Whilst down at the Specialty Coffee Association of America event in Texas, we were able to catch up with Baratza’s Kyle Anderson and asked him to walk us through two new products they will be releasing this June: The Esatto, which can be retrofit on older Maestro, Maestro Plus, Virtuoso and Preciso models, and the Vario-E grinder. Both feature the unique functionality of offering weight-based grinding.
These were developed with pour over preps in mind, so one drawback is you won’t be able to grind into your portafilter directly — you’ll need to grind into the container and then transfer. Kyle explains why they designed it like this.
Practicality is king with this budget-minded superautomatic from DeLonghi. Pretty sure the Caffe Venezia isn’t going to win any pretty design awards, but if you want a superauto for less than $600, its definitely worth considering. Gail takes us through its features and demonstrates whipping up a latte.
We posed one simple question to Gail, Rob and Allison: Using whatever tools and beans you want, how do you make the best french press coffee? Watch as they each explain their approach, feverishly compete and then stand the taste test of Jessica, Sally and Brandon.
How do you make your amazing french press coffee? Please share!
Pretty sure there ain’t a better word on the planet! OK, maybe spruzzatori vapore might be better, but it’s two words so perhaps it’s not a fair contest. Known outside of sprechen zie Deutsch-land as simply a ‘cup warmer’, this countertop accessory will keep your espresso, cappuccino and latte cups nice and toasty. Gail gives us the rundown.
It’s time to get your summer plans in gear and prepare to hit the trails! Fun in the sun — or rain, if you’re in our neck of the woods — is oh-so-much better when you’re highly caffeinated. Watch Gail take us through some options for portable coffee making gear.
Should you calibrate your shots to a specific timing duration or should you pull them until the coffee starts to blonde? We play around with blonding using Lavazza Super Crema on the GS/3 to see how blonding affects the shot’s overall flavor.
Do you experiment with blonding? We’d love to hear your experiences — please share!
Cleanliness is next to godliness — or so we’ve read, anyway. But even heathens should remain committed to a tidy espresso machine because roughly 80% of the machines we repair come to us due to lack of regular maintenance.
Does the shape of the pitcher determine whether or not you can easily steam to create luscious, creamy microfoam? Gail takes several of our pitchers out for a test drive to see how easy it is to produce microfoam quality milk with each of them.
Based on a customer recommendation (who swears by this as his go-to for making his daily Americanos with his Saeco Italia), we brought in a demo to try it out with different coffee and tea cups. We didn’t test how it performs with cup noodle, but it explicitly states in the user manual that it’s perfect for that, so we’ll take their word on that (for now).
Watch Gail go through its basic features and test it for pour over, Americano, press pot and tea.