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Crew Review: Saeco Exprelia Evo

The best of both worlds! This is something you don’t always see. But on the Saeco Exprelia Evo, you truly get the best of both. I am referring, of course, to the traditional steam wand and automatic milk frother.

Exprelia EvoWhen it comes to super-automatic espresso machines you typically get exactly that, super automation! Which is great if what you want is to push a button and the result be delicious espresso and milk based drinks. But sometimes you want more. Maybe it’s your curious side peeking out or maybe you are feeling especially creative. Whatever it is, with the Exprelia Evo you can have that automation and the control over your milk’s texture and temperature with the steam wand.

The removable milk frothing carafe has an automatic cleaning cycle as well. Simply fill it with milk, plug into the machine when it’s time to brew, and then pop it back in the refrigerator for next time. The swiveled handle goes off to the side to dispense frothed milk into your beverage, then swivels back into place for an automatic rinsing cycle. It’s a pretty fantastic design. And Gail confirms, it makes a hot drink!

The Exprelia Evo‘s dual boilers are stainless-steel, so it is always ready to brew! It has a  removable water tank can hold 1.6 liters of water. Each drink type can be customized to your liking. If you are like Gail and prefer a stronger cup, go ahead because you can!

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Crew Review: Saeco Intelia Class

Saeco Intelia ClassBlack or stainless steel. One touch or panarello. With so many choices it might be hard to find the best machine for you! But not to worry! Gail is here to show you through the Saeco Intelia Class.

In this Crew Review Gail takes a closer look at the Intelia Class with the cappuccinatore. What’s a cappuccinatore? It’s a milk frothing device that draws milk up from a pitcher and combines it with steam before dispensing your frothy milk into your cup! Perfect for those who can’t function in the morning until that first cup of coffee!

The Saeco Intelia Class is much more than an automatic milk frother though (obviously). It is also a powerhouse superautomatic machine. Complete with a ceramic grinder, pre-brewing technology, and a bypass doser in the event you like decaf in the evenings.

The menu on this model offers some great programmability as well. So if you are the type that likes to tweak a variety of settings ranging from temperature settings to dosing strength to display contrast, you are in luck!

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Unboxing A Rocket Espresso Machine

Rocket EspressoWe love our Rocket Espresso Machines. We really do. They are powerhouse machines that look amazing on your counter.

Rocket Espresso has recently changed their packaging and as a result Gail wanted to open one up! So we gave her a box cutter and said “have at it!”

We let her open up a Cellini Evoluzione, but no matter the model you personally get this is what it will look like when you get to open it up yourself.

Watch as Gail shows you all the accessories and some helpful hints on how to get your brand new espresso machine out of the box and pulling espresso shots!

 

 

 

Crew Review: DeLonghi Dedica

DeLonghi DedicaBig things come in small packages! That’s right folks, we are talking about the DeLonghi Dedica. It’s a brand new machine to our store, and sure packs a punch! Coming in at just under 7 inches wide and 13 inches tall, the DeLonghi Dedica is dedicated to bringing you fast and tasty espresso when it counts!

This is a  great entry level machine, that comes with a lot of features you won’t find on other machines in the same price range. The DeLonghi Dedica has a lot of programability. It allows you to control the water temperature (low, medium or high) for hotter espresso. You can adjust the amount of time until the DeLonghi Dedica goes into stand-by mode and you can set your water hardness (soft, medium or hard) for a better tasting brew.

But one of the features that really makes this espresso machine stand out from the crowd is the descaling mode. It will let you know when it is time to descale and it will even run the descaling solution through the machine for you. Yay for automation!

As you probably imagined, this is a single boiler machine. What does that mean for you? You can’t steam and brew at the same time. Which can be a turn off to some, but a non-issue to others!

The DeLonghi Dedica also comes with an E.S.E pod basket, allowing you to brew pods if that is the way you roll! Overall, this is a great machine and we are excited to share it with you. Be sure to watch the full Crew Review below! And please subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking here!

 

 

Cold Brew Temperature Test

Cold BrewAs you know, we get tons of questions and requests. And we try to answer as many as we can! Some may call it science, but we just think of it as an excuse to drink more coffee!

Since summer is right around the corner we started getting a lot of requests around cold brew coffee! This question in particular was interesting to us. The viewer asked us if there is a difference in flavor if you steep your cold brew out at room temperature vs. steeping the cold brew in the refrigerator.  Well, there is really only one way to find out!

We used the Primula for this experiment. Using the same dosage for both, we steeped one bottle at room temperature for 16 hours and we steeped the other bottle in the refrigerator for 16 hours.

Watch as Gail gives these two a taste test and compares the methods!

 

 

SCG In Portland: Saeco Machine Lineup

Saeco MachinesContinuing our trip to the Portland Seattle Coffee Gear store, Gail thought it would be helpful to show everyone the current Saeco Machine Lineup. There are a ton of options out there, each one better suited for a different home barista! So without further ado, the current Saeco machine line up:

The Xsmall is just that! With the smallest footprint in the lineup, this little soldier delivers the solid bean-to-cup functionality you would expect from Saeco. A great entry level machine for those with limited counter space but an unlimited thirst for espresso!

The Saeco Syntia gives you the ease of one-touch espresso but also the control of frothing your own milk using it’s easy to master panarello wand. And let’s not forget the ability to store your favorite drink preferences for easy replication!

Featuring an ergonomic case style, easy to use interface, and Saeco’s integrated cleaning and descaling cycles, the Intelia couldn’t be simpler to operate. Easy operation makes for delicious espresso anytime!

The Intuita is for those who like their coffee ritual simple. Select one of three dosage settings using the dial above the brew head, and push either the espresso or coffee button depending on your desired volume. It is that easy!

The Minuto Pure is for the espresso enthusiast. This machine brews at an ideal 15BAR pump pressure, producing a smooth shot of espresso (or lungo!) every time.

The Minuto manages to be a superautomatic espresso machine and coffee maker, without sacrificing anything for either option. A clever lever on the adjustable spout allows you to switch pressure settings to provide optimal extraction for both coffee (3 bar) and espresso (15 bar). Some call this a win win!

Hot and frothy lattes and cappuccinos with just a touch of a button. Need we say anymore? The Energica Focus will surprise you with it’s efficient double boilers to reduce wait time between frothing and brewing.

With its automated milk frothing and programmability, the Exprelia Evo helps you make the perfect beverage every morning. Just hit one of the pre-programmed buttons, which can be customized to meet your specifications, and watch it go to work. It even cleans up after itself!

Program your favorite drink for one-touch capability or manually froth milk on the handy steam wand. With the Xelsis Evo, the choice is yours! Perfect your favorite drink and save the settings by creating your own user profile.

Continually improving the bean-to-cup experience, the Gran Baristo now makes cleaning and maintenance an effortless task with their one-finger removable brew group. Auto-cleaning and descaling cycles now require 80% less water than other Saeco superautomatics. Reduced water consumption helps save water for the fishes, creates a ‘greener’ machine and less tank refilling for you!

Whew! While there is a lot to choose from, Gail makes the choice (a little) easier in the video below! Be sure to watch below and subscribe to our channel for more!

 

Crew Review: Rancilio Silvia

Rancilio SilviaUpdate! Update! We all love updates! That’s right folks, we are here to talk all about the updated version of the Rancilio Silvia. Some people call this the V4, but Rancilio just calls it the Silvia. It doesn’t really matter what you call it, as long as it brews up tasty espresso…am I right?

So what is new in the latest version of the Rancilio Silvia? The boiler of course! A boiler is the heart of an espresso machine, so any updates to one makes us giddy! The boiler itself is still brass but what Rancilio has changed is the heating element and how it is connected. The heating element on the new Rancilio Silvia is stainless steel, which is a little more resistant to burning out if you did  run the boiler dry. But we never do that right…right??

But in the event that the boiler does burn out, the new design makes fixing it much easier (and cheaper!). In the past you had to replace the whole boiler, but this new version allows you to remove just the heating element. Not having to replace the brass boiler makes for a much easier fix.

We love this machine. Watch as Gail takes an in-depth look into this machine and brews up a cappuccino complete with some beautiful latte art ;) Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as well!

 

Crew Review: Sowden Tea Maker

Gail has the tea, you should bring some muffins! Seriously, she is waiting.sowden tea maker

Gail took the Sowden Tea Maker for a spin. You may recognize this clean and modern look from our Cold Brew Comparison video, but there is a key feature that separates the two products! As Gail demonstrates in this video, the screen that filters the tea or coffee out of the water is designed differently. And rightfully so, coffee grounds are much finer than teas. The removable stainless steel filter is large enough to allow the tea to breath as it steeps, so you get a perfect pot everytime.

The Sowden Oskar SoftBrew Tea Maker is easy to clean, a simple rinse after each use and you will keep it looking like the day you got it. Be careful when handling the pot after you steep the tea, it can get a little hot.

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Crew Review: OXO Cold Brew Maker

OXO Cold Brew Is that….the sun?! This is a question we are hearing a lot up here in Seattle. And it can only mean one thing, summer is right around the corner! And for us at Seattle Coffee Gear, that means cold brew.

And to celebrate the magnificent sunshine,  we are taking a look at the newest cold brew coffee maker on the market. The OXO Cold Brew Coffee Maker! We all know the OXO products, you might even have their vegetable peeler in a drawer at home. But the OXO Cold Brew Maker won’t be slicing any vegetables, and that’s a good thing! This cold brew maker sticks to what is does best, brew cold brew!

The OXO Cold Brew Maker features a rainmaker design that you pour your cold water though. This design allows the grounds to be evenly saturated with water and bloom properly, resulting in a tastier finished product. The glass carafe that catches the final product is constructed out of borosilicate glass, which is extremely durable.  After steeping, all that is needed to be done in order to drink the tasty concentrate is flip the brew release switch and let gravity do the work!

The cold brew that this brewer yields is concentrated , so diluting 2 oz of the cold stuff with some ice or milk is suggested. You could of course dilute it with hot water if you prefer a hot beverage. The choice is up to you!

This brewer won our unofficial Cold Brew Taste Test. Be sure to check out that video if you haven’t already. Watch this Crew Review below before heading over to our YouTube channel and subscribing!

 

Comparison: R58 vs. Oracle

Because two boilers are better than one, that’s why! Yes we are talking about the double boiler machines, and specifically we are going to take a closer look at the Rocket R58 and the Breville Oracle.

So ring the bell referee, it’s the R58 vs. Oracle.

While these two machines have a few things in common they truly are very different, each one catering to a different type of  home barista.

The Breville Oracle sits in class almost to it’s own; somewhere R58 vs. Oraclebetween a super-automatic and a semi-automatic.  It has a grinder and a tamper built right into the machine. The internal clock allows you to have the machine auto start in the morning, which can make waking up that much easier! The auto frothing steam wand allows for easy cappuccino creation. The Breville Oracle has many menu features allowing you to tinker until you get the perfect drink. However, automation always comes at a cost. Even with all the menu features, measuring exact amounts of coffee grounds, for example, is not possible.

The Rocket R58 sits up at the top of it’s semi-automatic class. It R58 vs. Oraclefeatures a dual PID temperature control system, allowing you to program both the steam and brew boiler temperatures. The commercial grade rotary pump is quieter than most and allows for pump pressure adjustments and monitoring. The R58 is also plumbable, which means you can say goodbye to refilling the water tank by directly connecting this machine to your water supply. Of course, you can’t talk about any Rocket machine without mentioning its beautiful design. A lot of care is put into each of these handcrafted machines, you can be sure it will look great on your countertop.

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