Since we launched our new website with a selection of external-only parts, we’ve been hard at work building out kits that include parts and instructions for common espresso machine repairs. First to be released are the Tune Up kits for the Ascaso Dream and Rancilio Silvia. We also brought back the ever popular Rancilio Silvia Steam Wand Upgrade Kit for V1 and V2 machines.
The new Tune Up kits include all the parts you’ll need to refresh gaskets, seals, brew head screens and descale your machine — a process we recommend following every six months or so. We’re also including step-by-step instructions to guide you through the process.
The Steam Wand retrofit is a bit more complicated, as you do need to get inside your Silvia in order to upgrade the machine’s steam manifold and install a new steam knob. While we don’t provide specific written instructions for this, we did produce a demonstration video a few years ago that will walk you through the process.
Before picking up any of these kits, definitely read through the instructions (Ascaso Dream | Rancilio Silvia) or watch the video to confirm that you understand what you’re getting yourself into! Personally, we’ve always been able to get things apart … it’s the putting them back together again that’s the challenge.
In a world filled with reboot mania, can we really handle yet another? If that reboot is centered on the Royal Professional, then we can answer, quite heartily, YES!
Saeco has taken their popular superautomatic, dressed it up a little bit and implemented one-touch cappuccino functionality.
Watch Gail break it down for us — features, functionality and whipping up a one-touch cappuccino.
Show your DeLonghi superautomatic espresso machine how deeply you care for it by … well, caring for it! Their recently introduced Coffee Care Kit gives you all the goodies you need, specially formulated for your DeLonghi machine.
Watch Gail take us through what’s included in the kit.
Look, we know you’ve been coveting the oft-touted smooth cup of coffee from the Technivorm drip coffee makers, but your cupboards just don’t allow that kind of height, right? Well now you’re in luck with the K741, featuring the awesome cup quality of its larger compatriots, streamlined functionality and a bit shorter overall. Short is beautiful, baby!
Watch Gail show it off in this demonstration video. Then we brew up a batch of Velton’s Twilight Blend — of course.
The counterpart to the recently reviewed Nespresso Maestria, the Gran Maestria features a new variation of their Aeroccino milk frother (the Aero 4, which offers you the ability to control different types of milk froth and temperatures) and a demitasse cup steamer. Also, it’s built like a B52 bomber!
Watch Gail introduce us to the machine, from box to cup. She talks about its features, how capsule espresso works and then demonstrates making a cappuccino.
For ease, convenience and cleanliness, there’s really no beating a capsule espresso machine. Sure, you’re not going to achieve the God Shot, but if you’re looking for a great cup of coffee that you can easily make at home — one cup at a time — Nespresso‘s series of machines are definitely worth your consideration.
One of their newer machines, the Maestria, combines their typical espresso extraction technology with one great new feature: A steam wand! We really dig this because, historically speaking, milk frothing on a Nespresso machine was handled either by a stand alone frother (different variations of the Aeroccino) or via a cappuccinatore type system — neither of which gave you much control over the milk foam quality nor temperature.
Watch Gail take us from box to cup — showing us how to set up the Maestria and then making a latte using its steam wand.
What happens when someone picks up a new espresso machine and, after using it for a few weeks, decides it’s just not the right model for them? It is magically transformed into a Certified Refurbished version of its former self! Okay, maybe it’s not magic — there’s a lot of hard work that goes into testing and cleaning these machines — but their transformation does result in an excellent choice for anyone on the lookout for a superautomatic espresso machine that won’t break the bank.
Watch Gail talk to us about what to expect with a machine that is Certified Refurbished by Seattle Coffee Gear. Then she shows us the Saeco Syntia‘s standard features, demonstrates how to set up the machine and then makes us a lovely cup of coffee.