As 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!
First off, don’t panic! Everything is going to be ok. In fact it could be worse, you could think there is nothing wrong with putting oily beans in your brand new super-automatic espresso machine! The horror!
Maybe a friend brought over a bag of the oily stuff, or maybe you “accidentally” grabbed the wrong bag at the store. However the oily beans got there (we aren’t here to judge), here is what you need to do.
Step One: get the beans out of the grinder! Flip the machine over, vacuum them out, whatever you need to do.
If you have been using oily beans for a while in your super automatic, you may notice a clog forming. In this case you want to try and clean that clog out with an air compressor or vacuum. Unfortunately you can not use a grinder cleaner on your super automatic, those are designed specifically for stand alone grinders. If the clog is stubborn you will need to have your machine professionally cleaned.
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Continuing 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!
Update! 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!
We had Andrew from Rocket Espresso take over our Ask Gail segment! Since we had a few questions specifically about the Rocket machines we thought it would be best to ask him directly!
On this episode we had Andrew give us an explanation as to why on some of the newer machines the water tank feels more snug. It turns out they changed a rubber gasket to make the water tank more impervious to leaks!
Andrew shows us the change and gives us a few tips for getting the water tank out of the machine. So be sure to check out the video below!
The question was asked, why are some coffees bagged in cans while other coffees are bagged in, well, bags? A great example of this can be found in Lavazza’s product line. The Qualita Oro Espresso comes in a can while the Top Class Espresso comes in a bag, and this goes on and on. So what is the real reason for the different packaging, coffee cans and coffee bags?
Naturally, we had to Ask Gail. She looked into this for us and came up with her own hypothesis. And it really came down to two things:
Cost and availability of equipment.
For a local roaster, packaging his or her roasted coffee in a can just isn’t feasible. The equipment and space to store said equipment would simply cost too much. So why then do we see cans of coffee on the shelves? It turns out the raw cost of a can is cheaper than the raw cost of bag. So for a roaster at a large enough scale it would make business sense to package some coffees in a can.
Be sure to watch the full video below! Do you have a question for Gail? Ask her in the comment section on Youtube! And while you are there, subscribe to our channel
In case you haven’t noticed, we like to take things apart here at Seattle Coffee Gear. So anytime we are offered a Breville Oracle that is cut in half, we obviously take it.
And now we get to share it with you!
The Breville Oracle is a cross between a super-automatic and a semi-automactic espresso machine. Which means we knew there would be parts inside we had never seen before! Gail was particularly interested in looking at the auto tamping machinery. And of course it was just as cool as we imagined.
Take a look at the video below to see what the insides of the Breville Oracle looks like! You will not be disappointed.
Gail has the tea, you should bring some muffins! Seriously, she is waiting.
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.
This week Gail answers a question from the comment section! One of our loyal watchers wanted to know what the “white flappy thing” on the Technivorm was.
To be honest, we weren’t sure! So naturally we took one apart to find out! Watch as Gail and Miranda figure out what that “white flappy thing” is before admiring the beautiful internals of the Technivorm Moccamaster.
Do you have a question you want Gail to answer? Leave it in the comment section below the video on YouTube!
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!