Monthly Archives: October 2011

Crew Review: iRoast 2 Home Coffee Roaster

Rob has agreed to become our master roaster! The first model up in his journey of self-improvement is the iRoast 2, a popular entry-level home roaster that basically functions as a modified popcorn popper. Watch as he takes us through…

Experimenting with Ristrettos

You know that since we are part of the goblin class, we love short things, right? It took us awhile to strong arm Gail into doing a ristretto comparison on several different machines, but we finally wore her down and…

Recipe: Wobbly Chai

Based on a recommendation from one of our loyal customers, we adapted this cocktail recipe to our specifications — well, Brandi did, actually. We hope you enjoy this unique cocktail as much as we did! Ingredients 6 tablespoons coffee ground…

Compare: Saeco Aroma vs. Saeco Via Venezia

These little workhorses are some of our most popular machines because their build quality and functionality are great for their price. Gail talks to us about the similarities and differences between the Aroma and the Via Venezia, including which machine…

Gear Testing: Frieling One Cup Brewer

It took us a couple times to get ‘er right, but eventually we did! Our first test drive was not very successful because, honestly, we had difficulty interpreting the highly complex iconography provided by the manufacturer. Hey — it was…

Brewin’ with Brandi: Pumpkin Pie Latte

Whatever Brandi wants, Brandi gets and this time Brandi wants PUMPKIN (and not your soul)! Getting into the swing of the season, Brandi makes us a delicious, sweet confection using the Saeco Xelsis one-touch superautomatic espresso machine.

Recipe: Caramel Apple Tea

You know we’re getting into the thick of the Autumn season when we start combining our favorite holiday treat (caramel apples!) with our favorite cozying-on-the-couch drink (Darjeeling tea!). Ingredients 8 oz. freshly brewed Dammann Darjeeling tea 3/4 oz. Monin Caramel…

Crew Review: Saeco Syntia Cappuccino

Yet another gauntlet laid down, yet another petite one-touch superautomatic added to the fray. If we are honest, we will admit that we wish these really were robots and that we could pit these tiny superautomatics against each other in…