With all the espresso accessories and fun gadgets you’ve been collecting, you may find your kitchen counter space getting a little more cramped than it originally was. As we have heard from plenty of our customers, counter space can be an issue and sometimes the deciding factor on what espresso toys they choose.
But worry no more! Gone are the days of catering to space over getting what you really want with Jonathan Simon’s DIY Custom Espresso Cart (video).
You won’t need to be an experienced carpenter but you may want to know how to swing a hammer. All it takes is some innovation, a $50 IKEA kitchen cart and a few tools, and you’ll have your own maneuverable espresso cart with built in knock-box for easy clean-up and extra storage.
Rocket Espresso recently released some gorgeous accessories to complement their espresso machines — cups, steam tips, a knock box, tamp stand, tamper and steaming pitcher. Watch as Gail shows off the steaming pitcher and tests how it performs — will she produce latte art?
Rocket Espresso and Mazzer joined their considerable forces to take the popular Mini and Mini E (Type A) versions of Mazzer’s grinders and wrap them up in a big ol’ Rocket bow. They have the same functionality as their non-branded counterparts, but with a polished stainless steel exterior and a Rocket badge on the back.
Watch Gail take us through these beautiful new grinders.
We recently wrote about these saucy lil’ numbers, and here they are in action. Watch Gail show us the ropes of the new Aero3 stand alone frothers from Nespresso, including a demonstration of both types of inserts and some riveting conversation (of course!).
Look, we recognize that not everyone can (or wants to) drop a cool $2k on their home espresso machine, but pretty much everyone still wants to make a solid cup of coffee at home. DeLonghi’s petite ECO310BK is a simple single boiler, semi-automatic espresso machine designed for the budget-conscious.
Watch Gail give us the usual run down on features, pros and cons and whip us up a latte.
We are squealing like a gaggle of teenage girls outside a Guns n Roses concert a la 1989 (yes, we realize we’re aging ourselves here) because — at long last — Seattle Coffee Gear’s Guide to Rocket Espresso DVD is complete!
Shot over the summer, sliced, diced and then lovingly molded into something akin to a visual user’s manual, this comprehensive DVD is incredibly informative, covering a variety of topics related to setup, care, maintenance and repair — including:
How to plumb in the Evoluzione or Professional models
Dialing in your grinder and how to steam milk to produce microfoam
Routine maintenance such as backflushing or replacing the brew head gasket
Troubleshooting tips that will resolve any of the minor issues we see with these machines
What’s the best way to store beans? We’re often asked this question and we are performing few tests to see how different storage methods keep coffee tasty and fresh — and for how long.
First up, we tested beans stored in the original roaster’s bag compared with beans store in an Airscape over a month period. Watch as we pull shots from each to determine how fresh the Airscape keeps the beans.
Lately, we’ve been digging the Francis Francis X1 and X7 espresso machines because they have great features for their price class — primarily auto-fill boiler and sophisticated temperature regulation. But like any machine, there are drawbacks, and one thing we don’t like about these machines is the plastic spouts on the portafilter. In fact, if you apply too much pressure, you run the risk of cracking the plastic.
Gail talks to us about this issue and gives us some tips on how to work around this design flaw.