Meet Our Whale: Cappuccino

We have a new member of our team: Cappuccino the Orca! We adopted Cappuccino, a 22 year old male whale, who is a member of the K-pod within the Southern Resident Killer Whale community. These whales spend the months of May – September in the Salish Sea, feasting on salmon and showing off for the locals.

Our adoption fee supports the education and scientific study programs of the Whale Museum of Friday Harbor, who are one of the many stewards of these endangered animals. Is there a whale you’d like to adopt? Go for it!

How to Brew & Steam: Rancilio Silvia

One of our most popular machines, the Semi-Automatic Rancilio Silvia is an excellent value for its functionality and class. Featuring all brass components and a traditional steam wand (unique in this price range and essential to making latte art), the Silvia is a durable, mid-class home espresso machine.

If you are new to using a Rancilio Silvia, it’s well worth the time to follow our step-by-step guide on how to use the machine to get the best possible results. Learning the basics will improve the overall taste and presentation of your drinks — and you’ll impress your friends and family with your professional style!

Brew Tip: E61 Brew Group

Do you have a machine with an E61 brew group (such as models made by Rocket, Quick Mill or Izzo) that sometimes pulls bitter or burnt shots? It could be that you’ve left the machine on for an extended period of time and that the temperature is too high to pull an ideal shot.

We recommend pulling the lever and letting some water run through for a few seconds before you place your portafilter in the brew group, which will release some of the steam pressure and cool the temperature down a bit. If the machine has been sitting unused for more than 10 minutes, be sure to do this and your shots will taste great every time.

(E61 diagram courtesy of HomeBarista.com)

Delicious Espresso — Anywhere!

What will they think of next? The most robust mountaineer is probably loathe to admit she may need a little kick in the pants on the last leg of the climb, but, thanks to the Handpresso, she can sneak a delectable shot of espresso on the go — and no one has to know! This easy-to-use pump-based portable espresso machine uses standard ESE pods and all it requires is a little boiling water and your true grit to produce a delicious shot of espresso, no matter where you are.

From Timbuktu to Tierra del Fuego, you’ll never be without high quality espresso again!

Recipe: Maple Spice Latte

Recipe for Maple Spice LatteMmmmmmm….one of our favorite things about Autumn is the gorgeous turning leaves — and the scent of woodsmoke flitting across the breeze as people stoke up their stoves for the first time this season.

What better way to warm up than to try a Maple Spice Latte? This smooth, creamy pick-me-up is delightfully subtle and spicy on the tongue. Enjoy!

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Combine syrups and espresso in warm mug. Stir until well combined.
  2. Pour steamed milk and froth into mug.
  3. Top with a dollop of whipped cream and a bit of brown sugar.

It Starts with Great Coffee

Coffee Cherry Plant
Coffee is the second highest traded commodity in the world — with oil being number one. These delicious beans come to us from gorgeous little cherries grown on coffee plantations around the world and can vary in flavor from smooth chocolate to spicy loam. You can learn a lot more about the history, agriculture, processing, science and tastes of coffee in our article It Starts with Great Coffee. Educate yourself on the diverse delicacy of this delectable bean and we promise your favorite java will never taste the same way again!