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Crew Review: Saeco Xsmall Superautomatic Espresso Machine

You know we have a deep love for all things small and portly (goblin class, what what!) so when we received Saeco’s Xsmall in the warehouse, we nearly lost our minds with joy and delight.

Watch Gail break this lil dude down — features, specs and how to make a cappuccino. We’ve also got it on a smokin’ deal through Monday, 11/26/12$100 off! — so if it speaks to you at all, definitely pick one up soon.


Crew Review: Quick Mill QM67 Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

Interested in the kind of precision offered by a double boiler but don’t want to sink a couple grand into it? Quick Mill’s new dual boiler, the QM67, is a simple double boiler machine that features an E61 brew head, integrated PID, internal water reservoir and a great price.

Watch Gail’s review of this machine — including features, specs, why you might choose this model over other dual boilers and a functional demonstration.

Crew Review: Curtis G4 TP15T Twin ThermoPro Brewer

Designed for busy cafes, large office kitchens or just seriously addicted coffee lovers, Curtis’ G4 TP15T Twin ThermoPro Brewer is a serious piece of kit.

Featuring programmable brew options, an intuitive touchscreen interface and dual, large capacity thermal dispensers, this is the coffee maker you need if you’re looking to sling large amounts of java in a short period of time.

Watch Gail take us through the features and specs, then brew up up pot for us to sample the brew. Delish!


Introduction to the Curtis G4 CGC Single Cup Brewer

During Seattle’s edition of Coffee Fest, we were lucky enough to meet with Brant Curtis, who showed us the ins and outs of their new single cup brewer, the G4 CGC. Designed for gourmet brewing tailored to your roaster’s specifications, this coffee maker enables you to brew delicious drip coffee on demand — an excellent option for businesses that don’t want to brew up a full pot.

Watch as Brant leads us through the features and specs, then demonstrates functionality by brewing a cup for Gail to enjoy.

Brewin’ with Brandi: Espresso-Infused Vegetarian Gravy

Just work with us here.

Brandi doesn’t eat meat and she’s not a fan of mushrooms, so how can she produce a delicious gravy that has depth of flavor, great consistency and will stand up well to a lovely mash? By incorporating espresso, of course!


  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons coarsely chopped onion
  • 2 1/2 garlic cloves — minced
  • 2 shots of espresso
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 – 2 cups of vegetable broth (to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage (or to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper (or to taste)


  1. Over medium heat, warm olive oil and then add onions and garlic; saute until onion is translucent.
  2. Add espresso and stir to incorporate.
  3. Turn the heat down to low and add the flour, mixing well to create a roux.
  4. Slowly pour in the vegetable broth while whisking at the same time. Continue adding broth until the gravy has reached your desired thickness and consistency.
  5. Allow the gravy to cook on low heat for a few minutes while all of the flavors combine.
  6. Finish with sage, salt and pepper to taste.

Crew Review: Durgol Descaling Solution

If espresso machines had a kryptonite, it would be scale build-up. This silent killer will degrade your machine’s performance over time — inhibiting steam performance, disabling valve functionality so that leaking begins and, eventually, contributing to boiler burn out. Your options in battling it are to use a filtration system, softener or a combination thereof … or to just plan on regularly descaling the machine.

One descaling solution on the market is the liquid formula produced by Durgol. Available in two different formats — one for coffee makers and one for espresso machines — these are very effective and easy to use solutions. Watch as Gail talks to us about their formulation and then demonstrates how to use it on the Saeco Aroma.

Compare: Saeco Poemia & Saeco Aroma

If your kitchen counter space is at a premium, an espresso machine with a small footprint is likely your first consideration. Saeco’s Poemia and Aroma models are great options to consider, as they pack a lot of simple functionality into a relatively small punch.

Watch Gail talk us through their features, how they compare and why you might choose one over the other. Then she demonstrates making a cappuccino on each so you can see them in action.

What it is!

Brewin’ with Brandi: Espresso Daiquiri

Given the mas fuerte state of this week’s recipe, we learn what happens when Brandi isn’t brewin’ up booze-infused concoctions on the regular: She schools us! This cocktail is not for the faint of heart — or stomach — so venture only if you have a deep love of rum drinks, straight up.



Combine all ingredients in a shaker and shake well to combine. Serve straight up in a chilled martini glass.

Bonavita Extravaganza!

In support of a bunch of fun new gear they’re releasing over the next few months, Bonavita‘s main engineer, Brian, visited with Gail to show ‘em off. Watch as they talk through a few different products aimed toward pour over coffee lovers. The Bonavoyage Travel Kettle has already hit the market and the other goodies will land during the winter of 2012.

Bonavita Bonavoyage Travel Kettle

Bonavita Porcelain Immersion Brewer

Bonavita Pour Over Stand & Dripper

Bonavita Pour Over Scale

Brewin’ with Brandi: Coffee and a Donut Milkshake

We pride ourselves in being an open-minded, adventurous individual who is not afraid to try new things. But when Brandi came to us with her weekly recipe, we realized that we had finally walked up to the line that should not be crossed … and then we crossed it.

Don’t believe us? Watch her latest recipe video — which involves blending an entire donut — to witness the degradation.


  • 1 cup cold coffee
  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 2 cups coffee ice cream
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1 large donut
  • 4 ice cubes


Add all ingredients to the blender and blend well until everything is incorporated. Yields 3 large milkshakes.