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Crew Review: Saeco Gran Baristo Update

Saeco Gran Baristo In case you didn’t already know, we love our Saeco Gran Baristo with Removable Bean Container. In fact, we love it so much that we made an updated Crew Review just for kicks! Well, we actually wanted to showcase this machine again because we found the more we used it the better our experience was.

What are some of our favorite features of this machine you ask? Well the first one is in the name, “removable bean container”! This comes in handy if you find yourself with a couple types of coffee just waiting to be brewed. Perhaps something different for the evening? We also love the programmable user profiles. Since everybody likes their coffee a particular way, the Saeco Gran Baristo makes it easy for up to 6 different users to customize and save their drink preferences. Another feature that really rocks our world is the adjustable spout. You are able to adjust the spout so you can have up to 6.5 inches of cup clearance. Quad-shot cappuccino anyone?

We did few tests as well to see just how well the Saeco Gran Baristo functions in real world environments. The results of our temperature tests are as follows:

  • Espresso – During testing we were able to get both of these drinks up to 171°F on more than one occasion.
  • Milk – After three rounds of automatic milk frothing we were able to get the temperature to 144°F.
  • Hot Water – The hot water generally stayed around the 160°F mark.

We give this machine a thumbs up for functionality, performance, and quality of the drinks it makes. Watch the updated Crew Review below and then head over to our YouTube channel to see what else Gail has been up too.

 

 

Ask Gail: Troubleshooting a Panarello

Troubleshooting PanarelloOne morning you are frothing up perfect milk with your panarello and the next all you get is warm milk. What is going on?! Troubleshooting panarello issues can be difficult if you don’t know what to look for.

A panarello is designed to simultaneously infuse a small amount of air with the steam so you don’t have to do a thing in order to get that foam we all crave. Some of them do it better than others, and you end up with everything from super spongy meringue-like foam to nearly microfoam quality, depending on how the manufacturer designed the adapter. But what to do when things stop working?

Well, we Asked Gail to walk us through the potential issues that the panarello adapters could encounter. Watch the video below to find out what you might be able to do to get everything up and running again. Hint: you may need to grab a safety pin!

After you watch the video be sure to head over to our Youtube Channel and see what else Gail is chatting about.

Crew Review: Bonavita Coffee Maker

Bonavita 8-Cup Coffee Maker

There really isn’t anything like waking up on a beautiful Sunday morning and setting a pot of coffee to brew while you check Twitter. We like to start our Sundays (OK lets be honest, basically everyday) with a full pot from the Bonavita Coffee Maker. This is the latest update from Bonavita that adds some really excellent features.

Some of the awesome updates include:

  • A larger shower head designed for optimal saturation of every last coffee ground. 
  • Pre-infusion mode to allow the grounds to bloom before being brewed.
  • A flat bottom filter basket for a fuller and more robust flavor.

Of course the Bonavita Coffee Maker still comes with the thermal carafe that will keep your coffee nice and hot for about an hour (if the pot even lasts that long!).

Watch this Crew Review video below and then head over to our YouTube channel for more videos featuring Gail and the rest of the Seattle Coffee Gear team!

 

 

Ask Gail: Latte Art Using Milk Frothers?

Latte ArtEvery once in awhile we like to let our inner Picasso out to play. It’s fine, we all do it and there is nothing to be ashamed of! But the question remains, is it possible to create beautiful latte art using milk frothers?

Well, unfortunately the short answer is no. While milk frothers like the Jura are excellent at providing you with no-fuss perfectly frothed milk for your espresso beverages, they just don’t have the finesse needed for latte art foam.

We asked Gail to give us a little explanation as to why these stand alone milk frothers won’t give us the best results and she delivered! Watch the video below to see Gail attempt some latte art using a milk frother.

Crew Review: Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle

Bonavita Variable Temperature KettleIf you are at all like us, you may have at one point found yourself lying awake at night in preparation for your morning pour over. Reliving past cups of coffee, looking for moments in your technique that you could improve so that the next one, would be the perfect one. As you might be able to tell, we don’t always get much sleep.

Well, we have good news for you! Bonavita has cured all our sleepless nights. The Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle is the must have for all pour over enthusiasts and insomniacs alike. It has a sleek design, the control that goosenecks are known for and the ability to set your water to any temperature you would like.

Oh, and did we mention it also has a timer built right in? Don’t just take our word for it, but you should listen to Gail. Watch the video below as she walks you through the features of this amazing machine in this brand new Crew Review.

And remember, a solid nights sleep is just a pour over away.

 

Ask Gail: Superautomatic Espresso Machine Care

Superautomatic espresso machine careWe all love our superautomatic espresso machines. And why wouldn’t we? They make us our espresso drinks with just a push of a button and for that we are grateful. Superautomatics are so good at what they do that we sometimes forget that they too need a little love and attention every so often.

So we asked Gail to give us a run down on what we should be doing to keep the espresso flowing morning after morning.

Watch this new installment of Ask Gail to find out the steps to proper superautomatic espresso machine care.

 

 

 

Brewin’ with Brandi: Espresso Balsamic Glazed Brussel Sprouts

Brussel sprouts, you either love them or you hate them. Well at least that’s how it used to be back in the day. We here at Seattle Coffee Gear have gone through extensive testing (and tasting!) and are proud to announce that these Espresso Balsamic Glazed Brussel Sprouts will change anyone’s mind when it comes to brussel sprouts. Seriously, these little things are delicious.

The secret to their deliciousness is a result of the cooking process and the flavorful glaze. The Philips AirFryer uses its Rapid Air Technology to crisp up foods without the use of excess oil. The result is a texture that is absolutely amazing. Add that to the deep flavors of the balsamic and espresso glaze and you are in for a real treat.

Enjoy these espresso balsamic glazed brussel sprouts by themselves or pair them with some grilled chicken to make a meal that will surely become a weeknight staple. Watch the video below to see how easily Brandi and Kaylie put this recipe together.

  Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pound fresh brussel sprouts
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/3 cups balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 shots espresso
  • 1/4 tsp oregano

Preparation:

Espresso Balsamic Glaze

In a 2-quart saucepan combine the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, espresso, oregano, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Heat to boiling on medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat; simmer 10 to 15 minutes or until thickened and slightly syrupy. Set aside and let cool.

Brussel Sprouts

Remove any tough or bruised outer leaves. Trim the stems. Cut in half vertically. Rinse and shake dry. In a bowl, toss with olive oil and pat dry. Toss with balsamic glaze, pat dry again. Save some glaze for drizzling after the brussel sprouts are cooked.

For AirFrying with Philips Airfryer

Preheat Philips Airfryer to 390 degrees. Add prepared brussel sprouts to basket and set timer for 12-15 minutes. While cooking, occasionally remove and shake basket or stir. The brussel sprouts are done when the centers are tender and the outsides are caramelized and slightly crispy.

Drizzle with left over reduction and enjoy!

Ask Gail: Can I Use Oily Beans in a Superautomatic Espresso Machine?

If we had a nickel for every time we heard this question, or a dime for every time a superautomatic was decommissioned due to this, we’d be rich (okay, maybe not rich, but we’d easily have a couple of dollars). However, we’d much rather save some machines then have the extra change jingling around!

The short answer is, unfortunately, that you cannot use oily beans in a superautomatic. Very dark and oily roasts clog up grinders and brew units over time, eventually leading to one very unhappy coffee robot. In superautomatic espresso machines, this is quite problematic, as you cannot take apart the grinders to give them a good, old fashioned cleaning. Eeeks!

If you’re looking for more info, and we know you are, Gail and Miranda have the lowdown for you. Take it away, ladies!

Ask Gail: Soupy Pucks

Nine out of ten home baristas agree, soupy pucks are a coffeehouse sin. Well, maybe not a sin, but in our experience it’s pretty close! What causes a soupy puck and why exactly is it so bad? When it comes to the hard questions, we like to ask Gail!

Gail and our excellent customer service team are always reiterating how important it is to dial in your grind – and this Ask Gail session is no exception! Having your grind too fine can cause soupy pucks, as a super fine grind will hinder proper water flow. The water is then “trapped” on top of the puck and released into the dredge box with the under-saturated puck, causing a sour or bitter espresso shot and the undesirable soupy puck.

If you think there could be more to your soup-tastic pucks, check out our first edition of Ask Gail!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Twilight Dark Chocolate Truffles

Around these parts, we can’t just settle for truffles. They need to be dark Velton Twilight Coffeechocolate truffles. But are those good enough? Nope. They also need coffee. Not any kind of coffee, though. It needs to be Velton’s Twilight coffee. Wow, we’re picky!

The result of all this pickiness, however, are some amazingly delicious food items. So, without further ado, we present to you Twilight Dark Chocolate Truffles!

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp ground Velton’s Twilight coffee
  • 4 oz baker’s chocolate
  • 2 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • Add all ingredients to a sauce pan and heat over medium until all ingredients are melted (about 10 minutes), stirring constantly.
  • When all ingredients are melted and the mixture is smooth, pour into a glass bowl and refrigerate for one hour or until it is a firm consistency.
  • Remove the bowl from the refrigerator and scoop the mixture onto wax paper or into treat cups by the tablespoon. Hint: A cookie scoop is great for this!
  • Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.