Brew Tips: Latte Art Basics

If we had to choose three words to describe the video below, they would be “Chad is awesome!”

When he’s not helping out customers in our Seattle Coffee Gear Portland store, Chad teaches barista classes. Which means that as soon as he joined the team we started hitting him up to make some sweet latte art videos for us. After all, we could write out the steps to latte art all day long, but having a visual aid is at least 100 times better (if not 1,0000).

In this video, Chad walks us through latte art basics. Pay attention, because you’ll need these next week when we post some advanced techniques!

Crew Review: Rancilio Rocky Grinder Redux

When we think of reliable and hardworking, we think of the Rancilio Rocky rocky_grindersgrinder. Is that weird? We don’t think so…

The Rocky is available in a doser version, for those that go through a decent amount of coffee and/or rarely change their grind, or a doserless version, which grinds directly into your portafilter. Each one gives you a sturdy build and 55 different grind settings, so you can go from espresso to drip (and back again) with ease.

Given that the Rocky is the apple of our eye, we decided it was time for an updated Crew Review. Check it out below and watch as Gail and Brendan walk us through features, dialing in the grind and removing the burrs for maintenance!

Crew Review: Bonavita Electronic Scale

Oh, how we love a great scale! It’s the basis for a beautiful shot of espresso or a Bonavita Electronic Scaleperfect pour over, as dosage of coffee to water has a huge impact on the outcome of your caffeine beverage of choice.

The Bonavita Electronic Scale not only meets the features a scale is pretty much required to (you know, weighing things properly), but it also is quite pretty. Look at that glass! Measuring accurately to .01 grams, the Bonavita Electronic Scale is now flying solo and can be purchased on its own versus just bundled with other Bonavita products.

Tech Tips: Saeco Water Tank Tune Up Kits

We’ve all been there: A leaky machine! A lot of friction occurs within the Saeco Water Tank manifold when you remove it, fill it up with water and then insert it back into the machine. Over time, the seals and spring can wear down and you’ll begin to notice dripping from the water tank when it’s not inserted to the machine. These kits will replace those seals and springs to get you back in working order in no time!

Tune Up Kit for Vertical Water Tanks

Tune Up Kit for Horizontal Water Tanks

Crew Review: Nespresso Inissia

Join Gail and Brendan as they discuss Gail’s recent vacation! Wait, that’s not Nespresso Inissa in Blackwhat this video is about. Let’s try that again.

Join Gail and Brendan as they discuss the new Nespresso Inissia capsule machine! The smallest of the Nespresso bunch, the Inissia also comes in at the lowest capsule price point we’ve seen of $99. Easy to use, you simply drop the capsule into the brewing chamber and press a single button. Occasionally clean out the drip tray and empty your capsule “dregs” box for a crazy clean machine!

If you’re not into the factory settings (1.4 ounces for an espresso shot and 3.7 ounces for a lungo), you can program the buttons to your preferred volume. Simply hold the button and, when the shot gets to the volume of your liking, release the button. Volia – you’ve just programmed your Nespresso!

Want to see the Nespresso Inissia in action? Just watch the video below!

Crew Review: Saeco Gran Baristo Espresso Machine with Removable Bean Container

We’re pretty over the moon, crazily thrilled to introduce the Saeco Gran Baristo Espresso Machine with Removable Bean Container. We realize that’s a really long product name, so let Saeco Gran Baristous point out the really important part: “with removable bean hopper.” Ummmm, yes please!

We’re really excited about it, as you may have been able to tell from the first sentence of this post, but what does this mean in practical terms? Well, you can now have multiple, whole bean blends at the ready to switch up your espresso routine. As we all know, fresh ground coffee creates the best tasting shot, so you can officially say “goodbye” to a pre-ground alternate. Though the bypass doser option technically still exists with the Gran Baristo, so you can really go wild with your on-hand bean selections! Extra bonus points for the coffee empty cycle, which grinds through the leftover beans in the grinder chute, allowing your next shot to be the blend that is currently in your hopper.

There are about nine other things about this machine that we’re in love with, but we don’t want you to doze while we ramble. So, without further ado, a Crew Review to answer all of your burning questions about the new Saeco Gran Baristo!