Venia Blog: Reviews, Musings and the Like

  • Free Shipping on Coffee Sampler Pack for a Limited Time!

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


    From long time coffee lovers to first time specialty coffee buyers, we are often asked if we could offer a sample pack of several of our current coffees.  Well, wait no longer!  Our sampler pack includes 3 different coffees, each highlighting different growing regions and unique flavors from around the world.

    We look long and hard for exceptional coffees that we are proud to offer our customers, and our first sample pack is one in which we could not be prouder.  Two of the coffees cup at over 90 points! (If you don't know what that means, it means they are really-really good.)

    To kick off the introduction of our sampler pack, we are offering free shipping on the coffee sampler through October.  Use Code SAMPLER in the discount code box at checkout.  CLICK HERE TO ORDER.

    This post was posted in What We are Drinking Now, News, On Sale and was tagged with Single Origin, Coffee, Free Shipping, Natural Processed Coffee, Washed Coffee, Coffee Sample Pack, Coffee Sampler, 90 point coffee

  • US Vs. Them | Marshmallow Roast Analogy

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


    Well, this pretty much speaks for itself.




    This post was posted in News, Coffee Education, Tutorial and was tagged with How We Roast Our Coffee, Marshmallow Roasting, Don't Burn Your Coffee

  • New Upgrade to the Vibiemme Double Domobar Espresso Machine

    Posted on August 14, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    Vibiemme has made a few nice changes to their Double Domobar espresso machine, now called the V4.0.  Most of the changes involve power management, making the machine more efficient and more effective at running on 15 amp circuits.



    New Vibiemme Double Domobar Version 4.0 home espresso maker


    To do this, the first change involved the removal of the traditional pressurestat that controlled the steam boiler pressure (and thus temperature) and added a PID temperature controller (PID stands for Proportional, Integral, Derivative...essentially a computer controlled temperature controller that "intelligently" controls the heating element).  PID control had already been introduced to the brew boiler in previous generations.

    Thanks to an innovative method of controlling the percentage of power to the heating elements, Vibiemme’s Power Management Control System (PMCS) automatically regulates variable power to each heating element. The total amperage draw of the machine will never go over 15 amps using 110-120 volts.  Using this PMCS, only up to 15 amps are required (no 20 amp circuit needs to be added to your kitchen) without any additional switches or internal adjustments.


    Vibiemme PID Detail


    Other changes include insulation added to both copper brew and steam boilers to minimize energy loss and a redesigned drip tray cover that reduces splash-back from the brew-group's 3-way pressure release valve, and now the Over Pressure Valve (OPV) drains into the drip tray, not the water reservoir.

    Add these changes to the already excellent features of the Double Domobar, and this is and excellent choice for any espresso enthusiast looking for a top of the line espresso maker.

    This post was posted in Espresso Machine Review, News and was tagged with New Product, Double Domobar, Home Espresso Machine, E61 Espresso Machine, Vibiemme Espresso

  • Updated Baratza Vario 886 In Stock

    Posted on August 13, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    One of the things we love about Baratza, is that they are always in the process of improving their already stellar line of coffee grinders.  We say it all the time and will say it again, Baratza makes some of the best coffee grinders on the market at each price point, from entry level to light commercial.  They introduced the new Forte grinders this winter, aimed primarily at commercial pour-over bars and light duty espresso bars.  They have now incorporated the metal portafilter holder developed for the Forte grinders into the Vario Grinder, a nice improvement over the plastic version on earlier models.


    Take a look at the new Vario here: Baratza Vario 886


    This post was posted in News and was tagged with Espresso Grinders, Coffee Grinders, Baratza, Burr Grinder, Baratza Vario, Best Home Coffee Grinder

  • Review of our Ethiopia Danch Meng

    Posted on August 4, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith


    The coffee blog Corner of the Cafe gave a nice review of our Ethiopia Natural Yirgacheffe Danch Meng.  Pull up a chair and take a look here:

    This post was posted in Uncategorized

  • Coffee Chemestry | Chlorogenic Acid Overview SCAA

    Posted on August 4, 2014 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith

    Chlorogenic Acid


    Here is a link to a nice summary article an what is currently published about Chlorogenic Acids that make up about 4-9% of the weight of green coffee. These are the acids that are known antioxidants and have other observed positive health implications.  If you are interested in learning more, here is a link to the article by the SCAA's Emma Bladyka:

    This post was posted in Uncategorized

  • 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:


    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.




    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 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.


    Slayer Espresso Machine Venia Coffee Roasters


    Needle valves, solenoids and other parts awaiting installation.



    Slayer Espresso Machine Venia Coffee Roasters


    Boilers await installation.



    Slayer Espresso Machine Venia Coffee Roasters


    A 3-group in a beautiful flat black.



    Slayer Espresso Machine Venia Coffee Roasters


    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.



    Slayer Espresso Factory


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



    Slayer Espresso_20140314_0982


    Electrical workbench.



    Venia Coffee Slayer Espresso Machine


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



    Jason Prefontaine Slayer Espresso | A Man and His Machine | Venia Coffee


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


    Slayer Espresso Square Peg Espresso Venia Coffee

    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

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