The 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!
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:
3.5 ounces fresh milk, steamed to 145-150F degrees
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.
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).
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.
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!
When 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.
If 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!
Recipes 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!
3 apples, juiced (yields about 1/2 a cup)
1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 oz espresso
dash of cinnamon & nutmeg
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.
Froth the milk and juice combination together until it has reached your desired temperature.
Pull your shot of espresso and combine it all in your serving mug; garnish with a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon.
With summer coming rapidly to a close, we wanted to rock a recipe that is both sweet and icy. With a wide array of naughty frozen delights available to you (like this or this), frozen yogurt truly is relatively nutritious — especially if you incorporate fresh strawberries into the mix! Right? Right.
Watch as Brandi demonstrates making this delectable dessert recipe on the Breville Smart Scoop ice cream maker.
2 cups fresh strawberries, hulled & quartered
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons lemon juice
2 cups plain yogurt
Place quartered strawberries in a bowl and mix with 1/3 cup sugar and lemon juice. Gently crush with a fork and let site at room temp for an hour to macerate. After an hour, gently crush with a fork again to desired consistency or blend into a puree.
Combine strawberries, yogurt and sugar and pour into the ice cream bowl. Set ice cream maker to YOGURT setting an churn.
Sometimes, we’re in the mood for something that is simply delectable. If you feel the same way today — or any day — then this delicious milkshake might fit the bill. Watch as Brandi blends up a few of our favorite things into one blissful concoction!
The shakerato is one of the tastiest summer drinks, we think, so when we saw that it was one of the options built into the guided recipe interface of the Jura GIGA 5, we were intrigued.
If you’ve been keeping an eye on our series of videos covering the recipes included with this machine, you know that they often have a rather unique approach … and the shakerato is no exception. Watch as Brandi takes it on.
A little bit sweet, a little bit spicy … no, we’re not talking about Brandi (this time!), we’re talking about today’s recipe. We love how the sweet and spicy flavor of Monin’s chai tea concentrate blends with the creaminess of soy milk, so this iced beverage is certainly one of our summertime favorites. Watch her shake it up.
In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients and shake it like your life depends on it! Okay, maybe not that fiercely — but definitely make sure everything is well combined and on the frothy side. Pour over ice in a pint glass and serve!
Yes, we’re serious. No, we can’t believe we are, either. We probably shouldn’t let Brandi choose her recipes on her own anymore after she brought this bad boy out to play. Who on earth blends up a slice of chocolate cake and then drinks it?! Probably the same person who blends up a donut.
We apologize in advance for any and all of the havoc this wreaks on your lovely figure, love. Ijole!
4 cups vanilla ice cream
1/2 – 1 cup milk
(1) 8 oz. slice of chocolate cake
2 shots of espresso
In a blender, puree the ice cream and the milk together. Add the cake and the espresso shot, continuing to blend and adding more milk (as needed) to get the right consistency. Serve with a straw and spoon in a pint glass, preferably away from any reflective surfaces.
One of the reasons we love sangria so much is that there is a seemingly endless number of ways to prepare it. In fact, you could probably drink sangria every night of the year and never have the same flavor combination twice. (And we’d be more than willing to test this hypothesis … you know, for science!)
This sangria recipe is perfect for summer because it incorporates a little bit of a tropical note, so even if you can’t enjoy it beach-side, you’ll feel like you are. Watch as Brandi crafts a pitcher of this deliciously refreshing beverage.