Monthly Archives: April 2011

Testing: Shot Blonding

Should you calibrate your shots to a specific timing duration or should you pull them until the coffee starts to blonde? We play around with blonding using Lavazza Super Crema on the GS/3 to see how blonding affects the shot’s…

Recipe: Chocolate Hazelnut Espresso Shortbread

Get a double whammy of java when you pair this decadent Chocolate Hazelnut Espresso Shortbread with your favorite caffeinated drink. Great for breakfast, an afternoon snack or an after dinner treat, indulge yourself in it’s buttery goodness. Chocolate Hazelnut Espresso…

How To: Saeco Xelsis Maintenance

Cleanliness is next to godliness — or so we’ve read, anyway. But even heathens should remain committed to a tidy espresso machine because roughly 80% of the machines we repair come to us due to lack of regular maintenance. In…

Steam Pitcher Testing

Does the shape of the pitcher determine whether or not you can easily steam to create luscious, creamy microfoam? Gail takes several of our pitchers out for a test drive to see how easy it is to produce microfoam quality…

Gear Testing: Krups Coffee Makers

We hear a lot about Krups coffee makers from customers who love them, so we decided to bring in three popular models for a test drive. Watch as Gail does a first pass on the features and we compare their…

Recipe: EcoNectar

Whether you’re celebrating Earth Day or Easter this weekend, boozy libations should most probably be involved — agreed? Agreed. This cocktail is a fresh, herbal fruit fusion that is a spirited way to celebrate spring. Ingredients 14 oz glass of…

New! Espro Gear

We did a video of the Espro press pot awhile back (featuring the unique anti-sludge microfilter) and now we have all their goodies in stock. Gail shows off the calibrated tamper, Toroid steaming pitcher and the press pot for your…

Crew Review: Capresso EC100

While our deep love for the Rocket Cellini is endless and binding, we do appreciate that not everyone has $2k to drop on their home espresso setup and they’d still like to make a rockin’ cup of joe in the…