Pure (adjective) purer, purest
free from anything of a different, inferior, or contaminating kind;
free from extraneous matter
The definition stands up to the name. The Saeco Pure is an elegantly simple superautomatic espresso machine. You won’t find all the bells and whistles on this model, but it does have everything you need to make a nice latte or straight espresso (depending on how you feel of course!).
The Saeco Pure features 2 programmable buttons, a panarello steam wand and a hot water feature. The pump inside this machine brews at an impressive 15 bars of pressure. The espresso spouts are adjustable so you can brew into almost any size cup!
The Saeco Pure is almost like the fraternal twin to the Saeco Minuto Focus; similar appearance, but with a few key differences. The Saeco Pure does not offer the Minuto’s coffee/espresso lever. Instead, the Pure offers a simple espresso or lungo (long espresso) button. So while the Minuto will produce coffee similar in taste to a drip, the Pure is strictly for espresso (but hey, sometimes an americano hits the spot!)
Ahh, the great outdoors. There truly isn’t anything better than that first breath of fresh air before embarking on an outdoor adventure. Or is there? The answer of course is yes, yes there is something better (and it involves coffee!)
That’s right, we are talking about travel mugs today! And more specifically, the CamelBak Forge travel mugs. We are quite fond of this mug. Sure it works great for commuting to work in the morning. But we think it is even more fitting when “forging” a trail, hot coffee in hand. And speaking of hot coffee, the CamelBak Forge travel mug does an excellent job at keeping your coffee hot! The double wall, stainless steel body keeps your hot coffee hot (or your cold, cold brew…well, cold).
Be sure to watch our Crew Review below to see the results of our temperature test! (Spoiler alert: it does an superb job!)
One of the best features on this travel mug is the self sealing lid. Say goodbye to accidental spills! The lid also comes apart for easy cleaning in all the nooks and crannies. The CamelBak Forge Travel mug comes in two color schemes. Solid black or stainless steel and blue!
Check out our Crew Review video below for the full scoop!
It’s portable. It’s affordable. And some might even call it adorable! Yes, we are talking about the AeroPress by Aerobie.
The AeroPress is a clever alternative way to brew up your cup of coffee. It functions in a similar fashion to a French Press, but with a twist! When you plunge the AeroPress, the coffee is forced through a paper (or stainless steel) filter. Leaving you with a very clean cup of coffee.
It’s great for traveling since it is lightweight. All that you need is some coffee and hot water to complete your set up. The AeroPress is built in the U.S.A and is B.P.A. free. Win win? We think so.
The AeroPress makes a stout cup of coffee that some say resembles “espresso”, without the crema of course. Not traditional espresso, but a very strong cup. But the real beauty in this coffee maker is how much control you have when brewing. If you like to brew up a strong concentrate and dilute it like an americano, you can. If you prefer to make a medium strong cup of coffee and mix with half and half, the choice is yours.
An espresso machine is a lot like a car. If you keep up on your oil changes and tire rotations, it is going to last a whole lot longer. But don’t worry, you won’t need to bring your espresso machine into a mechanic for the tune up! You can do so in the comfort of your own home.
Below are our general maintenance tips for the Crossland CC1, but a lot of this information can be used on any single boiler machine. Of course it is best to consult your specific machines instruction manual but feel free to follow along!
The best thing you can do for your machine is to use filtered water. By using filtered water you cut back on the amount of descaling you will need to do, which is good for everyone involved. (It can take a while to go through the whole descaling process!)
Backflushing is another important step to a healthy machine. Coffee has oils, and those oils like to go everywhere! Over time, those oils will build up and can change the flavor of your shots or even create a clog. Watch the video below to see Gail demonstrate how to properly backflush the Crossland CC1.
After each brew session, it is best to wipe down the machine immediately. Especially the steam wand if you steamed some milk. Any milk residue that is left on the wand after steaming will burn, and be very difficult to remove later. In addition to the unsightly burnt milk, the wand can also siphon milk back up and into the boiler as it cools. And milk in the boiler is never a good thing (and can cost a lot to repair)!
We are back with another comparison! This time we are looking at the R58 and BES920. The Rocket R58 is really the gold standard when we compare dual boiler machines.
Last time we did a comparison to the R58 we took a look at the Oracle, which has a ton of extra features–causing it to sit in an espresso machine class of its own. So we decided to take another look at the R58 and compare it to something a little closer in design.
The R58 and BES920 are both excellent machines, promising a great shot of espresso. But certain features and functions will be more appreciated by different home baristas.
The R58 is a classic espresso machine. It features a rotary pump which will create the ideal pressure and do so very quietly. It features a removable PID, so you can make the adjustments you want, but still have the clean looking machine that Rocket strives to design. The R58 also has the option to be a plumbed in machine if that tickles your fancy. Oh and did we mention the E-61 brew head?
The Breville BES920 features a lot of the “creature comforts” that the R58 doesn’t sport. Automatic on and off functions being the big one. The BES920 has a built in PID system, so you have the control to pull some great shots. The Breville has a stainless steel boiler while the Rocket is a brass and copper build.
The next generation from Jura. A smaller footprint, eco-friendly energy saving options and an intuitive touch screen that makes selecting your morning beverage just that much more fun! That’s right, we are talking about the Jura A9!
The Jura A9 is the latest superautomatic espresso machine from Jura. And keeping with what they do best, the display on this machine is totally awesome. We are always impressed with the Jura displays; colorful, easy to read, and now-touch sensitive!
The Jura A9 has a stainless steel ThermoBlock boiler. Which, for a superautomatic, is very powerful. The milk that comes off this machine is hot, something that is difficult to achieve with a superautomatic machine.
The water reservoir and bean hopper are on the smaller side. But we don’t necessarily think that is such a bad thing. It requires you to only use the freshest water and beans, which means tasty drinks! The water reservoir holds 37.2 ounces of water and the bean hopper holds 4.4 ounces of beans.
One of the greatest features of this machine is its ability to grind and brew twice. So now with only one touch on the machine, it will have a latte for you and your guest/friend/lover brewed up and ready to enjoy together! And we like that
Congratulations! It looks like you just got yourself a Crossland CC1. We are excited for you (and maybe even a little jealous!)
The Crossland CC1 is an excellent choice for the home barista. It features a PID system that is built right into the interface. This is a feature you won’t find on any other machine with this price point. One of the biggest complaints espresso enthusiasts have about other machines at this level is the temperature variance. But you won’t need to worry, since you have this PID to keep your temperature under control!
Once you get your CC1 out of the box, all you need to do is program your PID and then brew away! In the Morning Maintenance video below, Gail will go over how to program your PID’s brew temp, pre-infusion time, wait time and brew time. It is an easy process to master, and can result in some delicious espresso!
The Saeco Pure has larger capacities and faster warm up times all inside a design that is slimmer and lighter! Which is a long way to say, the Saeco Pure is an awesome new machine. One that anybody will enjoy.
Here are some of the stats of these two machines side by side:
Warm Up Time
We think the Saeco Pure makes an excellent entry level superautomatic espresso machine. It is super simple to use and to maintain. And since it sits at an excellent price point, it’s a great place for someone to step into the wonder world that is home espresso
Check out the full comparison in the video below! Have any questions? Leave them in the comment section on YouTube and we will be happy to answer!
Congratulations! On behalf of Seattle Coffee Gear and the faculty of the School Of Coffee Extraction, we are pleased to offer you admission to the Ph.D. program at Latte Art University.
That’s right folks! Gail is going to Latte Art University and you get go along for the ride. We teamed up with Max from Spotted Cow Coffee Company to bring to you a full week of Latte Art training! Max has been a barista with Spotted Cow for quite some time now, even venturing into the Barista Competition Circuit!
In this week long course, Max and Gail will explore everything you need to know in order to produce excellent latte art. (Hint: It begins even before you take the milk out of the refrigerator!)
Max will demonstrate how to produce some of the basic latte art shapes, including the heart and the rosetta! He will also be discussing the best alternative milks out there for latte art, as well as sharing some tips and tricks to producing great latte art on a single boiler machine!
So grab your frothing pitchers and a bag of freshly roasted coffee and practice alongside Gail as she goes through the program here at Latte Art University.
Time and temperature. If you break down the essentials of a good cup of coffee/shot of espresso you will arrive at two variables: time and temperature.
It doesn’t matter how fresh your coffee is or how expertly roasted it was. If your brewing time and temperature are not correct, you end up with something you don’t want to drink. So what’s the best way to control those two variables? With a PID of course.
Especially on a single boiler machine, where the boiler temperature will fluctuate between brew temp and steam temp, a PID will help you dial in a delicious shot of espresso, every time.
In the Morning Maintenance video below Gail will show you how to program your PID on the Rancilio Silvia. The PID’s we install on the Silvia will allow you to control the brew temperature, pre-infusuion time, pre-infusion wait time, and brew time.
Once you know how to program your machine, it’s fun to experiment with different temperatures and times for the same coffee. Each variable will bring out different flavors in your cup! Yum!