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  • Iced Coffee Vs. Cold Brew

    It’s that time of year where we pull out our cold brewers and ice cube trays for some cool coffee treats. Staying caffeinated and cool isn’t so hard, but you might be wondering what the real difference is between iced coffee and cold brew. We’ve got your back, with an explanation of each method right here!

    Iced Coffee

    Iced Coffee is as simple as it sounds. You start with brewed coffee and simply add ice. The trick is in the way you add the ice without diluting the coffee too much, because simply brewing over ice will lead to lukewarm coffee as the ice melts. On the other hand, using cool water with a pour over or press won’t cause the coffee to bond with the water effectively unless allowed to steep (see the cold brew section!). There are a few ways you can mitigate this, and they offer varying flavors. 

    First, you can just brew coffee over ice. The trick here is adjusting your water to coffee ratio to account for the melting ice in the coffee. This also means that your flavor profile will differ a bit because you’re really brewing a concentrate that is being instantly diluted. Some machines, like the Breville Precision Brewer, have brew settings that help with this.

    The other option is to brew coffee in a glass carafe, then remove it from heat and let it sit until it reaches room temperature. This can feel counterintuitive, but when removed from heat, coffee can cool quickly enough that you won’t lose its freshness in the process. Then you simply pour the lukewarm coffee over ice, and it will melt slower than if you brew over the ice. 

    Both methods can lead to tasty iced coffee, so it’s worth experimenting with both, and with different coffee ratios and recipes to find what works for you!

    Cold Brew

    Over the past decade, cold brew has risen to prominence as a fantastic way to drink cold coffee. And there’s a reason for that! As noted above, cooler water takes longer to bond with coffee molecules. You can achieve this with colder water by giving it a longer steep time. There are some fantastic brewers that help you do this, such as the Toddy Cold Brew System. Systems like this use a filter and valve to allow coffee to steep for a long time (such as overnight) and then be drained from the brewer. The result is ready to drink cold brew, or cold brew concentrate that can be diluted with water, depending on the ratio of water to coffee used. Some simple, grab n’ go options that brew for portability are brew bottles like those that Primula offers. 

    Other cold brewing methods include brewers like the Bruer Slow Drip Cold Brewer.This brewer emulates the slow drip cold brewing method that’s popular in Japan. By modulating flow rate, you can get different flavors as the cold water slowly drips through the grounds.

     

    No matter what kind of cold coffee method you use, the principles of each are simple. Iced Coffee refers to hot brewed coffee cooled down to room temp and then poured over ice. Cold brew methods refer to coffee that is actually brewed slowly with room temperature water. Both offer unique flavor profiles and are delicious with a splash of milk or cream. Give both methods a try this cold coffee season!

  • Three Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas: Coffee and Food Pairings

    Skip the hour-long wait for cold coffee and expensive food for Mother's Day brunch, we’ll help you show off your culinary chops with the best coffee and food pairings. Just like wine, different coffees pair with food to enhance and complement the flavor. We decided to help you cheat a little and made some suggestions for meals to plan with these three coffee profiles: savory, sweet and balanced. Whether your mom has a sweet tooth or prefers her food slathered in hot sauce, we’ve picked out some great brunch ideas to pair with coffee.

    Savory: Cafe Ladro Ladro Espresso

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    Ladro’s signature espresso blend brings out complex flavors in our cup. Roasting notes describe it as creamy, sweet and chocolatey notes. The SCG crew first thought was, “Spicy Mexican food?” It's full and savory body is the perfect blend for a robust cup of French press or as espresso. Whichever way you serve it, Ladro Espresso is a shining example of coffee that’ll complement your favorite savory dishes.

    Pair It With:

    • Salt & Pepper Avocado
    • Spicy Mexican Food
    • Cornbread Muffins

    We’re going all out with our favorite Mexican-brunch dish, Huevos Rancheros! Spicy peppers add an extra kick and lots of flavor to Ladro’s signature blend. Try this delicious Huevos Rancheros recipe from Epicurious. 

    Sweet: Victrola Rwanda Gakenke Hinga Kawa

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    Grown by the Hinga Kawa (“Let’s Grow Coffee”) women’s association in Rwanda, this coffee’s as rich in flavor as it is in Rwanda’s women’s history. The women of Hinga Kawa, both Hutu and Tutsi, experienced the darker days of Rwanda’s history but have decided to make poverty their enemy, not each other. This coffee is an example of the brave women at work. Decadent notes of black cherry and cinnamon are sure to please Mom’s sweet tooth while sparkling grape adds a bit of bite. This coffee’s bright profile is best with some fresh fruit and muffins.

    Pair It With:

    • Cinnamon Coffee Cake
    • Blueberry Muffins with Cream Cheese Frosting
    • Baked French Toast

    Who says you can’t have coffee and mimosas? A tall glass of OJ and champagne will complement the sparkling acidity found in Victrola’s Rwanda coffee. Pair it with a sweet treat such as this Raspberry Scones recipe from Martha Stewart.

    Balanced: 48th Parallel Coffee Longitude 123 Degrees W

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    Serving a balanced breakfast is almost as important as having coffee in the morning—almost. 49th Parallel Coffee’s Longitude 123 Degrees W is a clean cup with delicate sweet notes of fruit and nuts. Delightful to drink without cream or sugar, this blend’s light flavor won’t overpower your meal. This balanced blend is perfect for all types of brewing, so brew it with Mom’s favorite coffee maker.

    Pair It With:

    • Berry & Nuts Parfait
    • Scrambled Cheddar Eggs with Citrus Glazed Bacon
    • Eggs Inside Whole Grain Toast

    A complete balanced breakfast needs four things: protein, carbs, fat and flavor. Our favorite go-to recipe is pancakes and bacon! Dress it up with this Whole Wheat Banana Pancakes by The Baker Mama for clean eating and Citrus Glazed Bacon by Martha Stewart. The citrus glaze brings out the best acidity in this cup.

  • Coffee Collaboration: Coffee + Butter + Coconut Oil = Yum!

    You asked for it, so Gail brewed it! It's time for the much anticipated bulletproof coffee recipe on Coffee Collaboration!

    This fresh, creamy drink takes you on a tropical island cruise that you’ve always dreamed of and leaves your taste buds swimming in an irresistible buttery-smooth texture—until the cup's empty and you find yourself back in your kitchen. Needless to say, this pallet pleaser lives up to its hyped reputation!

    Besides the incredible taste and texture, there are some positive reviews out there about the health benefits of bulletproof coffee. One of those benefits comes from consuming coconut oil. Its benefits include speeding up your metabolism and giving you an extra energy boost (you know, in case caffeine wasn’t enough). There are also opinions that coconut oil and certain butter (depends on the kind) add healthy fats to your diet too. Benefits or no benefits, Gail is more than impressed with the final flavor results! Enough chit-chat; let's make this recipe!

    Grab:

    • 10 ounces of coffee
    • 2 tablespoons of butter
    • 2 tablespoons of coconut oil
    • Blender
    • Coffee maker (we used a French press)
    • Mug!
    1. Brew 10 ounces of coffee. Check out our How To Make Excellent French Press Coffee, if you’re new to the French press brew method.
    2. Grab a blender and add 2 tablespoons of coconut oil and 2 tablespoons of butter.
    3. Pour your fresh coffee into the blender and blend! Drink up, me hearties!

    Tips & Tricks: Try grass-fed butter for a different flavor and health benefits.

    Do you have a recipe you want us to try? Leave us a comment on the video with your unique cup of joe and, as always, get all things coffee by subscribing to our YouTube Channel!

  • Carbonating Cold Brew?

    Carbonating Cold BrewRecently, we tried some of this nitro cold brew that everyone is talking about. And it was pretty tasty. But it also got us thinking, how can we do this at home? We have the cold brew, but how can we get the illusive carbonation? Well, as it turns out carbonating cold brew isn't much of a hassle when you Ask Gail.

    Gail offered to put her Soda Stream on the line. So we brewed up some cold brew with our Toddy and put our experiment in motion!

    Watch the video below to see the results! It turned out better than expected!

     

  • Commercial Tips: Where Do I Go From Here?

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    We hear this plea for help from many clients that call into Seattle Coffee Gear. It's very normal to feel overwhelmed when starting a new business, with the search for the appropriate equipment adding to this stress. That's actually why Seattle Coffee Gear Commercial exists -  simply to help you understand your options and pick the right equipment for your goals!

    And what's our goal, you may ask? Well, that is to provide a VIP consultative approach to all your coffee and espresso equipment needs. Whether you're a donut shop looking to add fresh brewed coffee or an office that would like to caffeinate its employees with an espresso machine, we're here for you! So, let us talk you down a bit: "Take a breath. Pick up the phone and dial 866-372-4734. Ask for SCG Commercial." *whew* That was easy, right?

    Now, we know you might be a little nervous about making the call. We all feel this way sometimes (even us, and we deal with coffee all the time!), so we're going to take the mystery out of the process. In doing so, we hope you'll feel confident in jumping on a call with us!

    What Should I Expect?

    TelephoneOnce you've contacted us, you'll receive one-on-one consultation from a Commercial Equipment Specialist (this means they're experts on coffee and espresso equipment for businesses) that will listen to your business concept and needs. Based on what you tell us, we'll create a list of equipment that will work for your business. We'll thoroughly discuss it with you, tweak areas based on your feedback and create a customized quote.

    This consultation and follow-up is typically done over the phone. However, if you live in the Seattle area, in-person consultations are certainly available to you.

    What Do I Need to Know Before the Call?

    We really only need you to know one thing: That you want to serve coffee in your business. We're willing to bet you've already decided on this, eh? From there, we'll help work through the multitude of options that exist, finding the right equipment for your business needs that fits inside your budget.

    What Are Some Things to Consider?

    As we said before, you really only need to know that you'd like to serve coffee or espresso in your business. However, here are some additional things that could be helpful to think about, both for your business in general and for the call.

    • Where is your business located (city/state)?Coffee Menu
    • What is the coffee culture like in your area?
    • What are the ways that you can stand out from similar businesses (differentiators)?
    • What are the hours of day you will be operating and how many days per week?
    • If you're open throughout the day, do you have plans to change your offerings?
      • For example: Espresso/coffee with pastries in the morning and blended/iced espresso with sandwiches in the afternoon.

    These considerations can help us hone in on the types of equipment you will need along with their proper configurations.

    What Happens If I Order?

    You will be provided pre-installation requirements, such as electrical and plumbing needs, for the major pieces. At this point, Seattle Coffee Gear will ship the equipment to a selected service provider, or your business location, for installation preparation. Your Commercial Equipment Specialist will introduce you to the service provider and then assist with coordinating the installation.


    Do you feel like you have the weight of the world on your shoulders? Let SCG take some of that load off! There really is no obligation to working with us, so give us a call. We promise to listen, recommend and allow you the freedom to choose what best fits your needs. We like to call it a 'super easy, no pressure, consultative service.' That's a long name, though, so you can just call it the SCG Promise.

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