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New! Rocket + Mazzer Grinders

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.

Crew Review: DeLonghi ECO310BK

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.

New! Seattle Coffee Gear’s Guide to Rocket Espresso DVD

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

Plus a whole lot more!

Airscape Freshness Testing

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.

Brew Tip: Francis Francis Portafilter

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.

Espresso Machine = Cozy Mouse House

We recently received an espresso machine in our repair center that was sent to us for a simple leak in the dregs box. Unfortunately, the machine was stored for awhile in a location that was also frequented by mice and one of them took up a cozy residence in the machine’s dregs box!

Watch Josh show us the damage that this can cause — turning a simple repair into quite an extensive (and more costly) one.