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Experimenting with Cold Brew Coffee

Do you really need a fancy, specially-designed gadget to brew up a batch of cold coffee? Or can you just use your trusty ol’ press pot? While we carry a couple of different cold brew options (from Hario and Sowden), we wanted to see if using one of them (namely, the Sowden) produced a better, worse or similar cup to making a cold brew with a La Cafetiere french press.

So we put Allison to the test! Watch as we brew up a batch in each, using the same grind and coffee-to-water ratios, allowing them to sit over night and then giving them a taste test. We also compare how much sediment appears in the cup. So exciting!

Baratza Grinder Line-Up

Since our last look at Baratza’s offerings, they’ve added some new options and changed their line-up, so we asked Gail to provide us with an update.

Watch as she talks us through the different features of the Maestro Plus, Virtuoso, Preciso, Vario, Vario-W and the Esatto retrofit accessory. Then we demonstrate grind differences between the Maestro burrs, the Preciso burrs (used in the Virtuoso and the Preciso) and the Vario burrs (used in the Vario and Vario-W) to see how they compare at their finest and their coarsest.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Cinnamon Roll Latte

This week, Brandi takes one of our favorite breakfast treats and turns it into … our new favorite breakfast treat!

Watch as she whips up this delicious, cinnamony (what? It’s a word) latte, perfect for an early morning java jolt.

 

 

Ingredients

Directions

Combine syrups together, pull shot and mix well. Add steamed milk and then garnish with a dash of cinnamon. Enjoy!

Crew Review: Rancilio Egro Commercial Superautomatic – Redux!

When Gail first met this sophisticated robot about 18 months ago, they had a brief and fleeting affair, enabling her to get just a minor taste of its capabilities. We brought in a demo model a few months ago and Gail has now had the time to get up close and personal with Rancilio’s commercial superautomatic masterpiece, the Egro — so we decided it was time for a redux!

While she’s definitely bummed that it still won’t do her laundry, take the cat for a walk or read to her, she does dig it’s programming functionality, one-touch features and flexibility in formats! Watch as she walks us through all the features and specs, then demonstrates making a few different drinks.

Crew Review: La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi – Redux!

Recently revamped to offer a more streamlined case, different portafilter handle and the 4 .9mm hole steam tip as standard, the La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi is hands down our favorite double boiler on the market. And we do not say that lightly!

We love it’s size, its function (built in PID controls brew temp in 1 degree differentials) and the fact that it is NSF rated, making it the perfect choice for businesses that want to offer complementary coffee service without jumping into a full scale commercial machine. We’ve sold these to art galleries, caterers and bars — as well as super cool home espresso enthusiasts who want a more commercial looking machine on their counter top.

Watch as Gail takes us through all the features and specs, as well as demonstrates pulling shots and making a latte on the Mini Vivaldi.

Crew Review: Breville Smart Grinder Redux

After we tested the original Smart Grinder last year and found that it just didn’t grind fine enough for espresso, we talked with Breville and learned they had 2 solutions in the works: First, they offered a shim kit upgrade that could be added after the fact, allowing the customer to modify the grinder’s functionality in order to work well with espresso. Second, they were in the process of manufacturing new burrs with improved tolerances, with the ultimate goal of producing burrs that would grind at an espresso level of fineness without modification.

Now that we have a demo model with the upgraded burrs, we decided it was time for an update to our review of the Smart Grinder. Watch Gail take us through features and specs, then demonstrate different grind levels and see how it performs when paired with the La Spaziale Mini Vivaldi.

 

Brewin’ with Brandi: Peanut Butter Cup Latte

You’ve got your chocolate in my peanut butter! No, you’ve got your peanut butter in my chocolate! This reference to squabbling ’80’s era candy commercials is clearly revealing our vintage.

Around these parts, there is a deep love for Monin’s Peanut Butter syrup. But while Brandi and others adore this flavor, Kat just can’t hang with it. Watch as Brandi tries to influence us with her chocolate and peanut butter concoction — will Kat finally fall under this syrup’s spell?

 

 

Ingredients

Directions

Combine sauce, syrup and espresso together in serving cup. Add milk and stir well to combine. Top with whipped cream and a sprinkling of frozen candy. Enjoy!

Crew Review: Baratza Virtuoso Model 586

Leave it to Baratza to take a good thing and make it better, right? Their well-loved Virtuoso has just been souped up with burrs that previously were included with the Preciso model. Why did they do this? Because they love you — of course! And also because it improves the overall consistency in the grind.

Watch Gail compare the older 585 model with the new 586.

 

Crew Review: Klean Kanteen

Taking your favorite beverage on the road is a time honored tradition, and no matter if it’s an iced coffee, a steaming latte, a cool drink o’ water or some delicious homemade soup, the Klean Kanteen series of BPA-free bottles have got you covered! /end infomercial introduction

But seriously, we do dig these stainless steel bottles, so we asked Allison to talk to us about the insulated and non-insulated versions of the Klean Kanteen.