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Crew Review: Curtis D500GT Single Airpot Brewer

Here’s the story: Your cafe’s swingin’ into high gear and while you want to serve up delicious, fresh, hot drip coffee, you don’t have time to pour out each cup. So why not brew directly into an airpot, put it out on the counter and have your customers serve themselves? The D500GT by Curtis allows you to do just that.

Watch as Gail goes through the features, interface and programming of this easy-to-use commercial coffee brewer, then demonstrates making a batch directly into an airpot.

Crew Review: Nespresso U Capsule Espresso Machine

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: When it comes to convenience and cleanliness in the java makin’ world, the capsule system by Nespresso is where it’s at.

Often sporting several different features and functions — like steam wands or automatic frothers — the U is a streamlined version of their capsule espresso machine. It’s small, incredibly intuitive to use and, since it’s using the same brew technology and capsules of its pricier counterparts, produces a great cup of coffee with minimal work on your part. Plus, it incorporates magnets and you know how much we love that. The future!

Want to see it in action? Check out Gail’s walkthrough and demo of the Nespresso U.

Crew Review: Limited Edition Technivorm KBG741 in Red

When we saw this gorgeous, candy-apple red version of our much loved Technivorm, we couldn’t wait to bring in a few for the holiday season! Functionally identical to the polished silver KBG741, this eye catching Technivorm is a saucy little homage to both form and function.

Watch Gail talk to us about specs and then brew up a batch o’ java for our enjoyment.

 

Brewin’ with Brandi: Merry Mocha

If the weather outside is frightful, etc. etc. If we’re honest, we have yet to see a speck o’ snow in these parts, although we’ve had enough rain that kayaking to work almost seems like a feasible option. If there’s a chill in the air where you’re at, or you just really, really love decadent treats, then this lovely eggnog-infused concoction will find its way into your heart.

Ingredients

Directions

Put chocolate sauce in your serving cup and pull shots directly into it. Stir well to combine. Steam up eggnog and then pour over chocolate & espresso. Garnish with whipped cream and nutmeg if desired.  Note: We used soynog in this recipe, which is not as thick as regular eggnog. If you want to use traditional eggnog, we recommend mixing it with milk so that it steams more easily. Individual tastes vary, but we dig 1/3 eggnog to 2/3 milk.

Playing with Preinfusion on the Breville Dual Boiler

It’s fun to play with parameters! If you didn’t learn that in the 2nd grade, life has probably been pretty rough for you — but now is your time to shine.

One of the elements you can control on the Breville Dual Boiler is both the pre-infusion pressure and the duration prior to shot extraction. Factory setting is 60% of the overall pump pressure for 7 seconds, but what happens when you change the pressure? Or if you keep the pressure the same and change the timing? Of course, all coffee will react differently to these settings, so we decided to experiment with Equator’s Espresso Blend to see how making changes to this parameter affected the overall flavor of the shot.

Watch Gail try different pressures and different pre-infusion times to determine if the factory settings are the best bet for Equator Espresso.

Crew Review: Jura ENA 4 Superauto

One of our favorites in terms of straight up shot appeal, the Jura ENA 4 is a simple superauto that’s designed for smaller kitchens. While its steam wand functionality leaves a bit to be desired, making rich espresso shots and Americanos at the touch of a button make this machine one of our favorites in this product set.

Watch Gail take us through its features and specs, then demonstrate how it functions.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Irish Cream Liqueur

If you’re serious about delectable liqueurs, make ‘em from scratch! Brandi shows us how to craft a delicious version of Irish cream, using several naughty ingredients and a Vitamix.

 

 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 can (14 oz) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 1/2 cups Irish whiskey
  • 1 shot of espresso
  • 2 tablespoons Monin Dark Chocolate sauce
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Directions

Combine all ingredients in a blender and then blend on high for 30 seconds, or until well incorporated. You can store in the refrigerator once crafted, simply shake well to re-integrate before use.

Crew Review: Jura ENA Micro 9 One-Touch

Not all of us are blessed with excess kitchen counter space, and Jura is here to help us out with that. Their new Micro series of machines feature smaller footprints and heights than any of their other models, without sacrificing their well-known brew quality.

Watch as Gail shows us the ENA Micro 9, which features one-touch cappuccino functionality that will whip up a milk-based drink for you in a jiffy.

 

Crew Review: Saeco Vienna Plus

Known around SCG as the superautomatic version of the ‘lil workhorse,’ the Vienna Plus is a very simple, very easy to use espresso machine. In fact, it’s so simple, it’s rare for anything to go wrong with it — no touchscreen interfaces, programmable buttons or one-touch cappuccino functions to bite the dust. It’s kind of like the superauto version of a 1973 Volkswagen beetle.

Watch as Gail takes us through its features and function, then demo how it works.