Congratulations! On behalf of Seattle Coffee Gear and the faculty of the School Of Coffee Extraction, we are pleased to offer you admission to the Ph.D. program at Latte Art University.
That’s right folks! Gail is going to Latte Art University and you get go along for the ride. We teamed up with Max from Spotted Cow Coffee Company to bring to you a full week of Latte Art training! Max has been a barista with Spotted Cow for quite some time now, even venturing into the Barista Competition Circuit!
In this week long course, Max and Gail will explore everything you need to know in order to produce excellent latte art. (Hint: It begins even before you take the milk out of the refrigerator!)
Max will demonstrate how to produce some of the basic latte art shapes, including the heart and the rosetta! He will also be discussing the best alternative milks out there for latte art, as well as sharing some tips and tricks to producing great latte art on a single boiler machine!
So grab your frothing pitchers and a bag of freshly roasted coffee and practice alongside Gail as she goes through the program here at Latte Art University.
But we think iced coffee should be more than just hot coffee poured over ice. If you have been following our YouTube channel you know that we have been experimenting with different ways to get that coffee we know and love, ice cold.
We have experimented with cold brew, which is amazingly smooth, but takes up to 24 hours to brew! Luckily we found out about this Japanese Cold Brew method, or sometimes referred to as ice brew!
We made some great coffee using this ice brew method. It’s as easy as making a cup of pour over except you substitute half of your brewing water with ice. As a result, you brew concentrated coffee directly onto ice, which instantly cools your coffee–locking in all the flavor. Trust us when we say, you need to try this!
Watch the video below to see Gail demonstrate how to brew using the ice brew method! And don’t forget to subscribe to our YouTube Channel by clicking here. We publish a new video every day of the week, so we are confident there will be something for you
Brandi is back with a brand new recipe! And a super tasty one at that!
We all get busy during the week, and this is a great dinner recipe that is easy to put together and all ready for you when you get home from a long day at work! Plus, there is coffee in it. What more can you ask for!
Watch this Brewin’ With Brandi below to see how to make your very own Hearty Vegetarian Coffee Chili! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as well!
3/4 cup bulgur wheat
1 medium yellow onion
2 cups sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup red bell pepper
2 cloves garlic
1 cup vegetable broth
1 cup strong coffee
1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 14 oz. can kidney beans
1 14 oz. can pinto beans
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons cumin
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
1 Bay leaf
Salt and Pepper to taste
First, pour boiling water over the bulgar and allow it to soak for 15 minutes before straining.
While the bulgar is soaking, prep your vegetables. How finely you dice your vegetables depends on how chunky you like your chili. Feel free to experiment!
Drain and rinse your beans before adding all the ingredients to your slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Season with salt and pepper again before serving.
To make the espresso syrup: Combine the espresso and sugar in a pan over medium heat. Stir consistently for 10-15 minutes or until the mixture is thick like a syrup.
To make the waffles: Mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda in a large bowl. Add the milk, sugar, espresso, and oil. Blend until well mixed.
Preheat a waffle iron. While the waffle iron is preheating beat the egg whites and salt with an electric mixed until the form soft peaks. Fold the egg whites into the batter until mixture is just combined.
Spray the waffle iron with cooking spray and add enough batter to cover the waffle iron, about 1 cup of batter. Cook 3 to 4 minutes or until cooked through. Top with chocolate chips and espresso syrup and enjoy!
Easter is right around the corner. And that means Easter candy! And what a better way to eat said candy than with more sugar! Yes we are talking about an Easter milkshake made with some of our favorite Easter candies.
Cadbury Creme Egg? Check. Marshmallow Peep? Check. Ice-cream? Check and check! While the name might scare you away at first, this is certainly a delicious treat (especially when paired with an afternoon nap!).
Watch the video below to see Brandi and Sarah whip up a milkshake that everyone can enjoy this Easter.
Ingredients For 1 Milkshake:
5 scoops Vanilla Ice Cream
1/2 cup Whole Milk
1 Cadbury Creme Egg
1/2 ounce Monin Toasted Marshmallow Syrup
1 cup ice
For The Topping:
1 Cadbury Creme Egg
Blend all the ingredients together and enjoy! (Yes it is that easy!)
We here at Seattle Coffee Gear get asked all the time by customers, potential customers, family, friends and even people waiting for us to leave work. Ok maybe not the last one, except that one guy. Anyways…the question we get asked all the time is how to make a latte. And not just any latte, the perfect latte.
So we asked Gail if she wouldn’t mind giving us a tutorial. And you know what she said? NO! But to her credit, she said she would find someone who could. Fair enough Gail. And like I said earlier, she delivered. Gail was able to track down and convince a local barista who has competed in several international barista competitions to come to our offices and show us how to make a latte. And not just any latte, a perfect latte.
Be sure to watch the video below if you want to be able to make a perfect latte every time. We all learned a lot from our time with Sean and hope you do too! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as well for new videos all the time!
We here at Seattle Coffee Gear are all wearing our obligatory green and drinking our whiskey laced espresso beverages. Are you green with envy yet? Ok, maybe we aren’t drinking just yet but Brandi has a recipe for you if you feel so inclined. It’s sweet, creamy, and infused with the happy juice.
The Irish Whiskey Float is a great way to end a meal this St. Patricks Day. What is not to love in a drink that combines vanilla ice cream, espresso and whiskey? Watch the video below as Brandi and Leslie whip up a couple adult beverages. The recipe is listed below as well. It makes 1 drink so duplicate as many times as need Oh, and if you liked this recipe check out some of Brandi’s past videos here.
Irish Whiskey Float
2 scoops Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Double shot of Espresso
1 ounce Irish Whiskey
Start by brewing your favorite espresso. Set shots aside to cool slightly.
Add two scoops of vanilla ice cream to your glass.
Add the espresso and Irish Whiskey to the glass. And enjoy (responsibly)!
Brussel sprouts, you either love them or you hate them. Well at least that’s how it used to be back in the day. We here at Seattle Coffee Gear have gone through extensive testing (and tasting!) and are proud to announce that these Espresso Balsamic Glazed Brussel Sprouts will change anyone’s mind when it comes to brussel sprouts. Seriously, these little things are delicious.
The secret to their deliciousness is a result of the cooking process and the flavorful glaze. The Philips AirFryer uses its Rapid Air Technology to crisp up foods without the use of excess oil. The result is a texture that is absolutely amazing. Add that to the deep flavors of the balsamic and espresso glaze and you are in for a real treat.
Enjoy these espresso balsamic glazed brussel sprouts by themselves or pair them with some grilled chicken to make a meal that will surely become a weeknight staple. Watch the video below to see how easily Brandi and Kaylie put this recipe together.
1/2 pound fresh brussel sprouts
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/3 cups balsamic vinegar
2 tbsp brown sugar
2 shots espresso
1/4 tsp oregano
Espresso Balsamic Glaze
In a 2-quart saucepan combine the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, espresso, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat to boiling on medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until thickened and slightly syrupy. Set aside and let cool.
Remove any tough or bruised outer leaves. Trim the stems. Cut in half vertically. Rinse and shake dry. In a bowl, toss with olive oil and pat dry. Toss with balsamic glaze, pat dry again. Save some glaze for drizzling after the brussel sprouts are cooked.
For AirFrying with Philips Airfryer
Preheat Philips Airfryer to 390 degrees. Add prepared brussel sprouts to basket and set timer for 12-15 minutes. While cooking, occasionally remove and shake basket or stir. The brussel sprouts are done when the centers are tender and the outsides are caramelized and slightly crispy.
Around these parts, we can’t just settle for truffles. They need to be dark chocolate truffles. But are those good enough? Nope. They also need coffee. Not any kind of coffee, though. It needs to be Velton’s Twilight coffee. Wow, we’re picky!
The result of all this pickiness, however, are some amazingly delicious food items. So, without further ado, we present to you Twilight Dark Chocolate Truffles!
Sarah and Dori are back (at the same bat time on the same bat channel) and ready to share their brew tips with you! Up this time is the macchiato, but not the one drenched in caramel that you are accustomed to seeing in a big chain coffee shop. While, admittedly, those are delicious, this is an old fashioned foamed milk and espresso type o’ macchiato.
Composed of two parts espresso to one part foamed milk. And by “foamed milk” we really mean either the foam off the top of the milk or really, really well frothed milk. So milky coffee lovers may want to look at a cappuccino to get their espresso beverage fix!
3) As you froth your milk, keep in mind that you should be expanding it quite a bit and incorporating in as much air as you can. Remember: We’re looking for that milk foam!
4) Clean up that steam wand while you pull your espresso shot.
5) Give your frothing pitcher a firm tap against the counter and swirl to incorporate the foam into the milk.
6) For a macchiato with very foamed milk, pour the milk directly on top of the espresso shot. For a macchiato with a dollop of foam, let the milk sit for a minute to let it separate from the foam (or don’t tap and swirl initially) and then spoon a few tablespoons onto the espresso shot.
You can be as pro as Sarah and Dori, too. Just watch the video below and then follow the foolproof steps to macchiato mania!