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Crew Review: Chemex

The Chemex is easily one of the most long-loved piece of coffee brewing equipment — it’s simple, easy to use and creates an excellent cup of coffee. Also, who can’t love it’s cool 70’s-era design?!

Watch Allison take our 6-cup Chemex out for a test drive, providing some tips from what she’s learned in her research and experiments and brewing up a couple lovely cups of coffee.


Milk Steaming Tips

One of the wiliest dragons to slay in the home espresso universe is milk steaming — there are basic tenets one must follow, but from there it’s just practice, practice, practice. The kind of machine you’re using will play a big part in your milk frothing success, as well as whether or not you’re working with a traditional wand vs. a panarello or a steam boiler vs. a thermoblock.

Gail walks us through tips, tricks and things to keep in mind when steaming your milk, either for the ‘wet paint’ texture for latte art or the dense, shaving cream microfoam for cappuccinos. Watch her demonstrate best practice on the Rocket Giotto and the Saeco Via Venezia.


Crew Review: Bottomless Portafilter for the Crossland CC1

You know we dig the CC1 — for the price and features, it’s a tough machine to beat! But one thing it has been missing is a bottomless portafilter, so we were very happy when Bill Crossland introduced one.

Watch Gail demonstrate the new bottomless on the CC1 – available now (and currently included on all new purchases of the CC1).

New! Non-Pressurized & Bottomless Portafilters for Saeco & Starbucks Machines

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.

So we had them produced ourselves! And since we could do anything we wanted, we made them chrome-plated brass and also requested a bottomless model be manufactured. The new model of the non-pressurized portafilter is significantly upgraded in terms of temp stability and design, and we’re really digging it!

Watch Gail talk about these new toys and demonstrate a shot using the bottomless model.

Coffee Tasting: Middle Fork Roasters

Another new roaster in SCG town! These guys are a small outfit located in Seattle’s Sodo neighborhood, founded by Matt Parish in 2009.

While we haven’t had a long history of love for dark roast coffee, we do appreciate their approach and have selected their Full City Espresso, Tough as Nails and Back Pedal Brew blends.

Watch Gail & Allison pull shots and whip up pour overs to taste these delicious new (to us!) beans. Enjoy!