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Crew Review: Nuova Simonelli Musica

Do you hear that thumbing beat off in the distance? It sounds like a disco! Oh wait, it’s just Gail brewing up some shots on the Nuova Simonelli Musica. Of course!Nuova Simonelli Musica

Thats right, it’s a fresh Crew Review of the Nuova Simonelli Musica, part espresso machine part life of the party. The Nuova Simonelli Musica is a stylish looking machine, but it isn’t all about the looks. The insides of this machine really pack a punch.

It is a heat exchanger machine, which ensures that each espresso shot is brewed at a consistent temperature to give you the best tasting shot possible. It also allows you to brew and steam your milk at the same time, something that isn’t possible on single boiler machines.

And speaking of steam, this machine will surely impress. The design of the steam knob is actually not a knob at all. It is a slider that you can move up and down and can lock to stay on. We were really impressed with this design and the power of the stream. Get ready cappuccino, here we come!

The Musica comes with a professional 58mm portafilter so you can really show off to your friends. And if you are looking for POD compatibility, you are in luck because with a simple adapter kit you can turn your Musica into an  E.S.E. pod-based device for easy coffee production.

All in all, we really like this machine. Be sure to watch the full Crew Review of it below before heading over to our YouTube channel and subscribing!

 

Morning Maintenance: Breville Oracle Care

So you just received your new Breville Oracle in the mail! Congratulations! You probably (hopefully) jumped right in and brewed yourself a nice cappuccino! Now what? Basic maintenance is what! Follow along as we talk about all things Breville Oracle care!

Breville Oracle CareTo keep your machine looking as fresh as it did out of the box and working at the highest caliber you should treat it with care. Luckily it is easy to do! From wiping down the outside casing, to descaling (Sparingly! Listen to Gail’s advice on descaling in the video below) keeping your machine in good shape is easy if you follow the steps as demonstrated by Gail!

Watch the full Morning Maintenance video below and subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more!

 

Crew Review: Chemex Line Up

Chemex. What a great name. Say it with me, Chemex. It rolls off the tongue so well. We love our Chemex. A great design, simple look, and most importantly, an excellent cup of coffee.

chemexThe Chemex brand has been around for awhile, only to have become more popular in the past few years as the pour over method of preparing coffee has taken off.  But did you know that Chemex has multiple products in their line up? If you ever thought to yourself, “I will never make 10 cups of pourover coffee” you are in for a treat!

Gail took an in depth look at the entire line up. Starting with the classic 10-Cup Coffeemaker, the product you think of when you hear Chemex, all the way down to the cream and sugar set. Gail talks about which filter is the filter you need as well as looking at the differences between Classic series and the Glass Handle series.

So whether you need a 10-, 8-, 6-, or 3-Cup coffee maker, Chemex has something for you. Watch the video below before heading over to our YouTube Channel for more!

 

SCG In Portland: Rocket Machines

Continuing our trip to Portland, Gail took a moment to look at all the Rocket Machines. Rocket has some of the best looking machines on the market, clean and traditional are a couple of words that come to mind.

The top of the line is the double boiler machine, the R58. It is Rocket Machinesplumbable or you can run it off the water tank that comes with, the choice is truly yours! And boy can this machine steam milk! The service boiler (as it is called in Italy) is very powerful and something to get used to when you first open up your machine.

Next up in the Rocket Machine line up is the Evoluzione model. This model is available to both the Cellini look or the Giotto look (straight or beveled sides). The Evoluzione is a single boiler machine but also has the ability to be plumbed if you are looking to get rid of your water tank.

AnRocket Machined finally you have the Rocket Premium Plus with PID. The Premium Plus with PID also comes in both the Cellini or Giotto look, but is not able to be plumbed in. But, like the name suggests, it comes with a PID. The PID allows you to set the water temperature so you can really dial in your espresso shots.

Watch the video to see each of these machines side by side… by side! And if you haven’t already, subscribe to our YouTube channel by clicking here!

 

 

SCG in Portland: Illy Capsule Recycle

 

Continuing our “working” vacation in Portland, Gail took a moment to talk about the Illy Iperespresso Capsules. As you probably already know, Illy has made making espresso easier than ever. Using one of their capsule machines, like the Francis Francis Y1.1, you can be brewing up a tasty shot in seconds. No grinding or tamping required!

But with a shot of espresso  a day, the amount of used capsules can quickly get out of hand. So instead of throwing your capsules away it is best to recycle them! The Illy capsule recycle program is something we are proud to support. So, save your capsules, and anytime you visit our stores you can bring them in and we will recycle your capsules!

Help us keep the world we share clean and caffeinated!

 

Ask Gail: Storing Coffee in Humid Weather?

Storing CoffeeCoffee tastes best when it is fresh. So naturally questions on how to keep your coffee the freshest, longest always come up.  We all know that when storing coffee  beans they should be whole and only grind them when needed. But beyond that,  there is a lot of information out there that can be confusing when figuring out how to store your beans. And it gets even trickier if you live somewhere that is humid!

So we asked Gail if she wouldn’t mind breaking it down for us. How to store your beans in humid weather. This question led Gail and Miranda down a path of best practices, so be sure to tune in until the end. Everything from storing beans in the freezer to using an airscape is discussed!

Have you had a chance to watch all the Ask Gail videos? Be sure to subscribe to our channel so you don’t miss a second! Watch the video below!

 

Crew Review: Saeco Energica Superautomatic Espresso Machine

Espressos, cappuccinos and lattes – oh my! The Saeco Energica is quite the energetic saeco-energicasuperautomatic. Why are we so thrilled about this energizing machine? We’re glad you asked…

The latest Certified Refurbished machine to release from Saeco, we like to think we’re reuniting the Energica with its long lost Exprelia family – you see the resemblance too, right? Featuring large, programmable one-touch buttons, a convenient auto milk frothing container and removable hot water spout, we dare you to find something this machine can’t do! Did we also mention the Energica has a bypass doser for your favorite pre-ground blend?

If all of these features leave you curious for more – and we know it does, don’t miss Gail’s latest review of this super-de-duper automatic machine!

Commercial Customer Spotlight: The Seed

Did you know that we have a department dedicated to helping coffee shops, and other commercial caffeine-serving institutions, get the perfect setup? Just as we’re super passionate about helping people make a great cup of coffee at home, we also want to help baristas make a great cup of coffee for you while you’re out and about!

The SeedOver the years, we’ve worked with a variety of commercial customers, from cafes to banks and restaurants to schools. Each one of them has two things in common: They have a vision of their dream setup and they have very distinct needs (be it throughput, available space or even the color of the machine that will pull the whole space together). So, we’re super excited to begin a series of spotlights on some of these businesses that we hope will help you feel more confident when making your purchasing decisions and maybe even provide some inspiration!

The Seed, a coffee and juice bar, was gracious enough to be our first participant (thank you, Rachel!). So, without further ado, we present their Commercial Customer Spotlight!

Tell us a bit about your operation.

The Seed is a third wave coffee and juice bar in Boca Raton, Florida. We provide an artisan experience with an in-house roaster, pour over bar, espresso service, and small batch juices.

What equipment did you choose and why?

The Seed La MarzoccoWe built our shop around the La Marzocco GB/5. We knew this machine would be the centerpiece of the shop with a custom matte black powder coat. From there, we moved on to find the best grinders for our espresso and selected two Mahlkonig K30 Airs. For our slow bar, we went with the triple threat of Chemex, Hario V60 and Aeropress. These methods are ground to specific parameters on Baratza Forte grinders and the water comes from a Curtis tank. For our classic batch brew, we pair a Curtis grinder with a Bunn brewer.

A huge factor in our selection was the knowledge of the SCG team. Jason was quick to give us all the good and bad which allowed us to make the very best educated decisions for our shop.

What was your experience when you purchased from Seattle Coffee Gear?The Seed - Mugs

Several internet searches pointed us to SCG. The customer service and endless conversations from the SCG sales team, specifically our point person, Jason, were more than we could have hoped for. We would highly recommend the team at SCG and intend to have a long standing relationship for all our coffee gear needs.

What’s in store for the future of your company?
We’re hoping to open several similar operations in the next 2-5 years.

Any tips or tricks you’d like to share with those that are new to the coffee-serving community?

Trust that the common factor must be great coffee and great people. In order to yield the very best coffees, your equipment must be on point. Do not settle for subpar equipment. Your espresso machine and your grinders are EVERYTHING!


We’re really excited to see what the future holds for The Seed, which is already off to an awesome start! You should also totally check out their Facebook page because they seem like a pretty happenin’ place!

Interested in downloading a PDF of their spotlight? Get it here!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Coffee Ice Cream in a Baggie

Let us just start off by saying that we realize there are more efficient ways to make ice cream.

Shaking It Up!

However, we believe this way may be the best. Why? Well, there are three things we really love about this recipe:

  • The ice cream is amazing
  • It’s a workout…seriously
  • Did we mention that the ice cream is amazing?

Plus, it really is (as Kaylie repeats over and over again) a science project. The freezing point of the ice is lowered when you add salt to the bag, meaning that the ice must absorb even more energy (heat!) from the ingredients than it would normally need to in order to melt. The more energy that’s absorbed from the ingredients, the colder the ingredients get and *voila!* ice cream is made.

So, yeah, don’t feel too bad about having your children shake you up a delicious ice cream treat. It’s a little like continuing their education through the summer months (or evenings or weekends…), yes?

Oh, and there will be water everywhere, so do this outside or in an uncarpeted area.

 

Ingredients

  • Ice
  • 1 cup rock salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ shot of coffee concentrate (me made ours on the Toddy!)
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Other Items

  • Gallon ziplock bag
  • Quart ziplock bag

Directions

  • Add ice to the gallon-sized bag until it is a little more than halfway full.
  • Pour the rock salt onto the ice and shake to mix.
  • In the quart-sized bag, add the sugar, coffee concentrate and heavy whipping cream. Mix lightly and then seal tightly, leaving a little bit of air in the bag.
  • Place the quart-sized bag into the bag filled with ice and seal.
  • Shake and shake and shake some more. Your muscles will burn like they’ve never burned before, but push through it! Shake for five minutes and then check the ice cream for consistency.
  • If the ice cream is still a bit too much on the liquid side, keep shaking. If it’s mostly solidified (remember, it won’t be frozen solid, it will just be more solid), then you’re good to go.
  • Remove the ice cream from its ice and salt bath, wipe off the bag and then eat it up!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Winter Kiss Martini Recipe

Winter Kiss Martini RecipeIt’s a brand new year and that deserves a little celebration, no? If you didn’t get all of your festivities out of your system a couple of nights ago, or you’re someone who feels that every day should end with a little bit of celebration, then this martini recipe has you in mind.

Admittedly, we weren’t sure about the fruit-and-mint combination that is featured in this martini, but it turned out to be both very refreshing and a little bit sweet. So break out the booze and the cocktail shaker, grab a bottle of your Monin Frosted Mint and get to shakin’! Or, just sit back and watch Brandi do all the work, then live vicariously through her enjoyment of this lovely martini.

Winter Kiss Martini Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz. Monin Frosted Mint syrup
  • 1 1/4 oz. berry-flavored vodka
  • 1/2 oz. orange cognac
  • 2 oz. cranberry juice
  • ice
  • orange peel (for garnish)

Directions

In a cocktail shaker, combine all ingredients and then shake well. Serve up in a martini glass and garnish with an orange peel.