Category Archives: Recipes

Brewin’ with Brandi: Creamsicle Sherbet Recipe

CreamsicleNow, just because the weather has changed, the leaves are turning color and you might be more motivated to sip hot apple cider next to a roaring stove than indulge in a deliciously juicy frozen dessert, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t. In fact, why not treat yourself to this luscious Creamsicle sherbet today!

Utilizing the Breville’s Smart Scoop and Juice Fountain, Brandi crafted some of the tastiest sherbet we’ve ever had. Watch as she juices some oranges, makes a yummy simple syrup and then whips up a batch of sherbet in this fun recipe video.

Recipe: Creamsicle Sherbet

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of fresh squeezed orange juice (divided)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon grated orange zest
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions

  1. Combine 1/2 cup of orange juice and the sugar in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir until sugar dissolves.
  2. Remove from heat and allow to cool. Add remaining orange juice to mixture and place in refrigerator to chill.
  3. Once chilled, combine the orange juice mixture, vanilla yogurt, heavy cream and orange zest; pour into the ice cream bowl.
  4. Set ice dream maker to 50 minutes on the manual setting and churn (this is specific to the Smart Scoop; if you’re using a different ice cream maker, check your manufacturer manual for sherbet recommendations).
  5. Once mixture is frozen, transfer to a freezer safe container; you can freeze it for up to 1 week.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Creamy Caramel Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Pumpkin Spice Latte recipeAs the seasons change each year from splendid summer to austere autumn, so arrives the legendary Pumpkin Spice Latte. This year, Sam had had more than enough and attempted to launch a full-scale boycott against … with only very minimal success (sorry, Sam). But in deference to her cause, Brandi decided to take a little bit of a mad scientist approach to this favorite seasonal drink by incorporating both caramel (AKA Kat’s body lotion) and candied orange into it!

Watch as she uses the Saeco Exprelia Evo to produce this delicious twist on the Pumpkin Spice latte. Yes, we were surprised by how truly delicious it was! We highly recommend that you craft this gem yourself and surprise those around you with your unique re-imagining of a rather cliche beverage.

Recipe: Creamy Caramel Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients

Directions

Combine sauce and syrup together, add espresso and stir. Top with steamed milk and enjoy!

Brewin with Brandi: Marochino a la GIGA 5

Jura GIGA 5Brandi’s at it again with her favorite little coffee robot, the Jura GIGA 5!

This sophisticated espresso machine incorporates a ton of fancy features, including dual bean hoppers, one-touch cappuccino and an extensive drink menu that covers all the traditional drinks (like latte macchiatos and cappuccinos) as well as offering up a selection of rather unique recipes. They’re fun and super easy to make, as the GIGA 5 will outline the ingredients and then guide you through creation — at the touch of a few different buttons!

In this video, Brandi takes on the rather tasty Marochino:

Recipe: Marochino a la GIGA 5

Brewin’ with Brandi: Coffee Gelee Recipe

Coffee Gelee RecipeDo you think you’re ready for this gelee? We think you are!

If you’re in the market for a super fun and fairly simple coffee-infused dessert, this recipe is a great choice! In addition to having fun while you make it, you could get creative in how you serve it, too — in demitasse with a dollop of whipped cream on top, in chilled coupe stemware with a dash of cinnamon to finish it off, in elegant serving spoons with a side of dark chocolate.

Watch as Brandi creates this delectable treat!

 

Video: Coffee Gelee Recipe

Ingredients

  • 6 tablespoons ground coffee (ground for a pour over / Chemex)
  • 2 1/4 cups boiling water plus 1 tablespoon cold water
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Directions

  1. Using a non-electric brew method (like a pour over or Chemex,) brew  your coffee with 2 cups of the hot water.
  2. In a saucepan, bring the remaining 1/4 cup of water and all of the sugar to a boil until sugar has dissolved, creating a simple syrup. Remove the pan from heat.
  3. Soften the gelatin by sprinkling it with the 1 tablespoon of cold water and let it sit for about a minute.
  4. Combine hot coffee, simple syrup and vanilla, then add the gelatin and stir until the gelatin has completely dissolved.
  5. Put the mixture in a bowl and chill, covered, until it has softly set — about 8 hours.

Crew Review: Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker

Breville Smart ScoopWhen you think of ‘Seattle Coffee Gear’ you probably don’t immediately think ‘Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker.’ Yeah, we get that; but that doesn’t mean that taking your favorite coffee gear and combining it with a home ice cream maker is a bad idea. Or maybe it is. Maybe, for all of our sakes, we should just stop this right here. Maybe this is the line that we shall not pass! This is the moment that, when we look back, we’ll know we took a stand and said no to delicious frozen dairy and sorbets made at the touch of a button! Today could be the day that we change history.

But we’re not. Oh, no, we are not. Instead, we are embracing our new favorite dessert contraption and using it to devise a wide array of devilish desserts! Because, why not? If you’ve already owned your love for making coffee at home, then is it really that much of a stretch to own your love of making iced treats at home? We think not.

So watch as Gail shows us the ins and outs of the Breville Smart Scoop — the one and only ice cream maker that we’ll be carrying. Use it to make espresso gelato! Coffee ice cream! Cherry-Mojito sorbet! Whatever your sweet little heart desires. It’s super easy, as Gail demonstrates in this video crew review.

Crew Review: Breville Smart Scoop Ice Cream Maker

Brewin’ with Brandi: B52 Latte Recipe

B52 Latte RecipeIt’s not a bomber nor is it a particularly funky pop group from the 80’s. It is, however, a delicious latte recipe inspired by the cocktail of the same name featuring Irish cream and orange liqueurs.

This sobriety-friendly version, however, infuses two Monin syrups (Irish Cream and Mandarin Orange) with espresso and tops it all off with delicious frothed milk. Sound good? Watch Brandi whip it up for us using the Jura Ena Micro One and Automatic Milk Frother!

B52 Latte Recipe

Ingredients

Directions

Combine syrups and espresso together in a serving glass; stir well to incorporate. Top with steamed or frothed milk to taste. Head down the Atlanta highway.

What’s Your Signature Espresso Drink? Episode One: The Bob-uccino

spilled milkThe Crew at Seattle Coffee Gear knows what it feels like to spend hours practicing latte art while family members scratch their heads in confusion at so much spilled milk. Sometimes it feels like a lonely life for the home barista on a mission to master espresso drinks. Who is there to understand your triumphs and tribulations? But you are not alone in your caffeinated quest! In the spirit of coffee camaraderie, we offer insight into how other coffee friends use their coffee gear. If you would like to share the recipe for your signature drink, send us an email!

The Bob-uccino

What do you get when you find a La Pavoni Europiccola 8 and a Rancilio Rocky doserless grinder squirreled away in the kitchenette above a remotely located chainsaw retailer? If you are lucky, and I mean VERY lucky, you will get a ‘BOB-uccino.’ This is the best drink in town and nobody knows it! Here’s the secret recipe revealed:

Bob-uccino

Ingredients

Required Equipment

First, you need an Uncle Bob. These are getting harder to come by. I encountered one in the far reaches of Alaska this summer — a crusty old dude on the exterior with a hidden soft spot for a properly prepared cappuccino.

Directions

Froth the milk to your desired consistency, tap and swirl the frothing pitcher to decrease bubbles if necessary. Set aside. Extract the espresso shots. These are perfectly timed, perfectly executed manual shots. It takes time, patience and the skill of a master mechanic to consider humidity, roast date and moon phase (or other factors he will make up and explain to you in all seriousness).

Presentation

Uncle Bob’s preferred glass is not commonly used in the US; it is the Bormioli Rocco Verdi Oslo Cappuccino glass. They are the right size (7.2333 ounces) and proportion for a cappuccino. ‘This allows approximately .321 inches of lip engagement at the rim for full oral satisfaction,’ explains the master.

Taste

The flavor is very special because the milk foam is light and airy while the dark rum adds more depth and caramelization than vanilla alone. Remember our family motto, ‘You can’t drink all day if you don’t start in the morning,’ so try a Bob-uccino this weekend!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Morning Buzz Granola Recipe

Morning Buzz Granola RecipeWhen we walked into our test kitchen and were greeted by Brandi’s delicious granola recipe, we knew everything was going to be right in the world. Combining a nice selection of nuts, seeds and chocolate covered coffee beans (of course!), this tasty treat is sure to get your morning’s engine revving on all cylinders.

Watch Brandi tempt us with its grand awesomeness.

Recipe: Morning Buzz Granola

Ingredients

  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 cup almonds, sliced or chopped
  • 3/4 cup pecans, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) of butter
  • 3/4 cups packed dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped chocolate-covered coffee beans

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 300F degrees and line a baking sheet with foil or parchment paper (for easy clean up!).
  2. In a large bowl, combine oats, nuts, coconut, sunflower seeds, salt and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. In a saucepan, combine the butter, sugar and honey together, then heat until the butter melts and everything is well incorporated. Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla.
  4. Pour the butter mixture over the oat mixture and stir well to combine; make sure that everything is well coated.
  5. Spread the mixture onto your baking sheet and then put it in the oven.
  6. Bake until the top is golden brown, which is about 15 minutes, then remove and break up the pieces slightly. Repeat after another 15 minutes and then after 10 minutes.
  7. Once the granola is golden brown throughout and dry, remove from the oven and sprinkle chocolate covered coffee beans over the warm granola; stir in.
  8. Allow the granola to cool and then serve! Cool it completely before storing, which you can do in an airtight container for up to a month.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Summer Fire a la GIGA 5 Recipe

Jura Giga 5 RecipeIf we had to choose one word to describe the recipes integrated into the Jura GIGA 5, it would probably be interesting. We’d love to meet the mad scientist who came up with such a wide array of selections, particularly because they incorporate rather strange ingredients that look peculiar on paper yet end up tasting quite nice in the cup.

Watch as Brandi guides us through yet another of these recipes on the GIGA 5, this time incorporating Monin’s coconut syrup and … lemon pepper! Yes, you read that right: We combine lemon pepper with espresso — ijole!

Recipe: Summer Fire a la GIGA 5

Brewin’ with Brandi: Apple Spice Latte Recipe

Recipe: Apple Spice LatteRecipes for apple spiced lattes abound, but have you ever tried one with fresh apple juice? When we asked Brandi to find a fun recipe that would incorporate a Breville Juice Fountain, she came back with this little gem — and we were very pleasantly surprised!

Despite copious evidence to the contrary, we’re not big fans of super sweet food; if you share the same proclivities, this recipe is great because all of the sweetness comes from the apple’s natural sugars. But even if you’re a fan of candy-coated candygrams, you could make this recipe work for you by either selecting an apple that has more natural sugar or adding a little Monin syrup into the mix (purists might prefer Cane Sugar, while the more adventurous may take the ‘spice’ element of this recipe seriously by incorporating Cinnamon).

In this how-to video, Brandi begins by juicing a few apples and then — using the Breville Barista Express — she froths almond milk and ‘juices’ some coffee. The results? Delicious!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 apples, juiced (yields about 1/2 a cup)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 oz espresso
  • dash of cinnamon & nutmeg

Recipe Directions

  1. Start by juicing your apples; if you produce more than 1/2 cup, measure out that amount and then combine with the almond milk in a frothing pitcher.
  2. Froth the milk and juice combination together until it has reached your desired temperature.
  3. Pull your shot of espresso and combine it all in your serving mug; garnish with a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon.