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Monthly Archives: April 2012

  • New Coffee & Espresso Gear | SCAA Event Portland 2012 | Crossland Pourover

    Posted on April 27, 2012 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith


    Last year at SCAA Houston, I had the opportunity to see an early version of the Crossland Pourover Brewer (I actually don't know the name, or even if it yet has a name...).  The designer and engineer of this the device is none other than Bill Crossland, the Seattle based coffee visionary who played a major role in designing the ESI / La Marzocco GS/3, and now the Crossland CC1 Espresso Machine.  He brought a couple examples of the next iteration his automated pourover brewer to this year's SCAA show in Portland.

    Bill Crossland Pourover Brewer

    Manual pourover brewing is more and more becoming the preferred method of brewing single origin coffees in quality focused specialty coffee bars around the world, and for good reason; the individual attention given to each coffee can  bring focus to an artfully roasted bean and transform it into a surreal sensory experience.  Some of the most memorable cups of coffee I have had the joy of drinking were done using a pourover technique and a Chemex brewer.

    Some major problems with this approach are the cost of the labor involved to brew a few cups at a time, and the tired barista who looses focus at the end of a long busy day at the bar.  Enter Bill Crossland's vision for an automated pour-over Continue Reading

    This post was posted in Review, Accessory Review, News and was tagged with New Product, SCAA PORTLAND, #SCAA2012, Crossland Brewer, Crossland CC1, Bill Crossland

  • New Coffee & Espresso Gear | SCAA Event Portland 2012 | Unic Viper

    Posted on April 24, 2012 by Venia Coffee Roasters | Keith


    Stopped by the UNIC booth at SCAA Event Portland 2012 to check out the newest machine to be released into the pressure profiling market, the Stella di Caffé Viper.  As with the other Stella di Caffé models I have seen, they remind me of a Juke Box in a Route 66 soda shop.  Their computer/operating system offers intelligent boiler temperature management and a workflow similar to a smartphone.  But what sets the VIPER apart are the large handles on the top of the machine, reminiscent of a hot-rodded old La Pavoni lever.



    First Look:

    The Unic Viper uses air (which is compressible) in a chamber above the brew group and the handle to to control brew pressure.  Pulling the handle forward (to mid position) opens a valve and activates the pump.  Water flows into the brew-group compressing the air.  Pulling the handle all the way forward closes the valve and pressure slowly falls as water is forced through coffee in the portafilter.  The barista Continue Reading

    This post was posted in Review, Espresso Machine Review, News and was tagged with New Product, UNIC, Unic Viper, SCAA PORTLAND, #SCAA2012, Stella di Caffé, Pressure Profiling

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