Monthly Archives: August 2010

Too Darn Hot

As we have been tracking over the past couple of years, global warming has been impacting coffee growing regions around the world — from excessive rains leading to flooding to increased temperatures minimizing the available coffee-friendly agricultural regions.

Nespresso Competition Heats Up

As we wrote about in March, Nespresso’s historically proprietary capsules were slated for competition this summer — and it’s about to get real. Both Sara Lee’s L’Or capsules and the Ethical Coffee Company’s biodegradable capsules have hit the market and Nestle has begun an avid defense of their ~1700 patents on how the espresso is produced on their machines.

Recipe: Blueberry Parfait Mocha

We’re trying to hold onto summer with our bare teeth, but the weather is not cooperating. The iced drinks have been front and center for awhile, so here’s a warm concoction for you to enjoy if chillier weather is nipping at your toes.

Crew Review: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker

We recently got our little paws on the very popular programmable One-Touch Tea Maker by Breville. Featuring presets for type of tea (black, green, oolong, herbal, etc.) and then a correlated variable steeping time that determines brew strength, the One-Touch Tea Maker also lets you customize for your preferences and program it for auto-on functionality. Yes, that means you can finally realize your dream of waking up to that fresh pot o’ tea in the morning.

New @ SCG: Cafelat Tools of the Trade

After years of schleppin’ java to the rumpled masses, the founders of Cafelat decided it was time to throw their tamper in the proverbial ring and introduce a line of professional-grade tools that seasoned baristas and home enthusiasts alike would dig. We just started carrying them at Seattle Coffee Gear and their well-honed functionality is set off quite nicely by a sleek, classic design.

Recipe: Frozen Apple Pie

It’s hot! It’s sultry! It’s so deliciously summery here in the Pacific Northwest, we need something icy sweet to help us cool off. But you know we always have to have a little bit o’ spice with our sweetness, right?

Ascaso Dream UP: Boiler Refill & Temperature Surfing

The most frequent repair issue we see on Ascaso Dream machines (both the older version and the new UP) is a burned out boiler. These machines are single boilers without an automatic boiler refill, so folks often burn out the boiler because they don’t pull enough fresh water into the boiler before trying to steam or brew.

Rancilio Rocky Grinder Hopper & Oily Beans

Another Rancilio-related FAQ is about the Rocky grinder. Over the last six months or so, we’ve seen an increase in customers contacting us with issues around the Rocky’s ability to effectively grind oilier dark-roasted beans. Gail talks to us about the issue and her theory about what’s going on.