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Crew Review: Breville Dual Boiler Espresso Machine – BES900XL

Some people start waiting in line for the next installment of their favorite film franchise six months before the first ticket will be sold and, while we admire that level of devotion and fortitude, it wasn’t until the first whispering rumors about and furtive glimpses of the purported double boiler espresso machine from Breville that we really understood that kind of anticipation. After a whirlwind, backroom romance earlier this year at the housewares show in Chicago, our demo model showed up last week and we finally got to give this lovely new gear a serious test drive!

Watch as we discuss all of the features (too many to count!) of Breville’s entry into the specialty coffee world. We seriously loathe references to ‘game changers’ but, in this case, we’ll have to bite our tongues and admit that the new Dual Boiler by Breville really could change the face of making excellent espresso at home. It’s currently slated to arrive on US shores later this month, so keep an eye out for it!

 

Blind Taste Test: Rancilio Silvia vs. Crossland CC1

There’s a new kid in town and we’ve been asked by folks how the practical results compare with one of its primary competitors — so we put them to the test! Watch as Gail pulls espresso shots from the Rancilio Silvia and the Crossland CC1, offers them up to Rob, Jess and Allison and finds out which they prefer in this blind, side-by-side taste test.

Crew Review: Saeco Exprelia One-Touch Superauto

Saeco’s newest addition to their stainless steel version of superautomatic espresso machines is the Exprelia, which is basically a simplified version of the Xelsis. With not quite as many programming options (you can program the same number of drinks, you just don’t have multiple users) and a slimmed down case, this is a great choice for folks looking for one-touch functionality combined with a traditional steam wand. At present, the only other one-touch that offers this is the Xelsis.

Watch as Gail breaks down the features and functionality as well as whips us up a drink for our tasting pleasure.

How Much Time to Make 4 Lattes?

If you’ve got a party rockin’ hard, you don’t really want to be away from it too long, do you? That’s the question posed to us by several of our YouTube viewers: How long does it take to make 4 lattes on a few different machines?

So we asked Bunny to perform some testing for us! Watch as she whips up four drinks on the Rocket Giotto Evoluzione, Nuova Simonelli Oscar, Rancilio Silvia, Crossland CC1 and Saeco Via Venezia to see how quickly each of them will produce these lattes.

Crew Review: DeLonghi Magnifica S Cappuccino

In a sea of one-touch superautomatics, only the strong will survive! And the short — of course, we are biased since we are members of the goblin class. But if there’s one thing people don’t love about these highly functional robotic cappuccino machines, it’s that they often take up more counter space than a small child (which probably shouldn’t be let loose on the counter, but we don’t judge). So all the kids have come to the table with their version of a diminutive one-touch that gives you automated milk frothing and espresso shots at the touch of a button.

The newest contender is DeLonghi’s Magnifica S Cappucino. Watch Gail go through features, functionality and make one-touch drinks, including measuring the temp on the autofroth.

Crew Review: Walkure Karlsbad Porcelain Coffee Maker

German porcelain manufacturer Walkure is throwing their wares into the slow brewed coffee contest! This classy number is not only gorgeous and high quality, it makes a pretty darn good cup of coffee, too. You have to grind on the coarser side of things — somewhere between drip and press pot consistency — and it takes a little bit of care and feeding, but the end result is a lovely brew in an even lovelier pot.

Watch Gail go over the features and demonstrate how to use the Karlsbad coffee maker (AKA kaffeemaschine in it’s native tongue).

Temperature Testing: Airpots

We’ve all come across those mysterious airpots filled with coffee — can you trust them? Is the coffee in them still warm after hanging out for awhile? Should you take the plunge (sorry) or ask for a fresh pot? In order to determine which airpot to carry, we tried out models from Zojirushi, Grindmaster and a misc. Chinese product to see how long they maintained the coffee’s temp over a period of several hours.

Watch as Gail takes us through features and tests the coffee for temperature stability to determine which model performs best.