When we started carrying Nespresso machines, we didn’t realize they would be some of the most hotly debated machines in our store. Folks are not sure if they perform well — can they really make good espresso with a capsule? What is their brew temperature? Do their milk frothing options function well?
You know that we firmly believe that there is a market for every machine, and while these guys are definitely not going to please an ardent purist, they have a well-loved place in many homes throughout the world for a reason: They’re easy to use, no-mess and make espresso similar to what you find on a standard superautomatic espresso machine. Arguably their one drawback is their proprietary capsules, and some folks don’t dig having to purchase them only through Nespresso’s coffee club. But if you can get around that and you’re looking for a simple solution to get your morning java fix, this definitely could be the choice for you.
Since we get all kinds of questions about how the Nespresso functions, we did a few tests to show temperature, water volume and milk frothing temp so that folks would know if the basic function would meet their specs. Watch Gail run them through the gamut!
We’re still in testing mode to find the scales that we want to carry at Seattle Coffee Gear. This time, we’re comparing the Ohaus HH120 and Salter Aquatronic electronic scales to see if either of them will be a good fit for weighing out coffee beans and grounds. Watch as Gail goes through the functions and tests them out.
We are refurb crazy these days! Our techs are churning out new batches of certified refurbished machines faster than we can tell you about them, and the next up for review is the first generation Saeco Talea Giro superautomatic. It has almost all of the same features as the newer Plus version, the primary difference being that it does not have a bi-pass doser (even though it has the chamber and the lid to tease you!).
Watch Gail review and demonstrate one of the recently refurbished models.
Another session of taking our taste buds out for a stroll — this time we put three variations of Caffe Mauro blends to the test. Watch Gail, Allison and Rob taste the Classico, De Luxe and Concerto whole bean espresso blends and determine which is their fave.
Some superautomatics are more like robots than others and the Saeco Incanto De Luxe is a great example: A shiny happy robotic entity ready to rock your socks off with caffeine. We dig the programming functions, the metal casing and the easily navigable digital screen.
We recently refurbished a batch of these machines, so we asked Gail to take us through the features and demonstrate its functionality.
Our refurb center is popping lately — chock full of a variety of espresso machines. They just recently finished a batch of the Saeco Odea Giro superautomatic espresso machine, so Gail gives us the usual tour and demonstration.
Here at Seattle Coffee Gear HQ, we have three different cold coffee brew contraptions available — the Hourglass, which makes a concentrate to which you can add hot or cold water; the Hario Cold Brew, which does not make a concentrate and is perfect for iced coffee; and the new kid on the block: The Sowden, which you can use to make hot or cold coffee or tea.
We lined them up together, prepared them according to the manufacturer’s recommendations and then tasted them side by side. Watch as we compare their flavor.
If precision is your name, then the AWS Nutribalance Scale may be your game. We are on the search for scales to carry here in the store, and first up is our review of this fancy little number that features pre-programmed nutritional data for everything from Swiss cheese (our example) to Cap’n Crunch to figs to — yes — even coffee. We dig this scale because it’s multi-purpose and you could use it for more than just weighing out your coffee beans or grounds. Watch as Gail gives us the usual rundown and demonstrates how it works.