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.
Get your froth on! Capresso’s newest stand alone milk frother, the FrothPlus, has many of the same features as their popular FrothPro model, with a redesigned base and a plastic instead of metal/Teflon carafe.
Watch Gail discuss its features and show us how this works.
There is a camp, in which Gail squarely resides, that doesn’t dig the silt often found with coffee press preparations. Others of us love the roughage (!), but if you’re one with Gail, then you’re one with Espro’s very popular coffee press, which features an additional micro filter that greatly reduces the sediment at the bottom of the cup.
The only complaint we ever received about these presses was that it was too small, so we were clearly excited to learn about the introduction of the 10 cup version! It produces roughly 40 oz. overall, so keep that in mind when measuring out your final brew capacity.
Watch as Gail takes on this bad boy for the first time.
As you know, it doesn’t take much to make us happy, but something we love more than anything is when a manufacturer gets a little bit crazy with its bad self and releases a piece of equipment unlike others we have tested. DeLonghi’s new EC860 is a sort of hybrid between traditional espresso machines and their robotic counterparts, featuring standard espresso extraction with the option to automatically froth the milk.
Watch as Gail talks to us about its features, then demonstrates shot extraction, frothing with the wand and making a one-touch (aside from all the touching involved with grinding and tamping, of course!) cappuccino with its automatic frothing option.
It’s a big bad mama jamma of a Kalita-related blog entry!
So, we went a little Kalita wild last week — trying this popular pour over out for the first time, then comparing the different filter material types and how it measures up against other popular pour over preparations.
In this first video, Gail takes on a Kalita Wave #155 for the first time:
Next, she brews up three batches of Velton’s Twilight Blend in the glass, stainless steel and ceramic versions of the #185:
Finally, she takes on a comparison between the Kalita Wave #155, Hario V60 02 and 6-cup Chemex to see how they compare, taste-wise:
We’ll definitely be bringing these new pour overs in. We loved how easy they were to use and they produced a really great cup. If you’re a pour over fan (or want to be), the Kalitas are definitely a must-have.
It’s the little espresso machine that could! Saeco’s newest small single boiler espresso machine takes design queues from their Xelsis-era of machines and functional queues from the tried-and-true Via Venezia and Aroma.
Watch Gail take us through features, show us how it works and then talk to us about how it compares to its predecessors.
Featuring programmable dosage timing and burrs geared more toward the finer edge of things, Mahlkonig’s Pro M Espresso coffee grinder is a bit less versatile than its All Around counterpart, yet still features excellent grind quality.
Watch Gail show it off and demonstrate how well it performs.
With its classy cylindrical lines now complemented with an industrial, corrugated metal look and a mid-brew interrupt feature, Technivorm’s new CDGT still offers some of the best drip coffee we’ve ever had the pleasure to sip.
Watch as Gail runs through the features and functionality, then brews up a pot on the CDGT.