Category Archives: Videos

La Marzocco Linea: Cups per Hour with Jess & Gail

When we locked Gail in a room alone with the La Marzocco Linea and Mahlkonig K30 Vario, she was able to whip up 41 lattes in an hour. How many can she make with the assistance of the lovely Jess? Find out in this riveting video that demonstrates the importance of teamwork when making lattes — and, really, when trying to make it in life. There is a lesson in here for all of us.

Compare: Rancilio Silvia vs. Ascaso Dream UP

For those of you looking to pick up a mid-range single boiler espresso machine, the Rancilio Silvia and the Ascaso Dream UP are two models worth investigating. Similar in function and price range, Gail walks us through their features and functionality, as well as what she likes and doesn’t like about them.

Crew Review: Cups, Cups, Cups!

Don’t spend all that time making excellent java, only to serve it up in that chipped mug with coffee stains you’ve been rocking since 1986. Just don’t.

We have a ton of different cups (including the infamous Fisticup!) to choose from, and these new models from the Coffee House Collection, the 13 oz Cafe Au Lait or 8 Oz Coupe are amongst some of the more classically styled selections. Watch Gail show them off.

Crew Review: Concept-Art Accessories

There’s nothing quite so spectacular as the confluence of form and function meeting deliciously in the middle. And we’re not overstating that one bit.

Check out these gorgeous and highly practical accessories from German designer Concept-Art. Focused initially on tools for the professional coffee world, they recently expanded to include accessories that home espresso enthusiasts would also find useful and lovely. Watch as Gail shows off their tampers, tamp mat & stand, shot glasses, knock boxes and brushes.

Testing: Water Source Taste Comparison

Can you tell the difference between coffee brewed with different types of water? We have done some testing in the past that taught us the water is definitely the thing to keep in mind when brewing, but we decided to do a side by side of several different sources to find out if there was a practical flavor difference.

We brewed up cold coffee using water from a Mavea pitcher, Brita pitcher, Best Cup filter, standard resin softener, distilled water with Cirqua added and regular ol’ tap. Find out which brewed the tastiest cup!

Crew Review: Best Cup Water Filters

If you have an espresso machine that has a water intake hose (such as the Rancilio Silvia, Quick Mill or Izzo models), this in-take water filter is worth consideration. It takes out chemicals, pollutants and minerals that can contribute to scale build up, specifically designed to create the right balance for a great cup of coffee. Watch Gail take us through the ins and outs of these filters.