The most popular mod/upgrade to Saeco and Starbucks semi-automatic machines is the non-pressurized portafilter, which turns a pretty basic machine into one that can produce shots that rival gear several hundred dollars up the food chain. When the last of them that Saeco had produced were gone, we knew we had to do something to fill the gap.
Introducing a new roaster on SCG’s block, Caffe Umbria! They feature some of the first dark roasts that we started carrying (oh, my!) as well as some excellent ESE pods for you convenience-lovers out there.
There are hundreds of espresso machines on the market, who knows where to even start?! We often receive feedback from folks researching gear that it’s overwhelming to determine which machine would best fit their needs, why they’d choose one type of machine over the other or how their budget might impact functionality or features.
To assist in this, we’ve developed our first interactive series of videos that provide an introductory look at the different points to consider when selecting an espresso machine. As you navigate through this, Gail offers her recommendations for machines worth researching in different machine types and budget classes.
It’s our favorite time of the year — Velton’s limited edition Holiday Blend is back! This year, Velton says he was inspired by fruitcake, combining two fruity coffees in a 50/50 blend that we found to have very chocolatey and berry flavors throughout.
Watch Gail & Allison brew a couple of cups using Hario pourovers. This special blend is available through 1/15/12 or while supplies last.
While their semi-automatic machines are fairly standard performers in the budget-value market, their design has always left a bit to be desired — featuring a lot of plastics and lower end casing materials. DeLonghi’s new kMix series of appliances (ranging from toasters to blenders to coffee makers to espresso machines — and more) have a fun, minimalist design in a variety of bright colors and polished metal.
Watch Gail test out their 15 BAR pump espresso machine, going over features and functionality and giving it a test drive. Performance-wise, it is similar to their other models, just in significantly cuter packaging.
Brandi takes our lovely Snowball recipe and whips up a batch using the Breville Milk Cafe! Since the weather has just taken a sharp turn for the chilly worse the last few days, we’re pretty sure we’ll be keeping ourselves warm via a combination of this toasty-tasty beverage and our good friend Nanook.
If you dig the convenience of a capsule espresso machine but are looking for a little one touch madness, this Delonghi – Nespresso hybrid may be the choice for you. Watch Gail break down its features, functionality and performance — making a few drinks and testing temperature.