the non-led type)
    Gift-wrap or gift bags? Wrap, obviously.
    Bows or curly ribbon? Curly ribbons if moms are the ones wrapping.
    Steady lights or twinkling? Twinkling, as long as they’re not flashing. A gentle twinkle is magic.
    Angel or star tree-topper? Classic star. No questions.
    Real tree or artificial? Only real trees in rural Wisconsin. Cut ‘em ourselves then burn in February.
    Long needles or short? Whichever is less prickly.

    Ruby Coffee Roasters big plans for 2018...

    Plenty of tasty coffee! We’ll be continuing to work with many of the same talented and dedicated producers that we worked with this year and in years past. We’re particularly excited for the coffees we have arriving very soon from Burundi--some of the most remarkable and intriguing lots we’ve tasted!

    We’re also working on a website redesign, which will create a nicer experience and add functionality that’ll help us serve our customers better.

    Click here to buy Ruby Coffee Roaster's Cheers Holiday Blend! 

  • 12 Days of Coffee: Bluebeard Coffee Roasters - Snowbeard Winter Blend

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    On the first day of Christmas Bluebeard gave to me... one of our favorite holiday blends of the season- Snowbeard Holiday Blend! We're excited to spend twelve days of the month highlighting delicious coffees coming from roasters near and far, all of which are available in the holiday blends section of our website! Reach for a mug and pour yourself a little holiday cheer with your coffee!

    Bluebeard Coffee Roasters:
    Snowbeard Holiday Blend

    A little background on the blend from the Bluebeard team...

    We were excited earlier this summer when cupping Ethiopian arrival samples and came across a natural, the Chire from Sidamo, that we thought would taste great in the Snowbeard Holiday Blend. It had a bit more of an elegant quality to it, with some subdued strawberry notes and we thought it would be great in a blend, as naturals can sometimes dominate the cup profile. Turns out it layered great with our other Latin coffees from Guatemala and Colombia! We’re getting a lot of Chocolate, Candied Orange and some Cherry and Clove in this blend, with a bit less of the red fruits and pipe tobacco that we’ve seen in past editions.

    "Holiday Light"-ning Q+A Round answered by their crew... 

    ●  Do you prefer hot chocolate or Egg Nog? Both
    ●  How do you feel about pumpkin spice? Love and indifference
    ●  What is your favorite thing about winter? Snowboarding!
    ●  What is your favorite Christmas movie? Die Hard
    ●  What are your favorite winter activities? Drinking Whiskey
    ●  What are you most excited for this season? Holiday Emotions
    ●  White lights or colored? Colored
    ●  Gift-wrap or gift bags? Gift Wrap
    ●  Bows or curly ribbon? Bows
    ●  Steady lights or twinkling? Twinkling
    ●  Angel or star tree-topper? Star
    ●  Real tree or artificial? REAL
    ●  Long needles or short? Short? Noble Firs are the best.
    ●  Caroling or sleigh riding? Sleigh Riding
    ●  Presents on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day? BOTH

    Bluebeard's big plans for 2018...

    MORE coffee! We’re excited to grow with our friends in Tacoma and beyond. We have a few other tricks up our sleeve that we’ll have to let Santa deliver, too.

    Click here to buy Bluebeard Coffee Roaster's - Snowbeard Holiday Blend!

  • Event Recap: Breville Holiday Showcase

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    Upgrading to a new espresso machine or drip brewer during the holidays can be a stressful process. With a whole list of responsibilities on your plate to take care from entertaining guests to preparing a meal, it’s easy for great coffee to slip through the cracks. That’s why we asked Breville to show off new machines from their coffee product line at our Bellevue location before the holidays get here in full force! Joined by coffee experts from Breville and Counter Culture Coffee, guests were able to explore the diverse functions of the Breville Oracle Touch™, Breville Precision Brewer™, and soon to be released on seattlecoffeegear.com Breville Barista Touch™.

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    A Closer Look at Breville's New ProductsBreville_Holiday_Showcase (12 of 25)

    Upon the release of the Breville Precision Brewer™, this versatile coffee maker is everything but boring. The perfect gift for a family of coffee snobs and novices alike, the Precision Brewer boasts a handful of programmable brew methods from a standard gold cup to cold brew.

    If you’re a person who likes to roll out bed in the morning and head out the door without having to bat an eye at a complicated brew method, this machine is a perfect fit! However, the customizable bloom time, temperature, and flow rate will appeal to those who like a little more play in their brewing. Travis from Counter Culture demonstrated one of the most unique functions of the brewer – V60 pour over adaptability.

    Breville_Holiday_Showcase (4 of 25)While the Breville Barista Touch™ is still shrouded in a bit of mystery as it has yet to see a release date through Seattle Coffee Gear, folks in attendance of the holiday showcase were able to get a hands-on first look at the machine leading up to it going online. Almost completely different that it’s close relative and namesake, the Barista Express, the new Touch features:

    - Simple touch screen drink programmability
    - Automatic steam wand producing café quality microfoam
    - A built in conical burr grinder
    - Sleek and compact footprint compared to the Oracle Touch

    The Breville Oracle Touch™ has been one of our very favorite machines since it made its debut earlier this year. Boasting an impressive number of drink options, the updated iteration of the Breville Oracle gives users the freedom to program their perfect beverage to the machine without having worrying about deleting other user’s data.

    Featuring an automatic dose and tamp function along with perfect hands-free steaming, the Oracle Touch allows users to pour and enjoy drinks without having to stress about the complicated nuances of pulling espresso. Did we mention that it has a massive 84 oz. water tank so guests need not worry about constantly refilling the machine at a social gathering!Want to win these new products from Breville? Visit your local Seattle Coffee Gear store now thru 11/27 and be entered to win the Precision Brewer, Barista Touch, and the grand prize – the Oracle Touch! Entering couldn’t be easier!

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    Receive a chance to win with:
    Each visit to SCG's Bellevue or Lynnwood Locations
    In-store purchases of $50 or more
    Any purchase of a Breville Machine

    Can’t visit our stores? Enter to win a Breville Oracle here!

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