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  • Free Cupping at Vision's Espresso Thursday

    Posted on July 5, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    Free Public Cupping at Vision's Espresso | Venia Coffee Roasters

    Join Venia Coffee Roasters at Vision's Espresso   this Thursday (July 10th, 2014) at 4pm for a free public cupping.  We will be offering our Guatemala Prenda Linda and our Ethiopia Danch Meng and are joined by & !

    Vision's address is:

    2737 First Avenue South
    Seattle, WA 98134, USA

    and their website is: http://www.visionsespresso.com

     

    We will see you there!


    This post was posted in News, Coffee Roasting, Coffee Education and was tagged with Ethiopia Danch Meng, Free Public Cupping, Coffee Cupping, Join Us, Visions Espresso, Guatemala Prenda Linda

  • Mazzer Replacment Burrs Back in Stock

    Posted on June 17, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

     

    After a brief shortage in supply, we again a a nice inventory of genuine Mazzer Mini replacement burrs in stock. Changing old burrs is one of the best ways to bring new life to your espresso.  It is easy for mechanically challenged folks to install Mazzer burrs too!  If you need a burr set we don't have listed on the site, chances are we can special order them for you, so give us a call.

     

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    This video shows a burr swap in a Mazzer Mini E, but the process is the same for a burr replacement in the Mazzer Mini Doser.

     


    This post was posted in News and was tagged with Mazzer, Burr Coffee Grinder, mazzer burrs, mazzer replacement burrs, how to change mazzer burrs, Burr Espresso Grinder

  • Visit Us at the SCAA Event April 24th-27th

    Posted on April 23, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    SCAA 2013 Event Logo

     

    We are going to be at the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Event this weekend at the Washington Convention Center in Seattle.  If you are going to be in attendance we would be honored to meet you.  Below is our schedule and some of the booths you can find our coffees throughout the show.

    Thursday 24th:

    12pm to 5pm - La Marzocco GS/3 bar in the Sky-bridge Cafe

    Friday 25th:

    8am to 12pm - La Marzocco GS/3 bar in the Sky-bridge Cafe

    2:20pm to 3:50pm - La Marzocco Artisan Cafe Linea PB station.

    Saturday 26th:

    11am-12:30pm - La Marzocco Artisan Cafe FB/80 station.

    Saturday 27th:

    11am-12:30pm - Slayer Espresso Booth #9016

    You can also find our coffees being used at the Baratza Grinder Booth #10041 and Espro Coffee Press Booth #4035 during the show.

    We are debuting two new coffees that we are stoked to offer.  Both work phenomenally brewed and as espresso.  The first is our Ethiopia Danch Meng sun dried natural from the great folks at Ninety Plus and Levelup.  A very complex coffee that starts off with raspberry and finishes with a nice sweet cocoa body, with lots going on in between.  Available on our webpage early next week.

    Also we are debuting our Guatemala Huehuetenengo Prenda Linda Micro Lot, a full bodied sweet chocolate & caramel. Balanced with a complex grape-like acidity and hints of mandarin, vanilla and floral notes.

    Both these coffee are a treat as a single origin espresso and as drip coffees.  Both also work really well with a bit of milk.  Might we suggest a Ethiopia Danch Meng cappuccino...bet you can't just drink one!

    See you at the show!

     


    This post was posted in News, Coffee Education and was tagged with Espresso, Slayer Espresso, SCAA Event, SCAA Seattle, SCAA2014, La Marzocco, Ethiopia Danch Meng, Gueatemala Prenda Linda, Meet Us

  • A Visit With Slayer Espresso

    Posted on March 18, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    Georgetown Neighborhood, Seattle, WA.  I had the pleasure of taking a tour of Slayer Espresso's amazing digs down inside the Original Rainier Brewery building.  I think the only thing cooler than the building are the people that occupy it.  Slayer Espresso among them.

    I have long been a fan of the the technology developed by Slayer and their unique approach to espresso extraction that makes their machines different from every other machine on the market, specifically flow-rate profiling.

    Slayer Espresso Machine Venia Coffee Roasters

    A 3-group version 3 Slayer in the early stages of production.  Each machine is custom built per customer's specification.  Each machine has a boiler for each brew group, a separate steam boiler, and an additional boiler that preheats all water used in the machine.  While designed for temperature stability, a bonus of this pre-heat boiler is much of the scale that comes out of water is delivered here, adding to life of the other boilers.

     

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    Needle valves, solenoids and other parts awaiting installation.

     

     

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    Boilers await installation.

     

     

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    A 3-group in a beautiful flat black.

     

     

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    Slayer Espresso Machine Venia Coffee Roasters Single Group Prototype

     

    The long awaited single group Slayer.  While one of two prototypes in this photo, production of these is under way.

     

     

    Slayer Espresso Machine Venia Coffee Roasters Single Group Prototype

     

    Inside the top cover is a straight forward user interface.

     

     

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    The blue knobs adjust the needle valve, thus the flow rate in the first stage of extraction.

     

     

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    Electrical workbench.

     

     

    Venia Coffee Slayer Espresso Machine

     

    Pulled..and drank... lots of our espressos in short order.  Didn't sleep well that night.

     

     

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    Jason Prefontaine, the founder of Slayer.  A man and his machine is a beautiful thing.

     

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    Venia Coffee will be pulling shots with Slayer at the SCAA Event this upcoming April here in Seattle.  If you are in town, we would love to show off some of our awesome coffees on these great machines.

     

    Slayer Espresso Factory Old Rainier Brewery


    This post was posted in Uncategorized, Espresso Machine Review, News and was tagged with Slayer Espresso, Commercial Espresso Machines

  • Yama Coffee Makers | Back In Stock

    Posted on February 21, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

     
    Just a quick heads up that most Yama coffee siphons, Yama replacement glass, an Yama replacement filters are back in stock (including the Yama Silverton CD8 Pourover Stand).

    Brew on my friends!

     

    Yama 2 Cup coffee Siphon

     

     


    This post was posted in News and was tagged with Yama, Vac Pot, Yama Coffee Maker

  • 20 Second Peak at a Guatemalan Coffee Wet Mill

    Posted on February 20, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    Our friends posted this video of their coffee at a wet mill in Guatemala.

    There are several methods for processing coffee, one of our favorites is wet process (aka washed, fully washed).  Shortly after being picked by hand, coffee cherries are taken to the mill where they are first sorted in water tanks, then sent through the pulper, which is what is shown here. The pulper removes the skin and much of the fruit from the coffee bean.  After this, the coffee is then sent to fermentation tanks where they will stay for about 24-48 hours.

    In the video you can see the red coffee cherries going into the mill.  In the last few seconds of the video you can watch the de-pulped coffee beans exiting the mill.  At this point they are whitish/light yellow in color and still covered in a sticky mucilage that is removed in the fermentation tanks.

     


    This post was posted in News, Coffee Education and was tagged with Single Origin, Coffee, Coffee Processing, Washed Coffee, Guatemala, Coffee Mill

  • How to Make Coffee Using a Chemex Coffee Maker

    Posted on February 10, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

     

    Ah, the Chemex coffee maker.  As a chemestry nerd myself, I have always held a special place in my heart for my Chemex.  Invented in 1941 by chemist Peter J. Schlumbohm, Ph.D., the Chemex is one of the most capable brewing devices we know of for bringing out the best in our coffees.

     

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    Originally, Doctor Schlumbohm's design was made in two parts, a modified glass filtering funnel and a modified Erlenmeyer flask.  Later, the two were combined and the beautiful wooden handle added and became the Chemex we know today.

     

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    Many accolades have been bestowed upon the Chemex over the years and is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Philadelphia Museum, the Corning Museum, and the Smithsonian.  As impressive as these honors are, perhaps the most impressive is the resurgence of use among the nations top coffee bars.

    All of this has resulted in a bit of mystique over the Chemex.  Reality is that they are remarkably easy to use.  The filter paper used is thicker than standard drip coffee filters and produces a very clean and clear cup of coffee.  Newer metal "Kone" filters by Able are also available and allow more oils through and produce a cup with more body.

    Buy all your Chemex supplies online here: http://www.veniacoffee.com/shop/coffee-espresso-equipment/coffee-makers/pour-over-kettles/chemex.html

     

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    This post was posted in News, Coffee Education, Tutorial and was tagged with Video, Chemex, Chemex Coffee Maker, How to use a Chemex Coffee Maker

  • Mazzer Mini E Grinder Mod | Super Jolly Burr Set

    Posted on February 5, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

     

    If you have been stung by the coffee bug, chances are you are constantly looking for ways to improve the brewing process to get the most out of every bean.  Just about 20 years ago I was a poor college student and I bought my first air popcorn popper from the local Goodwill and started the adventure of learning how to roast coffee.  It was only a few weeks later that I was trying to modify the air flow to achieve a more even roast.

    Over the years, there are few coffee gadgets that have made their way to my kitchen counter that I have not tinkered with to some extent, some with quite successful results and some not so much (before doserless espresso grinders were popular I cut the plastic doser off my first burr grinder with a dremel tool...that poor little Gaggia...).

    Perhaps one of the most frequent questions I have been asked regarding grinders lately is whether or not the Mazzer Mini Electronic espresso grinder burrs can be replaced with Mazzer Super Jolly burrs (AKA Mazzer Normale).  On paper, it would seem that they would work, same dimensions, same 3-hole screw pattern.  The only difference is the more aggressive burr design.  Having heard of these being successfully installed on Mini-E's, we thought we would give it a go.  We have been very impressed with the results.

    Before swapping out the stock 189D burrs on the Mini-E, we ran several 17g doses of our Uganda Mt. Elgon Natural coffee that was dialed in for an espresso grind.  Grind time was between 20-22 seconds.  After the swap with Super Jolly 33M burrs, the same 17g dose dialed in for espresso took about 13 seconds, a impressive improvement.

    We have had about a week of use on these burrs since filming for the video and we are nothing but impressed.  Grind quality is vastly improved and extraction is routinely more uniform (viewed using La Marzocco Advanced 17g basket in a bottomless portafilter).  Cup quality is also noticeably improved with much more clarity.

    A few points to note before venturing down the path of this mod.  The Mini-E burr set is specifically designed to be less aggressive than the Supper Jolly burr set.  This is likely because the Mini-E has a lighter duty 250W motor while newer Super Jolly's have a larger 350W motor with a bigger duty cycle.  While we haven't noticed or heard any signs that the Mini-E motor is being pushed beyond its capacity, we cannot recommend this Mod for anything beyond light-duty use.  I also feel the need to note, that older Super Jolly grinders have 250W motors and have run for years with heavy and frequent use, but swapping the stock 189D Mini-E burr set with the 33M Super Jolly burr set will void any warranty, so M.A.Y.O.R. (Mod At Your Own Risk).


    This post was posted in Random Thought, News, Coffee Education and was tagged with Mazzer, Mazzer Grinders, Mazzer Mini E Burr Swap, Tutorial, Coffee Grinder Mod

  • La Spaziale S1 Dream Dual Boiler Espresso Machine

    Posted on January 24, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    We are excited to add to our line-up the La Spaziale S1 Dream espresso machine.  This is the next generation of the exceptional Vivaldi line of espresso machines.  The easy to use touch-pad controls a plethora of new options including shot volume, brew temperature, pre-infusion, and timer...to name a few.

     

    S1_Dream_La-Spaziale-Dual-Boiler-Espresso-MachineThe S1 Dream is available in two colors, a metallic flecked black and a sparkled Ferrari red.  Beautiful!

     

    S1_Dream_La-Spaziale-Dual-Boiler-Espresso-Control-PanelThe biggest upgrade from the Vivaldi II to the Dream S1 is the digital control panel that allows for a large degree of manipulation over shot and brew perimeters.

     

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    Just like its younger brother, the S1 Dream is a dual boiler, rotary pump espresso machine.  We are always ready to answer your questions, so give us a call today!

      


    This post was posted in Espresso Machine Review, News and was tagged with New Product, espresso makers, La Spaziale, La Spaziale Dream S1, Pump Espresso Machine

  • Tea & Coffee Consumption of the World

    Posted on January 16, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    Tea & Coffee Consumption of the World Circa 2012 Tea & Coffee Consumption of the World Circa 2012 (Credit: economist.com)

     

    We saw this article a few weeks back that took data from 79 countries to build this infographic on coffee and tea consumption by country.  Pew Research picked it up and have a nice synopsis found here www.PewResearch.org and the Economist posted an interactive map of the data found here www.Economist.com.

     

    I think it is no surprise that the United States is clearly a coffee drinking nation, as are the nations building the coffee belt of Central and South America.  I would suppose that much of the East Africa would also lean this direction but no data was examined or available for this study.

     

    It was also no surprise that tea reigned supreme in Asian & Island countries, but what did surprise me a bit was the polarity of coffee and tea preference within countries.  Most countries lean heavily towards one or the other, with only a handful (European mostly) that were more centric in beverage preference.

     

    While coffee yields worldwide are about twice that of tea (by weight), when it comes to cup equivalents, about 3 cups of tea are drunk worldwide for every cup of coffee.

     

    While we are talking about it, just now saw this from www.qz.com:

     

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    Biggest coffee drinker title goes to the Netherlands, averaging 2.414 cups a day.  The USA averages 0.931 cups a day, while China and Nigeria only average a few drops of coffee a day.

     

    I would love to see this study using data on specialty coffee drinkers of the world.  If I had to guess on a per-capita basis, I would theorize that South Korea and the Scandinavian countries would be at the top of the list, with the USA chasing behind.

     

    This study also seems to lack data on Eastern African countries, which is disappointing as this is the birthplace of coffee and some of the most remarkable coffees are being grown here to this day.

     

    Coffee Consumption per Capita Coffee Consumption per Capita (Credit: qz.com)


    This post was posted in News, Coffee Education and was tagged with Coffee, Infographic, Coffee & Tea Consumption

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