Category Archives: Coffee Makers

New Product Round-Up!

We’ve been doing a lot of product testing and wanted to update you on gear we have decided to carry and that is now in stock:

Modern Stainless Steel Knock Box Replacement Bar
At long last, RSVP is now carrying replacement bars for their very popular Modern knock box. If you don’t want to go DIY and replace it with rubber tubing from your local hardware store, you can pick up a brand spankin’ new replacement to have on hand.

 

Krups KM7000 Pro Grinder-Brewer
We tested three coffee makers from Krups and this was one of our favorites! Featuring grind and brew functionality, programming options and the ability to tweak your dosage to improve your overall cup, this very popular coffee maker fit in nicely with our other grind-n-brew crew.

 

Krups XP5280 Precise Tamp Programmable Espresso Machine
Another Krups model that we dug was this automatic espresso machine that had several surprising features. Gail was not expecting much and this little champ outperformed her expectations. We love its unique tamping mechanism, temperature regulation and diminutive size. As usual, some plastic is involved — but it does feature more metal than is often seen in this class — and the optional cappuccinatore system isn’t anything to write home about.

 

Capresso EC100
After we tested this small semi-automatic espresso machine, we decided it was a keeper. Sure, it has a lot of plastic involved. Yes, it’s not a high class machine. But it is easy to use, fairly consistent and has a compact footprint. It’s not every day we get to say that.

 

Scales!
We tested a wide variety of scales and elected to carry two: The Salter Electronic Scale and the ADE Pocket Scale. Both of them performed well, consistently read out the same weights regardless of item positioning and are a good fit for weighing portafilters (Salter) or weighing very precise, small amounts (ADE).

 

2 New La Cafetiere Coffee Press Designs
While we didn’t test these specifically because they use the same great press pot design as the others made by La Cafetiere, we did add two new models to the line-up that are both elegant and funky. The Lexi Bone China 8 cup is ridiculously sleek and modern looking, and we love its high-quality porcelain design. Contrast that against the curvy and classy Unique, a double-walled stainless steel model that we couldn’t say no to when we met with it at the SCAA. While the Lexi is a one-size-fits-all, the Unique ranges from 12 oz – 35 oz options.

 

La Cafetiere Jack Cups
If you’re a fan of double-walled glass cups, these latte, cappuccino and espresso versions by La Cafetiere are stylish and functional. They’ll keep the cool cool and the hot hot, just how you like it.

 

Capresso PerfectTea
This is a pretty standard electric kettle, but it does allow you to select a specific water temp to which your water will boil. Great for specifying mildly different temps for varying teas or even dialing in a more accurate temp for pour over coffee.

 

Capresso H2OPro
Arguably our very favorite electric kettle around, this semi-sophisticated water boiler will not only bring your water up to your desired temp, but it will hold it there. We love this for brewing multiple cups of tea or pour overs without the wait time or guesswork sometimes related to other, more lo-fi kettles.

 

Capresso CM200 10-Cup Coffee Maker
Ain’t nothing fancy about this simple, straightforward coffee maker, but sometimes we don’t want any more pizazz in our life. Sometimes, our talented jazz hands are more than enough. Sometimes, it’s all we can do to keep ourselves from heading on a one-way trip to Fancytown. And it’s those times when we look to this coffee maker that will get the job done with limited muss and fuss.

 

Dreamfarm Teafu
Almost as much fun to say as it is to use, this infuser incorporates a compression effect so your tea brews more quickly and you get the most out of every, single, blessed leaf.

Crew Reviews: Capresso Perfect Tea, H20Pro & CM200

We went on a Capresso testing spree last week as we tried out some new products we’re bringing in to the store.

First up, the Perfect Tea, which enables you to boil water to a specific temperature:

Next is the H20Pro Kettle, which also enables you to boil water to a specific temperature, but also provides a holding temp option and a rapid boil duration option (if you want to dissipate chlorine in your water):

Finally, the simple, straight forward CM200 drip coffee maker:

Playing with Aeropress Brew Preps

Look, summer is approaching. It may not feel like it in your neck of the woods (it certainly doesn’t in ours), but the calendar does not lie.  And now is a great time for you to pick up your travel-friendly coffee gear and get to know it up close and personal before you’re stuck with each other in the backwoods of the Appalachia, dusty peaks of the Sierra Madre and / or the semi-rough and tender South Seas.

One of the crew’s favorite on-the-go prep methods is the ever popular AeroPress and we asked Gail to show us how she preps her java when she’s on the road. We also experimented a bit with an espresso-infused extraction we had seen last year at the US Barista Championships to see if it was good / bad / ugly. Watch and learn!

Crew Review: Espro Coffee Press

One of our favorite coffee prep methods is press pot / French press and so we were very excited to try out Espro’s unique version of this. In addition to the usual filter screen, it has a microfilter that takes out the ‘silt’ often found in press pot coffee, leaving you with a delicious cuppa sans sludge.

Watch Gail take it for a test drive.

Choosing a Filter for Jura Superautomatics

With so many different model variations and filter options, we often hear from confused customers who don’t know which filter to purchase for their specific Jura machine. These can be a bit pricey, so purchasing the wrong filter can definitely make an unhappy dent in your wallet. Watch Gail go through the filters for each type of machine and check out the table below for a handy guide to choosing your filter in the future.

Update for Refurbished Models: Jura recently let us know that if they are required to replace a defective or damaged water tank during the refurbishment process, they will be replacing them with the Clearyl Blue versions of the tank (described below as having a light blue lid and white dial). In the event that they do this, they are including a note with a reference to the specific water filter model number you should purchase for your Jura. Please check your machine’s water tank color prior to purchasing, as that is the most accurate way to determine whether the White or Blue filters will fit your machine.

Filter Type Machine Model

Claris 7525

  • C1300
  • C1500

Claris 7520

  • C1000
  • C3000
  • S7 (original model)
  • S8
  • S9 (original model)
  • X7

Clearyl White (75)

  • E8
  • E9
  • F7
  • F8
  • F60
  • C9 models with black lid and white dial covering filter in water tank
  • J5
  • S7 Avantgarde
  • S9 One Touch
  • S9 Avantgarde
  • Z5
  • Z6

Clearyl Blue (60)

  • ENA Micro 1
  • ENA 3
  • ENA 4
  • ENA 5
  • ENA Micro 9
  • C5
  • C9 models with light blue lid and white dial covering filter in water tank
  • J9
  • Z7