Crew Review: Kuchenprofi Tea Products

Do you love tea? So does Kuchenprofi!Kuchenprofi Tea Timers

We’re going to skim over the Kuchenprofi Floating Tea Strainer because, well, it’s a tea strainer! We can say that it’s a really cool one that floats in your cup like a sea buoy (“Hey, I’m still here!”) and comes with a drip bowl to contain your post-brewing mess. If you want more details, and you know you do, then check out the video below!

Then there’s the real star of the show, at least in our eyes: Kuchenprofi Sand Tea Timer Set. Sure, you’re probably thinking that they look like the Scattergories timer that stares you down as you desperately try to think of vegetables that start with the letter ‘c’…but they’re so much more than that! Coming in a set of three, you’ll have a pretty timer for green, black and herbal teas. Say “goodbye” to over extracted tea and “hello” to a perfectly brewed spot o’ tea!

Tech Tips: Replacing a Steam Knob on a Saeco Via Venezia

The Saeco Via Venezia is one of our favorite machines. The perfect blend between affordable and sturdy, the Via Venezia has also proven to be a trooper in terms of longevity. With the most commonly replaced part on this machine being the steam knob, which Brendan demonstrates below to be easy peasy when using our Via Venezia Steam Knob Kit, you and your machine will enjoy many a year of great espresso together!

Interview with Behmor’s Joe Behm: Behmor 1600 Plus

Okay, we’re not going to lie, we’re pretty excited about a retrofittable coffee roaster. What do we mean by that? Well, if you would like to purchase the new Behmor 1600 Plus (more details on that below) then you totally can. But what if you purchased a Behmor 1600 and it’s still in perfectly good shape? Then you can purchase an upgrade panel, install it on your Behmor 1600 coffee roaster in 30 minutes to an hour, and get the functionality of the Behmor 1600 Plus!

If you purchase the Behmor 1600 Plus, or upgrade your Behmor 1600, you’ll be rewarded with more flexibility in your roasting. In addition to granting you access to a manual roasting mode, you can also cycle through the display during the roasting process to view temperature or press ‘D’ to double the speed of the drum and, ultimately, change the undertones of your coffee. There’s also an added safety feature that prompts you to interact with the roaster in order to continue. Trust us folks, it doesn’t take long for the roast to go from delicious to burned, so please don’t risk walking away from any roaster!

To get all of the details, watch the video below!

Interview with Behmor’s Joe Behm: Brazen Plus

The Behmor Brazen Brewer is back and better than ever in its newest iteration: brazen-brewerThe Behmor Brazen Plus Brew System.

With the wide variety of features from the first version still included, everything from pre-soak to altitude settings, the Brazen Plus has also improved and added to the original. For example, the updated carafe has a perfect pour and the gold-tone filter is now 15% larger to allow room for coffee blooming without overflow.

Joe Behm, the man behind Behmor, stopped by recently to chat with us about the Brazen Plus. Check out the video below to hear what Gail and Joe have to say about the new brewer!

SCG Alderwood Mall Store Update #1

Did you think we were done opening stores for the year? Not so fast, fellow coffee lovers! We’re happy to announce logo_full_color800x800the move of our Lynnwood, WA retail store to the Alderwood Mall. With a grand opening date of October 18th, we’re busily working away on getting it ready for its big debut!

Located just a few miles from our current Lynnwood store, and across the walkway from REI and Nordstrom, we’re super ridiculously excited about this new space!  You can bet that the store will be jam-packed full of amazing coffee and gear, plus an onsite service writer to check in ailing machines for a little TLC. Oh yeah, and did we mention the demo bar for coffee tastings and classes?

Watch below as Gail walks us through the new space and details her vision for displays aplenty!

Brew Tips: How to Make a Cappuccino

How to Make a CappuccinoIt’s that time again! Yep, Dori and Sarah are back to teach you how make another one of those delicious and fancy drinks you find in your local cafe. In this week’s installment they’ll show how to make a cappuccino. One of the more common drinks, people often confuse cappuccinos with lattes. It is easy to see why, as they are pretty similar since they are both milk-based drinks with espresso. However, with a cappuccino, there is a third component included in the recipe that is not in a latte – foam!

Thus, a cappuccino is a third part foam, a third part milk and a third part espresso.  Luckily this is pretty easy to remember, even for the math adverse like myself. Typically a cappuccino will have more foam and less milk than a latte and the entire drink will only be about six oz., so not that giant drink you may love and adore from some chain stores. In addition, some places will actually steam the a cappuccino a little cooler than some other drinks, so it is more like a drink you can chug. The reason for this is because is your milk is steamed at a cooler temperature, you can get more of the natural sweetness out of the milk and your drink will be sweeter. However, if you heat your milk past 140 degrees Fahrenheit the milk starts to get bitter.

How to Make a Cappuccino

1)   Clear the extra water out of the steam wand.

2)   Follow our seven steps for frothing milk for a cappuccino when preparing your milk.

3)   As you froth your milk, keep in mind that you should be expanding it quite a bit and incorporating in as much air as you can.

4)   When you’re done frothing, tap the bottom of the pitcher on a table and swirl the milk around to get a nice, rich foam. We usually try to work in the little mound that forms on top of our milk to ensure our milk is creamy through out. However, if you like to keep the mound so you can eat the foam with a spoon, that’s perfectly fine too!

5)   Don’t forget, if you like a cappuccino with more foam ask for a dry cappuccino the next time you are at your favorite café. You can also achieve this effect at home by letting your drink sit for a minute or two after you have made it and the milk will separate. If you want a creamy cappuccino, start drinking right away.

Watch as Dori and Sarah show you how to make a cappuccino in just a few minutes! While it may seem like they are just making it look easy, once you have your technique down you’ll be making this drink in a snap as well!