When you get your first espresso machine the first thing you want to do is pull a shot! As you are grinding out your beans you may ask yourself, how much coffee am I supposed to grind into my portafilter?
Well the answer is, it depends. As you may already know brewing espresso is a balancing act of multiple variables. And even the slightest change in a variable can drastically change your result! So the numbers below are an average amount of coffee that should go into each portafilter.
Your grind setting will affect this amount, how oily the coffee you are using will affect the amount, even the humidly in your room will have an effect! So precede with caution.
Under typical situations a single basket will hold 11 grams of coffee. A double basket will hold 17 grams. And a triple basket will hold 21 grams of the good stuff!
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And do you know what that means? Cold Brew! Nothing beats the summer heat like an ice cold glass of cold brew coffee. Yes, you can drink cold brew year round, but summer really just shows it off the best.
And because summer is right around the corner we thought it would be helpful to compare the cold brew systems we have. Yes systems! We have 4 different at the moment, with a 5th on the way. With so many choices it might be hard to choose just one.
In this comparison we took a closer look at the Toddy. The Toddy is the OG of cold brew. We feel like this is best if you are going to be making a large batch of cold brew and drink it throughout the week (or day if you are like that!). We also took a look at the Sowden and Hario cold brew pots. On the smaller side, these are best for the occasional cold brew drinker (or those with limited counter space). Also in our comparison was the Primila Cold Brew Glass Carafe. This one has an on the go feel.
We also took a look at the newest cold brew system we will be carrying from OXO. Much like the Toddy, the OXO is going to make you a big batch of the cold stuff.
Watch the video below to see each of these next to each other. And be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you won’t miss the taste test comparison which we will be posting later this week!
The Rocket Cellini and Giotto Premium Plus with PID are some of the, dare I say, sexiest espresso machines on the market. Rocket has always been design forward (but backs that beauty up with reliable and high quality parts) making for some killer espresso machines.
The Rocket Cellini and Giotto are essentially the same machine, but they do have a feature that make each of them more suitable for different wants and needs. The Rocket Giotto has the beveled sides, I like to think this one has an art deco feel. The Rocket Cellini is for those that like things clean and organized (you know who you are), the straight sides will look great on your counter top.
These Rockets also come in another version, The Evoluzione. The Evoluzione is a plumbable model, so instead of having to fill a water tank up, you can have this model tied directly to your water supply.
The Rocket Cellini and Giotto Premium Plus both have the anti-bake wand, which makes cleaning the steam wand easy as pie! Maybe even easier to be honest.
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We live in the age of automation. Between our smart phones and our super automatic espresso machines, we almost never need to manually control anything! Which leaves us more time for the finer things in life, like savoring our freshly brewed coffee!
But with all this extra time, we can get to thinking about those things we can’t automate. Cue the Crossland CC1. An excellent espresso machine complete with a built in PID and 2 liter water reservoir. But can you set it to automagically turn on and shut off? Because as we know, when the machines abide by your schedule true happiness is reached.
We asked Gail if this was possible and she told us that the answer was no. The Crossland CC1 does not have a built in clock, which is required for it to be able to know when to turn on and off. Sad, we know. But not to worry! Gail also said that she has a workaround for those that crave the auto on and off feature!
Check out the Ask Gail video below to find out the workaround. You might just be surprised how easy it is! Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel as well if you haven’t already! Gail will be glad you did
I clean. You clean. We all clean our Jura Machine! Thank you, thank you, I will show myself out now.
If you can’t tell already, I am here today to talk to you about the Jura cleaning products! Because we all know that dirty espresso machines make bad espresso, and we won’t have that! All of Jura’s machines conveniently use their cleaning products, which makes the cleaning process easy to handle.
First up on the maintenance tasks is going to be replacing the water filter. It is best to do this every couple of months or more frequently if your water is particularly hard. To find the proper replacement all you need to do is match the color of the cap, either clearyl blue or white. You can learn more about this process in the Ask Gail video found here.
You will also need to clean your milk frother regularly to insure freshly frothed milk and zero clogs! Using the Milk Frother Cleaning Liquid is easy, just dilute and soak your equipment overnight. The cleaner is designed to eat up all the milk proteins leaving you with a squeaky clean frothing system.
Descaling is also something you will need to do in order to keep your machine in tip top shape. Scale is essentially a mineral build up, much like plaque in an artery. Using the Decal Tablets will rid your machine of the build up and add life to your machine.
Watch the video below to learn more about how to use these products!
Today’s Ask Gail is a special one folks. This is a direct question from our YouTube comments! Do you have a burning question for Gail? You can ask her in the comments of our videos and you might get featured on her segment! Cool, huh?
So the question comes from YouTube user dan110024: In regards to adjusting to a finer grind, is the same to be said when dealing with conical burrs? We know that when going finer on a flat burr grinder we need to be running the machine so any beans that might be in between the burrs will be ground out while the burrs get closer together. If that doesn’t happen, the burrs can’t adjust properly leading to a headache when pulling inconsistent shots (and not to mention it isn’t good for the machine!)
So is the same to be said when adjusting grinder burrs of the conical nature? And the answer is yes! It is the same principal, flat or conical or whatever shape you might have
And remember, after you make an adjustment you should be grinding out about a double portafilter worth (or about 18 grams) of coffee to make sure the old grind is out of the shoot! If that doesn’t happen crazy things will happen! Well, actually you won’t properly know if your adjustment is correct, but that can certainly be frustrating!
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Recently, we tried some of this nitro cold brew that everyone is talking about. And it was pretty tasty. But it also got us thinking, how can we do this at home? We have the cold brew, but how can we get the illusive carbonation? Well, as it turns out carbonating cold brew isn’t much of a hassle when you Ask Gail.
Gail offered to put her Soda Stream on the line. So we brewed up some cold brew with our Toddy and put our experiment in motion!
Watch the video below to see the results! It turned out better than expected!
Coffee tastes best when it is fresh. So naturally questions on how to keep your coffee the freshest, longest always come up. We all know that when storing coffee beans they should be whole and only grind them when needed. But beyond that, there is a lot of information out there that can be confusing when figuring out how to store your beans. And it gets even trickier if you live somewhere that is humid!
So we asked Gail if she wouldn’t mind breaking it down for us. How to store your beans in humid weather. This question led Gail and Miranda down a path of best practices, so be sure to tune in until the end. Everything from storing beans in the freezer to using an airscape is discussed!
Although it might not be as practical here at the office (we blow though the 8-Cupper like no ones business!), we just can’t help but love this new machine. The 5-Cup Coffee Maker has everything the 8-Cup machine has, there were no shortcuts made!
Just like the 8-Cup Coffee Maker the 5-Cupper has a cross shaped shower head for optimal extraction of your brew. The 5-Cup Coffee Maker keeps the brewing temperature at an optimal 195F-205F, so your cup of coffee tastes the best every time! The little guy/gal also has the new pre-infusion mode that the updated 8-Cup Coffee Maker is sporting.
Oh yeah, and all the plastic is BPA free…naturally
Even if you are happy with your 8-Cup Coffee Maker be sure to watch the video above, you won’t be disappointed. Gail goes through all the features and brews up a batch of her favorite coffee. What is that you ask? Velton’s Twilight of course!
Gail got an office! If you haven’t had a chance to congratulate her, now would be a good time! Don’t have any idea what I am talking about? You should check out the old episodes of Ask Gail in order to really understand the upgrade Gail got
Whew, now that we have that out of the way we can jump to the question. Today on Ask Gail we asked Gail (funny how that works) to explain which water filter we need to buy for our Jura espresso machines. As you know, you should be changing the water filter every 2 months in order to keep the machine happy and the espresso flowing.
But don’t worry! Finding the right filter for your machine is a whole lot easier than replacing the ink on your printer (as most things are). All you need to do is check the color cap your Jura water filter has, and match it to the new one! The best part is, there are only 2 colors to choose from! Easy peasy!
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