Crew Review: Full Circle Maintenance & Care Products

grind-may13-full-circleWe can’t write too often about the importance of taking care of your coffee equipment, and we hope you don’t mind! With products that are designed to be both ecologically-friendly and sustainably-sourced, the home versions of Full Circle’s line of maintenance products also makes care super easy.

Watch as Gail shows us the different options they have available now in smaller sizes.


Brewin’ with Brandi: Espresso Mini Muffins with Chocolate Ganache – Gluten Free

Even if you don’t have a gluten allergy, we think that if you can make something without gluten that tastes amazing, why not make it without gluten? Brandi found this delicious recipe and we whipped it up in our new studio kitchen.


  • 1 1/2 cups almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons finely ground coffee
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 tablespoons coconut oil (+ more for greasing the pan)
  • 4 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 oz dark chocolate
  • 4 tablespoons coconut milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F and grease a mini muffin tin well with coconut oil.
  2. Combine all the dry ingredients for the muffins (flour, coffee, baking soda, nutmeg and salt).
  3. Add the wet ingredients (eggs, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla extract) and use a mixer to combine everything together until it’s nice and smooth.
  4. Fill the greased muffin tins about 3/4 full; you should have just barely enough to make 24, so scrape that bowl!
  5. Bake for 8 – 9 minutes, test with a toothpick to ensure it comes back clean.
  6. Allow the muffins to cool.
  7. To make the ganache, combine the coconut milk and the chocolate together and melt using either a microwave or a double boiler on the stove. Mix until super smooth.
  8. Top the cooled muffins with the ganache and serve.

Crew Review: Curtis GSG 3BLK Commercial Coffee Grinder

Curtis GSG Coffee GrinderIt’s true that if you’re brewing up batch after batch of drip coffee in your cafe, you need a grinder that is going to keep up with you. The GSG by Curtis is specifically engineered to quickly grind coffee for a variety of prep types — from press pot coarseness to nearly espresso fine. You just measure out how much coffee you want to grind, select a grind level and take it away! The GSG is also a great option if you’re a small grocery that would like to offer your customers the ability to grind their whole bean coffee before they head home.

Watch as Brandon guides us through the features and specs of this grinder, then demonstrates its coarsest setting and its finest setting.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Mango Lassi a la GIGA 5 Recipe

We aren’t personally big fans of mangoes, but when mixed up with yogurt into a refreshing drink and sipped along side a seriously serious vindaloo, we can appreciate its virtues. When Brandi revealed to us that the Jura GIGA 5 had a recipe for a mango lassi that incorporated espresso into the mix, we were a bit, well, concerned. Watch her take this bad boy on!

Don’t have a Giga 5 but want to try this out? Here’s the situation:


  • 4 1/2 teaspoons mango puree
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons plain yogurt
  • 1 oz espresso


In your serving glass, layer the mango puree and then the yogurt. Pull your shot and pour it over to float it on top. To enjoy it in all of its glory, dip your spoon to the bottom of the serving glass so that you get all three flavors in each bite.

Crew Review: Saeco Xelsis One-Touch Espresso Machine – Redux!

Saeco XelsisIt’s true that when you spend more time with someone you love, you learn more about them — their talents, their foibles, their stories, their jokes. And that same kind of familiarity can grow with inanimate objects, too, especially one as sophisticated as the Saeco Xelsis one-touch superautomatic espresso machine. Sure, it doesn’t have any tall tales or crazy puns to lay on you, but it does have an arsenal of mad skills, a couple of flaws and a few get-to-know-you functions that only really come to the forefront after you’ve had it on your countertop for a few years.

That’s why we asked Gail to take another look at this popular espresso machine. After playing with, demonstrating and using this machine for a few years, she knows a lot more about it than when she first used it. Find out her refreshed opinion of this glamorous machine in this updated crew review.

Crew Review: Curtis TLP Thermal Low Profile Commercial Brewer

Curtis TLP Commercial Coffee BrewerIf your commercial or office kitchen features cabinets that overhang in a manner similar to that of most home kitchens, finding a high capacity coffee brewer can be a bit of a challenge. Most models feature multiple hotplates or brew directly into a very large airpot, making it difficult to snug ’em up under your cupboards. That’s where the TLP from Curtis comes in — all the delicious coffee brewed at a rapid space at just a fraction of the height!

Watch as we go through its features and specs, talk about its programming functionality and then brew up a batch of coffee (with a little help from the Curtis GSG grinder, of course).

Crew Review: DEA Gourmet Cups

DEA Gourmet Ninfea DemitasseYou don’t have to be completely avant-garde to show off a little bit of style when serving up your favorite espresso drinks. In fact, you can rely on the tasteful imaginings of DEA Gourmet’s Italian designers, who have conjured up the gorgeous Ninfea and GEO lines of cups.

While these two series offer an array of different kitchenware, we selected the demitasse and latte cups in the Ninfea design and the demitasse in the GEO design because we loved their unique lines and the cute little saucers that come with the demitasse!

Check ’em all out in this overview video with Shiami and Jess.