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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.




  • 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


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.

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.