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Testing: Shot Blonding

Should you calibrate your shots to a specific timing duration or should you pull them until the coffee starts to blonde? We play around with blonding using Lavazza Super Crema on the GS/3 to see how blonding affects the shot’s…

Playing with the La Marzocco GS/3

We’ve been having a ton of good, clean (we swear!) fun with the La Marzocco GS/3 lately. A few weeks back, Gail pulled such a phenomenal shot from this machine and we wondered if she could reproduce it again. Watch…

Crew Review: Mahlkonig Pro M Grinder

We were recently given the opportunity to test out the Pro M grinder from Mahlkonig, a commercial-grade grinder manufacturer well-known throughout the pro coffee community, but with grinders that are generally too big, size-wise, for the average home kitchen. The…

Compare: Mazzer Mini vs. Macap M4

It’s a tough call which one of these grinders is a better investment — ultimately, we think that they are so similar, the decision is really about the adjustment mechanism. Gail walks us through the technical specs of the Mazzer…

New @ SCG: Cafelat Tools of the Trade

After years of schleppin’ java to the rumpled masses, the founders of Cafelat decided it was time to throw their tamper in the proverbial ring and introduce a line of professional-grade tools that seasoned baristas and home enthusiasts alike would dig. We just started carrying them at Seattle Coffee Gear and their well-honed functionality is set off quite nicely by a sleek, classic design.

Taste Test: La Spaziale Brew Boiler Water

Since your coffee is over 98% water, it makes sense that the quality of the water will impact the taste. One of the subjects regularly bandied about in the home espresso world is if there is a significant impact on one’s shot if using a machine that has a separate brew boiler — especially if the machine isn’t pulling a lot of shots regularly and the water has a chance to sit for awhile in that boiler.