Category Archives: Rancilio

Rancilio Classe 9 Automatic: Programming Guide

Rancilio Classe 9 AutomaticSometimes you find yourself in the middle of a little bit too much technology and you need a helping hand to guide you to the other side. If the Rancilio Classe 9 Automatic commercial espresso machine is that for you, then Brandon is your tech sherpa who will happily pilot you through its menus and programming functionality.

In this comprehensive how-to video, you’ll learn all about the Rancilio Classe 9 Automatic’s internal menu and programming, including tips on how to best dial in your volumetric dosing.

SCG How-To Guide: Programming the Rancilio Classe 9 Automatic Commercial Espresso Machine

Rancilio Classe 9: Crew Review & Internal Tour

Rancilio Classe 9The Rancilio Classe 9 Automatic espresso machine is a model that some folks consider may be too much machine for their business. There are so many styles available, how do you know which manufacturer, let alone model, to go with?

When selecting a commercial espresso machine for your business, there are a few things you should think about: How many espresso-based drinks do you think you’ll make during your busiest hour? What style of drinks do you want to prepare — straight espresso, milk-infused concoctions or something altogether different like a Rooibos tea latte? What level of training and staff turnover might you expect in your business? Finally, how quickly will you see the return on your investment at different espresso machine prices?

Once you’ve determined the answers to those questions, it’s much easier to select the right machine that will keep up with your business’ pace, perform well under market demands and produce the type of drinks that are popular in your area or that you specialize in.

If your business happens to be high volume and particularly fast paced, the Rancilio Classe 9 Automatic espresso machine is definitely worth considering. It features some great automation, such as volumetric dosing, that can make it easier for your staff to quickly produce consistent espresso shots and its impressive boiler design makes short work of even the largest steaming pitcher. You can also select a model that allows for more room beneath the portafilter spouts, designed for extracting directly into tall to-go cups. This is the machine of choice for popular drive-through espresso stands that need to quickly serve up quality drinks during a serious morning rush.

Want to learn more about the Rancilio Classe 9? In these videos, we take you through a standard feature and specification review, then we guide you through an internal tour so you can see how everything works from the inside out. If you have any other questions on the Classe 9 or think it might be the right fit for your business, please feel free to contact us — we’d love to help!

Crew Review: Rancilio Classe 9 Automatic Commercial Espresso Machine

Internal Tour of the Rancilio Classe 9 Automatic Commercial Espresso Machine

SCG How-To Guides: Packing Your Espresso Machine for Shipping

Packing an Espresso Machine for ShippingDoes 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

Rancilio Classe 7 E Commercial Espresso Machine: Crew Review & Internal Tour

Rancilio Classe 7 E Commercial Espresso MachineWhen people outside of the Pacific Northwest come to visit our neck of the woods, they are somewhat surprised — albeit a tad humorously — that there really is a coffee business on nearly every corner. Drive through espresso stands are the way of the world around here — you see a few on every block and they’re always busier than you’d think could be supported by the population.

If a drive through coffee business is in your present or future, planning for high volumes of coffee production in an often fast-paced and hectic environment is essential. After all, there’s a reason that folks are staying in their car while ordering their coffee from you: They’re on a schedule and may very well be pressed for time. But that doesn’t mean you should serve them inferior java!

Investing in a machine that will more than keep up with your business is going to be the best decision you ever made. Up for consideration is the Rancilio Classe 7 E, which is an automatic commercial espresso machine available in multiple group styles. This machine is a heat exchanger that will recover so quickly from the repetitive 16 oz lattes you’re whipping up that you won’t ever notice a dip in performance.

Want to find out if its the machine for you? Learn all about its features, functionality and performance and then go on an internal tour to see how it works in these videos with Brandon.


Crew Review: Rancilio Classe 7 E


Internal Tour: Rancilio Classe 7 E

Compare: Rancilio Rocky vs. Breville Smart Grinder – Redux!

Compare - Rancilio Rocky vs. Breville Smart GrinderLooking for a budget-conscious burr grinder that’s suitable for traditional espresso preparation? Consider the feature-laden Breville Smart Grinder or the robust, commercial-grade Rancilio Rocky. Both have great consistency and a wide grind range, so you can use them for anything from espresso to coffee press.

Watch Gail as she takes us through their features and functionality, then shows us how they compare, grind-wise.

 

How-To: SCG’s Tune-up Kit for the Rancilio Silvia

Rancilio SilviaPicture it: You have the day off, you wake up earlier than usual and lie in bed for awhile, staring up at the ceiling fan, which gently lulls your thoughts with its rhythmic whir … What will you do with the day? Where will you go? Should you finish that book you’ve been reading? Take the dog/cat/potbelly pig/chinchilla for a stroll? Help a pal with an errand that would be 4589% more enjoyable with a cohort? How will you design your perfect day?

Might we suggest that you first fire up your trusty Rancilio Silvia and prepare a delectable shot of espresso over which you may ruminate? Might we also suggest that, if that shot isn’t tasting as delectable as it used to, you consider performing a thorough tune up on your machine before doing anything else with your day? To facilitate this, we’ve produced this how-to video featuring one of the coolest cats in the espresso tech game, B. Swenson!

With that complete, perhaps it’s time to sip sangria in the park?

SCG Crew’s Favorite Gear: Single, Hx and Dual Boiler Espresso Machines

Next in our series of the crew’s favorite picks covers the world of traditional espresso machines. Find out which single, heat exchange and double boiler machines the team digs.


Single Boiler Espresso Machines


Heat Exchange Espresso Machines


Dual Boiler Espresso Machines

Compare: Mazzer Mini vs. Rancilio Rocky

Compare - Rancilio Rocky vs. Baratza VarioNext up in the grinder battle to the death (wait, what?!): The Mazzer Mini vs. the Rancilio Rocky. Now, these are fairly different grinders in terms of features and functionality, but when folks consider whether or not to go with the more budget-conscious Rocky or to upgrade to a Mazzer, the Mini is the entry level model that is often targeted.

Watch as we go through how these two grinders compare in specs and grind quality.

 

Compare: Baratza Vario vs. Rancilio Rocky

Compare - Rancilio Rocky vs. Baratza VarioA toe-to-toe, or, rather, a burr-to-burr grudge match is always fun, right? We must think so — we do them often enough!

Due to popular request, we decided to match up the Baratza Vario and the Rancilio Rocky coffee grinders. While these are in similar price ranges, they both have different pros and cons and folks are often torn on which to choose.

If you’re not sure which might best suit your needs, watch as we go through features, compare burr sets and then demonstrate their grind quality.

Crew Review: Rancilio Silvia V3 – Redux

Rancilio SilviaWe’ve been setting the Rancilio Silvia up against foe after foe in our legendary grudge matches lately, so we decided to give her a little showcase all on her own.

The version 3 of the Silvia was released a few years ago and, in that time, Gail has had a lot of time to thoroughly get to know her. Learn all about the Silvia’s features, technical specs, tips, tricks, quirks and performance in this updated review video.