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Brewin’ with Brandi: Espresso Bark

If you haven’t decided on your goodie bags for this holiday season, might we recommend you incorporate these ridiculously delicious chocolate and coffee bean confections?

Watch Brandi whip up a batch — the recipe is super easy and located below.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 teaspoon butter or margarine
  • 3/4 cup whole coffee beans (we used Velton’s Bonsai Blend)
  • 1/4 cup chopped white chocolate or white chocolate chips

Directions

  1. Cover a cookie sheet with waxed paper
  2. Combine the chocolate chips and the butter/margarine in a microwave-safe bowl. Using 30-second intervals, heat the chocolate chips and stir in between each interval until melted.
  3. Mix in the whole coffee beans and white chocolate; stir to combine.
  4. Spread mixture over wax paper and place in the freezer until set. Break into pieces and store in an airtight container.

The Lowdown on Portafilters

What is a pressurized portafilter? How about a non-pressurized portafilter? Is one better than the other? What about those bottomless portafilters — are they necessary or just a random geek accessory?

Gail breaks down the intricacies of one of the most essential elements of an espresso machine — explaining how they work, why you would want one type over another and what purpose, if any, bottomless portafilters have.

Compare: Breville Dual Boiler vs. Rancilio Silvia

In another of our not-so-infamous grudge matches, we pit Breville’s new Dual Boiler against the tried and true single boiler Rancilio Silvia, featuring a PID retrofit. Other than having an additional boiler on its side, how does this new machine measure up against the Silvia?

Watch as Gail takes us through the usual specs, features and functionality and then whips up lattes on each to show how they practically compare.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Caramel and Spice and Everything Nice!

We’re always whipping up concoctions laden with caffeine and/or booze in them, so this time around Brandi went with something a little bit more kid-friendly. Watch her make this caramel and cinnamon laced cream soda. Recipe details below!

Ingredients

Directions

Combine the syrups, half & half and sparkling water together, mix well. Pour over tall glass of ice.

Compare: Breville Dual Boiler vs. Barista Express

What happens when you pit one show pony against another show pony? Only the strong will survive! And since you know how much we adore grudge matches between inanimate objects (primarily because it results in 100% less blood loss), we decided to take Breville’s machine + grinder combo, the Barista Express, and measure it against their new Dual Boiler (paired with their Smart Grinder).

Watch Gail take us through each model’s features, specifications, pros and cons and whip up some lattes to show how they compare in terms of performance and end product.

Field Trip: Green Bean Coffeehouse

Next up in our series featuring local cafes is the Green Bean Coffeehouse in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood. What started out as the first physical location for a local church has evolved into an essential element of the Greenwood community — a non-profit designed to bring the neighborhood together through open space, charitable support and community events.

Find out about their history, purpose and tips that they have for anyone interested in starting their own community or coffee focused business.

Field Trip: Milstead & Co.

What does it take to open your own cafe? We hit the road with Allison in this field trip series to find out.

First up is the newly opened brainchild of Andrew Milstead, Milstead & Co., located in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood. Featuring tons of reclaimed materials in its build design, low countertops and recessed equipment to improve engagement between baristas and customers, and a singular focus on providing uniquely brewed coffees — using everything from a La Marzocco Strada to an AeroPress — Milstead & Co.’s concept is rooted in education and producing high quality coffee for people who dig it.

Watch as Andrew talks to us about his background, concept behind the cafe, what went into opening it and tips he has for others interested in doing the same. If you’re in the Seattle area, definitely don’t skip visiting Milstead & Co. for a gorgeous, and delicious, cappuccino.