Category Archives: Videos

Experimenting with Ristrettos

You know that since we are part of the goblin class, we love short things, right? It took us awhile to strong arm Gail into doing a ristretto comparison on several different machines, but we finally wore her down and here is the proof of our labors!

Watch as Gail pulls double ristretto shots (1.5 oz total) on the La Marzocco GS/3, Rocket Giotto Evoluzione, Nuova Simonelli Musica, Rancilio Silvia and  Saeco Via Venezia.

Blind Taste Test: Technivorm KB741 vs. Breville YouBrew

Sure, we dig all the bells n’ whistles Breville’s new grind and brew coffee maker has — a little shiny shiny goes a looooong way in our world. But does its brew actually stand up against the dearly loved Technivorm from which the crew drinks their morning java every day?

We brewed up two pots and had Jess, Brandon and Allison give us their opinion regarding which one they preferred.

Gear Testing: Frieling One Cup Brewer

It took us a couple times to get ‘er right, but eventually we did! Our first test drive was not very successful because, honestly, we had difficulty interpreting the highly complex iconography provided by the manufacturer. Hey — it was early, okay?!?!?

After we posted the video, we received tips from our ever-loving community and we took a second pass at this, with fairly good results. We definitely think this one-cupper would be a great addition to your camping equipment.

Gear Testing: DeLonghi Dolce Gusto

You know that we are game to try almost anything — that’s how we ended up in this racket, after all! So when DeLonghi let us know that they had joined forces with Nescafe to try their hand at developing a capsule espresso machine, we rolled up our sleeves and got down to business. Not only does this machine make the java, it will also whip up your milk for you from good ol’, tried-and-true powdered milk. This machine almost brings us back to our halcyon days of pulling shot after shot of chicken noodle soup from the Lavazza Blu. Ah, youth.

Watch Gail try this baby on for size by testing out an Americano and a hot chocolate. Very interesting … but we’re not sold quite yet.

Crew Review: Saeco Syntia Cappuccino

Yet another gauntlet laid down, yet another petite one-touch superautomatic added to the fray. If we are honest, we will admit that we wish these really were robots and that we could pit these tiny superautomatics against each other in a brew to the death! But we are not honest; doing so would be too difficult to bear … so instead, we have to attempt to assuage our battery acid lust with viewing after viewing of robot camel jockeys.

Back in coffee world, Gail shows off Saeco’s Syntia Cappuccino — all clean lines and serious auto-frothing business. Watch her explain features, functions and craft herself a very tasty, enviable latte.

Crew Review: Breville YouBrew Coffee Maker

There are a variety of schools of thought around coffee preparation: On this, we can all agree. While there are folks that are die hard espresso enthusiasts, there are others that are never going to give up their daily pot of drip coffee. It is for the latter that Breville has released their new grind and brew coffee maker, which has the unique functionality of being able to brew different size pots or single cups at a time. With most coffee makers, you determine your overall volume by how much water you put into the reservoir — all of it’s going to be used in the brew. With the YouBrew, however, you can keep the reservoir full and select different sizes, so it functions a little more closely to a superautomatic espresso machine (unfortunately, without kicking the coffee to the side afterward!).

Watch as Gail tries out the YouBrew for the first time — taking us through features, functionality and brewing a pot of coffee. As of this writing, the YouBrew is slated to launch around the end of October, 2011.

The Great SCG Stovetop Video

For years we have had folks ask us about this and we were finally able to coerce Rade (our resident stovetop espresso aficionado) to take us through the whys and hows of this ancient art.

Watch as he talks about the different features of the stovetop models that we carry, the basic process this prep method involves and steams us up a rich and hearty brew. Yummy!