Looking for a budget-conscious burr grinder that’s suitable for traditional espresso preparation? Consider the feature-laden Breville Smart Grinder or the robust, commercial-grade Rancilio Rocky. Both have great consistency and a wide grind range, so you can use them for anything from espresso to coffee press.
Watch Gail as she takes us through their features and functionality, then shows us how they compare, grind-wise.
We really wish that summer would actually come by Seattle and stay awhile. We really, really, really, really wish it would. But every year, we find ourselves in the same disappointed place … so you’d think we’d be used to it by now, right? Wrong! Why accept the reality of lackluster summers in the Pacific Northwest when you can use it as a prime opportunity to complain about the lackluster summers of the Pacific Northwest?
One method in which we register our surlitude is to craft deliciously refreshing beverages that we know would be amazing to sip under the hot sun as we work through the ol’ mini-golf course. And even though we have to don our rain jackets and most of our hazards are actually mud puddles, you know that we will be sipping this lovely Arnold Palmer-inspired drink this weekend … and you should, too.
We’ve been crushing hard on the wide array of loose leaf Rishi Teas that we’ve added recently; in fact, there is nary a moment when someone isn’t enjoying a mug of Blueberry Rooibos or Earl Grey around these parts.
Their high quality tea leaves blended with care, their flavorful infusions of fruits and herbs, their creative take on well-known classics … the list of reasons to love Rishi Tea goes on. But don’t take our word for it! Watch as Jessica, Rachel, Sam and Shiami taste our current selection and give their thoughts on how delicious their deliciousness truly is.
Want to know what’s on our collective mind? Much like the Borg we are single-minded in the pursuit of … coffee! Here’s where we comb the interwebs and report back to you on the the weird and the wonderful coffee-related things we find. After a three-year hiatus, our highly curated and highly subjective links to the coffee blogosphere return with a vengeance.
‘A Coffee Odyssey‘ via The New Yorker: Three famous but very different coffee shops are explored on a pleasant spring day
With the rise in popularity of pour over bars in cafes all over the world, delivering high volumes of hot water at a specific temperature can be a bit of a challenge. Similarly, tea houses need to be cognizant of the different ideal brew temps for the variety of teas they sell, and using traditional kettles doesn’t always meet a business’ needs.
That’s where an awesome hot water tower like the WB5GT by Curtis comes in. With its programmable temperature, five gallon water tank and agitation pump (which provides continuous aeration so that your water never tastes stagnant or stale), you can brew cup after cup of delicious coffee or tea without waiting for the kettle to boil.
Watch Brandon take us through all of its features and demonstrate its functionality.
Another commercial-class espresso machine that will perform well in a medium-paced business is the Appia by Nuova Simonelli. Available in both semi-automatic and automatic/volumetric formats, the Appia is simple and straight forward and certain to keep up with you.
Watch as Brandon takes us on a tour of the semi-auto version, going over its features and specs and then demonstrating how well it performs.
We’re also offering 15% off the featured products and 10% off the entire store to all workshop attendees on the day of the event. So come on by, try out some new gear and get a smokin’ deal! We look forward to brewing with you.
Back in our wayward youth, we purchased a motorized moon buggy for one of our brothers’ birthdays. After a few days of running it all over sand, grass, asphalt, linoleum and the spongy, pine needle-infused earth of the forest, his curiosity got the best of him: How did it work? To find out, he took it apart and meticulously laid out each tiny component on the table, then spent a couple of hours examining them, playing with where and how they fit, experimenting with how they interacted — or didn’t — with each other. Then it was time to put it back together again … and that’s when everything went a little bit sideways.
This story isn’t particularly unique; sure, it may reference a cheap plastic toy from the ’80s, but we’ve all heard of (or been personally involved with) situations in which someone decided to take the mechanical bull by the horns — literally — and lost. It’s super easy to take things apart, but the skill of a true engineer comes forth when it’s time to put it all back together again.
Preventative maintenance on your Saeco Via Venezia or Aroma includes a semi-regular replacement of some of the brew head components — the gasket, screen, anti-suction valve and more. But taking it apart and putting it back together again can seem daunting to some, and we want to allay your fears! Not only do we have parts kits with step-by-step instructions for each of these machines, we’ve made this guided video, courtesy of our parts guru Brendan. Check it out to see how easy it is to replace these well-worn parts — we promise you won’t have a non-functioning moon buggy at the end of it all.
Picture it: You have the day off, you wake up earlier than usual and lie in bed for awhile, staring up at the ceiling fan, which gently lulls your thoughts with its rhythmic whir … What will you do with the day? Where will you go? Should you finish that book you’ve been reading? Take the dog/cat/potbelly pig/chinchilla for a stroll? Help a pal with an errand that would be 4589% more enjoyable with a cohort? How will you design your perfect day?
Might we suggest that you first fire up your trusty Rancilio Silvia and prepare a delectable shot of espresso over which you may ruminate? Might we also suggest that, if that shot isn’t tasting as delectable as it used to, you consider performing a thorough tune up on your machine before doing anything else with your day? To facilitate this, we’ve produced this how-to video featuring one of the coolest cats in the espresso tech game, B. Swenson!