Crew Review: Saeco Intuita Espresso Machine

IntuitaThe Saeco Intuita with its unique satin finish and simple push button interface, it brings brewing back to the basics. The Intuita is one of the entry level superautomatic espresso machines by Saeco.

It features essential programming functions, allowing you to set your desired coffee volume for both the espresso and long coffee buttons. While this machine won’t allow you to program multiple users, programming the volume is easy enough to do on the fly!

Keeping the Intuita clean is easy to do. It automatically rinses the brewing circuit after use and after waking it up, allowing for optimal brewing. The brew group easily snaps in and out, which makes rinsing it in the sink quick and painless.

The steam wand on this machine is a panarello design. The panarello makes frothing milk for lattes a no brainer. But don’t expect a micro foam suited for latte art. With the convenience of the panarello, you miss out on the control a conventional steam wand gives you.

Check out the full Crew Review of the Saeco Intuita super automatic espresso machine below before heading over to our YouTube channel to subscribe!

 

Brewin’ With Brandi: Hearty Vegetarian Coffee Chili

Brandi is back with a brand new recipe! And a super tasty one at that!

We all get busy during the week, and this is a great dinner recipe that is easy to put together and all ready for you when you get home from a long day at work! Plus, there is coffee in it. What more can you ask for!

Watch this Brewin’ With Brandi below to see how to make your very own Hearty Vegetarian Coffee Chili! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as well!

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup bulgur wheat
  • 1 medium yellow onion
  • 2 cups sliced mushrooms
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup vegetable broth
  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • 1 14 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 14 oz. can kidney beans
  • 1 14 oz. can pinto beans
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon red cayenne pepper
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Toppings:

  • Sour Cream
  • Cilantro
  • Spring Onions
  • Cheddar Cheese

Directions: 

First, pour boiling water over the bulgar and allow it to soak for 15 minutes before straining.

While the bulgar is soaking, prep your vegetables. How finely you dice your vegetables depends on how chunky you like your chili. Feel free to experiment!

Drain and rinse your beans before adding all the ingredients to your slow cooker and stir to combine. Cook on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours. Season with salt and pepper again before serving.

Top with your choice of toppings! And enjoy!

 

Ask Gail: Bitter and Sour Espresso Shots!

Sour EspressoBitter and sour espresso shots, oh my! Getting that perfect espresso shot takes time and practice. But knowing what to taste for and what adjustments to make goes a long way to pulling that perfect shot.

Espresso shots can have two extremes, either an overly bitter shot or a very sour shot. Both of which are very easy to recognize. But how do you go about fixing the off flavors? We asked Gail to give us the run down.

So if you espresso shot tastes sour check out the video below to find out the cure!

 

Does your espresso shot taste overly bitter? Watch the following video for some helpful tips!

 

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Crew Review: Saeco Aroma

Do you smell that? That aroma? Well? :)Saeco Aroma

That’s right! We are talking about the Saeco Aroma semi-automatic espresso machine. Perfect for those with limited space but still want the control for great espresso. The Saeco Aroma is a pressurized portafilter system which will improve the extraction from almost any fineness of ground beans. The pressurized environment promotes the perfect brewing conditions without need of an expensive grinder.

The Saeco Aroma has a huge water tank. Or should we say swimming pool. At 88oz, you will rarely need to refill this machine. The panarello steam wand makes frothing milk a breeze. You won’t have all the control you would get with a traditional wand, but it will get you very close! The steam wand does have limited motion, which can be make frothing larger pitchers more difficult.

The Saeco Aroma is smaller than the Saeco Via Venezia, therefore it’s great for those with limited space. Watch the full Crew Review below!

 

 

Morning Maintenance: How To Descale A Rancilio Silvia

Descale SilviaIf you own an espresso machine you have probably heard that you
need to descale your machine. But what is descaling and how do you do it?

Descaling is the process of removing deposit build up from the inside of your espresso machine. This deposit build up is caused by minerals in your water supply. All water has tiny amounts of minerals and over time they attach and build up. Much like cholesterol plaques build up inside arteries!

So the first step to descaling begins before the scale can build up! Using filtered water in your espresso machine is key, as you don’t want to be descaling all the time. But when the time comes, following the steps demonstrated by Gail will have your machine up and running in no time.

Watch the full Morning Maintenance video below to find out how to descale your Rancilio Silvia.

 

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Ask Gail: Is There a Rancilio Silvia V4?

We always get asked if there is a Rancilio Silvia V4. And if we were to get  technical, there wasn’t even a V3, V2, or V1!Rancilio Silvia V4

I know what you are thinking, “I read online about the Rancilio Silvia V4 with the new screw in the boiler element that is more durable and easier to replace!”  And you are right! But Rancilio never formally changed the names or version numbers.

So yes, the latest version on the Rancilio Silvia has the upgraded boiler. Which, in the event of a burn out, can be replaced much easier (and cheaper!).

Watch the Ask Gail below to get the full scoop! Thanks for watching!

Morning Maintenance: Breville Oracle Care

So you just received your new Breville Oracle in the mail! Congratulations! You probably (hopefully) jumped right in and brewed yourself a nice cappuccino! Now what? Basic maintenance is what! Follow along as we talk about all things Breville Oracle care!

Breville Oracle CareTo keep your machine looking as fresh as it did out of the box and working at the highest caliber you should treat it with care. Luckily it is easy to do! From wiping down the outside casing, to descaling (Sparingly! Listen to Gail’s advice on descaling in the video below) keeping your machine in good shape is easy if you follow the steps as demonstrated by Gail!

Watch the full Morning Maintenance video below and subscribe to our YouTube Channel for more!

 

Ask Gail: Does Water Quality For Espresso Matter?

Water QualityWe are always stressing the importance of the coffee beans when it comes to espresso. But what about the other half of the shot? What role does the water quality play?

We know too many minerals will lead to scale build up in the machine. But what effect does this have on flavor? Does espresso taste different based on the water being used to brew?

Gail found out. Watch the Ask Gail video below and then head over to our YouTube Channel and subscribe!

 

Crew Review: Saeco Exprelia Evo

The best of both worlds! This is something you don’t always see. But on the Saeco Exprelia Evo, you truly get the best of both. I am referring, of course, to the traditional steam wand and automatic milk frother.

Exprelia EvoWhen it comes to super-automatic espresso machines you typically get exactly that, super automation! Which is great if what you want is to push a button and the result be delicious espresso and milk based drinks. But sometimes you want more. Maybe it’s your curious side peeking out or maybe you are feeling especially creative. Whatever it is, with the Exprelia Evo you can have that automation and the control over your milk’s texture and temperature with the steam wand.

The removable milk frothing carafe has an automatic cleaning cycle as well. Simply fill it with milk, plug into the machine when it’s time to brew, and then pop it back in the refrigerator for next time. The swiveled handle goes off to the side to dispense frothed milk into your beverage, then swivels back into place for an automatic rinsing cycle. It’s a pretty fantastic design. And Gail confirms, it makes a hot drink!

The Exprelia Evo‘s dual boilers are stainless-steel, so it is always ready to brew! It has a  removable water tank can hold 1.6 liters of water. Each drink type can be customized to your liking. If you are like Gail and prefer a stronger cup, go ahead because you can!

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Ask Gail: Coffee Bean Comparison

coffee beanWe all know that we shouldn’t use a oily coffee bean on a superautomatic espresso machine because it will eventually clog it up, which can be costly to fix.

But the question still remains, what does an oily coffee bean look like? Where in the proverbial sand is the line drawn?

Well you are in luck because Gail is here to answer your questions! She took a few different beans from a few different roasters and compared them based just on their looks.

Be sure to check out the video below! Do you have a question for Gail? Ask her in the comment section on YouTube!