Category Archives: Coffee Makers

Crew Review: Rancilio Silvia

Rancilio SilviaUpdate! Update! We all love updates! That’s right folks, we are here to talk all about the updated version of the Rancilio Silvia. Some people call this the V4, but Rancilio just calls it the Silvia. It doesn’t really matter what you call it, as long as it brews up tasty espresso…am I right?

So what is new in the latest version of the Rancilio Silvia? The boiler of course! A boiler is the heart of an espresso machine, so any updates to one makes us giddy! The boiler itself is still brass but what Rancilio has changed is the heating element and how it is connected. The heating element on the new Rancilio Silvia is stainless steel, which is a little more resistant to burning out if you did  run the boiler dry. But we never do that right…right??

But in the event that the boiler does burn out, the new design makes fixing it much easier (and cheaper!). In the past you had to replace the whole boiler, but this new version allows you to remove just the heating element. Not having to replace the brass boiler makes for a much easier fix.

We love this machine. Watch as Gail takes an in-depth look into this machine and brews up a cappuccino complete with some beautiful latte art ;) Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as well!

 

Ask Gail: Technivorm Internals

This week Gail answers a question from the comment section! One of our loyal watchers wanted to know what the “white flappy thing” on the Technivorm was. technivorm

To be honest, we weren’t sure! So naturally we took one apart to find out! Watch as Gail and Miranda figure out what that “white flappy thing” is before admiring the beautiful internals of the Technivorm Moccamaster.

Do you have a question you want Gail to answer? Leave it in the comment section below the video on YouTube!

 

Crew Review: OXO Cold Brew Maker

OXO Cold Brew Is that….the sun?! This is a question we are hearing a lot up here in Seattle. And it can only mean one thing, summer is right around the corner! And for us at Seattle Coffee Gear, that means cold brew.

And to celebrate the magnificent sunshine,  we are taking a look at the newest cold brew coffee maker on the market. The OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker! We all know the OXO products, you might even have their vegetable peeler in a drawer at home. But the OXO Cold Brew Maker won’t be slicing any vegetables, and that’s a good thing! This cold brew maker sticks to what is does best, brew cold brew!

The OXO Cold Brew Maker features a rainmaker design that you pour your cold water though. This design allows the grounds to be evenly saturated with water and bloom properly, resulting in a tastier finished product. The glass carafe that catches the final product is constructed out of borosilicate glass, which is extremely durable.  After steeping, all that is needed to be done in order to drink the tasty concentrate is flip the brew release switch and let gravity do the work!

The cold brew that this brewer yields is concentrated , so diluting 2 oz of the cold stuff with some ice or milk is suggested. You could of course dilute it with hot water if you prefer a hot beverage. The choice is up to you!

This brewer won our unofficial Cold Brew Taste Test. Be sure to check out that video if you haven’t already. Watch this Crew Review below before heading over to our YouTube channel and subscribing!

 

SCG in Portland: Silvia vs. Silvia with PID

silvia with PIDWhile we were “working” in Portland Gail wanted to show you all the insides of the Rancilio Silvia with PID. The Rancilio Silvia is a simple, reliable and powerful espresso machine. It will  produce excellent espresso and silky microfoam milk for your lattes and cappuccinos, and look pretty great doing it as well!

With it’s 67 oz Water Tank, 12 oz Brass Boiler and 15 BAR pump this little guy is ready for anything! And the Rancilio Silvia also has the option to add an optional PID. The optional PID is something that our tech team here at Seattle Coffee Gear installs and gives you precise temperature control.

Watch the video below as Gail walks you through the differences and opens up the Silvia with a PID installed!

 

 

SCG in Portland: Pour Over Equipment

Pour OverPour overs. Probably the hippest way to brew your coffee right now. And as you already know, we are pretty hip! But perfecting the art of pour over takes a little bit of patience, skill and some basic equipment.

We decided to take a trip down to our Portland store to get the scoop about what options for pour over equipment are out there. Because, if you didn’t know already, Portland Oregon is the place for pour over coffee.  Gail met up with Celine and had her give us the low down.

Some of our big take aways from our “working” vacation to Portland:

  1. There are a ton of different tools for making pour over coffee.
  2. When it comes to pour over, it is all about the flow. (Certain cones help you attain the perfect flow by adjusting the amount of holes and their placement. The Kalita Wave is a great cone for those new to pour over)
  3. You should not put your Hario Drip Pot filters in the washing machine, under any circumstances.
  4. A gooseneck kettle, like this Hario, is essential for directing your water to all the right places.

Watch the video below to see all the pour over options and be sure to check out our Portland store, Celine is waiting for you!

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Comparison: Bonavita Coffee Makers

Bonavita Coffee MakerHow much coffee do you really want? That is truly the ultimate question. And depending on your personal answer there will be a Bonavita Coffee Maker waiting for you.

As you probably know, Bonavita has recently come out with 2 new coffee makers. The Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker and The Bonavita 5-Cup Coffee Maker both with the Stainless Steel Carafe. The two machines are built almost identically, aside from the difference in size .

But there is one big difference. The 5-cup Coffee Maker has a number 4 filter cone while the 8-cup Coffee Maker has a new flat bottom cone design. When we tasted the two brews it was hard to tell the difference, even when looking for one.

So it is time to ask yourself, how much coffee do you really want? While you think about it, watch Gail compare the two Bonavita Coffee Makers and subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Thanks for watching :)

Breville Oracle Advanced Menu

If you are anything like us, and let’s face it you most likely are, you probably like to tweak every setting on your espresso machine! From the steam temperature to adjusting the clock, getting your machine dialed in to you is first on your list when you unpack your new espresso machine. So when you opened your Breville and saw the Oracle Advanced Menu, you were jumping for joy!Oracle Advanced Menu

But wait! Tweaking settings just for the sake of tweaking settings is not always the best course of action. Trust me when I say, you can easily adjust a setting that will put your machine on the fritz and have you calling our Customer Service department in tears. And while on occasion it may feel nice to chat to our wonderful customer service team with a tissue in hand, it’s best to avoid the situation altogether. How you ask? With knowledge!

The Oracle Advanced Menu is just that, an advanced menu. It won’t need to be adjusted regularly, some settings may not ever need to be touched. But knowing what each menu option controls is great way to know what to adjust when the time comes!

We had the pleasure of spending the afternoon with Phil McKnight from Breville and thought he would be the best person to ask when it comes to the Oracle Advanced Menu. So we did!

Watch the in depth tutorial of the Oracle Advanced Menu below and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking here.

Crew Review: Cold Brew Comparison

Cold BrewGuess what? Summer is almost here! Seriously.

And do you know what that means? Cold Brew! Nothing beats the summer heat like an ice cold glass of cold brew coffee. Yes, you can drink cold brew year round, but summer really just shows it off the best.

And because summer is right around the corner we thought it would be helpful to compare the cold brew systems we have. Yes systems! We have 4 different at the moment, with a 5th on the way. With so many choices it might be hard to choose just one.

In this comparison we took a closer look at the Toddy. The Toddy is the OG of cold brew. We feel like this is best if you are going to be making a large batch of cold brew and drink it throughout the week (or day if you are like that!). We also took a look at the Sowden and Hario cold brew pots. On the smaller side, these are best for the occasional cold brew drinker (or those with limited counter space). Also in our comparison was the Primila Cold Brew Glass Carafe. This one has an on the go feel.

We also took a look at the newest cold brew system we will be carrying from OXO. Much like the Toddy, the OXO is going to make you a big batch of the cold stuff.

Watch the video below to see each of these next to each other. And be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you won’t miss the taste test comparison which we will be posting later this week!

Crew Review: Bonavita 5-Cup Coffee Maker

5-Cup Coffee Maker

Batman had Robin, Austin Powers had Mini-Me, and now the Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker has the 5-Cup Coffee Maker. That’sright folks, I’d like to introduce to you the latest from Bonavita; the Bonavita 5-Cup Coffee Maker with Stainless Steel Carafe. Yes it’s small, yes it’s cute and yes, we are in love with it.

Although it might not be as practical here at the office (we blow though the 8-Cupper like no ones business!), we just can’t help but love this new machine. The 5-Cup Coffee Maker has everything the 8-Cup machine has, there were no shortcuts made!

Just like the 8-Cup Coffee Maker the 5-Cupper has a cross shaped shower head for optimal extraction of your brew. The 5-Cup Coffee Maker keeps the  brewing temperature at an optimal 195F-205F, so your cup of coffee tastes the best every time!  The little guy/gal also has the new pre-infusion mode that the updated 8-Cup Coffee Maker is sporting.

Oh yeah, and all the plastic is BPA free…naturally ;)

Even if you are happy with your 8-Cup Coffee Maker be sure to watch the video above, you won’t be disappointed. Gail goes through all the features and brews up a batch of her favorite coffee. What is that you ask? Velton’s Twilight of course!

 

Crew Review: Planetary Design Coffee Press

Planetary Design Coffee PressThe double wall craze continues to sweep the nation! First it began with upgrading regular ol’ coffee cups, then we saw the double wall sneak its way into travel mugs and now, here at last, a double walled vacuum insulated table top coffee press! Folks, I would like to introduce to you the Planetary Design Coffee Press.

Like I previously mentioned this french press has a double wall that insulates your brew, keeping it nice and hot for hours. The Planetary Design Coffee Press comes in three sizes, 20oz, 32oz and 48oz. The 20 oz pot is perfect for a couple sharing some delicious coffee while the 48oz can caffeinate a crowd. All three of the sizes come in either a black or chrome finish, so the choice is truly yours.

What really makes the Planetary Design Coffee Press stand out in the crowd is the patented plunger and ultra-fine stainless steel mesh. It is designed to extract maximum flavor from your grounds and keep them where they belong (in the press!). I love the french press as much as the next guy but I really don’t like having to pick grounds off my tongue, which is why I love the additional mesh screen on the pour spout that prevents even the most elusive coffee grounds from entering my cup (and subsequently my mouth!).

All in all this is a great coffee press that is designed to last. It feels sturdy and brews up a mean cup of coffee. Watch the Crew Review below to see Gail brew up a pot and see what its all about! Thanks for watching!