If we had to choose between mad science and madcap magic, we’d be hard pressed to explain the difference between the two and, therefore, would choose both! Thankfully, the Breville Crystal Clear Kettle doesn’t force us to choose, offering up some serious science (er, boiling water) in a rather magical way.
Sure, there’s all manner of different electric kettles available on the market, from models that allow precise temperature control (such as Breville’s Variable Temperature Kettle) to those that actually make the tea for you at the touch of a button (Breville One-Touch Tea Maker, anyone?), but if you’re simply looking for a quick boil, no bells and whistles, plus a bit of a show as well, the Crystal Clear Kettle will definitely fit the bill.
Watch as Teri shows us how simple it is to use, then times how long it takes to boil 44 oz. of water for her large Frieling coffee press preparation.
Now, just because the weather has changed, the leaves are turning color and you might be more motivated to sip hot apple cider next to a roaring stove than indulge in a deliciously juicy frozen dessert, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t. In fact, why not treat yourself to this luscious Creamsicle sherbet today!
Utilizing the Breville’s Smart Scoop and Juice Fountain, Brandi crafted some of the tastiest sherbet we’ve ever had. Watch as she juices some oranges, makes a yummy simple syrup and then whips up a batch of sherbet in this fun recipe video.
Recipe: Creamsicle Sherbet
1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice (divided)
1 cup sugar
1 tablespoon grated orange zest
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup heavy cream
1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Combine 1/2 cup of orange juice and the sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.
Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add remaining orange juice to mixture and place in refrigerator to chill.
Once chilled, combine the orange juice mixture, vanilla yogurt, heavy cream and orange zest; pour into the ice cream bowl.
Set ice dream maker to 50 minutes on the manual setting and churn (this is specific to the Smart Scoop; if you’re using a different ice cream maker, check your manufacturer manual for sherbet recommendations).
Once mixture is frozen, transfer to a freezer safe container; you can freeze it for up to 1 week.
When you think of ‘Seattle Coffee Gear’ you probably don’t immediately think ‘Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker.’ Yeah, we get that; but that doesn’t mean that taking your favorite coffee gear and combining it with a home ice cream maker is a bad idea. Or maybe it is. Maybe, for all of our sakes, we should just stop this right here. Maybe this is the line that we shall not pass! This is the moment that, when we look back, we’ll know we took a stand and said no to delicious frozen dairy and sorbets made at the touch of a button! Today could be the day that we change history.
But we’re not. Oh, no, we are not. Instead, we are embracing our new favorite dessert contraption and using it to devise a wide array of devilish desserts! Because, why not? If you’ve already owned your love for making coffee at home, then is it really that much of a stretch to own your love of making iced treats at home? We think not.
So watch as Gail shows us the ins and outs of the Breville Smart Scoop — the one and only ice cream maker that we’ll be carrying. Use it to make espresso gelato! Coffee ice cream! Cherry-Mojito sorbet! Whatever your sweet little heart desires. It’s super easy, as Gail demonstrates in this video crew review.
There’s definitely something appealing about having a little coffee station on your countertop, no? Breville’s Barista Express‘ relatively unique design offers just such an experience: A traditional espresso machine with a grinder integrated into the case, offering you a one-stop home coffee makin’ shop (as it were). We’ve heard rumors that this configuration is Breville’s best selling model, which makes sense given that, as of this writing, it’s the only one of its kind in the US.
A common inquiry we receive, however, is concerning how well the grinder actually performs. It’s true that the previous generation Barista Express (the BES860XL) included a grinder that didn’t go quite fine enough for our tastes, and owners often had to employ the dual wall / pressurized baskets in order to get a good shot. With the recent upgrade to other elements of the Barista Express, we wanted to know how much of an improvement Breville made to the grinder itself … and how that compared to their popular standalone grinder, the Smart Grinder.
In this video, Gail examines the burrs of these two different grinders and then compares their grind quality and consistency, both at their finest and coarsest settings. If you’re considering one of these pieces of Breville gear for your coffee setup, watch Gail find out how they measure up against each other to get a little insight into how they perform.
Compare: Breville Smart Grinder vs. Breville Barista Express Grinder
Recipes for apple spiced lattes abound, but have you ever tried one with fresh apple juice? When we asked Brandi to find a fun recipe that would incorporate a Breville Juice Fountain, she came back with this little gem — and we were very pleasantly surprised!
Despite copious evidence to the contrary, we’re not big fans of super sweet food; if you share the same proclivities, this recipe is great because all of the sweetness comes from the apple’s natural sugars. But even if you’re a fan of candy-coated candygrams, you could make this recipe work for you by either selecting an apple that has more natural sugar or adding a little Monin syrup into the mix (purists might prefer Cane Sugar, while the more adventurous may take the ‘spice’ element of this recipe seriously by incorporating Cinnamon).
In this how-to video, Brandi begins by juicing a few apples and then — using the Breville Barista Express — she froths almond milk and ‘juices’ some coffee. The results? Delicious!
3 apples, juiced (yields about 1/2 a cup)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 oz espresso
dash of cinnamon & nutmeg
Start by juicing your apples; if you produce more than 1/2 cup, measure out that amount and then combine with the almond milk in a frothing pitcher.
Froth the milk and juice combination together until it has reached your desired temperature.
Pull your shot of espresso and combine it all in your serving mug; garnish with a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon.
If we were going to anthropomorphize the Breville Infuser (BES840XL), we’re pretty sure its human counterpart is Gabby Douglas: Sleek, compact, multi-faceted and the best all-around performer in the group.
One of the features that it offers is automatic water dosing for your espresso extraction, which can take a bit of the guess work out of the process. But since programming the Breville Infuser isn’t as simple as measuring out exactly one or two ounces of water and then calling it a day, we asked Gail to guide us through the process.
Watch as she discusses with us how automatic dosing works, provides us with tips on getting the right shot volume and then shares her thoughts on why you’d want to do this. Whether you’ve been considering the Breville Infuser or already own it and just want to learn more, this how-to video dives a little deeper into one of its great, easy-to-use features.
With summer coming rapidly to a close, we wanted to rock a recipe that is both sweet and icy. With a wide array of naughty frozen delights available to you (like this or this), frozen yogurt truly is relatively nutritious — especially if you incorporate fresh strawberries into the mix! Right? Right.
Watch as Brandi demonstrates making this delectable dessert recipe on the Breville Smart Scoop ice cream maker.
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled & quartered
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 cups plain yogurt
Place quartered strawberries in a bowl and mix with 1/3 cup sugar and lemon juice. Gently crush with a fork and let site at room temp for an hour to macerate. After an hour, gently crush with a fork again to desired consistency or blend into a puree.
Combine strawberries, yogurt and sugar and pour into the ice cream bowl. Set ice cream maker to YOGURT setting an churn.
Here’s a dirty little SCG secret: Sometimes, we’re a little shallow. We like pretty, shiny things and when we first began carrying Breville’s espresso machines, we did so only because, well, they were pretty and shiny. At the time, most of the more budget-conscious models were rockin’ plastic or powder coated metal cases, yet the Breville machines were lustrous, brushed stainless steel … and we totally went for it.
Sadly, in that first couple of years, we came to understand that their function did not measure up to their form and they just simply couldn’t get hot enough to produce a truly delicious espresso. With the release of their first version of the Barista Express (BES860XL), however, they started to address this temperature situation and haven’t looked back since.
Breville’s next entry into the home espresso enthusiast space was the beloved Dual Boiler (BES900XL) , which was a truly magnificent leap forward for the company in terms of temperature control and functionality. What they learned from developing that machine, they applied to the budget-friendly Infuser (BES840XL) about a year later, and what they learned from developing the Infuser, they then incorporated into the next iteration of the Barista Express (BES870XL): Namely, the thermocoil and PID temperature technology.
Since the new Barista Express has some great features like simple PID temperature control and an integrated grinder, folks often ask us how it compares to its larger, yet somewhat-similarly featured compatriot, the Dual Boiler. First off, of course, it’s got it’s own grinder and it doesn’t brew and steam at the same time like the Dual Boiler does, but there are a few other functional differences as well. The end cup of coffee, however, is remarkably similar … so it may just be your budget that casts the deciding vote.
Watch as Gail takes us through a feature and technology comparison of these two machines, then shows us how they perform side by side.
Does your Saeco Via Venezia need to be repaired but you don’t have a repair center in your area? Did you try on a DeLonghi Magnifica for size and it didn’t quite fit? Will that Rocket Espresso R58 see more action at your vacation home? Regardless of your reason for shipping your espresso machine — repair, return or simple transit — ensuring that it’s packed properly to limit damage is key.
In this series of videos, we asked a member of our shipping crew, Spencer, to guide us through the best practices for three general styles of espresso machines: Small (under 35lbs), large (over 35lbs) and superautomatics (watch those drip trays!). Check out the video that most closely matches your style of machine to learn how the pros do it.
Episode One: Packing a Small (Under 35lbs) Espresso Machine
Episode Two: Packing a Large (Over 35lbs) Espresso Machine
Episode Three: Packing a Superautomatic Espresso Machine
Even though it’s smack dab in the middle of our name, coffee isn’t the only thing that we love around this joint. Tea holds a very special place in our hearts, and, as luck would have it, so does Breville. Combine two loves together and what do you get? A refreshed review of one of our more popular tea accoutrement, the Breville One-Touch Tea Maker.
We love this guy because of how easy it is to use — the automation and programming available make crafting a delicious pot of tea something even Bunny’s trill can do! Watch as she takes us through all of its features and specs, then demonstrates how it works by brewing up a batch of Rishi Blueberry Rooibos tea. Delish!