Sometimes you just don’t want too much extra skip in your step, but you’re not willing to give up the flavor of a great cup of coffee. We asked the crew to blind taste the four different decaf coffees we carry — Lavazza, illy, Caffe Mauro and Velton’s — to determine which ones they thought tasted like a good, solid cup of coffee.
Baratza recently reworked their Maestro Plus grinder, tweaking a few of its design elements and reducing its price. The Maestro has been discontinued and this is now their only drip / press focused grinder.
Watch Gail show us its features and demonstrates its grinding magic.
Jura’s newest high end one-touch cappuccino superautomatic espresso machine, the Z7, hit the market last year. Watch Gail go through it’s features, improvements over the Z5/Z6 and demonstrate making a cappuccino.
If you’re going to get all pseudo-scientific around your espresso extraction, should you weigh out your beans and then grind them, or weigh your grounds as they’re coming out of the chute? Does one way produce a practically better shot than the other? Gail tries out both methods and does a taste test.
A couple of years ago, Quick Mill’s first superautomatic offering hit the US market. It had a lot of great things about it — primarily that it had a heated metal brew group — but the fit and finish left a bit to be desired. They took it back to the workshop and revamped it a little, addressing several of the things we didn’t dig about the first edition, and have now released the Monza.
Gail takes us through its features and then demonstrates its shot and steaming functionality. If you’re looking for a superautomatic that will get you the closest to a traditional espresso extraction, this may be the machine for you.
One of our favorite coffee prep methods is press pot / French press and so we were very excited to try out Espro’s unique version of this. In addition to the usual filter screen, it has a microfilter that takes out the ‘silt’ often found in press pot coffee, leaving you with a delicious cuppa sans sludge.
Saeco’s newest addition to their popular Talea superautomatic line — the Touch Plus — is now available in the US. Watch Gail go through its features, differences, functionality and then whip up a latte.
We’ll get you, my pretty! Of course, by ‘my pretty’ we are referring to the array of gorgeously designed Rocket Espresso accessories and BIA Cordon Bleu cups. If you’re not sure how pretty pretty can get, check out Gail’s introduction to these lovely little numbers.
For the budget-conscious still looking to make a lovely latte at home, these lower end single boiler espresso machines from DeLonghi will give you the basic tools you need to get the job done. They’re not going to win any awards in the looks or longevity department, but if your pocketbook is leaner than your need for coffee, these will work in a pinch. Gail reviews both models in these videos, going over their features and demonstrating their functionality.
It’s no secret that we have a sweet and abiding love for the petite figure and suitable functionality of Saeco’s Via Venezia. Having had a previous life as the base design for the highly popular series of Starbucks Barista machines, we know that many of you share this love — particularly when we see these well-loved machines over a decade old coming in for a little tune up. These babies are built to last.
So when we were able to take on a batch of refurbs of the Via Venezia, we jumped on it, of course! Gail takes us through the features and functions — if you didn’t know them by now.