Let us introduce you to the hardest working robot in the business: Zipwhip’s Textpresso!
This super-modified Jura Impressa XS90 shows off Zipwhip’s cloud-based texting service by allowing you to text an order to the machine and have it automatically craft it for you. Without leaving your desk/couch/hot tub, thankfully. If you needed a one-touch superautomatic espresso machine that is even more automated, then this little number will make all your dreams come true.
Watch as Gail and Allison visit with Zipwhip’s John and Kelsey, who walk us through how they modified the machine and then craft two drinks at the touch of Gail and Allison’s cell phones.
While we have carried a bottomless portafilter for E61 brew heads that also did work fairly well in the Rancilio Silvia’s brew head, it didn’t seal quite as we might like and so there was often a little bit of water leakage over the top that really was just gauche.
Rancilio released their own version for their commercial machines that fits the Silvia, so we gave it a test drive. We did notice a bit of water leaking over the top, but nothing like the former model. And the spurting/spraying/mini-geysers? There were a few present in Gail’s extraction — more of a fine mist — but that’s just a result of channeling, baby.
Last weekend, we had wonderfully unseasonable warm and sunny weather which almost made us think summer was quick upon us! And then April returned in all her damp glory. So even though the days are getting longer in the Pacific Northwest, we’re still looking for something cozy to warm us up a bit. This yummy white chocolate cocoa is just the ticket!
By now, you probably know that I like the flavor combination of chocolate and espresso. I’ve done everything from chocolate espresso cookies to chocolate covered espresso beans. So, what could I do that is completely adventurous and incorporates these flavors? Chocolate Pasta with Espresso Chocolate Sauce, of course!
We’ll admit that we have a little bit of a soft spot for Crossland Coffee’s CC1. While it may not be the sexiest machine on the block, it’s hard to beat all the excellent features for the price!
Setting it up for the first time does involve a bit of care and feeding to ensure the boiler is filled properly and will then recover/heat consistently afterward. So we asked Gail to show us how to set this little baby up right out of the box — and, thankfully, she agreed.
Watch the setup process as well as tips Gail has around troubleshooting the ‘HH’ error that appears if your boiler is not filled properly and, therefore, overheats.
No matter how much we try to coerce him, our trusty purchasing manager, Nick, will not perform Rapper’s Delight for us while drinking this ridiculously awesome drink. We never get to do what we want to do!
What makes this drink nearly obscene is that it’s a breve, so when you’re steaming up six ounces of half-and-half and adding it to a bunch of sugary syrup and espresso, best not to have any reflective surfaces around. You’ll be able to live with yourself better.
Wait four or more hours to allow popsicles to fully freeze
Dip the popsicle mold in hot water for a few seconds and remove
Trust me on that last step! On my first try, I removed the popsicle stick but, sadly, the popsicle remained in the mold. The hot water will help the popsicle contents pull away from the mold, allowing it to be easily removed.
The popsicles were pretty yummy and they looked nice, too. Not bad for a quick little recipe. As for eating it inside on a dreary day? Call me crazy but, being a Seattle gal, I think I actually prefer it this way!