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Crew Review: Baratza Vario-W Grinder

Baratza’s second weight-based grinder, the Vario-W, takes the original Vario’s flat ceramic burrs and macro/micro grind adjustment functionality and pairs it with weight-based calibration. Designed specifically with pour over bars in mind, this grinder can be used for any coffee prep as long as you’re cool with transferring the coffee from the weighing container to your brew apparatus. Yeah, we said it.

Watch Gail take us through how to remove and replace the burrs for cleaning, explain its programming and demonstrate the grind consistency of this cool new option.

Crew Review: Jura Impressa J9 One-Touch Cappuccino

Jura’s new J9 One-Touch takes the well-loved, sleek packaging of their J-series of machines, adds a little interface extravagance and rocks the one-touch functionality.

Watch as Gail walks us through the programming interface, overall features and functionality, then whips up some one-touch madness.

Crew Review: Nuova Simonelli Musica Lux

We’re generally loyalists at heart, and for a few years now, said heart has belonged to the Rocket Espresso Cellini. Ever since  Nuova Simonelli’s Musica came on the scene, however, this deeply held love has wavered and — the horror! — we have even begun to question it.

During our visit to Nuova Simonelli’s showroom, we were able to get our little paws on the Lux version, which is functionally identical to the stock version save for the flashing lights. Our adoration has further deepened — yes, we love shiny things!

Crew Review: Nuova Simonelli Aurelia Commercial Espresso Machine

We hit the road again! This time around, we headed to Nuova Simonelli’s showroom in south Seattle to get a technical rundown and check out a few of their commercial-class machines. First up is the Aurelia, which was selected by the World Barista Championship as their competition model for the past few years, primarily because of its distinctively massive brew head design.

Watch as Gail takes us through the features, options, tech specs and functionality of this gorgeous machine.