Category Archives: Coffee Makers

Crew Review: OXO Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Brewer

Continuing our review of OXO’s latest line of coffee related gear, we took a closer look at the Barista Brain 9 Cup Coffee Brewer! Although this is the smaller cousin of the OXO 12 Cup coffee maker, the  Barista Brain 9 Cup brewer still has all the brains!Barista Brain 9 Cup

First and foremost, the OXO Barista Brain 9 Cup coffee brewer is SCAA certified. What does that mean? It means that this brewer is certified by the Specialty Coffee Association of America to brew at the optimal temperature, between 197.6 degrees F – 204.8 degrees F. When looking at any coffee maker, temperature stability is something that should always be considered. While bells and whistles are totally awesome, properly brewed coffee is really what we want (and good thing this brewer gives us both)!

Speaking of bells and/or whistles, the OXO  Barista Brain 9 Cup has some! The beautiful digital screen allows for intuitive control of your brew. Like to wake up to the smell of coffee? Well now you can with the wake up timer control feature! Simply program the brewer to begin brewing when you want to wake up and voilà!

We think OXO did a great job with the design of this brewer. It looks great and brews up a hot cup of coffee! Be sure to check out our full Crew Review in the video below!

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Crew Review: OXO Barista Brain 12-Cup Brewer

We got to play with a new toy! That’s right folks, OXO has released a  a new coffee brewer- but it does a whole lot more than just brew coffee!

The OXO Barista Brain 12-Cup Coffee Brewer is the largest coffee brewer to be certified by SCAA. 12 cups is a lot of coffee! The OXO Barista Brain 12-Cup brewer features a design we have never seen before. The water tank doubles as a hot water kettle! Depending how you have the kettle engaged, will determine if you will be brewing coffee or bringing up water for tea (or anything really!)

What really stood out for us was the microprocessor that is the brain in the Barista Brain brewing system. It monitors time, temperature and volume of the brewing cycle, which allows this brewer to deliver the perfect cup time after time. You can even brew a single serving,  leaving the extra water in the kettle. No more measuring (it does it all for you!).

The double walled stainless steel carafe keeps your coffee hotter for longer. We were really impressed with the design for both the carafe and the water kettle. Both were easy to handle, given their size, which made for seamless serving.

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Crew Review: Breville Grind Control

Grind Control to Major Tom

Grind Control to Major Tom

Take your coffee beans and get your caffeine on

Grind Control to Major Tom

….Now that we have that out of the way. We would like to introduce the latest from Breville, the Grind Control Coffee Maker! The next generation of the YouBrew Coffee Maker, with some excellent improvements.Grind Control

We all know that grinding your beans fresh is the most important step to great tasting coffee, which is why Breville put so much effort into creating the perfect internal grinder. This coffee maker features stainless steel flat machined burrs, which means they will be much more precise and sharp than the conical burrs on the old YouBrew machine.

The Grind Control allows for all the customization you could ask for.  Choose from eight different strength settings! Can anyone say good morning?! Brew a whole pot or just one cup, the choice is yours! The internal clock allows for auto start functionality (is there anything better than waking up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee?)

A little pro tip, be sure to pre-heat the stainless steel carafe, so that your coffee will stay hot as long as possible.  We are really impressed with this machine, you get a lot of control that you simply don’t find in other drip machines.

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Comparison: Mid Range Superautomatics

Superautomatics! Espresso beverages at a touch of a button. What is not to love?superautomatics

While we all love superautomatics, there are certianly a lot of choices to choose from! So we thought we would help you out by selecting the mid range models from the Saeco, DeLonghi and Jura line and comparing them side by side. So without further ado, here is our comparison of mid range superautomatics!

First up is the Saeco Exprelia Evo! This machine features both an automatic milk frothing system as well as a traditional steam wand. Why do you need both? Well it really comes down to personal preference, but we think the flexibility this gives you is priceless. You can craft the perfect milk if you have the time and desire, or simply press a button when you are on the go!

The Jura Impressa J9 is our next machine we took a look at. Hands down the most beautiful display. Jura never ceases to impress us with their touch screen designs. The J9 features a thermoblock boiler design and an auto froth milk system. While this machine has the largest footprint out of this line up, it will still fit nicely in most kitchens.

The DeLonghi PrimaDonna S De Luxe also features both an automatic milk system as well as a panarello steam wand. The DeLonghi allows you to program drinks for each user, helpful in a busy household. The water reservoir on this machine holds 68 ounces of water, plenty for your morning lattes!

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Ask Gail: Understanding The Technivorm Models

The Technivorm coffee brewer. It’s one of the best home coffee brewing machines out there. But finding the right one for you can be a little difficult. With so many models which one do you choose?technivorm

The Technivorm coffee lineup can be demystified with a little knowledge (and a helpful chart!) The first thing you want to do is decide which style of carafe you want. The Technivorm models come in either a glass carafe or a thermal carafe. Are you someone who finishes a pot of coffee before it is even done brewing? If so, you may want to go for the glass carafe (we use a glass carafe in our breakroom!) Or maybe you are one who likes to leisurely sip your cup o’ joe, in which case the thermal carafe will keep that pot of coffee hot till the last sip.

The next decision that must be made is if you want an auto stop machine or a manual stop machine. The auto stop is great if you always brew full pots. The manual stop machine give you the ability to brew a half pot, but you will need to remember to flip the switch open or closed, otherwise the brew basket can overflow causing a mess. Trust us, we’ve made that mess several times before.

Once you have those decisions made, the right Technivorm  for you will be clear. Check out the full Ask Gail video below to see the helpful chart!

 

 

Crew Review: Saeco Pure

Pure (adjective)  purer, purest
free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind;
free from extraneous matterSaeco Pure

The definition stands up to the name. The Saeco Pure is an elegantly simple superautomatic espresso machine. You won’t find all the bells and whistles on this model, but it does have everything you need to make a nice latte or straight espresso (depending on how you feel of course!).

The Saeco Pure features 2 programmable buttons, a panarello steam wand and a hot water feature. The pump inside this machine brews at an impressive 15 bars of pressure. The espresso spouts are adjustable so you can brew into almost any size cup!

The Saeco Pure is almost like the fraternal twin to the Saeco Minuto Focus; similar appearance, but with a few key differences. The Saeco Pure does not offer the Minuto’s coffee/espresso lever. Instead, the Pure offers a simple espresso or lungo (long espresso) button. So while the Minuto will produce coffee similar in taste to a drip, the Pure is strictly for espresso (but hey, sometimes an americano hits the spot!)

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Crew Review: AeroPress

AeroPressIt’s portable. It’s affordable. And some might even call it adorable! Yes, we are talking about the AeroPress by Aerobie.

The AeroPress is a clever alternative way to brew up your cup of coffee. It functions in a similar fashion to a French Press, but with a twist! When you plunge the AeroPress, the coffee is forced through a paper (or stainless steel) filter. Leaving you with a very clean cup of coffee.

It’s great for traveling since it is lightweight. All that you need is some coffee and hot water to complete your set up.  The AeroPress is built in the U.S.A and is B.P.A. free. Win win? We think so.

The AeroPress makes a stout cup of coffee that some say resembles “espresso”, without the crema of course. Not traditional espresso, but a very strong cup. But the real beauty in this coffee maker is how much control you have when brewing. If you like to brew up a strong concentrate and dilute it like an americano, you can. If you prefer to make a medium strong cup of coffee and mix with half and half, the choice is yours.

We love our AeroPress. And think you will too! Check out our full Crew Review video below before subscribing to our YouTube channel. Come on, we know you want too 🙂

Crew Review: Jura A9

The next generation from Jura. A smaller footprint, eco-friendly energy saving options and an intuitive touch screen that makes selecting your morning beverage just that much more fun! That’s right, we are talking about the Jura A9!Jura A9

The Jura A9 is the latest superautomatic espresso machine from Jura. And keeping with what they do best, the display on this machine is totally awesome. We are always impressed with the Jura displays; colorful, easy to read, and now-touch sensitive!

The Jura A9 has a stainless steel ThermoBlock boiler. Which, for a superautomatic, is very powerful. The milk that comes off this machine is hot, something that is difficult to achieve with a superautomatic machine.

The water reservoir and bean hopper are on the smaller side. But we don’t necessarily think that is such a bad thing. It requires you to only use the freshest water and beans, which means tasty drinks!  The water reservoir holds 37.2 ounces of water and the bean hopper holds 4.4 ounces of beans.

One of the greatest features of this machine is its ability to grind and brew twice. So now with only one touch on the machine, it will have a latte for you and your guest/friend/lover brewed up and ready to enjoy together! And we like that 🙂

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Morning Maintenance: Setting Up The CC1

Congratulations! It looks like you just got yourself a Crossland CC1. We are excited for you (and maybe even a little jealous!)Crossland CC1

The Crossland CC1 is an excellent choice for the home barista. It features a PID system that is built right into the interface. This is a feature you won’t find on any other machine with this price point. One of the biggest complaints espresso enthusiasts have about other machines at this level is the temperature variance. But you won’t need to worry, since you have this PID to keep your temperature under control!

Once you get your CC1 out of the box, all you need to do is program your PID and then brew away! In the Morning Maintenance video below, Gail will go over how to program your PID’s brew temp, pre-infusion time, wait time and brew time. It is an easy process to master, and can result in some delicious espresso!

Watch the full video below!

 

 

Saeco Pure Replaces The Odea!

Saeco PureIt is time for another hand off in the Saeco Espresso Machine line up! This time we say good-bye to the Odea while opening our arms to the Saeco Pure!

The Saeco Pure has larger capacities and faster warm up times all inside a design that is slimmer and lighter! Which is a long way to say, the Saeco Pure is an awesome new machine. One that anybody will enjoy.

Here are some of the stats of these two machines side by side:

Saeco Pure Saeco Odea
Width 8.5 inches 10.5 inches
Depth 16.75 inches 15.5 inches
Height 13 inches 14 inches
Bean Capacity 8.8 ounces 6.3 ounces
Reservior Capacity 60.8 ounces 51 ounces
Warm Up Time 1:15 1:30
Boiler Design Single Boiler ThermoBlock
Weight 17 pounds 45 pounds

 

We think the Saeco Pure makes an excellent entry level superautomatic espresso machine. It is super simple to use and to maintain. And since it sits at an excellent price point,  it’s a great place for someone to step into the wonder world that is home espresso 🙂

Check out the full comparison in the video below! Have any questions? Leave them in the comment section on YouTube and we will be happy to answer!